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Posted by Katy Golden

Jan 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Discover awesome new restaurants that just opened in DFW!

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January is the month of new beginnings, which holds true not only for New Year’s Resolutions but also for the DFW Restaurant scene. DFW has always had an incredible restaurant scene, but the past few months have seen an explosion of new restaurant openings. If you’re interested in new places for a date night, a night out with friends, or for a corporate lunch or dinner, read on for a fantastic list of recently opened restaurants. After all, change is good and new restaurants are a great change!

Open Sesame Grill

A new restaurant specializing in Lebanese food is opening on Oak Lawn Avenue. The restaurant comes from Mo Kamal, who worked in the restaurant industry for 12 years and always dreamed of opening his own place. This restaurant should open in February. Open Sesame will serve authentic, delicious Lebanese dishes, including the signature dish, kafta, which is ground beef with onions and parsley. Lunch and dinner will be the focus for this restaurant, which will keep the same menu for both meals. There aren’t many Lebanese restaurants in Dallas, making this a unique, new restaurant.

Another Broken Egg Café

This Louisiana-based chain will serve breakfast and lunch only and will open January 23rd. Another Broken Egg's menu has a Southern-inspired theme with dishes such as peach cobbler pancakes, bananas Foster Belgian waffles, black bean Benedict, huevos rancheros, and biscuits and gravy. There are seven kinds of omelets, including one with egg whites only, and three egg "scramblers." There's a salmon power bowl, granola made in-house, and fruit with quinoa. Lunch includes salads, burgers, and sandwiches, and there's a special menu for brunch. A full bar is open from 7 am to 2 pm, with bellinis, orange and cranberry mimosas, and specialty cocktails such as the spiked Nutella iced latte.

Little Havana

This new restaurant in Oak Cliff is bringing Cuban food with cocktails, a companion gift shop and cigar store to Dallas. Little Havana features a menu of Cuban food including dishes such as beans and rice, both red beans and black; and ropa vieja, aka beef stew. In addition to its regular menu, there are daily specials, sort of like a Cuban blue plate deal, with offerings such as roasted whole fish and garbanzo bean soup. A full bar serves Cuban cocktails — think piña coladas and mojitos, including a spicier version called the Creole mojito. Cuban restaurants are rare in Dallas, making Little Havana a fascinating look into Cuban culture.  


This modern gastropub comes from developer Tim Headington, and will exude a modern, urban atmosphere. It plans to be open for lunch and dinner, with a menu that pays homage to bar culture, with distinctive takes on contemporary pub fare. The design will be a mix of stylized industrial elements that include guillotine-style floor-to-ceiling windows that are mechanically operated. The opening of this restaurant is part of the development of the Design District, which is expected to expand greatly in the next couple of years.


Located directly next to Wheelhouse, Sassetta will be a multidimensional Italian restaurant that draws on a range of California-Italian flavors. The menu will reinterpret Italian dishes, including a pizza program, which they already feel certain will be fantastic. The dining room will be relaxed yet elegant, with a mix of contemporary design with nostalgic, whimsical finishes. The goal: to function like an all-day cafe for those looking to linger, just like real cafes in Italy.

Flora Street Cafe

The Flora Street Café is a return for famous Chef Stephan Pyles and will display his brand new take on Modern Texan fare. Here, you’ll find everything from chapulines to heartier plates like seared Texas antelope served with empanada and peach puree. Also notable is the restaurant's gorgeous setting, which earned Flora Street Cafe this year's Eater Award for Most Stunning Restaurant. The Flora Street Café is a must-see for any visitors looking for some authentic, awesome Texan food.

Heim Barbecue & Catering

Nothing makes Texans quite as happy as delicious, incredibly done BBQ. Heim BBQ, recently opened in Fort Worth, has made its official stamp on the barbecue scene in DFW, and Texans are already big fans. Heim Barbecue & Catering started out as a small food truck operation run by husband and wife Travis and Emma Heim. But word spread quickly about their Texas-style craft barbecue and long lines were an everyday occurrence. Customers had to line up early to get fork-tender brisket, ribs, bacon burnt ends, and sausage before everything sold out. In order to meet the increasing demand, the couple decided to open a brick-and-mortar location with longer hours and an expanded menu that would keep hungry diners happy, even after everything sells out!  

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

This California-based Japanese restaurant is located at the Galleria. The large menu contains a mix of Japanese favorites- steamed buns, hot rock beef, gyoza and sesame chicken, poke tuna and oyster shooters, as well as unique and semi-traditional sushi rolls and sashimi. Even the miso soup is a twist on the classic, and the udon noodles are a comfortingly delicious choice as well. If you’re in the area, this is a perfect place to grab lunch!

Pie Tap Pizza Workshop

Pie Tap has finally opened its doors in a different neighborhood than it originally planned. It's been a long wait, but the arrival of beer and pizza delivery is certainly worthy of celebration. If you're interested in leaving the house, eat a prosciutto and fig-topped pie at the bar, and wash it down with one of Pie Tap's excellent craft cocktails!

Shake Shack

This massively popular NYC-based burger chain officially makes its Dallas debut on September 1. Burgers, fries, shakes, and concretes are in keeping with Shake Shack's menus across the country, but you'll also find a few local faves like the burger topped with Pecan Lodge's link sausage, or concretes made with Emporium Pies.

V-Eats Modern Vegan

After causing quite the stir with their vegan brisket, V-Eats Modern Vegan has certainly made a splash on the Dallas dining scene. However you feel about meat-free barbecue, V-Eats' menu is definitely worth checking out. Try the chili cheese veg dog — you won't even miss the meat.

If any of these recently opened or soon-to-be open restaurants pique your interest, be sure to book a vehicle to take you and your family, friends, or coworkers to the different locations. That way, you don’t have to worry about finding those hard-to-reach restaurants, paying for parking, or struggling through traffic! Instead, you can focus on the delicious meal you’re sure to enjoy and the trip as whole. Click on the button below to make your reservation today!

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