Among the new restaurants that have opened in February or March 2023 in Dallas-Fort Worth, we’ve got three new dessert shops, two bars, four coffee shops and 16 fast-casual restaurants. The seven new sit-down restaurants are serving an impressive mix of Italian, Eastern European, Brazilian, French and Mexican food.
Keep reading and you’ll find 12 more restaurants or shops we’re watching. They’re expected to open in March or April 2023.
The big picture? Consider this your where-to-eat itinerary in Dallas-Fort Worth. And check dallasnews.com/food often for more restaurant news.
Dallas-area restaurants open now
including some in Fort Worth, Frisco, Mansfield, The Colony and more
We went back to early February 2023 to gather up a basket — no, more like a bushel — of new restaurants in North Texas. Make some notes; there are plenty you’ll want to visit.
Restaurants categorized, then listed in alphabetical order.
Ascension. Look for lattes and lunch inside a former chapel in East Dallas’ Casa Linda area, near the Dallas Arboretum. Ascension is at 9353 Garland Road, Dallas.
ChimLanh. The owners of Sandwich Hag in Dallas and Detour Doughnuts in Frisco opened a weekends-only Vietnamese coffee shop starting March 18, 2023, Amanda Albee reports. Detour chef Jinny Cho will make the pastries, and Vietnamese cà phês will likely be a popular order. The shop is at the existing Sandwich Hag restaurant in the Cedars. Read more here. ChimLanh is at 1902 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas.
PJ’s Coffee. North Richland Hills has a new PJ’s Coffee with a drive-through. This Louisiana-based company is bringing “the spirit of New Orleans” to D-FW in a big way: It’s the sixth PJ’s in North Texas. PJ’s Coffee is at 5555 Rufe Snow Drive, North Richland Hills.
Pull Through Coffee. Many in the cycling community have already heard about Pull Through Coffee because it’s attached to Dallas Bike Works near White Rock Lake. Owner Christina James, a competitive cyclist and first-time coffee shop owner, is pulling shots Wednesdays through Sundays. Pull Through Coffee is at Dallas Bike Works, 4875 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas.
Ben’s Cookies. Snider Plaza got a bit sweeter this month when England-based Ben’s Cookies opened in University Park, near the historic Bubba’s fried chicken restaurant. CultureMap has details. Ben’s Cookies is at 3406 Rosedale Ave., Dallas.
Crumbl Cookies. This fast-growing bakery company is opening a new shop March 23, 2023 in Lewisville. The menu changes every week, a “phenomenon” that has led some eager cookie customers to wait in line for sweets on repeat. Crumbl has over 600 stores in the United States, with more than two-dozen of those in D-FW. This new Crumbl is at 717 Hebron Parkway, Lewisville. Find others here.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. D-FW’s third Van Leeuwen opened in Dallas’ Inwood Village on Feb. 9. (The others are in Uptown Dallas and Fort Worth.) This company is the one responsible for the Hidden Valley Ranch-flavored ice cream that went viral in March 2023. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is at 5450 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas.
Fast casual food
Blaze Pizza. You’ve heard of one of Blaze’s famous investors, LeBron James. This fast-casual pizza shop is continuing to open franchises in Dallas-Fort Worth. The latest is in Mansfield; it opened Feb. 21, 2023. Blaze Pizza is at 3161 E. Broad St., Mansfield.
Chicken Salad Chick. Frisco’s first Chicken Salad Chick opened March 14, 2023. The fast-casual shop, founded in Auburn, Ala., sells a dozen varieties of chicken salad. Chicken Salad Chick is at 4331 Main St., Frisco.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. Situated between Starbucks and Bob’s at The Shops at Legacy is Kizuki, a ramen shop that also sells chicken karaage, chilled tofu and pan-fried dumplings. It opened Feb. 25, 2023. Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya is at 5760 Legacy Circle, Plano.
Loop 9 BBQ. Chili’s co-founder Larry Lavine created and launched Loop 9, a barbecue joint in Grand Prairie’s new EpicCentral neighborhood. Many of the recipes came from Lavine’s home kitchen. His wife Ann Lavine makes the pies. Loop 9 is at 2951 S. State Highway 161, Grand Prairie.
