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Updated: 2017-12-08T12:59:28-06:00


A 'Proven Millennial Magnet' Is Coming to Ruin Deep Ellum



Denver’s Punch Bowl Social will bring its brand of “eat-ertainment” to Dallas next year

Punch Bowl Social, a sensory-overload-inducing playground for adults and self-proclaimed “millennial magnet”, will debut its Deep Ellum outpost next year.

Eater originally reported the restaurant’s arrival last year, and now the Dallas Morning News reports that Punch Bowl Social will land at 2600 Main Street. The Denver-based restaurant’s first Dallas spot will be home to eight bowling lanes, a bocce court, private karaoke rooms, virtual reality games, and a 360-degree bar with a plethora of TVs for sports watching. The whole thing will be housed in a 23,000-square-foot multi-story space where the “décor melds mountain lodge, Victorian, modern and industrial elements,” whatever that means.

Punch Bowl Social operates more than 10 locations across the U.S. with 10 more planned for 2018 and 2019. The company’s culinary partner, James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson, worked on the lengthy and aggressively trendy menu, which features buzzy dishes like avocado toast and a superfood grain bowl, along with obnoxiously named offerings like the “Dawgy Style” (get it?) of beef franks and tacos.

As the restaurant’s name might indicate, the menu touts four boozy options served in vintage punch bowls for up to 8 people, which anchor a broad menu of “old school” and “new school” offerings, alongside alcohol-infused milkshakes. This place might not be for the “woke” Deep Ellum crowd, Punch Bowl’s selection of mocktails are offered under the offensively-titled “Preschool” menu category.

“Deep Ellum is one of the city’s most popular entertainment destinations,” said Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO, Robert Thompson, in a statement. “It boasts a strong live, work, play ethic and immediate access to the DART’s commuter rail station, attributes that resonate well with our brand and our guests. We’re thrilled to join the Dallas community and more specifically, such a vibrant and historically-relevant neighborhood as Deep Ellum.”

Punch Bowl Social plans to bring this millennial-friendly bonanza of food and games to Deep Ellum in summer 2018.

Where To Eat In Dallas This Weekend


Holiday treats, charitable dinners, and more await Dying for dining inspiration? The weekend is just a few short hours away, and if you still need a place to eat brunch, lunch, or dinner this weekend, Eater’s got your back. As part of this brand new series, Eater editors and contributors will choose a group of brand new spots and reliable standbys every Friday that will provide a guide to everything you need to know about eating and drinking this weekend. Even if you’re not able to hit all of the spots on Saturday and Sunday, add these five Dallas restaurants and food-focused events to this weekend’s bucket list. TGIF, y’all. Friday, December 8 To try the latest from the “Queen of Steaks:” Dee Lincoln Prime Where else should one open a shrine to everything steak and sushi, but at The Star in Frisco? Legendary steak-based restaurateur Dee Lincoln is at it again, this time she’s going big with 8,000 square feet of meat, fish, tequila, wine and everything else Dallas diners need. To take a trip to Mexico on your lunch break: Jalisco Norte Recently opened Jalisco Norte on Oak Lawn and Blackburn is now serving lunch. That means you can snag some nachos norte, modern tamales or queso fundido and be ready for a desk nap by 1:00 p.m. To spread holiday cheer between two cinnamon-sugar waffles: Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie Bisous Bisous is back at the ice cream sandwich game again, this time in a holiday way. Here’s a hint: peppermint bark is involved. To eat more than just milk and cookies with Santa: Top Knot Santa likes brunch just as much as the rest of us. So this Sunday, he’ll be at Top Knot eating monkey bread, avocado toast and drinking Vietnamese iced coffee. Bring your kids; the folks at Top Knot have a special menu and some kid-centric activities planned. To drink beer and work out for a good cause: Texas Ale Project Ordinarily, one might think barre and beer might not go together. But here’s one reason why they should: barre is kind of hilarious-looking. Another reason? This event at Texas Ale Project benefitting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Toys for Tots. To give to human rights charities just by dining out: 40 restaurants around town This Sunday is Human Rights Day. As such, an organization called Human Rights Day DFW has organized over 40 area restaurants to donate a portion of the day’s sales to their efforts. Dine at one of those – including Mirador, Overeasy, Pakpao, Oddfellows, Edith’s Boulangerie & Pâtisserie, Cultivar Coffee, Nora Restaurant and Bar and more – on Sunday and support Human Rights. To make sure foster dogs have something special under the tree: All DFW Cane Rosso locations Similar to the Angel Tree concept, there are trees at all Cane Rosso restaurants with wishlist items so diners can donate needed blankets, food, collars and more to the dogs being fostered by owner Jay Jerrier’s foster organization Cane Rosso Rescue. Stop by for a pie and help a pup in need. To celebrate soup weather: The Dallas Farmers Market Scarf, sweater, leggings, Uggs, soup. December 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Niwa Japanese Restaurant will have a tent set up inside The Shed to serve Japanese soups and a variety of healthy Japanese vegetables and sides for hungry shoppers. Friday, December 1 To sip hot chocolate while taking in two million lights: Holiday Wonder in Fair Park Hot cocoa and Christmas sweets, a two-story sledding slide, Santa Claus and 23 scenes illuminated by two million holiday lights make Holiday Wonder a pretty special family outing. Stroll past a herd of cattle, a Dallas skyline, swans on the water and more, then go check out juggling, acrobatics and dancing. Visit for more info. For a cup of joe with a side of sustainability: Houndstooth at The Hill The newest Houndstooth Coffee in town has just opened its doors on the east side of Walnut Hill and 75, in the shopping center known as The Hill, joining Treehouse, Nazca Kitchen and more. This unique building is made up of two tiny [...]

