3 Fort Worth restaurants make Texas Monthly's list of best new spots in the state
Texas Monthly editor Patricia Sharpe has published her list of Texas' Best New Restaurants in 2023. Numbered one to 10, it’s open to establishments that opened between December 1, 2021 and December 1, 2022, and it must be a restaurant's first Texas location.
Notably, it’s Texas Monthly’s the magazine's first ranked list of best new restaurants since 2020. Due to the challenges restaurants faced in 2021 and 2022, the magazine shared a longer list of favorite dishes and drinks from restaurants across the state. Now, the article has returned to its familiar format.
One Fort Worth Mexican restaurant makes the list: Don Artemio, the upscale Mexican restaurant in the Museum District. Tim Love’s Italian restaurant Caterina’s and the revamped Paris Coffee Shop make the list of honorable mentions.
Two Dallas restaurants make the top 10: Revolver Taco Lounge Gastro Cantina and Au Troisième, the French bistro in Preston Center. Chef Nick Badovinus' prime rib restaurant Brass Ram earns an honorable mention.
In terms of notable omissions, three of the four Texas restaurants that earned James Beard Award semifinalist nominations for America’s Best New Restaurant do not appear on Texas Monthly’s list. They are: Houston Mexican restaurant Tatemó, Dallas sushi restaurant Tatsu, and Restaurant Beatrice, a Cajun restaurant in Dallas.
The full list in order is as follows:
- 1. Navy Blue, seafood restaurant in Houston
- 2. Diner Bar, Southern restaurant in Austin
- 3. Hamsa, modern Israeli restaurant in Houston
- 4. Claudine, French-influenced Southern restaurant in San Antonio
- 5. Revolver Taco Lounge Gastro Cantina, Mexican in Dallas
- 6. Pacha Nikkei, Japanese-Peruvian fusion in Houston
- 7. Don Artemio, Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth
- 8. Au Troisième, French bistro in Dallas
- 9. Maie Day, casual steakhouse in Austin
- 10. Attaboy, French bistro in San Antonio
Honorable mentions include Brass Ram (Dallas), Caterina’s (Fort Worth), Paris Coffee Shop (Fort Worth), Gatlin's Fins (Houston), Flora (Houston), Este (Austin), Allora (San Antonio), and Ladino (San Antonio).
Sharpe notes the current shareable trend and finds the overall state of Texas restaurants to be pretty strong.
“This relaxed approach to dining works well with the trend toward creative, mix-and-match cooking, which has been gaining ground for years,” she writes. After describing various culinary traditions represented on this year’s list — including four French-influenced restaurants — she concludes with an observation, “Cross-cultural cooking used to be dismissed as ‘confusion cuisine.’ Now it’s business as usual.”