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It’s officially time for an update of the Eater 38, a guide to the city’s essential restaurants. At these standout establishments, diners will find a wide variety of price points and cuisines, ranging from the city’s finest barbecue destinations to its excellent date night spots and everything in between.

The 2022 edition of the Dallas 500 made its debut at an exclusive event last night at Fair Park’s Hall of State. More than six months in the making, the 180-page publication includes some of the most recognizable names in business, along with nearly 200 new and emerging leaders.

Dallas restaurants keep searching for new ways to distinguish themselves from the pack: novelty concepts, swanky interior designs, locations like the 49th floor of a skyscraper. So why do so many of them play the same music? A distinctive playlist can help make an unforgettable dining room. But many restaurants around town settle for top 40 hits, pop standards or pre-built lists from services like Spotify. Hip-hop instrumentals and the Pandora station “Hipster Cocktail Party” have become fixtures.

Last year, during one of the numerous peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House opened its doors in Dallas for the first time. For those who attended in-person (and for the rest of us who were more comfortable with the virtual experience), the 27 discrete rooms created by 27 world-class interior designers were a wonder to behold. On September 24, the second edition will be unveiled. It’s just the event to impel travel-starved aesthetes to grab their 10-gallon hats and head south. Here are five places no design lover should miss while in Dallas this month.

Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art galleries in Miami, Dallas and now California, has quickly made a big footprint in Texas since opening his Dallas Design District gallery in 2019. In fact, his introduction to the Lone Star State came from coordinating the procurement and installation of French-Israeli sculptor Idan Zareski’s Babyfoot at the Oak Lawn entrance of the Design District. And just recently, Markowicz revealed Zareski’s latest sculpture, “La Nena,” on the terrace of the W Hotel.

Charlie’s on Greenville, a new restaurant by the restaurateur behind The Charles, is coming to our neighborhood. The restaurant received a certificate of occupancy for the space at 2808 Greenville Ave. in March. It will be located in the building that used to house longtime Dallas eatery The Grape, which closed in 2019.

As temperatures rise, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the best meals you can enjoy that don’t arrive at the table steaming hot. Sure, you can always order a salad or a sandwich, but there’s no reason to eat boring when you can enjoy flavor-packed, elegant cold meals. Here are a few of my favorites:

After a challenging year, PaperCity celebrates leaders, artists, and innovators who kept us hopeful and inspired. Chosen by our editorial staff, the group of 50 comprising The New Dallas Establishment helped shape local culture, from rising beauty brands and fashion designers to inventive restaurateurs. Whether they’re rethinking retail or introducing us to something entirely fresh, each person on this list contributes something valuable to the city, paving the way for entrepreneurs to come. Cheers to a group that makes us proud to call Dallas home.

As far as I’m concerned margarita season starts now. Nevermind that mercury still falls consistently below 60 degrees where I am in New York City. I (and many others) are over winter—not to mention our godforsaken down coats. I’m ready for cocktails that’ll elevate my mood and jolt me out of my pandemic-enhanced cold-weather blues. And enjoying a superbly made margarita does just that and never disappoints: There’s seriously no going wrong here, especially when you consider that margaritas are relatively easy to make.

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After a tumultuous 2020, Dallas diners seem hungry for hope. Luckily — and amazingly — the future of our dining scene appears as vibrant as ever. 2021 will bring a delicious bite of nostalgia to the pie-shaped building at Commerce and Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Dallas. Restaurateur Nick Badovinus (Town Hearth, Neighborhood Services) is fascinated with the 100-year-old structure, which opened as a service station in the 1920s. It was home to KLIF-AM radio in the ‘60s and ‘70s. And in 2021, it’ll become National Anthem, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant with a rock ‘n’ roll identity.


Now that 2020 is finally — blessedly — coming to an end, now is the time to think about what comes next for the city’s restaurant industry after an especially brutal year. As restaurants continue to figure out how to operate in this brave new world of limited capacity, takeout and delivery, and an ever-changing slate of regulations, Eater reached out to the city’s top chefs and food writers with an important question: Where should the restaurant industry go next as it rebuilds?

With Christmas on the horizon, there’s starting to be the usual lull in restaurant news that always precedes the holidays. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few nuggets to digest. This round of Dallas restaurant news includes winter menus, truffles, and tiki cocktails.