Lucky’s Hot Chicken. Nashville hot chicken joint Lucky’s moved to Dallas’ Oak Lawn area in early February 2023. It relocated from a spot facing SMU, on Hillcrest Road in University Park. (In that space, the owner plans to open Slider & Blues — a popular ‘90s restaurant and arcade, now gone, that’s getting a redux.) Lucky’s Hot Chicken is at 3827 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. The original remains, at 4505 Gaston Ave., Dallas.
New food stalls at Harvest Hall in Grapevine. Inside a grand hotel in Grapevine is a rotating mix of food operators. Harvest Hall has had three newcomers in three weeks: a Roman and Neapolitan pizza joint named Pizza by Luigi; a hot chicken shop named FireBawks; and a seafood shop known for lobster rolls named Dock Local. A fourth newcomer, Brisket Rules Slider Bar, is slated to open March 20, 2023. Harvest Hall is at 815 S. Main St., Grapevine.
Original ChopShop. This growing salad chain opened near Preston Road and Forest Lane in Dallas’ Preston Hollow on March 8, 2023. It’s the eighth ChopShop in D-FW, not including those coming soon in Southlake and Fort Worth’s Alliance neighborhood. Original ChopShop is at 11700 Preston Road, Dallas. Find others here.
Paris Baguette. Growing franchise Paris Baguette wants to open 1,000 cafes in the United States by 2030. Several are already open in D-FW — in Grand Prairie, Carrollton and Lewisville — and a new one opened March 19, 2023 in Coppell. Customers will find a Caprese baguette, ham-egg-Swiss croissant, and grilled chicken Caesar salads for lunch. The bakery also sells cakes and tarts by the slice or whole. Paris Baguette is at 1535 S. Belt Line Road, Coppell.
Pizza Leila. Sicilian-style restaurant Pizza Leila has opened in downtown Dallas — though it’s not exactly new. Pizza Leila made pizzas from sibling restaurant Sloane’s Corner kitchen for two years before moving to a new storefront a short walk from Klyde Warren Park, the Nasher Sculpture Center or the Winspear Opera House. Pizza Leila is at 2111 Flora St., Dallas.
Salata x2. Two new salad shops have opened: near Plano’s busy Park-and-Preston intersection and in Euless. The company has nearly 100 Salatas in the United States. Salata is at 1801 Preston Road, Plano, and 2401 TX-121, Euless. Find others here.
Soulgood. Chef Cynthia Nevel’s newest vegan shop opened in Frisco in mid-March 2023 inside a ghost kitchen named Kitchen United Mix. Many customers order via delivery, but this facility also has seats for indoor dining. Soulgood is at 9506 TX-121, Frisco.
Velvet Taco x2. The CEO of this Dallas-born taco restaurant has ambitions of growing to more than 100 restaurants by 2026, he told us. The two most recent openings were in Grapevine (Feb. 6, 2023) and in Rockwall (Feb. 20, 2023). Also recently: The original Velvet Taco closed and moved to Deep Ellum. New Velvet Tacos are in Grapevine at 440 TX-114; and in Rockwall at 2608 Ridge Road. Find others here.
Cafe Duro’s new wine shop. Inside the quaint, Italian-inflected coffee shop Cafe Duro on Dallas’ Greenville Avenue, the owners have added racks of wine and will now remain open until 9 p.m. They plan to offer wine tastings and special release parties. Cafe Duro is at 2804 Greenville Ave., Dallas.
Red Phone Booth. A new speakeasy named Red Phone Booth has opened in a hidden spot in The Colony. Since March 3, 2023, this cigar bar and lounge has been pouring smoked old-fashioneds to both members and non-members. It’s like a country club, with no golf and a lot more tequila. Red Phone Booth is at 5774 Grandscape Blvd., Suite 100, The Colony.
