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Lobby bar and lounge at entrance to Grain in the Hilton Dallas Park Cities

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Try these stylish new eateries on the dining circuit.

Fans of the previous restaurant, Nana, will be pleased to know the painting of the voluptuous nude that graced the bar has found a happy private home. The new digs have maximized the downtown view. Decor, service and uniforms are more relaxed, but the classic steakhouse fare is SÉR-ious indeed. Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, 214.761.7479,

Hopping, multilevel Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails adds a a terrific neighborhood vibe to Preston Center. Enjoy Tex Mex and Santa Fe-influenced menus well executed by chef Eric DiStefano, and meet up for spirited cocktails on the patio. Favorites include the massive Navajo tacos and tempting shooters. 8411 Preston Road, Ste. 132, 214.217.0888,

J.R., rest his soul, would have loved Grain, the new restaurant at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities—complete with a big-Texas wood-and-leather look and feel that are part of a multimillion-dollar hotel makeover. Grain’s big on regional wine and food, too: Pedernales Cellars excellent GSM (grenache-syrah-mourvedre), available by the glass, will show you just how far Texas wines have come. Steaks are a specialty. Out-of-towners and in-towners alike will feel right at home in these posh digs. 5954 Luther Lane, 214.368.0400,

The Front Room
Everything old is sleek again at The Front Room in the Lumen. Executive Chef Nick Amoriello’s team takes ’60s classics and reinvents them with panache, using ingredients with serious farm-to-table cred: Homestead Gristmill polenta, “Tom’s shrooms” from Tom Spicer and Veldhuizen Texas Farmstead Redneck Cheddar. The remakes are amazing, from beer-marinated onion rings and house-pickled veggies to soulful chicken breast and dark meat confit. Can you say neighborhood hangout? 6101 Hillcrest Ave., 214.219.8282,

Smart’s the word for Plan B Group/Royce Ring-designed JoJo Eating House & Bar, a comfy-chic spot with an open kitchen and 70-foot wrap-around banquette. Euro-bred chef/owner Laurent Poupart covers the Mediterranean waterfront, from gazpacho to hummus and fashionable flatbreads. Prior to opening, he was personal chef to energy impresario Mike Moreno, who became his business partner. 2626 Howell St., 214.754.4949,