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Tasting Trinity

Trinity Groves is really packing a punch with its unique Restaurant Concept Incubator. They’ve covered all the bases, from Spanish tapas and sushi, to local microbreweries, here are the must-try Trinity spots to start 2014 off right:

Trinity Groves’ rustic hotspot, Resto Gastro Bistro

1. Casa Rubia
Driftwood owner John Baudoin and chef Omar Flores are quite the pair, and their latest concept is another insta-hit. Classic Spanish tapas with a modern twist, served amidst sleek, conceptual surroundings, prove to be delightful; try the erizos (sea urchin), conejo (rabbit leg), or trucha (speckled trout). The Spanish wine list adds to the ambiance. 3011 Gulden Lane, 469.513.6349

2. Souk
Cozy poufs in place of chairs, candles in colorful lanterns, red draperies covering the walls—Yaser Khalaf’s Moroccan eatery looks like a plush bazaar. And chef Najat Kaanache’s rich food fits the scene perfectly. From the must try crawfish “cronuts” to start, to the Batbout (flatbread) covered in mushrooms and baby zucchini or chicken shawarma and array of kebab, tagines and Moroccan salads, the menu is a lesson in Middle-Eastern cuisine meets modern concepts. Plus, there is a spice market to peruse! 3011 Gulden Lane, 469.458.2233

3. Four Corners Brewing Company
What’s better than drinking local? Dallas natives George Esquivel, Greg Leftwich, Steve Porcari and brewmaster John Sims have upped the local beer culture with their crafty sips—Local Buzz (honey-rye golden ale), Red’s Roja (American red ale), Block Party (robust porter), Paletero (pale ale)—and quickly put the city on the brew map. 423 Singleton Ave., 214.748.2739

4. Resto Gastro Bistro
Who can resist fresh Americana with a hint of global character thrown in? Chef DJ Quintanilla’s rustic resto is serving up a hearty menu of pork belly with figs, seared wagyu beef, frissee salad with roasted Bosc pears and lobster corn dogs, for a little taste of home. 3011 Gulden Lane, 214.584.6747

5. 3015
With the holiday season behind us, we can’t imagine having to cook another big meal for our friends and family—we need a break! But parties can’t be avoided (and who would want to, anyhow?), so the next time you invite a big group over, try chef Sharon Van Meter’s new gourmet catering concept. With a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris at the helm, your menu will be the talk of the town. 3015 Gulden Lane, 214.939.3015