An Old East Dallas restaurant that earned several awards last year just received another accolade. Khao Noodle Shop made Texas Monthly’s list of the best new restaurants in Texas.

Chef Donny Sirisavath opened the Laotian noodle shop at 4812 Bryan St. in 2018 after doing pop-ups around Dallas for years.

Here’s what the magazine had to say about Khao Noodle Shop:

Chef Donny Sirisavath’s late mother was a wonderful cook. That’s why he felt so lucky to have her Laotian recipes when he did pop-ups around Dallas several years back. His customers loved the vibrant Southeastern Asian flavors, like pork sausage with lemongrass and shrimp bites wrapped in crispy bean curd. True, a few dishes could be a challenge. “Just try it,” he would gently urge as he described boat noodles in a hearty pork blood and bone marrow broth. “It’s even better if you add a shot of vinegar.” Finally, in December 2018, Sirisavath opened his own little place, which has a pleasant industrial look. Then, in September, all hell broke loose—in a very good way—when “Bon Appétit” named Khao the second-best new restaurant in the country. Now that things have calmed down, you should check it out. And don’t miss the boat noodles.

Other Dallas restaurants on the list are Salaryman in Bishop Arts, Beverley’s near Uptown and Homewood on Oak Lawn Avenue.

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