1 Ten Ramen
He won Dallas over in 2008, when he began serving us authentic, refined Japanese cuisine at his Arts District outpost, Tei-An. Since then, soba master Teiichi Sakurai has perfected his springy, slurp-worthy noodles and brought to the city the sole standing-room-only Tokyo-style ramen counter. Behold, West Dallas' tiny Ten Ramen, where soup lovers stand elbow to elbow to practically inhale their bowls. Bouncy noodles—a custom order made just for Ten—sit in light chicken-based shoyu or tonkotsu broth. Toppings include grilled chashu or pork belly, pickled bamboo shoots and more. With his newly opened second location at The Shacks, you might get more elbow room. 5800 Windhaven Pkwy, The Colony
2 City Hall Bistro
More than a century ago, noting that the site earmarked for Dallas’ city hall was an ideal location for a luxurious hotel, beer baron Adolphus Busch bought the land rights; hence, the moniker, City Hall Bistro, of the new eatery in the chic, well-appointed, historical space within The Adolphus Hotel. Barcelona-educated Don Flores, whose prior experience includes posts in Los Angeles and New York City, was tapped to oversee a Southern-European menu emphasizing small plates and Spanish-inspired dishes such as grilled baby leeks with creamy romesco and hazelnut crumble; whole branzino with shaved fennel and arugula in sumac vinaigrette; and paella made with housemade chorizo. 1321 Commerce St.
Dallas’ favorite Italian son, Julian Barsotti (the chef behind Nonna, Carbone’s and Sprezza), is expected to open Fachini atop the Highland Park Village Theatre later this fall. Named for the chef’s paternal grandmother, the new concept will pay homage to the classic midcentury, upscale Italian-American restaurant, updated with an energetic vibe. Think chandeliers, wait staff in dinner jackets, '50s crooner music and sensationalized versions of tableside Caesar salad, lasagna Bolognese, whole Maine lobster fra diavolo and prime bone-in beef tenderloin a la pepe paired with an all-Italian wine list and luxe cocktails. 33A Highland Park Village
4 Flora Street Cafe
Celeb chef Stephan Pyles pulls out all the stops in this beautiful, art-filled dining destination just across the street from the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Arts District. Elegant, contemporary seating surrounding the show kitchen sets the stage for exquisite “elevated Texas cuisine,” such as the almost-too-pretty-to eat lobster tamale pie (a vision served under edible “glass”); wood-grilled scallops plated with kaffir lime espuma, fingerling potatoes and padron peppers; and dessert compositions that are effectively art on a plate. Creative cocktails, a deep wine list and flawless service round out the package of fine dining at its best. 2330 Flora St.
5 Gung Ho
We’ve learned to love any concept from Elias Pope, the creative restaurateur behind HG Sply Co. and Rockwall’s Standard Service. Next up from Pope and his team is Gung Ho, a fresh and fun approach to Chinese-American dining opening in September in the former Remedy and Project Pie spaces on Lower Greenville. Chef Kirstyn Brewer (ex of Victor Tangos) will take the reins in the kitchen, turning out updated takes on classics such as beef with broccoli, whole roasted fish, Cantonese barbecued pork and, down the line, dim sum. Of note: A walk-up window in back is planned to accommodate take-out orders. 2010 Greenville Ave.