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The Top 100 Restaurants in Dallas, by the Numbers

Mot Hai Ba came in at No. 3 on our list of the Top 100 Dallas Restaurants.
Mot Hai Ba came in at No. 3 on our list of the Top 100 Dallas Restaurants. Kathy Tran
Today, our Top 100 Dallas Restaurants issue hits newsstands around DFW. In the interest of science, food critic Brian Reinhart, the author of the Top 100, did a breakdown of the list and the neighborhoods, cuisines, suburbs and even streets that produced the most winners. The results are kind of fascinating.

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  • Five of the top 10 (1, 2, 3, 7, 9) are owned and/or cheffed by immigrants, and No. 5 is cheffed by the son of an immigrant.
  • There are more Top 100 restaurants in Carrollton Korea Town (6) than in Dallas downtown (5), and more in Oak Cliff (9) than in Highland Park, University Park, Inwood/Lovers area and Preston Hollow combined (7).
  • Only two Farmers Branch restaurants made the cut. Both are rated "elite" (in the top 16).
  • Four top-15 restaurants haven't been formally reviewed by The Dallas Morning News (Mi Lindo Oaxaca, Petra and the Beast, Tacos Mariachi, Ddong Ggo) and one hasn't been formally reviewed by the Observer (Petra and the Beast) (Oops! Kudos to D Magazine for covering Petra.)
  • Xi'an noodle food court stall Morefan made the Top 100. It's never previously appeared in the Observer, DMN, D Mag, Eater, CultureMap or any other Dallas media source I can find.
  • As far as I can tell, the oldest restaurant on the Top 100 is The Grape. The newest are Billy Can Can and Mubrooka.
  • I prepared Nos. 101 and 102 in case one of the Top 100 closed or had last-minute drama. One such problem arose and No. 101 Zaytinya, made the list.
  • Northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, westernmost: Hutchins BBQ (McKinney), Ly Food Market (Oak Cliff), Yia Yia's House of Gyros (Mesquite) and Mr. Max (Irving).
  • Breakdown by suburb: Plano — 9, Richardson — 9, Carrollton — 7, Irving — 7, Addison — 3, Frisco — 3, Garland — 3, Highland Park — 3, Farmers Branch — 2, McKinney and Mesquite — 1, University Park — 0.
  • Breakdown by cuisine: Mexican — 17, Japanese — 9, barbecue (including non-American forms of barbecue) — 8, Chinese — 7, Korean — 7, Indian/Pakistani — 7, Italian — 7, French — 6, Vietnamese — 6, Laotian or Lao/Thai (plus 2 Thai but not Lao) — 3, Iraqi — 2.
  • Breakdown by street: Belt Line Road — 5, Old Denton Road — 5, Northwest Highway — 4, Royal Lane — 4, Walnut Street — 4, Greenville Avenue — 3, Oak Lawn Avenue — 3.
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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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