Here are 10 dining options that opened in the Lake Highlands and Lakewood area in 2023.

1. Pull Through Coffee Bar

The cycling-centric coffee shop opened at the northeast tip of White Rock Lake on the edge of Lake Highlands.

The coffee bar is located inside Dallas Bike Works, a popular local bike shop. It serves menu items sourced from other Dallas businesses: coffee drinks made with Cultivar Coffee, pastries from Leila Bakery & Cafe and tea drinks from Rakkasan Tea Co.2. JuJu’s Coffee

The locally owned coffee company opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Lakewood after operating out of a converted 1962 Airstream trailer for about a year.

In addition to coffee and tea drinks, JuJu’s Coffee sells coffee beans from local coffee roasters Coffee del Rey and Eiland Coffee Roasters. Although the brick-and-mortar has opened, the owner said they plan to continue serving out of the airstream trailer at local events.3. Fito’s Tacos de Trompo

The Mexican restaurant chain opened its fifth Dallas location in Lake Highlands in the space formerly occupied by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.

Fito’s Tacos de Trompo is known for its authentic Mexican food, made with fresh ingredients and family recipes, according to the company website.4. Strouderosa BBQ

The barbecue catering company opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Lake Highlands.

The restaurant serves a traditional barbecue-style menu with homemade sauce flavors that include jalapeno, peach chipotle and blood orange habanero.5. Zaap Kitchen Lao & Thai Street Eats

The restaurant company opened its fifth location in Lake Highlands in the former Monkey King Noodle Co. space.

The fast-casual restaurant serves Lao and Thai dishes, including curries, noodles, fried rice and stir fries. The company aims to put Laotian cuisine “on the foodie map,” according to its website.6. Naminohana Sushi & Handroll Bar

The Japanese restaurant, owned by a local sushi chef, opened in the northeast Dallas area.

Naminohana’s focus is its "high-scale" sushi hand roll bar, where sushi rolls are made and handed directly to patrons, owner Jake Yoon said. It also serves sashimi and sake.
  • Opened June 16
  • 5521 Greenville Ave., Ste. 111, Dallas
  • 469-372-0419
7. Lake Highlands Cafe

The family-owned brunch restaurant opened in Lake Highlands next to the Skillman Street Target store.

The restaurant serves brunch and lunch options, including crepes, pancakes, French toast, gourmet burgers and Italian paninis. The menu also includes coffee drinks and mimosas.8. Petra and the Beast

After closing to relocate during the summer, Petra and the Beast reopened at a new address in Lakewood.

Previously located at 601 N. Haskell Ave. in Old East Dallas, the American restaurant describes itself as “hyperseasonal,” with a focus on fermentation and sustainability. At the new location, patrons are no longer encouraged to bring their own beer and wine.9. Savvy Sliders

The Michigan-based restaurant opened its second Texas location in the northeast Dallas area.

Savvy Sliders offers a variety of slider options made with Angus beef, cod, chicken and falafel. In addition, the restaurant offers chicken tenders, salads and shakes.10. Merit Coffee

The San Antonio-based coffee company opened its first cafe in Lakewood and its fifth in Dallas.

Merit Coffee sources fresh coffee from over 30 countries and roasts them with its custom-built German roaster in San Antonio, according to its website. Its cafes sell a variety of coffee and tea drinks as well as pastries.