Sit-down food of all cuisines
61 Osteria. Just after the ice storm in late January and early February 2023, Italian restaurant 61 Osteria opened in Fort Worth. Menu items include arancini, smoked spaghetti carbonara, swordfish with eggplant puree, and short rib with Parmesan polenta. 61 Osteria is at 500 W. 7th St., Fort Worth.
Balkan Garden Bistro. This Eastern European restaurant opened in Grapevine, as spotted first by CI. Balkan Garden Bistro is at 2140 Hall - Johnson Road, No. 118, Grapevine.
Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse. Customers can sample as many as 12 types of meat — picanha or lamb, for example — carved tableside at Grapevine’s newest churrascaria. Chama Gaucha is the first in Dallas-Fort Worth, though others are already open in Houston, San Antonio and Chicago. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse is at 4025 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine.
Happy Morning. Huevos rancheros, crepes, burgers and more are on the menu at Happy Morning, a breakfast cafe in West Frisco, CI reports. Happy Morning is at 1710 FM 423, Frisco.
La Parisienne French Cuisine. Frisco has a new tea and Champagne spot at The Star. La Parisienne wants to be a go-to lunch, brunch and dinner spot for baby showers, girls’ nights and other parties. La Parisienne French Bistro is at 6740 Winning Drive, Frisco.
La Neta Cocina y Lounge. La Neta will forever be remembered as the place where Mark Wahlberg poured tequila during its grand opening. The restaurant originated in Las Vegas and just opened in Deep Ellum. Here, oversized tacos and tequila-heavy cocktails are the things to get. La Neta is at 2525 Elm St. (at The Epic in Deep Ellum), Dallas.
Ramble Room. Dallas restaurateur Jon Alexis (of TJ’s Seafood Market and Escondido) wants his new Ramble Room American restaurant to feel like an “everyday” place. It’s in Snider Plaza in University Park — a shopping center where restaurants like Kuby’s and Bubba’s have lasted a long time. Ramble Room menu items include burgers, pastas and steaks. Ramble Room is at 6565 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas.
Dallas restaurants and shops opening soon
with others in Plano, Lewisville, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth and more
Brix Barbecue. If you’ve visited the “Smokestream” where Brix Barbecue currently serves meat in Fort Worth, soon, it’ll be time to meet them at their new restaurant on Main Street. We’re watching their social media account closely to see when that day will be. Brix Barbecue is currently at 218 Bryan Ave., Fort Worth and is scheduled to move to 1012 S. Main St., Fort Worth.
Collective Coffee. McKinney will be home to another coffee shop when Collective Coffee opens in April 2023. Co-owner Tim Cook tells CI that they plan to have four drinks named after downtown McKinney streets: Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky. Collective Coffee will be at 301 W. Louisiana St, McKinney.
Craft & Vine Taproom and Eatery. The Shops at Legacy in Plano is making room for a “farm to fork” restaurant named Craft & Vine with more than 70 beers and wines on the menu. The restaurant originated in Roanoke. The Plano expansion restaurant is expected to open in April 2023. Craft & Vine will be at 5800 Legacy Drive, Plano.
Crown Block. It’s one of the most high-profile restaurants expected to open this spring. Crown Block is also one of the highest in the sky. The restaurant will serve steak, seafood and sushi on the 18th floor of Reunion Tower, replacing Wolfgang Puck’s former restaurant, Five Sixty. We got a sneak peek. Crown Block will be at the top of Reunion Tower, at 300 E. Reunion Blvd. E, Dallas.
The Finch. Already serving brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner in Dallas’ Mockingbird Station, this cafe’s next expansion in Dallas-Fort Worth is to Grand Prairie’s EpicCentral development. The Finch will take one of four freestanding buildings in the mega-project. It’s expected to open April 10, 2023. The Finch will be at 2955 S. State Highway 161, Grand Prairie.
Fireside Pies. This locally-raised pizza joint has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Fort Worth. Fireside opened in 2010 near the West 7th neighborhood. The operators changed the name to Thirteen Pies in 2014. It was back to Fireside Pies by 2018, and then the restaurant closed in February 2022. The current operators say spring 2023 marks a fresh start in Cowtown, as the restaurant will open in a new Fort Worth neighborhood on March 24, 2023. “The reopening of our Fort Worth location is a real triumph,” says VP of Operations Matt Parmerlee, in a statement. Fireside Pies will be at 628 Harrold St., Fort Worth (in the Left Bank neighborhood).
