17 great restaurants in November 2022 in Dallas-Fort Worth
It’s Nov. 1, can you believe it? It’s already time to start thinking about what you’ll be cooking (or ordering in) at Thanksgiving and how you’ll spend your precious weekends as the temps get cooler.
In this installment of the Hot List, I picked restaurants that are perfect for families, big groups, date nights and special occasions.
Just make your reservations early: It’s officially “the holidays!”
The Back Room
in Fort Worth
Fort Worth brewery Funky Picnic has a new speakeasy. In the Back Room, staff serves pizzas, appetizers and special pours like Lambics and mixed fermentation beers. (It also has wine and cocktails.) Unlike many speakeasies, the Back Room opens at 3 p.m., which means you don’t need to wait until after dark to kick a few back.
The Back Room is at 401 Bryan Ave., Fort Worth (at Funky Picnic Brewery). Open Friday through Sunday only, 3-11 p.m. Adults only.
in Fort Worth
Business should have tanked a month after food truck owner Jacqueline Anaya started selling birria tacos in February 2020. But her food truck Calisience was positioned just right: as an outdoor-only place during a time of uncertainty. Word spread quickly about her excellent food, and customers would park near the truck and wait, sometimes working in their cars to pass the time, special contributor Amanda Albee reports. Just recently, Anaya opened a brand-new restaurant where she’s serving the same great tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Such a happy success.
Calisience is at 2707 Race St., Fort Worth. The food truck at 3318 East Belknap will reopen in mid-November 2022.
El Taco H
We’ve got two reasons to drive to Denton on this Hot List. The first is a Mexico City inspired taqueria named El Taco H (pronounced “el taco ah-chay”). Its short, a la carte menu of tacos are a love letter to the food co-owner Raul Enciso grew up eating in Mexico City. Be sure to get an order of chips and salsa, then walk back to the salsa bar near the patio. El Taco H has a solid selection of spicy, smoky and mild salsas — fun to get a taste of each one and pick your fave.
El Taco H is at 213 E. Hickory St., Denton.
on Knox Street in Dallas
Chicago coffee shop and upscale market Foxtrot is making big moves in Dallas. The latest Foxtrot opened on Dallas’ buzziest food street, Knox, in late October. We recently broke the news that another is planned to open on Greenville Avenue in 2023. (The company already operates two other Foxtrots: in University Park and Uptown Dallas.) Foxtrot is a chameleon coffee shop — part work-from-home caffeine stop, part gift shop. I especially like the unique bars of chocolate, gluten-free snack options and the fact that it sells the best condiment ever.
Foxtrots are currently open in Dallas at 3130 Knox St., 2822 McKinney Ave. and 6565 Hillcrest Ave. Foxtrot is expected to open at 3606A Greenville Ave., Dallas, in summer 2023.
The Grapevine Bar
Now’s the time to get back to Grapevine Bar, one of Dallas’ best dive bars, because it’s moving next year. Crow Holdings, the company that developed Old Parkland nearby, purchased the property. It’ll be hard to imagine Maple Avenue without this eclectic little gem described by co-owner Michelle Honea as “a wine bar where you could have a nice glass of chardonnay and listen to Alice in Chains.” I hope you’ll read this tribute story that details the Grapevine Bar’s history and its next move.
The original Grapevine Bar is at 3902 Maple Ave., Dallas. We’ll update you when we have information on where it’s moving next and on what date the original will close.
Isla & Co
in Oak Cliff
Australian food in Oak Cliff: What, exactly, does that mean? Let’s not over-analyze it just yet. Isla & Co is a New York-based restaurant run by a group of Australians. Owner Dave Orr moved to Dallas and has made it his home, and Isla & Co is the first of what could be a smattering of Australian-inflected restaurants in and around Dallas. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, and there’s a strong coffee and cocktail menu. I loved the braised lamb shoulder with labneh, smashed fingerling potatoes, zhoug and salty Swiss chard.
Isla & Co is at 408 W. Eighth St., Dallas.
Las Almas Rotas
near Dallas’ Fair Park
Take it from me, Las Almas Rotas is haunted. The back bar is decorated with spooky memorabilia, including a mummified monkey screaming inside a glass case that, seriously/probably/maybe/certainly moved while we were taping the Eat Drink D-FW podcast there. (You’re a listener, right?) Even when it’s not spooky season, Las Almas Rotas is a great place for a mezcal tasting. It’s unpretentious and comfortable in a way that so many cocktail-focused establishments in Dallas are not.
Las Almas Rotas is at 3615 Parry Ave., Dallas.
LSA Burger Co.
in The Colony
Holy cow! Our story on LSA Burger Co. opening at Grandscape in The Colony was so popular I had to include it on this Hot List. LSA has a thoughtful menu of burgers served in a Texas-obsessed dining room. The women’s restroom has a big photo of Caddo Lake, and the men’s shows off Big Bend. On the second floor, a dozen Texans are commemorated for their important roles in Lone Star history. If you’re entertaining out-of-towners this month — and you probably are — consider LSA.
