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Eat This: Noteworthy Dallas Restaurant Openings & Closings for December

 
The Playwright/Facebook

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The holiday waters can be pretty stressful to navigate. Between holiday parties, finishing up (or starting) your gifting and travel, it’s important to take the time to treat yourself. And it just so happens that there are plenty of new restaurants opening this season to do just that. Here are some spots we’re planning on hitting up this season:

What: Grab your stretchy pants and head to Lakewood to visit this beloved Dallas doughnut shop’s second location. For those unfamiliar with Jarams’ sweet treats, the shop is known for elevated flavors like honey-infused apple, crème brûlée, and banana pudding funnel cake. Traditional doughnuts are on offer, along with other pastries like croissant doughnuts, s’mores, and croissants.
Where: 2117 Abrams Road
When: Lakewood will become sweeter on December 1.

Photo: Jarams/Facebook

What: Expect big things from Matt McAllister, formerly of FT33, at this upcoming neighborhood restaurant. “Homewood is just going to be a great neighborhood restaurant,” McCallister tells Dallas Observer. “It’s gonna be approachable, creatively done food, but doesn’t require a dictionary for you to decipher the chef’s code of what he’s doing. It’ll be just seasonal.” Sounds good to us.
Where: 4002 Oak Lawn Avenue
When: Stay tuned for an official date — Homewood is expected to open its doors in late December or early January.

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What: If you love Tex Mex (who doesn’t?) and frozen yogurt, you’re in for a treat. With flavors like tamarind, chamoy passion, jalapeño, and chocolate Abuelita (or Mexican hot chocolate), this shop is a must-visit for the Tex Mex aficionado.
Where: 408 North Bishop Avenue, Suite 104
When: This dessert shop opened its doors on Black Friday.

Photo: Ya Ya Yogurt/Facebook

What: The owners of downtown pub the Crafty Irishman have done it again. Open for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late-night, this new One Arts Plaza spot boasts a menu filled with classic Irish pub fare like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, Scotch eggs and traditional Irish breakfast. And of course, the whiskey and scotch menu is lit.
Where: 1722 Routh Street
When: Whiskey drinkers, rejoice! The Playwright is now open for business.

Photo: The Playwright/Facebook

What: Say hello to East Dallas’ newest noodle spot. On the menu, you'll find dishes like Boat Noodle Soup, a Laotian Khao Soi with fermented soybeans and small bites including tripe chicharrones and fried shrimp bites.
Where: 4812 Bryan Street
When: Khao Noodle Shop opened on November 20.

Photo: Khao Noodle Shop/Facebook

What: From the team behind Bowls & Tacos and Braindead Brewing, this Deep Ellum bakery specializes in vegan baked goods and signature “skullette” cakes. The highly Instagrammable calaveras come in flavors like lavender lemon with a lemon curd filling or vanilla filled with prickly pear jam, topped with a cinnamon-ancho buttercream.
Where: 3400 Commerce Street
When: Sugar Fang’s doors are open and ready for orders.

Photo: Sugar Fang Vegan Bakery/Facebook

WHERE TO EAT IN DECEMBER

CLOSING

It’s not the end of Lark on the Park per se, but the location is no more. Owner Shannon Wynne announced the news in a statement last week, citing a “changing climate in chef-driven concepts” as the reason behind the shutter.

After about a year and a half, Deep Ellum bar and restaurant IdleRye has closed, according to a sign on the front door. The modern American restaurant boasted a pretty serious brunch menu and cocktail menu, but it looks like high rent has claimed another spot.