2012’s Best New Restaurants, Part 2
Last week, we presented three of the best new restaurants in town, serving up everything from fried chicken to whole lobsters and pound-and-a-half porterhouse steaks.
Wrapping things up, here are the top three restaurants of 2012 to get on your New Year’s post-resolution list.
#3: High-Flying Fish: Spoon Bar & Kitchen
Even though Spoon was one of the last restaurants we featured in 2012, it quickly rose to the top of the list thanks to innovative (if very expensive) seafood dishes from Top Chef Seattle contestant John Tesar. Oyster and black truffle chowder and big eye tuna with foie gras are great places to stick your spoon first.
8220 Westchester Dr., University Park (855-947-7666)
#2: Haute Truck Stop: Stampede 66
The gourmet Frito Pie is already the stuff of legend, as is the pig sculpture made entirely out of pork rinds. Yet for all the over-the-top Texas whimsy, Chef Stephan Pyles proves dish after dish why he was the first chef in the Southwest to win the James Beard Award for Best Chef.
1717 McKinney Ave, #100, Uptown (214-550-6966)
#1: Designer Cuisine: FT33
Being served too pretty to eat is a problem. Thankfully, Chef Matt McCallister manages to make food so creatively displayed that it makes you want to eat it even more. Whether it’s sea urchin and chive pancakes, pork jowls with black truffle, or wild boar Sloppy Joes, dining at FT33 is akin to visiting a museum where you get to eat the masterpieces.
1617 Hi Line Dr., Design District (214-741-2629)