Usually when a national glossy compiles a list Dallas is all but forgotten, but this month Bon Appetite decided to honor not one, but two restaurants in our area. Oak, which has received nothing but positive press since it opened, was named along with Tim Love's Woodshed Smokehouse as two of candidates for the nation's best new restaurant.
Texas received seven mentions in the list -- more than any other state including New York and California -- including Elizabeth Street Cafe and Lenoir in Austin, and Oxheart, Uchi and Underbelly in Houston.
Here's what they had to say about the two restaurants closest to home:
Woodshed Smokehouse You'll know chef Tim Love's latest spot by the dozens of picnic tables fronting on Fort Worth's beautiful Trinity River trails. The open-air, waterfront restaurant does Texas 'cue two ways: "Traditional Q" and "New Q", with nods to Mexico. The food is monumental; bring a small village to help you out. Look For 16-hour smoked beef shin; chicken skin tacos We Love Curious about what's in the smoker? Just check the flag flying at the entrance.
This swanky Design District spot is home to what might be Big D's most talented restaurant trio: chef Jason Maddy, pastry chef Sarah Green, and bartender Abraham Bedell. Expect global flavors with definite Germanic leanings -- think schnitzel, strudel, and spaetzle.
Look For Grilled Bandera quail; quark spaetzle; Gianduja chocolate panna cotta We Love A huge oak tree outside the restaurant inspired the name and decor, including wallpaper and a projected tree image that changes with the seasons.
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