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Our Favorite D Magazine Food and Drink Stories of 2021

Whether you read these tales on a screen or flipped through our print issues all year long, we hope you enjoyed them.
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Grilled Prawns
At Monarch, on the 49th floor of The National, flame-charred prawns marry salsa verde with a Calabrian chile jus (the inspiration Mexican-Italian-French). Brittany Conerly

Nothing can replace curling up on the couch with a magazine or sitting on the patio with a cup of coffee and locally published words. Print won’t die, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on. Without further ado, some of our favorite food and drink stories published in D Magazine this year. You can always dig out the print copy if you’d rather read it there.

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JANUARY

The Dawn of the North Texas Distillery Golden Age

Just over a decade ago, the craft spirit movement in Texas began with Garrison Brothers and Balcones. Now there are as many distilleries in Texas as there were in the country when the American craft whiskey scene started gaining traction after the Great Recession of 2008. Amid the revolution, North Texas has been steadily gaining steam.

MARCH

A Dirty Story About Clean Linens

Inside the messy battle between an international napkin cartel and a local upstart trying to claim its share of Dallas’ dining room tables.

Thunderbird patio
Thunderbird Station’s wedge of a patio sits in the nook where Commerce Street forks into Second Avenue. Elizabeth Lavin
APRIL

The Best Patios in Dallas For Right Now!

In the era of COVID, perhaps nothing had sprouted up as the collective gather place as the outdoor patio. Some had been here along, now renovated and expanded with an emphasis on outdoor dining. Others were a more impromptu tables and chairs in the parking lot, or even a parklet, which takes up a few parking spaces. In all cases, these were the breezy, air-flowy environs we found ourselves flocking to this year and last.

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Juan Moyano
JUNE

The Yank’s Guide to Proper Dallas Footie Pubs

With the European Championship underway, here’s the score on the best British-style bars in which to drink up the beautiful game.

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Second to Naan: Brunch includes velvety tikka Benedict, chicken and waffles drenched with mango-habanero syrup, chickpea chaat, and pink chai. Brittany Conerly
JULY

At Âme in Bishop Arts, an Indian-French Connection

The old Hattie’s space has come alive with the flavors of a new, upscale Indian cuisine unlike anything else in Dallas. (And our first review in over a year.)

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Elizabeth Lavin

These Dallas Artisans Help You Make the Perfect Table

These local artisans deliver the goods to help you set up dinner just right. All you need to provide is food and guests to impress.

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Brittany Conerly
AUGUST

The 2021 Best of Big D

Say hello to our 20th edition. Here are 172 ways to support our favorite local places and people during this critical time for small businesses.

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“They’re learning so much,” Jade says of her two boys. “My 5-year-old is a harder worker than I think I’ve ever been in my whole life. He’s learned the value of working hard and then contributing to a place, to a group of people. I feel like it’s a huge privilege, and I’m really grateful that we can do this.” Elizabeth Lavin

Dallas-Fort Worth, Meet Your Agrarian Neighbors

Farm life is a calling—and one that’s not for the faint of heart. Meet some of the North Texas families who chose the land over the city.

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One of the highlights of this dining year is the bread course at Meridian, which showcases the wizardry of master baker David Madrid. Rotating specialties might include an ancient-grain fendu or lacquered, laminated brioche alongside accoutrements such as smoky, hearth-roasted tomato ’nduja or cultured butter marbled with ramp powder. Brittany Conerly

Meridian’s Modern Brazilian Is a Gift for Dallas Diners

Junior Borges opened Uchi and cooked at FT33. At Meridian, he is finally speaking in his own voice.

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Do as the Eatalians Do: A Handy Guide to Eataly Dallas

More than a store, NorthPark’s newest addition is a whole lifestyle. Here is everything you need to navigate the three-story pasta paradise.

Monarch King Crab Claws
Luxurious ingredients, such as these prawns and king crab claws served with drawn butter and sauces, top tables that afford jaw-dropping views of downtown and the city’s horizons. Brittany Conerly
SEPTEMBER

Monarch, The National’s 49th-Floor Restaurant, Offers Opulence Without Limits

The excesses available at the city’s latest fine-dining spot almost make you forget about the food. But don’t.

Korean Street Eats
There’s no reining in the toppings on these rice-battered Korean hot dogs—from cinnamon sugar-dusted sweet potato to darkest squid-ink. Elizabeth Lavin
OCTOBER

We’re in Love With Dallas’ Newest Wave of Korean Street Food

Where to find rice-battered corn dogs dusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and billowy egg toast sandwiches.

Apothecary Lower Greenville
Amber Ways: Don’t let the plush interior fool you. This dark and moody bar is meant to be playful. Samantha Marie
NOVEMBER

Lower Greenville Speakeasy Apothecary Is a Den of All-Out Creativity

Don’t let the plush interior fool you. This dark and moody bar’s cocktails and snacks are meant to be playful, tasty, and delightfully weird.

Jimmy Park
Park worked at several Nobu locations and opened Pōk the Raw Bar and Nori Handroll Bar before finally masterminding Shoyo. Brittany Conerly

In Lower Greenville, Shoyo Deals in Masterful Omakase-Only Sushi

Jimmy Park’s elite 12-seat restaurant delivers jewels from its shadowy hideaway on Greenville Avenue.

DECEMBER

The Best New Restaurants in Dallas 2021

Our first best new restaurants list since 2019 represents something extraordinary: the rebirth of a dining scene some feared had disappeared forever.

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