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Here’s How Dallas Fared in Texas Monthly’s Best Places to Eat List

Don’t expect any surprises or major upsets. The magazine favored a handful of our quickly beloved restaurant newcomers.
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Sister Dining
Brittany Conerly

Texas Monthly published its “Where to Eat Now 2022” feature today. The contents therein laud particular dishes from Texas’ slate of new restaurants instead of a ranking or the usual top 10 arrangement. In light of the ongoing effects of the pandemic, says the magazine, “that approach didn’t seem fair.”

With that framework in place, Dallas-Fort Worth as a whole did well, racking up a dozen mentions among the total 40 restaurants highlighted throughout the spread.

The feature is divided by dish, not too unlike a menu would be. Under small plates, find praise for the charred eggplant dip at Sister, the Lower Greenville restaurant that landed on D Magazine’s Best New Restaurants 2021. Ditto Meridian, whose executive chef Junior Borges put his contemporary spin on Brazilian fare on the Dallas map.

Although Tango Room wasn’t a standout on the whole, per our January restaurant review, it did have a few stellar dishes. Among which we and TM agree: don’t skip the seared foie gras. But also, it’s foie gras. It’s forcibly engineered to be delicious.

Under a selection of large plates appears Old East Dallas newcomer Cry Wolf—which you can and should read about in former dining critic Eve Hill-Agnus’ final restaurant review in the February issue. TM calls out the 48-hour crispy wagyu tongue, an undoubtedly good dish. To me, though, it’s really hard to capture what Cry Wolf is and does and serves with a single-dish highlight. What Eve invokes in her review, I think, gets at what Cry Wolf chef Ross Demers is doing in the kitchen:

You can feel Demers’ adventurous spirit throughout. Roguishness imbues dishes such as a raw bluefin tartare with an egg yolk perched atop to mix in, like a classic beef tartare. Or a special of bison heart over creamed onions. Or the house-fermented kimchee served with those ambrosial prawns. Or the bread course’s squid ink-tinted grissini.

For the full list, of course head to Texas Monthly where the story is live. For the quick hit, see the rundown of D-FW restaurants below.

Dallas

  • Elephant Bar at Âme, Bishop Arts District
  • Carte Blanche, Lowest Greenville
  • Roots Southern Table, Farmers Branch
  • Sister, Lower Greenville
  • Tango Room, Design District
  • Thunderbird Pies, East Dallas
  • Cry Wolf, Old East Dallas
Outdoor Dining Shout-Outs
  • Casablanca
  • Dahlia Bar & Bistro
  • Desert Racer
  • José
  • Katy Trail Ice House
  • Mi Cocina at Klyde Warren Park
  • Kaxon Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden
  • Paradiso
  • Parigi
  • Smoky Rose

Fort Worth

  • Maria’s Mexican Kitchen
  • Pizza Verde
  • Dusty Biscuit Beignets
  • La Onda
  • Roy Pope Grocery
  • Duck n’ Bao
Outdoor Dining Shout-Outs
  • Fort Brewery
  • Joe T. Garcia’s
  • Magnolia Wine Bar
  • Press Cafe
  • Righteous Foods
  • Tinie’s

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Rosin Saez

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Rosin Saez is the online dining editor for D Magazine's food blog SideDish. She hails from Seattle, Washington, where she…
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