by Sabra Girard - 70 Reviews - 40 List
That little thing called recession hasn't stopped new restaurants from cropping up all over Dallas, or the city's food-lovers from dining at them. It has, however, made us a bit more choosy. Get the lowdown on the best new Dallas restaurants--be they casual date spots or fine dining boites--that are worth your time, money and maybe even a return visit.
Updated: October 15, 2009
Talk about class. This 12,000-square-foot palace drips in it, from the 1,000-bottle strong wine case to the marble-, crystal- and gold-encrusted decor. The feasts are just as fancy, with standards like a cowboy-cut ribeye that is wet-aged for 28 days and sided sweet potatoes with maple syrup, pecans and Bourbon butter.
Ladies who lunch have plenty of reasons to linger here: The strawberry cake is divine, and so are the surroundings. With warm beige walls, iron hangings and faux French windows, the cafe makes for the ideal setting to practice bridge and sip on tea--pinkies out, of course.
It's difficult to find a restaurant that suits both families and cockailers, but this strip mall eatery--complete with DJ booth--manages to do both. Outside, singles sip on Pacificos and killer margaritas on the patio, while inside, families enjoy tamales and moist tres leches cake.