Tastemakers at Bon Appétit magazine have declared Dallas, Texas, the most US exciting city to eat in this year.
The American food magazine has named Dallas the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year thanks to a restaurant renaissance led by ambitious chefs who are rejecting large-scale restaurant group models and creating highly specific personal dining spaces, says the magazine.
"Though Dallas and its food scene have long been overlooked in favor of other Texas towns, today, the city's in the midst of a renaissance, with excellent new restaurants and bars opening so fast and so furious that it's hard to keep up," writes BA's Hilary Cadigan.
It's not just one person or one thing that's driving the change, but rather Dallas's community of highly ambitious chefs, hailing from different backgrounds, working independently and yet with a palpable sense of synchronicity.
Their list of exciting places to eat in Dallas includes Petra and the Beast, where the chef's food philosophy rests on foraging, fermenting, and nose-to-tail cookery.
The list also includes a Japanese eatery that specializes in sushi handrolls (Nor Handroll Bar); a Mexican restaurant that serves regional Guadalajaran fare (José); and a Laotian restaurant where noodles are made from scratch (Khao Noodle Shop).
Visit Bon Appétit for the full list of restaurants.