Whether they're flashy celebrity chefs or established restaurateurs, they've got our expectations riding high this year, with new openings on the horizon. Here's a look through the telescope of 2013.
Food trend forecast: What's cooking in DFW for 2013
Waters, Bonnell's Fine Coastal Cuisine is one of two new centerpieces for the West 7th shopping and dining complex in Fort Worth. Chef Jon Bonnell, a Southwestern-steaks kind of guy, will put his New Orleans experience to work serving oysters, gumbo and a wide variety of Gulf seafood. He brings his "Texasfeller" oysters to match those at his original restaurant, Bonnell's, and adds barbecued oysters. Midspring, 2901 Crockett St.
American F+B will open across from Waters, adding a new concept from Dallas-based Consilient Restaurants (owner of nearby Fireside Pies). Best compared to the company's Porch in Dallas and Westside Tavern in Los Angeles, American F+B took a new twist with the late addition of executive Jeffery Hobbs from contemporary fried-chicken haven Sissy's Southern Kitchen in Dallas. The menu is now described as "Southern classics." Midspring, 2869 Crockett St.
Chef Tim Love will open a yet unnamed high-end steakhouse in Denton, the city's first. When he opened a Love Shack burger grill in Denton in 2011, he found more diners wanted steaks on the menu, so he closed the Shack after 18 months and will convert it to steaks and fine dining, presumably including his signature garlic-stuffed tenderloin from Lonesome Dove in Fort Worth. In a college town like Denton, there are always parents to pick up the tab. Opening date unknown, 115 E. Hickory St.
Downtown Dallas sparkled in 2012 with the addition of the new Klyde Warren Park, and in 2013 the dining choices will expand beyond food trucks. Restaurateur Shannon Wynne (The 8.0, Flying Fish, Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth) will open a Lark on the Park and told D Magazine it won't serve anything cute or trendy: "No mac-and-cheese or Mama's fried chicken. Just good meals at a fair price." The park also will host Savor, a gastropub, along with its regular food truck, Relish. Opening schedules unknown, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
2012 food trends: still sizzling, or fizzling?
Campisi's is the oldest pizza restaurant in North Texas (1946), but has never opened a full Tarrant County location with a restaurant and bar. So the promise of a new Campisi's in Ridglea has set the DFW.com phones ringing. No longer will Fort Worth residents have to drive to Mockingbird Lane or stand in line outdoors for Campisi's oblong, Sicilian pizzas, the lasagna, crab claws or Italian-style steaks. If nothing else, it provides a new, dimly lit haven for refugees from the old Sardines. Scheduled to open in April, 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd.