The Best New Spots of 2018
December 28, 2018
INTRODUCING “the BEST new spots OF 2018,” THE FIRST-EVER DALLASITES101 CONTEST TO RECOGNIZE WHAT WE BELIEVE ARE THE BEST NEW BUSINESSES IN THE BIG D in 2018.
We have curated a list of our top four favorites in 15 various lifestyle categories. And now, after a week of asking the public to vote, and after more than 18,000 votes, we are excited to present the winners!
BEST NEW BAR: TINY VICTORIES
Tucked away off the corner of W Davis and Tyler St in Oak Cliff, this little cocktail lounge is a gem! It was created by This & That Concepts, the same team behind High Fives, Alice and the upcoming Dibs on Victory, among several others. Tiny Victories aim? To be a neighborhood bar. And it has definitely accomplished that, with its adorable patio out back, to an intimate decor inside, to former Victor Tangos-bartenders slinging delicious cocktails. Our favorite time to go? Before or after we grab dinner somewhere up or down the street. A Tiny Victories cocktail is the perfect pairing for the high-quality restaurant scene in the area. We recommend trying the "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” cocktail.
oak cliff | directions
Tiny Victories 35% | Mama Tried Honky Tonk 25% | Local Traveler’s 21% | Ruins 19%
BEST NEW beauty experience: Book a birdie
It seems like everything in our lives is moving towards becoming on-demand, with several niche apps popping up this year to help make our lives easier and more effortless, and that includes the amazing hair styling app Book a Birdie. The app that brings a hair stylist to you, whether you’re at the office, at home, at your gym, etc, currently offers services to Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties. The blowouts run you $50 while an up-do costs $95. The handpick stylists bring everything including all the tools, brushes and product so you only have to sit back and relax!
Book a Birdie 35% | VERBENA Parlor + Social House 31% | Koneko Studio 21% | Hush Hush Tan 13%
BEST NEW BREWERY: OAK CLIFF BREWING CO
Located near Tyler Station, Oak Cliff Brewing Co arrived in September, bringing the neighborhood the first craft brewery! The founders, who had grown up in Oak Cliff, came back to find it very different, with gentrification bringing in development and change. The one thing they noticed was missing? A brewery! And hence, Oak Cliff Brewing Co came to be, with the founders stating on their website that, “Beer-making is more than a craft for us. It's how we tell our stories.” They welcome you in to hear their story as well as try their delicious four beers…we love the IPA and Farmhouse!
oak cliff | Directions
Oak Cliff Brewing Co 36% | Trinity Cider 30% | Celestial Beerworks 19% | Steam Theory Brewing 15%
BEST NEW COFFEE SHOP: NATIVE COFFEE COMPANY
There is a lot of love out there already for this Addison coffee shop with several comments below, shouting out how good the coffee is and how amazing the environment and staff are. And we agree! This craft coffee shop has done a phenomenal job on every aspect of their place, but for us, it’s the decor that takes the cake. What makes Native so special though is its focus on quality. Don’t come here expecting a quick cup of coffee, but an expertly crafted brew that might take a bit longer, but will taste much better. They also aim to be a gathering space for “artists, musicians,creatives, students, deep thinkers, adventurers, conversationalists and coffee geeks” to “interact and discover something new.”
Addison | directions
Native Coffee Company 33% | Fiction Coffee 29% | SERVE 19% | Otto’s Coffee & Fine Foods 19%
BEST NEW DATE SPOT: Billy can can saloon
If you follow us on Instagram, you might know that Billy Can Can has become one of our new go-to spots. We love the character that went into the decor, which is sometimes hard to find in Dallas. Everything in the restaurant was built or sourced from local artisans, including the grand wood bar. We also love how the Victory Park saloon has created two spaces with two totally different feels, but with the same overarching “throw-back, but modern western” vibe. The main room is big and bright, and perfectly inviting for drinks and apps, while the back room is dark and sultry, perfect for an intimate and romantic date night out! Whatever the reason for visiting though, don’t miss out on the deviled eggs!
Victory park | directions
Billy Can Can Saloon 32% | Alice Dallas 30% | Macellaio 23% | Fachini 15%
BEST NEW EXPERIENCE: LEGACY FOOD HALL
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that statement lies true with the massively impressive Legacy Food Hall. It’s DFW’s largest food hall, with 24 different artisan food stalls, a tap room with brews, a wine bar, several other bars and the giant Box Garden outdoor patio space, complete with a stage for entertainment. It’s like a Disneyland for foodies and a great addition to the fast-growing Plano area.
plano | directions
Legacy Food Hall 34% | Sweet Tooth Hotel 29% | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 22% | Four Day Weekend Comedy 16%
BEST NEW FITNESS STUDIO: GRIT FITNESS ADDISON
Grit Fitness is more than just a fitness studio. Owner, Britt Rettig has created a culture surrounded community, female empowerment, mental health and self-confidence, and thus created a cult-like fan base of followers who simply put, LOVE her workouts. They are energetic, fun and take place in a dance-club like environment. Grit Fitness originally started in East Dallas, but quickly grew given her loyal fans. Addison is her newest location, which includes co-working space too!
addison | directions
Grit Fitness Addison 34% | Class Studios 28% | Session Pilates Lakewood 25% | Kiva Pilates 13%Gri
BEST NEW HIDDEN GEM: HELLO DUMPLING
While we were sad to hear the news of Good to Go Tacos shuttering, but the space quickly filled with a new dumpling restaurant that filled its shoes. Say hello to Hello Dumpling! Located next to Good Friend Beer Garden & Burger, this Asian restaurant pumps out delicious dumplings and noodles! We are slightly obsessed! The dough and noodles are hand made and we suggest trying them all! We love the beef skewers too…they make for the perfect appetizer to the rest of the menu!
