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The 6 Best New Preston Royal Restaurants


The 6 Best New Preston Royal Restaurants

It has almost been three years since the 2019 Dallas Tornado ripped through Preston Hollow, destroying the beloved Preston Royal shopping center. Some shop owners moved, some closed for good, and the neighborhood was fearful they would never come back. I am happy to report, however, that Preston Royal is officially back better than ever thanks to an influx of fabulous restaurant concepts that are either open or are opening soon. Here’s a taste of what’s to come at what is soon to be the hottest intersection in Dallas.

D.L. Macks

This small, intimate restaurant on the southeast corner of Preston & Royal sits in the old Neighborhood Services spot. With cracker crust pizza, hot dogs, spaghetti, and more, this is your best bet if you have a hankering for a laid-back night in a Chicago-style tavern.


Drawing its name from the Spanish word meaning hidden, Natalie and Jon Alexis’ latest concept is a long time coming. They have long searched for a corner sans Tex Mex to open their twist on what might be Dallasites’ favorite cuisine. And with their beloved TJ’s Seafood Market in the same shopping center, it only seemed like serendipity to get moving on a margarita-fueled spot to give the people what they’ve been missing since the area lost Cantina Laredo. Look for this spot to open this winter in the former Ruggeri’s spot in the southwest corner.

Mendocino Farms

Located in the old Gap at the southeast corner of Preston & Royal, a late 2022 opening is expected for the company that prides itself on turning the ordinary into extraordinary through an evolving menu and fresh ingredients. What started as a family-run business in 2005 by Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen has turned into much more thanks to Whole Foods buying a minority stake in the business in 2015. This is a great fast casual place to grab a quick bite without the guilt that is associated with “fast” food.

Fish City Grill

This beloved Preston Royal restaurant has reopened its doors after being completely destroyed by the tornado. Fish tacos and IPAs are a favorite of those that have flocked to this spot since its opening in 2004. Make sure to check out the 12 orange life jackets that hang in the restaurant to remind those who come in not only of that horrible 2019 tornado, but the resiliency of the restaurant.

The Anchor Fishbar

Vandelay Hospitality Group is casting a wide net in Preston & Royal with not only D.L. Macks opening but its latest concept as well. The vibe is yachty with sushi, seafood, and “the world’s coldest martinis”. There will also be a smash burger and a steak on the menu. Look for it in the old Cantina Laredo space.

Bobbie’s Airway Grill

Bobbie’s Airway Grill will be located in the old Dougherty’s Pharmacy at the northwest corner of Preston & Royal and plans to open at the beginning of 2023. An American restaurant with “Mad Men and Jackie O” vibes, it’s the latest from Robert Quick who recently gave us Il Bracco in Preston Center and who started his career at Hillstone. It is sure to be a popular neighborhood hang out.

Christy BerryAugust 25, 2022