Top 10 Dallas Restaurants That Opened in 2016 (And Are Already Fan Favorites)

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Top 10 Dallas Restaurants That Opened in 2016 (And Are Already Fan Favorites)

KristinaRowe, NewsCastic

Looking back on 2016, Dallas faced a few tough challenges. For the most part, everyone is happy to see this year come to a close. But our look back doesn't have to be all sadness. This was a great year for food in DFW. Let's take a look at some of the best Dallas restaurants that opened this year (in no particular order). 

1. Cedar Grove

If you spend any time at all in the Dallas Design district, you know it's not all about the visuals. You'll find some great food in the district as well, especially at Cedar Grove, which opened in May. The "grove" of twelve-foot-tall "trees" in the dining room will lure you here to see it. The super fresh farm-to-table menu adding creativity to classic American dishes will keep you coming back. 

Tip: We suggest you start with the Country Ham Pimiento Cheese snack.

2. Sprezza

Head towards uptown and the Maple Street dining district for another charmer that opened this spring. Italian food never goes out of style in Dallas, and at Sprezza, we might even call it haute. Top off your choice of fresh pasta, al taglio (by the slice) pizza, or Italian comfort food entree with a divine dolci (dessert.)

3. Stirr

Craft cocktails and an incredible view are the main attention grabbers at Stirr, which opened in October. But don't miss out on the food menu at this inventive Deep Ellum space. You'll find creative options for brunch, lunch and dinner to tempt your tastebuds. 

Tip: Try the to-die-for Truffle Shuffle flat.

4. Kabuki

Preceded by 15 locations in California, Nevada, and Arizona, Kabuki made its Dallas debut in November. This beautiful restaurant with beautiful sushi and sashimi is now open in Galleria Dallas. Their extensive menu includes traditional Japanese dishes, hot stone grill entrees, noodle dishes, cocktails and sake to complement their legendary rolls.

5. Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe

Stephan Pyles may be the best-known chef in Dallas, and some would insist he's the simply the best outright. Naturally, it was heartbreaking for some when his uptown restaurant closed this spring, but true fans were already looking forward to the summer opening of his new spot in the arts district. Appropriately, Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe elevates dining to an art. Here you can enjoy very formal dining with the flair of a Dallas icon surrounded by incredible views of the Morton Myerson Symphony Center and the adjacent Hall Arts building.

6. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (Lakewood)

Speaking of Dallas icons, for forty years, Dixie House was the "anchor" restaurant in the Lakewood area. Dallas diners mourned its closure in January and dared not dream of anything that could truly take its place. The fog lifted a little when the much applauded Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen of McKinney opened an outpost in this truly special spot. If you're dying for shrimp and grits for dinner or chicken and waffles for brunch, you'll find them among the other meaty and delicious offerings at Sugarbacon. #MakeLakewoodGreatAgain

7. Mudhen Meat and Greens

The hunger for fresh food in Dallas is growing and Mudhen Meats and Greens has been satisfying that hunger since January. Fresh produce dominates the menu with the daily chalkboard listing dozens of options. It's not just for vegetarians either — meat lovers and foodies of all kinds will enjoy tasty local food at this popular spot in the Dallas Farmers Market.

8. V-Eats Modern Vegan

A modern miracle for vegans, the astonishing eatery opened in Trinity Groves in October. Here you'll find elevated veggie dishes, and a surprisingly extensive menu of plant-based "meats" and "cheeses," all made in house. If you're hungry for vegan options of everything from sushi to pizza to brisket, V-Eats might be your favorite new Dallas restaurant of 2016.

9. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (Olive & McKinney)

Del Frisco's isn't new to Dallas, but their new location that opened last month in uptown is crazy good and crazy beautiful. Diners in Dallas have been adding some "wow" to their dining experience at Del Frisco's for more than 30 years. For upstyle steak and seafood in a truly beautiful atmosphere, check out the newest Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, now open at Olive and McKinney.

10. Shake Shack

The hottest opening in Dallas this year surely had to be Shake Shack's debut this summer. Hit it up (if you haven't already), not just for the burgers, but for chicken, hot dogs, shakes and all kinds of frozen custard delights. We think you should try the Dallas Pie Oh My concrete, made with vanilla frozen custard and a seasonal pie slice from Emporium Pies. Oh my is right!

And because we love Shake Shack so much...

Here's a live video from opening day!

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