LSA Burger Co. is at 4545 Destination Drive, The Colony. The original LSA Burger Co. remains open at 113 W. Hickory St., Denton.
in East Dallas
The food team at The Dallas Morning News is often a fan of Meridian, chef Junior Borges’ excellent Brazilian-American restaurant in East Dallas. Borges tends to bring in big-name chefs, like chef Thomas Keller, who was recently spotted there. Now’s an especially great time to go, because Borges just added a happy hour burger to his menu that Claire Ballor says is one of the best burgers she’s eaten in Dallas. The kitchen makes just 10 a night, Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It’s called the X-Tudo burger (pronounced sheesh-tu-du). Read Ballor’s story to get all the juicy details.
Meridian is at 5650 Village Glen Dr. (in The Village), Dallas.
MoMo Italian Kitchen
in Lake Highlands
There’s something lovely about 35-year-old restaurant MoMo Italian Kitchen, run by an East Dallas family. It’s one of those if you know, you know places. Usually, not much changes with a longtime restaurant, but MoMo’s owners are celebrating its 36th birthday by adding a full bar. They hired Dallas bartender Leann Berry (Komali, the Cedars Social), who has made zillions of great margaritas over the years. At MoMo, she created the Texas Daisy, an Italian margarita with tequila, lemon juice simple syrup and a floater of Italian wine on top. There’s also an espresso martini and a whole section on negronis.
MoMo Italian Kitchen is at 8989 Forest Lane, Dallas.
Osteria il Muro
Here’s your second reason to visit Denton: Italian restaurant Osteria il Muro. The sous chef at The Grape — aw, we miss that place — has moved up north to make Northern and Central Italian cuisine. Some of Osteria il Muro’s menu standouts include rabbit agnolotti; peppadew peppers with ricotta; and fresh-baked focaccia, Albee reports. Dinner reservations open up every two months and they’re going fast. Good luck.
Osteria il Muro is at 311 W. Congress St., Denton.
in … someone’s Dallas apartment
For a year, Peter Cho has been selling pizzas out of his Oak Lawn apartment. This place has “very few rules, no Yelp reviews, and one stunningly-great plain cheese pizza,” special contributor Nick Rallo writes. Oh, and pizzas are donation-only, because Texas cottage laws prohibit Cho from selling food from his home.
To order, send Cho a message via Instagram at instagram.com/palacexpizza.
Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen
The owners of a new cocktail lounge in Frisco want to bring Dallas’ nightlife scene to their city. At Snowbird, there’s sultry art, neon lights and two tables for DJs. The cocktails are interesting and fun, like a fussed-up margarita called the Mango Tango with Ancho Reyes chile liqueur and house-made jalapeño reduction.
Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen is at 6765 Winning Drive, Frisco (at The Star in Frisco).
The Station on Katy Trail
in Uptown Dallas
Chef Kent Rathbun’s latest setup is a barbecue stand on the Katy Trail, at Cole and Monticello avenues in Uptown Dallas. It’s open Saturday and Sunday only for now, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The idea for The Station on Katy Trail came from Rathbun’s success selling barbecue out of the parking lot near Lovers Lane and Inwood Road during the coronavirus pandemic. We called that location a “rolling tailgate party,” because it was popular for weekend football fans to stop in and grab some ‘cue. CultureMap says The Station will sell breakfast tacos, cold brew coffee, Wagyu burgers and brisket.
The Station on Katy Trail is at 4825 Cole Ave., Dallas.
Terry Black’s Barbecue
in Deep Ellum
It’s November, which means you’re probably taking time off of work and entertaining friends and family. If you’re seeking an excellent barbecue joint in Dallas without the long lines or odd hours, my easy answer is Terry Black’s. The barbecue is consistently great, especially the brisket and sausage, and they’ve got a full bar, including an alluring black-colored margarita. Parking is easy and the restaurant is big — which makes it great for groups.
Terry Black’s Barbecue is at 3025 Main St., Dallas.
in Oak Cliff
Monterrey-style taco shop Trompo is back open in Oak Cliff. If you’re feeling some déjà vu, that’s because owner Luis Olvera used to operate this restaurant in the neighborhood. He has also sold tacos in East Dallas and West Dallas. Olvera calls his return to Oak Cliff “a very beautiful, full-circle kind of thing,” he tells Ballor.
Also, and this is cool: Oak Cliff Burrito Company is operating inside of Trompo before it moves to a permanent location, D reports.
Trompo is at 337 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.
in Uptown Dallas
I get asked all the time, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” I don’t have one; there are too many good restaurants, of all price points and cuisines, to single out just one. But somewhere in my top 10 is Uchi, a creative Japanese restaurant in Uptown Dallas that feels just right for a celebratory date night. The best seat is at the sushi bar, and dinner always starts, for us, with an order of avocado nigiri. (Read special contributor Kevin Gray’s explanation of it here.) For those who live too far from Uptown Dallas to get to Uchi regularly, you might be in luck: The company is opening a sibling restaurant named Uchiko in Plano in 2023.
A bonus thought: If you’re looking to buy a gift certificate for someone during the holidays, $ to a restaurant is an excellent way to support a place you love. Uchi would be one of my picks.
Uchi is at 2817 Maple Ave., Dallas. Uchiko will be at 700 Windrose Ave., Plano (on the north side of the Legacy West development). It’s expected to open in the third quarter of 2023.
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