The Ten Most Important New Restaurants In Dallas In 2015.
If there's anything to be said about Dallas restaurants in 2015, it's that they successfully changed the narrative about the city's dining scene. The days of food offerings being largely homogenous around here are, many apologies to the steak-and-potatoes set, almost long gone.
This year, chefs and owners actively worked to redefine their respective cuisines and, in turn, they put the Dallas-Fort Worth region on par with top foodie destinations from across the country.
Among those vast offerings, some of the new-to-our-landscape restaurants stood out more than others, some through outlandish offerings and others via a strong commitment to community causes.
Here, we'll rank of the top new Dallas restaurants of 2015.
2010 Greenville Avenue.
Even though this Greenville Avenue spot didn't end up being the turn-of-the-20th-century-inspired soda fountain that we were originally promised, its refined take on comfort food (and its killer cocktail program) make it a solid contender to start off our list. Additionally, the restaurant's beautifully simplistic burger has been lauded as one of the city's best.
2519 North Fitzhugh Avenue.
The pizzeria known for its stoner-esque toppings is proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. No one thought that a pho restaurateur would successfully be able to sell New York-style pies, but this small Fitzhugh Avenue shop has been in demand since it opened. Also worth noting: ZaLat has a text-based ordering system, where you'll get friendly responses to even the drunkest of texts.
4216 Oak Lawn Avevue.
As the highly anticipated follow-up concept for Proof + Pantry, this intricately designed French-Mex fusion spot is helping to change the scope of each of those distinct cuisines' options in North Texas.
7. Luscher's Red Hots.
2653 Commerce Street.
Not only has this no-frills spot from the team behind The Grape received a good deal of national attention, but it's Uncle Herky joined the ranks of the city's best and favorite burgers this year. And considering the sheer number of good burgers we already boast in this town, that's no small feat.
6. Braindead Brewing.
2625 Main Street.
As the first brew-pub in Deep Ellum, Braindead had to hit us hard and be great — and it's already succeeded that much with ease. If nothing else Braindead has changed the way we do beer and brunch in Deep Ellum, and for the better.
5. Small Brewpub.
333 West Jefferson Boulevard.
Small Brewpub is the second place on our list to receive national attention in its first year. And, here, that acclaim is largely due to this spot's eclectic menu, courtesy of Chef Misti Norris and her penchant for off-beat dishes. The booze, of course, ain't too shabby, either. And not just on the expected beer front given the brewpub nature of this spot; head cocktail guru Benj Pocta, known among music circles as one half of the great (if dormant) The Beaten Sea, pours his drinks with the same serious care and attention to detail that he does his music.
4. Pints and Quarts.
5354 Ross Avenue.
The first fully food-centric venture from Dallas entrepreneur extraordinaire Brooke Humphries was bound to receive a lot of attention. And, so far, it's lived up to its considerable hype. From the tailored selection of juicy, medium-cooked burgers to the vintage feel of the revamped gas station that houses this spot and the artwork provided by Nick Quintero and The Sour Grapes crew, this restaurant is as cool as you'd expect any of Humphries' nightclubs to be — just tastier, is all.
3. Ten Ramen.
1818 Sylvan Avenue.
This Sylvan Thirty ramen haunt is one of just a few of its kind in this city, in that it demands its customers to adhere to authentic Japanese customs and stand while eating. But people seem to enjoy that change of pace, even after standing in long lines that only extend the on-your-feet experience. Why not? These reasonably priced and delicious hot bowls of soup are tasty both on your tongue and in your Instagram feed alike.
2626 Main Street.
One of the most anticipated openings of the year — based on the reputation of FT33, its sibling restaurant, and this new spot's focus on all of the different regional and cultural influences that affect southern cuisine — it's no wonder that media outlets (us included) kept news of Filament's opening on the public radar pretty much all year long. Even less surprising: That the restaurant welcomed more than 100 diners at each of the services it held during its soft openings. Now officially open to the public and available for all to enjoy, Filament is keeping up with its frenetic pre-opening pace, even as the mind behind it is still coming to terms with his many admirers.
1. Cafe Momentum.
1510 Pacific Avenue.
Being a damn good restaurant isn't enough for Cafe Momentum, which additionally aims to help decrease the recidivism rates of young male juvenile offenders through a holistic, educational approach. Working hand in hand with the youths in its program, Cafe Momentum has developed a system that not only can lead to gainful employment at the restaurant itself, but that also aims to instill in its participants life skills that can be applied elsewhere, too. Cafe Momentum's efforts are a testament to the power of food, as well as a reminder that good food should only ever be considered secondary to doing good, which is a far more comforting thing for the soul in the end.