2 D-FW restaurants make New York Times list of America’s 50 Best

The New York Times released its “America’s 50 Best Restaurants” list on Monday, and two Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants are on the schedule.

The North Texas spots on the list are Sister, an “Italian” restaurant on Lower Greenville that opened in 2021, and Smoke’N Ash BBQ, a Texas barbecue and Ethiopian fusion restaurant in Arlington that opened. in 2018. Only one other Texas restaurant made the cut – Canje in Austin.

Sister has been called out for its “Grandma’s house, but make it fashionable” decor and dishes like its charred eggplant dip and clam vongole, which provides “funky depth” thanks to the addition white soy and hijiki. The Time called it a “worthy successor” to The Grape, a neighborhood bistro that operated in the same space for 47 years before closing in 2019.

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At Smoke’N Ash BBQ in Arlington, Ethiopian flavors mingle with Texas barbecue to create what owners Fasicka and Patrick Hicks call Tex-Ethiopian. Initially, the restaurant opened as a classic Texas barbecue, but a year later they added dishes from Fasicka’s native Ethiopia. People started ordering the Ethiopian and barbecue dishes together, and that’s when the Hicks decided to create a separate Tex-Ethiopian menu with Berber-cooked smoked meats and sambusas stuffed with smoked brisket.

While other national restaurant listings like the recently released one from enjoy your food look for newly opened restaurants to feature, the Time lists searches for restaurants “doing their best working years”. No North Texas restaurant made the list last year.

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