When we first ran this blog post at the tail end of March, it was a slight scramble to get as many restaurants, bars, and markets into this living list as possible. Much like the eateries that were figuring out takeout, we were figuring out how to relay that information to you. As life has now—somehow, somewhat—settled, and many restaurants have reopened, everyone may have established their own personal risk assessments when it comes to dining out. Whether you’re going out, staying in, or doing a combination of the two, the big need for takeout and delivery isn’t going anywhere. It remains the safest ways to support your favorite restaurants. Tip like you’re dining in.

Dallas is the latest Texas city—after Austin and Houston—to secure a brick-and-mortar location of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, an Ohio-based chain with a strong national following. CultureMap Dallas reported the scoop that an official spokesperson had no details about the timeline of the opening, in keeping with their habit of opening without fanfare. However, we suspect no matter how quietly they open the doors, everyone in Deep Ellum will know. Fans of their specialty ice cream flavors—think goat cheese and roasted cherries or vegan cold brew with coconut cream—can choose between a single scoop or multiple half scoops.

Nearly 50 years after The Grape opened in Dallas, the now-closed restaurant space will get new life. Chas Martin, who operates upscale Italian restaurant The Charles in the Dallas Design District, is working on a new restaurant in East Dallas that’s expected to open in 2021.

This year, the biggest party of the Dallas and Fort Worth food and beverage scenes came right to your living room. CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards — Virtual Edition brought all the delicious and innovative ideas from our cities’ best chefs and bartenders straight to you, courtesy of Tasting Totes that were brimming with goodies.

The statuses of restaurants are changing regularly, and we’re here to provide an update to the Top 100 Restaurants, a list developed by Observer critic Brian Reinhart for 2020. We will do our best to keep this list up to date (feel free to email us those changes), and we’ll provide information on more restaurants soon. For now, here’s what some of our favorite places are up to these days:

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is our annual celebration of Dallas’ top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

In a year that has left the food and beverage industry devastated from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-Fort Worth’s talented and hard-working culinary stars deserved — more than ever — to be recognized and celebrated at the 2020 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards

The coronavirus has put much on hold, but it hasn’t defeated the 2020 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, our annual celebration of the best in Dallas-Fort Worth food and drink where we spotlight bars, chefs, and restaurants. It’s our way of honoring the extraordinary spirit of the Dallas-Fort Worth culinary scene.

The steady hum of much needed interpersonal connection filled the space, the occasional percussive beats of laughter punctuated the atmosphere, then quieted, leaving a brief pause for me to hear the background music.

On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed that restaurants, in addition to other businesses, could open at 25% capacity as part of a phased opening of the state of Texas. That leaves restaurants with a decision to make: try to open up at 25% or keep on keepin’ on.
A slew of Dallas restaurants plan to open on Friday, but there’s also plenty that will stick to take-out for now. Scope out this list of spots that are continuing takeout and delivery service, but choosing to skip dine-in service for now.

While we social distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to stay healthy, hydrated and happy — things you can accomplish by getting exercise and enjoying a good meal. Plus, when you get food to go, you’re supporting businesses that are now struggling every day to make sure they’re still around when we come out of this.

In reporting on our city’s take-out high-end dining options, in a piece that went live yesterday, I plunged, momentarily, back into a world I’d abandoned. A world left in suspension since March when restaurant dining rooms closed and coronavirus shutdowns forced us to halt in our tracks.

When, on March 16, the city decreed restaurants could not serve dine-in customers, some of the city’s most creative chefs adapted, shifting towards takeout. They devised ways to pack up chicken-liver pâté with toast points and housemade ice cream to lay atop elaborate desserts.

A self-proclaimed “Italian-ish” restaurant in the Design District, The Charles serves some of the best pastas in the city. A collaboration between Chas Martin, Sees Design, and chef J. Chastain, the interior of the restaurant definitely has some eclectic vibes with marble and golden fixtures including a snake mirror.

An online Dallas fundraiser is simultaneously supporting area restaurants and feeding children in need. It’s called ‘Kids Save Dallas Restaurants’ and it’s already raised over $60,000. Dallas residents Alexis Smith and Alex Perry came up with the idea.
“We both have friends in the restaurant industry and we just wanted to give back to them,” said Smith. One gesture great into another: helping feed the vulnerable.

While self-quarantining may be a tad boring, our dinner plans certainly don’t have to be. Thanks to new takeout menus, daily specials and curbside pickup and delivery options, fine-dining has never been more accessible. From steakhouses to seafood and sushi eateries, Dallas’ top restos are giving us the luxe experience we’re craving right now.

