There are so many restaurants opening across North Texas right now that it's nearly impossible to keep up — and it's even harder to suss out the spots that are worth the hype. If you're looking to try something new this week, here are six new Dallas restaurants that are well worth exploring right now:
1601 Singleton Blvd.
The Singleton Boulevard taco scene just keeps getting better. The latest addition to an already stellar taco line-up is Taquero, not far from Dallas taco heavy-hitters Trompo and Tacos Mariachi. Under the direction of chef Fino Rodriguez, this tiny taqueria is turning out great (and cheap) dishes. On your first visit, try the taco al pastor ($2), made with chicken instead of the traditional pork; the choriqueso ($2) a mini-quesadilla of molten Oaxacan cheese and chorizo; or the Huachinango ($2.50), a fried fish taco with a deep, dark, super-crisp batter.
1617 Hi Line Dr.
Sassetta, the second offering in a three-part, 10,000-square-foot food and drink complex in the Design District, has already proven itself as a solid spot to sample Italian small plates, salads, pasta and pizza. Try the charred Spanish octopus ($14), ramp tortelloni in tomato broth ($14) or oyster mushroom pizza with baby kale, mozzarella and chilies ($13). The beautifully designed restaurant is open for dinner and will expand into lunch service soon.
Junction Craft Kitchen
2901 Elm St.
Chef Josh Harmon nailed his stint at Kitchen LTO — Dallas' "permanent pop-up" restaurant that changed chefs and concepts every six months — so well that Kitchen LTO was killed off and replaced by Junction Craft Kitchen, a new Deep Ellum restaurant serving Harmon's LTO greatest hits along with a curious array of dishes that walk the line between Asian fare and Southern classics. Sample inventive dishes like boudin bao ($13), family-style miso pork belly ($44) and seasonal banchan ($2 each).
4931 W. Lovers Lane
This mysterious new Park Cities Mexican restaurant — named for José Noé Suro, the designer, art collector and ceramics specialist who designed the restaurant's interior — opened quietly but with a solid array of high-end Mexican fare and mezcal. Try the soft-shell crab tacos with fried crab on blue corn tortillas or the fork-tender braised lamb shank bathed in a rich guajillo chile sauce.
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5629 SMU Blvd.
If you love late-night bao — let's be real; who doesn't? — you'll dig the latest concept from the Wabi House team. Sumo Shack recently opened on SMU Boulevard in the former Banh Shop space, and this is one menu that doesn't take itself too seriously. With sake juice boxes, Japanese hot dogs, inventive bao (hello, bao burger) and macha ice cream served in deep-fried bao buns, there's a lot to explore at this new eatery, open until 3 a.m. on weekends.
2826 Elm St.
The latest Deep Ellum bar and restaurant serves well-executed classic cocktails (if you like whiskey, you'll dig this bar), amazing fried Gulf shrimp and a few wild cards like pierogies, an Eastern European potato dumpling that is woefully underrepresented on Dallas menus. Try the Texas quail, beautifully dark quail meat battered in corn dog breading, fried and drizzled in jalapeño honey and an addictive spicy mustard sauce. Once brunch launches, we'll be back for those brunch pierogis.