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. The Shops at Legacy in Plano is getting a Grimaldi’s by late March 2023. Grimaldi’s sells New York style pizza. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will be at 5717 Legacy Drive, Plano.
Insomnia Cookies. We have lots of sweets in this news story! Insomnia’s 15th shop in Texas will be on the edge of the University of Texas at Arlington’s campus. Like the name suggests, Insomnia is open for late-night cravings — as late at 3 a.m. on weekends. It’s expected to open March 25, 2023. Insomnia Cookies will be at 200 E. Abram St., Arlington.
Oak’d. Dallas barbecue joint Oak’d, which opened in 2020, will expand to Addison by the end of April 2023. Co-founder and pitmaster Michael Lane took over Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill and plans to sell barbecue, pastries and beer. Oak’d will be at 4525 Belt Line Road, Addison.
White Rock Brewing Co. A significant expansion is underway from the owners of White Rock Alehouse and Brewery in East Dallas. They plan to open White Rock Brewing Co. in West Dallas by late March 2023. At this new facility, they can produce many more barrels of beer and seat 350 people. White Rock Brewing Co. will be at 2477 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas.
The Wilfred. The owners of Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill in Plano plan to open a speakeasy named The Wilfred in April 2023. The entrance is near the waiting area at Sea Breeze, and customers will find a code “that will change frequently.” Wilfred — nickname Freddy — is the name of the co-owner’s dog. The Wilfred will be at 4017 Preston Road, Suite 530, Plano.
Village Baking Co. in Oak Cliff. It’s not quite finished, but soon, Village Baking Co. will open another coffee, croissant and bread shop in the Dallas area. This one is in a quaint little space in the Bishop Arts District that was once Good Companions coffee and then a Tipsy Elf pop-up bar. Village Baking makes scones, kouign-amann, cookies, cakes and more. The other Village Baking Cos. are on Knox Street, Greenville and Oak Lawn avenues. Village Baking Co. will be at 308. N. Bishop Ave., Dallas.
Recent restaurant re-openings in Dallas
It’s sad when restaurants close and never reopen — though that happens plenty. Here are three examples of Dallas restaurants that closed, changed and made a dramatic re-entrance.
Lone Star Donuts. One of Dallas’ oldest bakeries, Lone Star Donuts in Oak Cliff, is back open after a several-month hiatus. CEO Marcus Johnson says they reworked the business model, making much of their operation smaller and more focused. Visitors to the more than 70-year-old family-owned business should note that there are no more discounted “less-than-perfect” pastries that were once runoff from the wholesale business. Lone Star’s specialties are now now doughnuts, breakfast tacos and popcorn. Lone Star Donuts is at 1727 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas.
The Porch. Brunch is still the meal of the day at The Porch, one of Henderson Avenue’s enduring restaurants for 15 years. But after a two-month remodel, the owners hope to put more of a spotlight on the bar. It’s more comfortable, with better cocktails and a late-night food menu to attract drinkers from neighboring bars. Porch longtimers seem to be passionate about the menu, so here’s a look at what changed and what didn’t. The Porch is at 2912 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas.
Truck Yard. Owner Jason Boso says he spent about $2 million renovating the original Truck Yard in East Dallas, near Greenville Avenue. It still has that shabby-chic charm, with hubcaps and old beer signs on the walls — so no need to fret that Truck Yard got “fancy.” Boso had a long punch list of things to redo, like bathrooms, kitchen equipment, the side patio and the bar. “I needed to give my customers a new reason to come back,” he says. Truck Yard is at 5624 Sears Street, Dallas.
You’ve got some eating to do! If I missed any new restaurants that opened in February or March 2023 or are coming soon in April 2023, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story originally published March 16, 2023 and updated March 17, 2023 with seven new restaurants.