Live to eat.
What: Order stuffed sweet potatoes, Mediterranean quinoa salad, or a grass-fed hamburger from the family-run fast-food joint that’s all about healthy, organic, and local ingredients.
Why: The modern digs are mouthwatering, and the drive-thru helps when you’re in a rush.
When: Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 4814 Greenville Ave. (214-265-1411).
What: The gents behind Restaurant Ava and Veritas Wine Room bring traditional French bites (onion soup, lamb neck daube, escargot) to Bishop Arts along with Southern-inspired eats such as crawfish beignets.
Why: The casual brasserie’s eye-popping wine list (we’re talking 110 bottles).
When: Sun., Tues. & Wed., 4:30-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 4:30-11 p.m.
Where: 408 N. Bishop Ave., ste. 108, Oak Cliff (214-942-1828).
Monica’s Nueva Cocina and Me Lounge
What: Restaurateur Monica Greene opens sister culinary concepts — upscale Mexico City cuisine and a laid-back international bistro serving low-key Mexican dishes and sushi — under one roof.
Why: The spaces share a large, pet-friendly patio with misters.
When: Monica’s Nueva Cocina, Tues. & Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Me Lounge, Tues. & Wed., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 4123 Cedar Springs Rd. (214-219-1639).
What: Sink your teeth into a fried avocado taco with poblano sauce or sober up with migas from the Austin-based mini chain’s new SMU locale.
Why: It’s the first Torchy’s location to serve liquor (think: specialty cocktails with infused tequilas) in addition to beer.
When: Opens today. Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 5600 SMU Blvd. (972-993-8226).
Photo: Courtesy of Start