Now in Dallas: New Restaurants

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

Buzzworthy Bites

Bailey's Prime Plus

8160 Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75225

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.

Urbano Cafe

1410 C Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Don't judge a restaurant by its size. This matchbox of an eatery boasts some of the best Italian on this side of town and sports a BYOB policy to boot. Quick, grab one of those nine tables.

Chocolate Angel

11090 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230

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.

Carolina's Mexican Cuisine

3950 Rosemeade Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75287

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.