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Ten Dallas Restaurants You Should Be Eating at Right Now: Late Spring 2014

The last time we published this list, back in February, you could still get a slumpy burger at the Village Kitchen. Turns out you can't do that anymore, which makes it a pretty good time to revisit the 10 Dallas restaurants you should be spending your money in right now.

This go-round has some newcomers, but every restaurant here is tried and tested. Look out for ceviche on the patio, a lovely formal dining experience and a whole lotta meat.

Crush Craft (Pictured above) Get over the paper bowls that give this place a Chipotle-esque feel. The food here is serious and it's cooked to order, not assembled by a series of scoops and drizzles on an assembly line covered in aluminum foil.

Pro tip: Check out the butcher paper menu as you walk in the door. It contains chef's specials that are far more interesting than the standalone menu. And considering how good the regular menu board is to start, the specials are almost guaranteed showstoppers.

*****

CBD Provisions Every time I bring up CBD Provisions in conversation, I'm asked about the pig's head carnitas. "Is it really that good?" some ask. "Yes!" I reply. "Is it just a gimmick dish?" others inquire. "No!" I exclaim. The carnitas is just as I described in my review: Fatty, tender pork lies beneath that super crispy face that only a porky mother could love. Grab a tortilla and get ready to battle your tablemates for the cheek. It's worth the fight.

*****

Gemma "Lovely" is probably the best word to describe Gemma. The dining room, the staff, and most of the cooking is refined and pleasant. With a focus on fresh, quality ingredients and a pastry chef who knocks dessert out of the park, you can't go wrong with a night here.

*****

Blind Butcher With a young, boisterous crowd, Blind Butcher isn't a place for a quiet meal on a weekend evening. But if you're up for some fun, and you're in love with meat in almost abusive quantities, you have to check this place out. Get a liter of beer at the bar and the bangers and mash to start, then work through the special sausages that constantly rotate, and finish the meal off with charcuterie and cheese plates that pack impressive cuts of spicy sausage and homemade ricotta.

*****

The Establishment I haven't completely figured out what's going on at The Establishment, but I'll tell you this: The kitchen is plating up some seriously creative cooking at bottom bin prices. Expect plates loaded with quirky ingredients served in an industrial dining room. Oh, and a hot crowd.

*****

FT33 A meal at FT-33 speaks for itself. This was arguably the hottest reservation in Dallas the last time we published this list, and it still is now. Vegetarians rejoice: Matt McCallister's treatment of produce can sway even the most devout of carnivores, and summer's bounty is here.

*****

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