The 13 Hottest Restaurants In Dallas Right Now, December 2017



Where to make a reservation tonight, tomorrow, this weekend

A new month has arrived, which means that it's time for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Heatmap, a monthly guide to the city's hottest restaurants intended to answer the age-old question: "Where should I eat tonight?"

This month's update of the Heatmap brings several much-anticipated eateries, including the much-anticipated debut of Bullion, Chef Bruno Davaillon’s stunning new French restaurant in Downtown, and the continuation of the raw fish trend with the arrival of Malibu Poke, the new spot from Jon Alexis of TJ’s Seafood and Chef Matt McCallister.

Without further ado, go forth and dine at one of these exciting new eateries.

Is your favorite new hotspot missing from this map? Feel free to make your case in the comments. You can also drop us a note via the tipline at

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Tacodeli Arrives In North Dallas



The Austin-based chain’s second location opens next week at The Hill

Next week, Austin-based chain Tacodeli will debut at The Hill Shopping Center in North Dallas.

The new restaurant at 8031 Walnut Hill is the second Dallas outpost for Tacodeli, joining the first location opened at Sylvan Thirty in 2015. It joins Houndstooth Coffee and eco-friendly home improvement store TreeHouse, bringing its own sustainably-sourced produce, Texas beef, and organic ingredients to the decidedly green development.

The North Dallas location isn’t the last that Tacodeli has planned for the metroplex. In October, the chain announced that it would open two locations in Plano — one at Preston and Park, another at Parkwood Village — sometime next year. Those locations are expected to open in early 2018. When those restaurants open, Dallas will have just one fewer Tacodeli outpost than Austin, where the chain originated and operates five locations.

Tacodeli arrives at The Hill on Monday, December 11.

Victory Park Adds Sushi and A Wine Bar to Its Parade of Forthcoming Restaurants



Imoto and Burgundy Swine will join a number of new eateries planned for the area

When Victory Park debuts its major revamp next year, an Asian eatery called Imoto and a wine bar called Burgundy Swine will join the ranks of new restaurants planned for the area.

Tracy Rathbun of Lovers Seafood & Market and Shinsei will open Imoto, which will serve a “Pan-Asian” menu of sushi, shared plates, sake, and more. A press release describes Imoto as “bar-centric,” and notes that it will be home to a lounge that will offer a clubbier vibe in the late-night hours, complete with a DJ and plenty of cocktails. The restaurant takes its name from the Japanese word for “little sister.”

The second newly-announced spot, Burgundy Swine, will be a modern wine bar with a list of bottles, glasses, and wines on tap curated by a group of as-yet-unnamed sommeliers in Dallas. Situated right next door to the currently-open Olivella’s, the space will include an outdoor patio that will be dog-friendly. In addition to the wine bar, Burgundy Swine will sell bottles of wine at retail.

