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Food lovers explore new restaurant scenes

By Schulyer Mack

The young and restless of Dallas are always hungry for more — literally. With a robust 3.1 percent population growth in 2014, Dallas is fast becoming the hot and trending city for culinary culture.

Now more than ever, the food scene is buzzing and encouraging young entrepreneurial chefs to take a leap of faith. New restaurants have started popping up so rapidly that new areas are being developed specifically to accommodate them.

Enter the most recent venture: Trinity Groves, Dallas’ newest foodie concept. A 15-acre restaurant and entertainment destination located at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas, Trinity Groves is the most recent dining haven to hit the map.

Trinity Groves is home to many casual and sophisticated outdoor dining venues. (Courtesy of D Magazine)

For the restaurants that have been brave enough to take the plunge, business is booming.

“I was originally looking at other locations to open our concept, but now I could not be happier with the decision to start in Trinity Groves, every night so far we have a full house,” Linda Mazzei, the owner of Resto Gastro Bistro in Trinity Groves said.

Trinity Groves offers a unique outdoor dining experience, enticing the foot traffic that has frequented the area.  Currently boasting 10 restaurants, the Groves expect seven new concepts to open within the next two months.

Another hot destination with a quite noticeable surge in activity is the Design District in Downtown. Unlike the casual and low-key fare in Trinity Groves, the Design District holds court for a more refined palate. Home to the award-winning restaurant current in molecular gastronomy, FT-33 is one of the fine restaurants in the Design District.

Dallas’s Design District offers unique, more upscale venues for refined palates. (Courtesy of PegasusAblon)

Drawing a diverse crowd, the Design District appeals to the bohemian as well as to the more formal dinner. It is catering to both the conservative as well as the edgier side of the spectrum that has appealed to both clients and restaurateurs alike.

Recently opened in the fall of 2013, Pakpao Thai and its steel barren walls and eclectic menu make the perfect fit for the adventurous foodie coming to experience the appeal of Design District.

“People come to the design district looking to be excited and step outside their comfort zone, this is a standard at Pakpao we try to live up to,” Pablo Antinori, General manager of Pakpao said.

On the other end of town, located in Oak Cliff about six highway exits removed from Uptown, lies the hipster region  called Bishop Arts.

While Bishop Arts holds much more than a dining scene, it is also well-known for having some down home favorite institutions.

The Bishop Arts District offers critically acclaimed dining experiences. (Courtesy of DFW Style Daily)

Named by D Magazine as the best brunch spot, Bishop is home to well-loved restaurants such as Oddfellows and Haddies. One can make the journey to Bishop Arts for any meal and spend the rest of the day lost in the unique shops and galleries that line the streets.

“My boyfriend and I will usually make it down to Bishop Arts for the Sunday brunch special at Haddies and spend the rest of the afternoon checking out the exhibits in the art galleries. It’s a great family place,” Fellow SMU blogger Shannon Lindee said.

The genius behind the Dallas cityscape is its diversity. There is something for everyone; it is simply a matter of knowing where to look.

As the city continues to grow, it will be exciting to see what is next on the agenda for the Dallas restaurant scene.

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