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Top New Restaurants About to Open in DFW

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Whether you’re into noodle bowls or puttanesca, the upcoming arrival of a new batch of restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will surely have something to get your mouth watering.

A number of popular chains, as well as new concepts from seasoned restauranteurs, are about to open up in the metroplex. With winter weather settling in, there’s no better excuse to explore the new culinary offerings inside these inviting new interiors.

Chicago-based Portillo’s is continuing its expansion in North Texas with a new Mansfield location sometime in 2024. The hot dog chain just opened up a location in Arlington earlier this month at 4200 S Cooper St., which joined existing restaurants in Allen and The Colony.

Nando’s Peri-Peri in Addison will open on December 11, bringing some lip-smacking-good grilled chicken to its new location on Belt Line Road. The South African chain already dipped its toes into the Texas market by opening a location in Houston this August and hosting a pop-up in the Dallas Design District, which was attended by hundreds of eager diners. As previously covered by The Dallas Express, the chain showcases original artwork from South African artists in its restaurants.

Fortunate Son in Garland has not announced an opening date, but the endeavor to bring New Haven-style pizza to the metroplex has generated plenty of talk. The latest news from its restauranteurs, Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling, who also co-own Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House in Dallas, was that the restaurant would open on Main Street before the end of the year.

Another restaurant from Roots Southern Table and Roots Chicken Shak chef Tiffany Derry is slated to open in Farmers Branch in the coming weeks. No date has been announced, but when Radici — Italian for “roots” — is ready, it will offer simple but delicious Italian food inspired by Derry’s business partner, Tom Foley. As reported by The Dallas Express, Derry’s Roots Southern Table has racked in several national accolades since its opening two years ago, including a James Beard Award nomination.

After generating considerable buzz over its newly built Plano restaurant, Jollibee, a Filipino fast-food chain, will be opening its new Dallas location on Greenville Avenue on November 29. Specializing in fried chicken and noodles, it was named one of the fastest-growing brands in the world earlier this year.

A new Greek restaurant called Nikki Greek Bistro and Lounge will open early next year on the corner of Lovers Lane and Dallas North Tollway. The owners of the Ivy Tavern, Lisa and Tom Georgalis, aim to bring diners on an unforgettable adventure through the varied styles of classic Greek cooking, from the islands to the deep interior.

Wagamama, a London-based noodle brand, will open a new shop in Dallas’ Victory Park on December 8. The brand has been serving clients from 225 locations worldwide, specializing in Asian-inspired food fare.

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