If you had any doubts about the restaurant industry rebounding after a tumultuous two years of closures, labor shortages, and ever-changing safety guidelines, you need only look at the 2022 openings across Dallas-Fort Worth as proof that things are back to normal. And in many cases better than ever. Sure, some COVID-era setbacks still exist (such as finding talented staff both front and back of house), but the sheer volume of new restaurants making their debuts in the past six months has been nothing short of overwhelming for those of us who live, breathe, and overindulge in the North Texas food scene. Among the can’t-miss new openings vying for your reservations: a new scratch-made Italian concept in West Village, the rebirth of an old-but-beloved Italian concept on Henderson Avenue, a downtown brasserie with French and Asian influences, an all-day brunch spot out of Houston with two new locations in the burbs, and a fried chicken concept that explores southern, Japanese, and Korean versions of the comfort dish from a food hall in the AT&T Discovery District. In total, we rounded up a baker’s dozen of new places to eat and drink that are well worth a visit.