As Eater reported back in March, these two new additions are part of a major restaurant revamp in Victory Park. Over the next year, Brooke Humphries (of Barcadia, Pints & Quarts, and Mudsmith, among others) will open two restaurants in the neighborhood in 2018, along with concepts from Tristan Simon’s hospitality company Rebees and an outpost of Mesero.

Both Imoto and Burgundy Swine are expected to debut at Victory Park in Spring 2018.

Fort Worth Now Has A Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant



Taste Community Kitchen is open, and they’re feeding everyone

Taste Community Kitchen, a new pay-what-you-can restaurant, has officially opened its doors in Fort Worth.

The restaurant is a project of Chef Jeff Williams, and is staffed by more than 100 volunteers who cook meals and serve customers, reports CBS 11. According to Williams, diners will still be presented a check at the end of a meal, but the amount they pay is entirely up to them. “We had periods of time where food was scarce,” Williams told CBS. “I remember times when my parents had to skip meals just so my sister and I could eat.”

As far as the food is concerned, Williams is serving up a menu of comforting fare at Taste Community Kitchen. Dishes like burgers, Gulf shrimp and grits, and pimento cheese bruschetta will be on offer, along with sides, cold brew coffee, and desserts like a double chocolate brownie served a la mode.

Taste Community Kitchen is now open and accepting reservations via its website. There, people can also sign up for volunteer shifts to help out in the kitchen or greet guests, among other jobs.

Find Houndstooth Coffee’s Newest Location Inside an Eco-Friendly Tiny House



The coffee shop is serving up its specialty cappuccinos from a solar-powered new spot

Austin-based chain Houndstooth Coffee just debuted its most environmentally-friendly shop yet in North Dallas.

The new coffee spot in the Hill Shopping Center complex at 9730 N. Central Expressway is contained within two “tiny porch houses” created by Austin-based sustainable design firm Lake Flato that are powered by the sun and built with green materials. Electric vehicle charging stations, made by Tesla, await in the parking lot for serious environmentalists

This is the third Dallas location (and fifth overall) for Houndstooth Coffee, which originated in Austin. Its other locations on Henderson Ave. and in the Sylvan Thirty development in Oak Cliff have solidified the brand as a Dallas standby for handcrafted coffee, espresso, tea drinks, and seasonal offerings like Rhum Nut Cappuccino and Cinnamon Spice Cappuccino created with house-made simple syrups. Houndstooth also offers pastries, donuts, and breakfast tacos from Tacodeli.

“Dallas has been so welcoming since we put down roots in this city three years ago,” said Sean Henry in a statement, founder and owner of Houndstooth Coffee. “We’re excited to be part of the growth of the Walnut Hill neighborhood and to be able to offer another location for our old friends and new guests to meet.”

Houndstooth Coffee in The Hill Shopping Center at 9730 N. Central Expressway, is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

