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Getting a little tired of your usual lunch spot? Bored with dinner? Of course not, this is Dallas, and new delicious doors open every day. Here, the restaurants on our radar this week.

Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar’s egg-topped Benedict burger

Village Kitchen
Marquee was fun while it lasted, but the little hot spot attached to the Highland Park Village Theatre is home to a new concept. Chef Andre Natera’s neighborhood joint, Village Kitchen, boasts a more inviting atmosphere and the kind of menu everyone can get behind—think Pecan Lodge smoked brisket flatbread and roasted chicken and quinoa pilaf. Upstairs will soon host Toko V, an Asian-American concept with sushi and Ramen noodles on the menu. 32 Highland Park Village, 214.522.6035, hpvillagekitchen.com

Pak Pao Thai Food
Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, the duo behind Belly and Trumpet, have opened up another spot behind their ever-popular Design District resto, Oak. Pak Pao is influenced by Bangkok street-style food, with classics like Pad Thai on the menu, along with must-try crispy catfish, chili relishes, and duck noodle soup to boot. It’s quickly become the spot to track down your favorite design district denizens. 1628 Oaklawn Ave., 214.749.7002, pakpaothai.com

Mercat Bistro
Easy take-out for the lunch crowd, with a perfectly indulgent Croque Madame on the menu as well? Saint Ann’s sister restaurant at the Harwood International building is a savior to the nearby work crowd—we’ve certainly spent some time trying to decide between the frisee aux lardoons veal sweet breads and quiche Lorraine come noon. Just convince your lunch mate to get both and split, with a side of marinated olives. 2501 N. Harwood, 214.953.0917, mercatbistro.com

Rare
This restaurant-meets-lounge-meets-supper club meets all the requirements of a nightlife restaurant: Good sushi and a table of hot, young twenty-somethings boisterously doing “sake bombs.” Despite all the fun, it’s still a must-eat menu with Executive Chef Andy Tran (previously of Nobu and Sushi Axiom) at the helm. 8052 Park Ln., 214.306.4490, rareparklane.com

Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar
Officially open tonight for dinner, Dee Lincoln’s latest concept will win all you Bubble Bar lovers over once again. Executive Chef Juliard Ishizuka’s menu will be all about the basics: 10 unique burgers, three cuts of steaks, daily blackboard features of a butchers cut and catch of the day, plus 100 wines under $100. Easy, classic, delicious. 2626 Howell St., 214.754.4949, deelincolnsteak.com