The annual ranking of best new restaurants by Texas Monthly looks a little different this year. Instead of the usual list of 10 establishments, food editor Pat Sharpe focuses on favorite takeout dishes and drinks from across the Lone Star State, along with spotlighting three of the year's most exciting new openings.
In total, the article covers 30 restaurants across seven regions, divided into categories such as starters and sides, sandwiches, entrees, sweets, and cocktails. All offer to-go. To be eligible for the list, establishments must have opened between December 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020.
Dishes spotlighted from Fort Worth include the following:
Beef Sirloin Fajitas at Eat Fajitas, the ghost kitchen from chef Lanny Lancarte II operating out of his Righteous Foods Cafe.
Grilled Trout Hoppin’ John featuring rice with black-eyed peas, tomato, and jalapeño, at Provender Hall, the Stockyards restaurant from chef Marcus Paslay (Clay Pigeon, Piattello Italian Kitchen).
Adult Banana Pudding laced with banana rum and banana liqueur at Carpenter's Cafe & Catering, a family-owned restaurant in the Near Southside.
Bourbon Coffee Bean Ganache Cheesecake with coconut and smoked salt from Wild Acre Camp Bowie, the upbeat brewery on Camp Bowie Boulevard.
La Perla, the signature cocktail with tequila, sherry, and pear liqueur at Ático, the tapas bar in the Fort Worth Stockyards from chef Tim Love.
Roasted Carrots With Chimichurri, al dente carrots with garlicky crema at Tinie's, the Mexico City-inspired restaurant in Fort Worth's Southside.
In Dallas, they include:
Grilled Pork Riblets with chimichurri sauce and presered figs from Elm & Good, the restaurant at the Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Deep Ellum.
Texas Lobster Roll with diced jalapeño served on griddled brioche from Yo! Lobster, the Nick Badovinus restaurant at Highland Park Village.
Jerk-Spiced Lamb Shank from Pangea, a Nigerian restaurant from chef Kevin Ashade in Garland.
Dial Oil Noodles and Dragon Eggplant from Uncle Zhou, a restaurant famous for hand-pulled Henan-style noodles that relocated to Plano from New York.
Fried Chicken Thighs from True Kitchen + Kocktails, a soul food restaurant that opened in downtown Dallas.
Grilled skirt steak atop refried mayocoba beans at La Resistencia Taqueria, the taco tasting room at Revolver Taco Lounge in Deep Ellum.
La Paloma, a citrus-flavored dessert at Commons Club, the centerpiece restaurant at the Virgin Hotels Dallas.