By Michael Hiller
New options on the Dallas dining scene offer bold flavors and menus worth exploring.
Lexy’s a luxe addition to Trinity Groves
A sky of pink roses — the blooms also serve as a flowery backdrop to a Moët vending machine — has guests looking up when they enter this new restaurant in Trinity Groves. And on the modern American menu from husband-and-wife restaurateur team Julian and Alexa (Lexy) Rodarte and culinary director Aubrey Murphy, there’s something designed to satisfy everyone. Our waiter suggested the truffle burger, tuna tartare and a Texas wagyu steak, but we couldn’t pass up the whole snapper or the salads with leafy greens and sweet tomatoes grown at Profound Farms in Lucas. Julian, recently appointed CEO of Trinity Groves, plans to open four more restaurants there over the next few months.
3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas, lexysdallas.com
Atípico: A taste of Mexico and more
Atípico (Spanish for atypical) marks the first U.S. restaurant for lawyer-turned-restaurateur (and chef) Claudia de Murga, a mother of six whose culinary school education and two Mexico City restaurants inform the menu. Atípico features an eclectic menu and sleek interior inside its Union Dallas office tower location. De Murga, who splits her time between Mexico and Dallas, insisted we try the jicama shell ahi tacos, chargrilled octopus and a beef filet with mustard cream sauce; we obliged and enthusiastically suggest you do, too. Get there before the rest of DFW discovers this gem.
2300 N. Akard St., Dallas, 972-863-8054, atipicous.com
Spiral Diner & Bakery
The plant-based concept with locations in Fort Worth and Dallas, has closed its Oak Cliff location after 14 years of operation. Look for the restaurant to open a spot in Arlington as well as new vegan concepts, Maiden Fine Plants & Spirits and Dreamboat Donuts, coming to Fort Worth in 2023. Watch the website for updates. spiraldiner.com