Every month, a crop of new and exciting restaurants, bakeries and markets pop up in North Texas’ thriving dining scene—to foodies’ delight. From a Top Chef’s spot to a fast pizza outpost, the possibilities for a great (and memorable) meal are endless. Here’s a look at some of the newest dining hot spots in town, recently opened up.

(credit: Mesa Restaurant website)

Hours: Tue-Thu 5 pm – 10 pm; Fri-Sat 5 pm – 11 pm

For their new restaurant (opened in May), Mesa’s owners Raul and Olga Cruz of the critically acclaimed La Palapa Veracruzana have crafted an appealing menu featuring cuisine from the coastal region of Veracruz. Diners have been raving about the Mole de Mama Cata, Olga’s unique mole, featuring 20 ingredients and served with tender duck and cilantro rice. The recipe was passed down from Olga’s mother, and we thank her. It’s a memorable meal bursting with flavor, and we will be coming back for it and the equally tasty Rabo de Res al Acuyo, braised oxtail in hoja santa sauce and masa dumplings.

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(credit: Marquee Grill website)

Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Thu 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

We watched Top Cheftestant Tre Wilcox show his chops in two seasons of the reality show, so we were looking forward to his gig at the new (opened in late April) spot Marquee Grill. With its great location and swanky interiors, the place is a hit with the social set, but with its solid menu (and a talented chef behind it), Marquee is a hit with foodies, too. Our pick from the menu? Try the jumbo Texas shrimp with cheese grits, Wilcox’s signature dish, and the crowd pleaser — the poached loster-English pea risotto.

Check out other buzzworthy spots. See our list for Best Celebrity Chef Restaurants in DFW.

(credit: Misto-Bistro website)

Mon 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue-Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tue-Thu 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Just two months old, Misto-Bistro has become a gem in Carrolton, with an eclectic menu of carefully prepared European fusion dishes. The husband-and-wife team of Janet and Brad Parr (they also own No Worries Catering) have taken their “food journeys” and poured it into this charming bistro serving up great food and a warm ambience to locals and visitors. Diners’ favorites include dishes from the Italian side of the menu: Arancini risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella, and the lamb Osso Bucco, served on a bed of orzo pasta.

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(credit: Leah's Sweet Treats website)

Sugar pies, honey buns, you know that Fort Worth loves you. For birthdays, graduation, weddings, and other special occasions, there’s nothing like a custom cake (or cupcakes). And Leah Cichocki, of the new Leah’s Sweet Treats, knows how to do them creatively. With an eye for modern designs, Leah’s creations are popping with color (check out mouthwatering photos of her originals on her blog), and they’re pretty delicious too.

Want more sugary sweet goodness? Check out our Top Spots for Sweet Treats in DFW.

(credit: Pie Five Pizza Facebook page)

Hours: Sun – Thur: 11 a.m – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 11 a.m – midnight

Do you want your pizza fast? And we’re not just talking about a plain old slice, we’re talking about fresh, custom-made pies done in less than five minutes. That’s the concept for the new pizza place Pie Five Pizza—customers can order off the menu (options include bacon cheeseburger and buffalo chicken pizzas), or choose their own sauce-and-toppings combo, have them assembled and ready to eat by the time they check out. If you’re in a hurry (or really, really hungry), this just might be the place for you.

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