In 2019 Bon Appetit named Dallas the venerable magazine’s best restaurant city.

And why not?

With the likes of international superstar chefs such as Dean Fearing, Matt McCallister, Stephen Pyles and many more, Big D is unquestionably a foodie’s paradise.

A number of culinary mainstays were forced to close shop during the teeth of the pandemic, while others survived on take-out and a few inventive moves here and there.

But there’s good news on the food front: a number of interesting new restaurants have opened. With that in mind, we made the rounds for a firsthand look (and taste).

Monarch is a wood-fired treat – contemporary Italian in an expansive, elegantly designed space. Located in The National in Downtown Dallas, they specialize in handmade pastas, steaks and fresh seafood. Fresh grilled prawns, roasted artichoke, and octopus as starters might steal the show 

Monarch restaurant Dallas, Texas Downtown

Kyle Noonan of The Rustic fame has opened Joe Leo, a bright new Tex-Mex spot. It’s the perfect tribute to his beloved grandfather — serving fresh fajitas and margaritas on Fitzhugh!

Located in the recently refurbished Knox Street area, RH Rooftop Restaurant presents a fresh new view of the region, serving lunch, brunch and dinner in an exciting new place to see and be seen.

Restoration Hardware Dallas, Texas

Reservations, please? Catbird on Elm Street in The Thompson is a tenth-floor jewel box restaurant with an expansive rooftop terrace, which makes for a pretty perfect setting to enjoy happy hour, dinner, or late-night drinks and snacks.

You never know what Dallas super chef Tiffany Derry (Top Chef, Bar Rescue, Cutthroat Kitchen) will do next. She says her contemporary new restaurant, Roots Southern Table in Farmers Branch, was inspired by the sweet Southern memories made at the family supper table.

Austin culinary rock stars Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ) and Tyson Cole’s (Uchi) sensational new restaurant Loro is another cool addition to the local scene. Check out their cuts of various meats, as well as artisan-style snacks and veggies, rice bowls and more at the Haskell Avenue venue.

Loro Dish Dallas, Texas

Take time to check out Carte Blanche in its Lower Greenville location. In the morning it’s a bakery and at night features a special tasting menu with a noteworthy wine program.  Eddie Cervantes’ is well known for his cozy E-Bar, also on Lower Greenville. He’s branched out opening Eddie’s Tex-Mex Cocina. And in Dallas, who doesn’t like Tex-Mex?

Postino stands in the historic Deep Ellum arts and music district.  With wine and delicious bruschetta boards – literally any kind you want – it’s roll-away garage style doors and indoor/outdoor bar will help enjoy an open-air dining experience in Dallas’s most lively neighborhood for music and art. 

Postino Restaurant Dallas, Texas

If cuisine is art, and chefs are the rock stars of the 2020s, look no further than Shoyo. Former Nobu chef Jimmy Park and chef Shin Kondo present a sushi-lovers dream with food that looks too beautiful to eat. Âme in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District is lovely, bringing traditional Indian flavors using French cooking techniques, blending two cultures into an amazing array of wonderful dishes.