Something good to read — something that shows the beauty in life — is more important than ever these days. PaperCity magazine’s April print issue is packed with examples of both. It’s also available to pick-up (for free as usual) at numerous spots throughout Dallas.
Just because you’re safely social distancing does not mean you have to go without your physical copy of PaperCity. This month’s issue looks “Onward.” The magazine’s famed style pages focus on the “Abstraction of Color.” We also highlight the successful collaborations of designer Philip Thomas Vanderford and art consultant Jennifer Klos, take a pilgrimage to Liliana Bloch’s new art gallery and deconstruct spring fashion. With Dallas’ restaurant scene reeling from the complete closure of dining rooms as part of the fight to flatten the coronavirus curve, the issue also spotlights some eateries you’ll definitely want to have on your must-visit list for when everyone can go out again.

During Dallas’s unprecedented shelter-in-place times, some restaurants are getting creative by flipping into mini marts as an added revenue stream during the coronavirus pandemic. Along with takeout and delivery menus during the dine-in ban, newly added market essentials and grocery kits are designed to help customers make their own meals at home.

The local food and beverage scene has been hit hard by the public’s inability to visit restaurants and bars. The shift to takeout only—or, for many, temporary closure—has required restaurateurs to move fast and make big, often painful adjustments. Staffing and pay cuts, operating hour reductions, and changes to inventory ordering and menu items are among the many actions food-industry business owners have taken to adapt—and stay afloat.

Dallas, along with an increasing number of cities, has closed on-site dining at all restaurants and bars to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Some have shut down operations entirely, hopefully on a temporary basis. But many are offering part or all of their menus on a takeout basis.
Some restaurants are using third-party delivery services like Uber Eats and Favor. Some are taking on delivery themselves. Nearly all offer to-go, which you can pick up at the restaurant. Some are doing curbside delivery, where you pull up and they bring your order to your car.

Craving Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the most exceptional upscale Italian restaurants around Dallas, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fill the bill.

A redheaded hostess leads me through a dark parking lot. My friend and I were at The Charles, a swanky Italian-inspired eatery in the Design District, listening to the guy next to us eat octopus and talk about how he got LASIK right before his sister’s debutante ball, when we heard mention of a new club around the corner. We quickly set off with the hostess in search of it. She explains that the owners of The Charles bought the back portion of the locksmith next door and opened Bar Charles there in December.

With an influx of exciting developments, including the addition of new bars (Hi, Bar Charles), restaurants, and the recent debut of Virgin Hotels Dallas, the Dallas Design District is due for its first major live music venue. Thankfully, in just a few short months, Mark Cuban and Live Nation Entertainment will gift the neighborhood with The HiFi (situated in the former furniture store space next door to the Dallas Mavericks’ training facility), which has set out to be as big on sound quality as it is on creating an intimate environment.

Anew, swanky champagne bar has opened behind the Dallas Design District’s most Italian-ish restaurant, The Charles. An expansion of the restaurant that opened in 2018, Bar Charles is located at 1632 Market Center Boulevard.
The new bar provides a place for guests of The Charles to wait for their tables to be ready while sipping on craft cocktails, wine and champagne, as well as small appetizers. It also welcomes people to come hang out separately on their own or with a private event party.

Dallas’ Design District is an oft underrated neighborhood when it comes to food and nightlife. It’s primarily known for its many art galleries, design studios and showrooms. But, did you know that the area also boasts several great restaurants, breweries, coffee shops and entertainment hotspots?

With such a momentous food year in Dallas, we can’t forget to recognize the stellar bars that we’ve seen crop up across Dallas-Fort Worth. And there were quite a few. So, in no particular order, we’re ready to crown our own winners of Best New Bars of 2019.

ADallas Design District restaurant has spawned a new bar. The Charles, the Italian restaurant at 1632 Market Center Blvd. will open a private dining and cocktail/champagne bar called Bar Charles. The bar is nestled on the backside of the restaurant, with entry through the back alleyway.

On Tuesday, December 10, Design District Italian nightly eatery, The Charles, will open its private dining and cocktail and champagne bar aptly named, Bar Charles. The 1,700 square foot space is nestled on the backside of the authentic restaurant – with entry through the back alleyway


Bar Charles, a swanky new addition to popular Italian eatery the Charles, is officially set to kick open the doors next week. The new bar, located in a 1,700 square foot space that’s located behind the Charles’s main dining room, is described by its owners as a “testament to maximalism.” Designed by Sees Design and William Baker, the space is packed with indulgent Italian influenced-pieces, including plush velvet seating, bubble lamps designed by George Nelson, and a sophisticated antique fireplace.