(image) Credit Brandon LaJoie
(image) Courtesy Houndstooth Coffee

Dallas’ 2017 Eater Awards Winners


After a week of voting and much deliberation, the results are in and we’re happy to announce the winners of the 2017 Eater Awards. It’s been an exciting year to dine in Dallas, and the scene just continues to grow. From ritzy fine-dining establishments that could put Big D on the national culinary map in 2018 to the explosion of the poke craze, being an Eater in Dallas just keeps getting better. Without further ado, behold this year’s Eater Awards winners. Restaurant of the Year: Sachet Kathy Tran/EDFW A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet The power duo of Chef Stephen Rogers and front-of-house manager Alison Yoder, the minds behind Henderson Avenue’s Gemma, have found another smash hit in this Mediterranean-inspired stunner. Equal parts chic and welcoming, it’s quickly become one of the hardest reservations to secure in town, and for good reason. From bright, colorful mezze to stick-to-the-ribs entrees, the menu at Sachet is diverse without being scattered, the execution of each plate is near-flawless, and the service is attentive without being aggressive. And don’t forget the gin and tonic program, which is turning out some of the finest cocktails in the city. Reader’s Choice: Sachet Chef of the Year: Joshua Harmon Kevin Marple Starting first as a temporary chef at Kitchen LTO, Joshua Harmon has transformed the since-revamped eatery (now known as Junction Craft Kitchen) into one of Dallas’ most exciting dining destinations. His obsessive focus on unique ingredients, ranging from smoked kimchi to black butter cajeta, add interest to otherwise familiar plates like shrimp and grits, steak tartare, and fried green tomatoes. Harmon is as much a mad scientist as he is a chef, using his kitchen to make giant batches of koji, a fungus grown on rice that can be used for everything from culturing butter to fermenting soy sauce and curing meats. He’s also recently launched a late-night cart that serves up steam buns in Deep Ellum, so there’s really no telling what this up-and-comer is going to do next. Reader’s Choice: Due to suspected voting irregularities, a Reader’s Choice winner will not be awarded in this category. Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year: Bullion Courtesy Bullion It’s only been open for a few weeks, but Chef Bruno Davaillon’s Bullion has already staked its place as Dallas’ most stunning new restaurant. From first glimpse, the swanky Downtown restaurant’s exterior is a nod to its name — it’s literally shaped like a bar of gold bullion. Inside, dark woods, plush seating, and an overall luxurious vibe make dinner at Bullion feel a little bit like being transported out of Dallas. Here, even the tableware is stunning — custom plates emblazoned with a “B” are made in France by Bernaudaud, with hefty Christofle silver placed alongside. But that really shouldn’t be surprising, considering that Davaillon is known for making sure that each and every detail is obsessively perfect. Reader’s Choice: Bullion Bar of the Year: Lounge Here Melissa Hennings In a city with many worthy watering holes, Lounge Here has firmly staked its place as one of Dallas’s best bars. The laid-back, Marfa-inspired decor makes for a perfect setting to enjoy cocktails from a thoughtfully-arranged menu that covers every possible preference or poison of choice. From sippable easy drinkers to more complex, spirit-forward libations, the bar staff at Lounge Here expertly stir and shake cocktails that are as thoughtful as they are consistently great. Reader’s Choice: Midnight Rambler Comeback of the Year: The French Room Steven Visneau Once the grande dame of Dallas dining, The French Room had really faded in recent years. When it shuttered in 2016, expectations were h[...]

17 of Dallas’ Most Excellent Bars



Every single watering hole you need to know about

Especially when the weather is this hot, drinking in Dallas is essentially a survival tool. From dingy, charming dives to the fanciest of upscale cocktail dens, the city is practically littered with spots to drink.

This guide is intended to answer an ever-present question: “Where should we drink tonight?” Bars at all price points and levels of sophistication are present on this guide, which means that it can satisfy pretty much any drinking need.

Whether in search of the coldest beer or the craftiest cocktail, let this map of Dallas’ 16 essential bars be your guide.

Dallas’ Newest Italian Restaurant Has A Serious Culinary Pedigree



Chef Giuliano Matarese brings pizzas, pastas, and more to The Centrum

Much-anticipated Italian restaurant Mille Lire has officially made its debut inside The Centrum.

The new restaurant from TV chef Giuliano Matarese opened its doors at 3102 Oak Lawn this week, bringing a serious culinary pedigree and menu of Italian classics. Matarese comes to Dallas with 20 years of restaurant industry experience. Born and raised in Italy, he got his start in his grandmother’s Naples restaurant before coming to the states and spending time at Convivio and Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in New York City. He’s also made tons of appearances on food TV, including Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay.

Mille Lire promises a constantly-changing menu of “regional Italian cuisine.” Matarese said in a statement that the restaurant is his nod to “la dolce vita,” or “the sweet life,” of his childhood in Italy. Diners can look forward to antipasti, along with pizzas fired in an Italian oven and pastas made fresh daily with an imported pasta-maker. Outside of the carb-laden options, entrees include chianti-braised short ribs, diver scallops with cauliflower puree, and barbecue oxtail.

A full menu of beer, wine, and cocktails will keep diners from going thirsty, with theme-appropriate cocktails like the Italiano Mule, mixed with vodka, limoncello, ginger beer, and rosemary. A substantial wine and beer list includes Italian offerings as well as local and domestic brands.

Mille Lire is now open for dinner service, beginning at 5 p.m. daily, with lunch, happy hour and weekend brunch rolling out in the coming weeks.