Grain bowls, fajitas and more: What's trending on Dallas' food scene?

Food trends come and go. So, how can you tell which tastes are trending at this very moment?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which eateries have been in the spotlight this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Dallas businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers, compared to past performance.

Read on to see which destinations are on a hot streak this winter.


Photo: Mixt/Yelp

This outpost of the notable New American restaurant chain, which serves salads and more, is trending in comparison to other businesses categorized as "American (New)" on Yelp.

Citywide, New American outlets saw a median 1.7% increase in new reviews over the past month, but Mixt saw an 82.5% increase, with a slight upward trend from a four-star rating a month ago to 4.5 stars today. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Mixt's review count increased by more than 550%.

This chain location is not the only trending outlier in the New American category: Commons Club has seen a 122.2% increase in reviews, while Flower Child and Drake’s Hollywood have seen 110 and 106.2% increases, respectively.

Settled at 2355 Olive St. in Uptown, Mixt specializes in health-conscious, on-the-go fare, as explained on its Yelp page. On the menu, look for a selection of salads, sandwiches, grain bowls, market plates and build-your-own meal options.

Mixt is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Friday. (It's closed on weekends.)

Queso Beso

Photo: Queso Beso/Yelp

Whether or not you've been hearing buzz about downtown Dallas' Main Street District's Queso Beso, the bar and Tex-Mex cantina is a hot topic, according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as "Bars" on Yelp saw a median 1.4% increase in new reviews over the past month, Queso Beso appeared on Yelp relatively recently. Many new businesses struggle to gain reviews, but it has seen a surge of interest.

There's even more trending on Dallas' bar scene: Red Claws Crab Shack has seen a 9.5% increase in reviews, while Sushi de Handroll and Mot Hai Ba have seen 6.7 and 1% increases, respectively.

Open at 1525 Main St. since 2019, Queso Beso features a menu brimming with Tex-Mex dishes like nachos, chicken enchiladas and carne asada fajitas, along with an extensive list of mezcal varietals, tequilas, beer, wine, margaritas and other libations.

Queso Beso is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Sunday.


Photo: Tejas/Yelp

Oak Cliff's Tejas is also making waves. Open at 250 N. Bishop Ave., the Mexican cafe has seen a 33.3% bump in new reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 1.9% for all businesses tagged "Mexican" on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis, Tejas' review count increased by more than 550%.

There's more than one hot spot trending in Dallas' Mexican category: Mesero has seen a 13.4% increase in reviews, and Miriam Cocina Latina has seen a 9.8% bump.

Tejas provides a menu of all-day breakfast tacos, hamburgers, other standard taco options, margaritas and sides like queso dip and guacamole. Over the past month, it's seen its Yelp rating improve from four stars to 4.5 stars.

Tejas is open from 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

Rodeo Goat

Photo: Rodeo Goat/Yelp

Rodeo Goat is the city's buzziest traditional American dining establishment by the numbers.

The popular traditional American gastropub, which is known for its burgers and can be found at 9610 Wharf Road, increased its new review count by 10.9% over the past month, an outlier when compared to the median new review count of 1.7% for the Yelp category "American (Traditional)." It outperformed the previous month by gaining 1.4 times more reviews than expected, based on past performance.

Rodeo Goat offers a vast assortment of different specialty burgers on its menu, ranging from the Nanny Goat with goat cheese, bibb lettuce, beefsteak tomato and garlic herb mayonnaise and the Bodacious with grilled jalapeños, crispy onions, American cheese, bacon, smoked jalapeño mayonnaise and barbecue sauce to the Lucy Burger, which comes topped with candied bacon, blackberry compote, shredded lettuce, Irish whiskey cheddar cheese and whole-grain mustard.

Rodeo Goat is open from 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday-Sunday.

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