Dallas has seen loads of action in the restaurant world, with restaurant openings, special Lent menus, and a closing or two.
Here's what's happening in Dallas dining news:
Akai is new speakeasy bar in Dallas' Arts District located inside Musume, the upscale Asian restaurant from Josh Babb and partner Sean Clavir of Rock Libations. In fact, in order to get to Akai, you walk through the kitchen at Musume. Akai is a collaboration between Rock Libations & SBBC, the team behind bars such as Truth & Alibi, The Tipsy Alchemist, and Punk Society.
Eggsquisite Café, a local breakfast-and-lunch chain with locations in McKinney and Allen, has opened its third, this one in Frisco, at Hall Office Park at 6801 Warren Pkwy. Eggsquisite serves all your breakfast faves, plus burgers, sandwiches, salads, and such.
Bubba's Cooks Country has opened its location in Frisco, at 4585 Preston Rd. This is only the second location for Bubba's, which has been doing fried chicken in Snider Plaza in a converted 1929 Texaco gas station since 1981. Bubba's is the sibling of Babe's, but Bubba's has a drive-through and opens at 6:30 am.
The Flying Saucer, the local chain from Shannon Wynne dedicated to craft beer, will open a new location at Cypress Waters, the Billingsley Company’s 1,000-acre master-planned development. This will be the fifth Saucer in the DFW area. The restaurant is posting help wanted ads, but Wynne could not confirm an opening date, stating that "the notion that you look in want ads just kind of creeps me out."
Saltgrass Steak House is opening a location in East Plano, at 3320 Central Expy. There are currently 18 locations in DFW including a newly opened location in The Colony. According to a representative from the restaurant's parent group Landry's Restaurants, it will open in late March.
Even Stevens, the Utah-based sandwich shop, has closed its location at the troubled-ish Richardson Restaurant Park. However, the chain is opening a location in East Dallas in a new shopping center on Northwest Highway at Abrams Road. Even Stevens opened with a charitable model in which they would donate to deserving groups, but the chain ditched that six months ago.
Roy's Plano has a new three-course tasting menu inspired by Roy's Japanese heritage. Appetizers include a choice of hamachi sashimi or short rib and mushroom dim sum. Entrees include Mongolian glazed pork chop with wasabi mashed potatoes, or a togarashi spiced seared salmon with mushrooms, edamame, and nori vinaigrette. Dessert choices include yuzu curd. The full menu can be found here. It's available through April 30.
Bonefish Grill is offering "fish frydays" from March 8-April 19, with tempura-style cod, sea scallops, shrimp, French fries, and coleslaw, for $20. They also have a new limited-edition four-course dinner with bang bang shrimp, choice of house or Caesar salad, potatoes au gratin, jasmine rice, seasonal vegetable, Atlantic salmon, cobia, and shrimp & scallop skewer. It's available March 5-April 19 for $50.
Morton's The Steakhouse is offering twin lobster tails for $39 through April 12.
Fine China at The Statler hotel is keeping their Chinese New Year specials as permanent lunch menu items, available Tuesday-Friday from 11 am-3 pm. They include Egg Fried Rice, Chicken Rice Bowl, Vietnamese Shrimp Noodle Bowl, Dan Dan Noodles, Wok Fried Flat Noodle, Braised Pork Belly & Egg Rice Bowl, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and cold Brewed Iced Tea.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub has St. Patrick’s Day seasonal menu specials including Beer Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Mac & Cheese and Oven Roasted Lamb Shank, available through March 17.
Spin Pizza has a new cauliflower crust available in 7-inch and 12-inch pizzas. The price is the same as Spin's gluten-free crust: $3 upcharge for a 12-inch or $1.50 for a 7-inch. They've also added a larger 14-inch pizza, two deli sandwiches, a new Double Pepperoni pizza, and the permanent addition of a Chicken Cobb salad.
Carl’s Jr. is bringing back its Kellogg’s Froot Loops Mini Donuts. First launched in 2018, the doughnuts are a rainbow kind of deal, good for photos, tinted in five colors: red, blue, green, purple, and yellow. They'll be available for a limited time at participating Carl’s Jr. locations starting at $1.99.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Uptown is relocating into a larger, two-story restaurant space into the Park District development at 2100 Olive St., where they'll occupy the two-story space below the Residences at Park District at the corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Olive Street. The move happens in late 2019.
Bob’s Original Steak and Chop House founder Bob Sambol on Lemmon Avenue has left Trinity Groves and returned to the original Oak Lawn location.