Lakewood | Directions
Hello Dumpling 32% | Petra and the Beast 24% | Taquero 23.5% | Pony Tail 20.5%
BEST NEW HOTEL BAR: THE FRENCH ROOM BAR, THE ADOLPHUS HOTEL
The Adolphus Hotel really outdid itself with its renovations. We have stopped into the hotel probably 30 times in the last year, but are still awed every time! And the French Room Bar is really a treasure. With the salon room outside the main bar area, warm with wood walls, salon-style artwork and beautiful furniture, you’ll want to make this room, your home. Step inside the main bar area, and you’ll feel like you’re no longer in Dallas. Dark and romantic, with beautiful cocktails, we love the French Room Bar as a unique alternative to the usual casual-patio bars or breweries you find around Dallas.
Downtown Dallas | Directions
The French Room Bar 41% | Izkina (Deep Ellum Hostel) 23% | Cambria Hotel Lobby Bar 19% | Upside West Village (Canopy by Hilton) 17%
BEST NEW ‘Quick but quality’: TRIBAL ALL DAY CAFE
Tribal began as a delicious juice brand in Dallas and has transformed itself into a beautiful cafe in the new Bishop Arts development on N Bishop Ave. It’s space is so light, plant-filled and pretty, it makes you want to instantly adopt its healthy, locally sourced lifestyle. All the food is fresh, local, quality ingredients to create bowls, salads, toasts are more.
bishop arts | directions
Tribal All Day Cafe 33% | Nori Handroll Bar 30% | Hibiki 19% | Shayna’s Place 17%
BEST NEW RETAIL STORE: OASIS PLANT SHOP
Plants are having a moment right now, and we aren’t complaining. In fact, we are the ones buying them by the armful to decorate our homes to add greenery and life! Therefore, we are so grateful Oasis Plant Shop has graced Bishop Arts with its presence! And apparently y’all are too! This little shop in a garage like setting sits across from Oddfellows, offering a variety of indoor and outdoor plants. Step inside, and you’ll surely find at least one or two treats for your home!
bishop arts | directions
Oasis Plant Shop 30% | Mizzen + Main 24% | Flea Style 23% | Magic Hour Shop 23%
BEST NEW Same-restaurant-new-location: Sixty vines
For those of us who always had a dilemma with loving Sixty Vines, but not loving the drive up North, we were all rewarded with Sixty Vines opened in the Crescent this year. It’s a favorite of ours, as it’s a casual yet upscale dining solution, perfect for dinner or brunch. (We love sitting in their greenhouse - such a beautiful setting!) Plus, the wine restaurant is always packed with people, making for a vibrant seen to be a part of!
uptown | directions
Sixty Vines Uptown 43% | Pizzeria Testa Greenville Ave 21% | Taco Heads Henderson Ave 20% | Tacos Mariachi Greenville Ave 15%
BEST NEW SWEET TREAT SPOT: AZUCAR ICE CREAM
This Miami-ice cream shop brought Dallas its fun flavored treats to Dallas this year, opening in the same new development in Bishop Arts as Tribal All Day Cafe. In fact, they are next door to each other…so you can be super healthy, before treating yourself a little! Azucar creates authentic Cuban ice creams, where you can find creative flavors like Olive Oil, Orange Zest & Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato Ancho Chile Chocolate Chip and Orange Blossom-Almond. However, they are famous for their simplest flavor: the Original Abuela Maria, their take on a vanilla. It’s heaven!
bishop arts | directions
Azucar Ice Cream 38% | Popbar 28% | Dulcet Cafe and Bakery 24% | Yaya Best Tex Mex Yogurt 11%
BEST NEW TASTING MENU: THE FRENCH ROOM
We can’t say we are surprised that not just one “French Room” Adolphus Hotel spot, but two, won our Best Of list. Beyond the French Room Bar, you’ll find the cherry on top of everything the Adolphus holds in its historic hotel: The French Room. A truly stunning room, it’s worth it to walk in and take some photos, but stay and you’ll enjoy one of the best tasting menus the city offers, complete with five courses including a cheese cart! You can add on a wine pairing as well, and the sommelier will take you on a journey through France! If you ever have a need for a place for a really nice occasion, this is it!
Downtown Dallas | Directions
The French Room 44% | Bullion 32% | Circo TX 13% | Zaytinya 10%
BEST NEW WINE BAR OR STORE: NEIGHBORHOOD CELLAR
Neighborhood Cellar is a wine lover’s haven. Located in Bishop Arts, this half wine store, half wine bar offers the ability to interact with the super knowledgeable staff. Seriously, they really know their stuff. And if you don’t believe us, just read the comments below from the very loyal customers that swear by the staff opinions! If you don’t know what wines you want to buy, instead go to try a flight and order a cheese plate to go along with! If it’s warm out, you can enjoy their beautiful patio too!
bishop arts | directions
Neighborhood Cellar 32% | Taco y Vino 26% | Leela’s Wine Bar 26% | Bar and Garden 16%