The Best New Restaurants in Dallas, 2016
Wayward Sons' vegetarian charcuterie board.
3. Wayward Sons
3525 Greenville Ave.
Graham Dodds’ new restaurant on Greenville Avenue has been gaining confidence and a following as the year goes on. It started off well enough, of course, with attention-getters like the completely vegetarian charcuterie board. But Wayward really hit its stride with summer’s fresh produce, like an alfredo pasta that used corn puree in lieu of cream, or a last-of-the-season tomato salad that, after a hot day at the state fair, tasted utterly sublime. The mix-your-own-mimosa brunch, with its brightly colored and just-as-brightly flavored shakshouka, certainly doesn’t hurt, either.
The pizzas change out regularly at Sprezzas, and they're all worth a try.
4010 Maple Ave.
This fall, Sprezza looked to become a victim of its own success. Two-hour waits, frantic staff, forgotten orders: The crowds hit this place hard. Those service problems seem to have eased a bit, but Sprezza is still just as popular as it ever was. We hardly need recommend it.
The crowds are right. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dallas. The Roman-style pizzas, with ingredients that change regularly based on seasons and chef's whims, are crisp and full of vivid flavors; the house-made pastas are utterly delightful and equally creative in their ingredients. Sprezza helped make squash blossoms one of the most-talked-about dishes of the year, too. The wine list is completely composed of wines from Italy, and specifically from south of Rome.
Tacos Mariachi gets its taco inspiration from Tijuana, where seafood is the order of the day
1. Tacos Mariachi
602 Singleton Blvd.
In our original review, I noted that right after filing the article, I’d be going back to Tacos Mariachi again. As luck would have it, I plan to get some more tacos there right after filing this article. And I went last week for their birthday party. And, when a friend flew in from New York this fall, guess where we went for her first Dallas meal?
The key here is that Tacos Mariachi supplements its barbacoa and carnitas with imaginative tacos mostly built around seafood: a cochinita pibil taco with mahi mahi instead of pork; a taco with perfectly cooked shrimp, pickled onions and hot salsa; a Tuesday night special in which the fish filet is battered in chicharrones; a surprisingly delicious taco of smoked salmon wrapped up in cheese.
There’s a brand-new Wednesday night special: the ‘Vickie Oh,’ a taco with roasted portobello mushroom, poblano peppers, avocado and house-made chorizo. Vickie is a knockout. Almost everything here is. Tacos Mariachi isn’t just the best new restaurant in Dallas — it’s one of the most consistently satisfying and joy-giving restaurants in Dallas, period.
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