This edition of Dallas dining news is jam-packed with goodies, from new openings, to new menus, to local guys getting on TV. It wraps up with cocktail news, which is exactly how it should end.
Here's the latest happenings in Dallas restaurant news:
Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe is a small Atlanta-based chain of Asian pastry shops that is expanding to the DFW area. They opened their first area location in Plano at 2001 Coit Rd., where they're doing pastries, coffee, and bubble tea. Treats include puff pastries, milk buns, and buns filled with sweet bean, coconut, and vanilla buttercream. They'll open a second location in Garland later in 2018.
The Dough Dough, Dallas' first edible cookie-dough shop, has opened its storefront at 5915 Forest Ln. at the northwest corner of Preston Road. Owner Gina Ginsburg will have a dozen staple flavors available every day, including the classic chocolate chip, plain cookie dough, brownie batter with chocolate chips and Oreo pieces, cake batter dough with confetti sprinkles, oatmeal raisin, salted caramel, S'mores, and more.
Macellaio is a new restaurant from the owners of Lucia, opening in Oak Cliff in the spring, with house-cured meats and a full bar. Owners David and Jennifer Uygur say it will be a more casual restaurant than Lucia, with more seating.
Tacqui is a new restaurant opening in Richardson from Kim Huynh-Yi, who says he is bringing a new and exciting twist to street food, street art, and street culture. "This new concept and menu was developed by a good friend of mine, Paul Qui," he says, referring to the Austin chef. "Together we hope to bring Dallas a rare and unique spot, even though it’s physically in Richardson." The restaurant is going into the Richardson Restaurant Park at 744 S. Central Expy., along Dog Haus and The Flying Biscuit.
Toulouse Café and Bar the Lombardi Family-owned French bistro, has opened a location in Plano's Legacy West, at 7301 Windrose Ave. It features a private dining room and oyster bar with up to 35 raw oysters from all over the U.S. The menu has an expanded wine list and more seafood and meat offerings than the Dallas location on Knox Street.
Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, the fresh fast-casual concept, will open its third location on March 16 at The Hill, the center with TreeHouse, at 8031 Walnut Hill Ln. The restaurant features house-made wraps, hash, and a la carte items for breakfast, and wraps, salads, dips, and hot and cold complements for lunch and dinner. Like the locations in Lakewood and Southlake, the newest store boasts natural light and elements that create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Dog Haus, the hot dog concept that has a restaurant in Richardson, is doing a celebrity chef collaboration to benefit No Kid Hungry. For the series, Dog Haus has enlisted eight chefs representing regions of the country in which Dog Haus has locations; each is creating a limited-time menu item to be served at all Dog Haus locations every two months throughout 2018. For March and April, it's a creation from Stephanie Izard with a sweet, salty, and smoky sausage served on grilled King's Hawaiian rolls.
Zaytinya, the Mediterranean restaurant at The Star in Frisco, is now open for lunch, Monday-Friday at 11 am. The menu features sandwiches served with choice of Greek green salad or Greek fries. Standouts include the Kavurma Tost, a pressed sandwich of kasar cheese, kobe beef confit, and caramelized onions; and lamb gyro with Greek fries and tzatziki; and the vegetarian Falafel Burger, featuring an olive oil brioche bun, chickpea fritter, tomato, and garlic yogurt sauce.
Magnolia Sous Le Pont, the coffee shop from the Harwood group, is featuring matcha drinks and treats for the month of March. The specialty drinks include a matcha latte served iced with a dash of OJ; a matcha latte with gold turmeric; matcha with lavender and vanilla; and a matcha latte with vanilla and peppermint. The drinks are half price on Mondays from 3-5 pm.
Fearing's has a new Butcher Block Menu featuring three Texas steaks: Wagyu rib eye, prime strip loin, and prime-plus petit filet mignon. All three come from longtime Fearing's partner A Bar N Ranch, headquartered in Sherman. The steaks are grilled over live-fire mesquite, rather than being broiled. "Using mesquite is how steaks used to be prepared, and we’re going back to this authentic Texas method to really capture the amazing taste of this meat," chef Dean Fearing says.
The Keeper, the seafood restaurant at Plano's Legacy West, has introduced eight new menu items, including tuna tiradito, shrimp and white cheddar grits, blackened redfish with orzo pasta, fried Gulf shrimp, crispy chicken sandwich, Philly roast beef sandwich on a Leidenheimer roll, bone-in pork chop, and a chocolate dessert with ganache truffle, chocolate crumble, chocolate pamplemousse sauce.
Ross & Hall Kitchen + Beer Garten has a slew of new dishes including caprese grilled cheese, ham and gruyere cheese, blackened tuna sandwich, chicken ‘fredo pizza, pork chop with andouille corn fritters, smoked St. Louis ribs, shrimp & gnocchi, and redfish with cauliflower mash. The brunch menu also has new dishes including bison and chorizo hash, crab cakes and eggs, country fried steak and eggs, and brisket brunchiladas.
7‑Eleven has a new Tater Tots offering with a top-your-own condiment and toppings bar. Actually, it's the same condiments used to top nachos and hot dogs, but hey, it's tater tots. Stores offer 6-10 topping choices in addition to mustard and ketchup, such as chili sauce, melted cheese, pico de gallo, diced onion, jalapenos, green relish, pickles, and ranch dressing. A small order of 10 tots is $1; a large 25-tot order is $2. They're made with Idaho and Oregon potatoes, and are said to be crispy and golden brown on the outside with fluffy potatoes on the inside.
Taco Cabana has brought back Texas brisket, smoked for up to 16 hours over a blend of applewood and hardwoods. There are loaded brisket tacos, $2.99 each, available with queso & jalapeños; grilled peppers & onions; fried jalapeños & onion strips; brisket only (no toppings with a side of BBQ sauce); brisket quesadilla; brisket nachos; and breakfast brisket & egg taco, which you can order all day.
Which Wich opened it first London location on February 26, marking the Dallas-based sandwich brand's entry into Europe. Investors Rami and Nader of AAA Investment House are bringing the brand to the U.K., with plans to open 10 locations in the next four years. The new store, located at Unit 8, Central St. Giles, London WC2H 8AG United Kingdom, features Which Wich classics like the Wicked, but also adds London-specific sandwiches including a chicken tikka wich and a bahn mi wich.
Hutchins BBQ will be featured on the new Food Network show Big Bargain Eats on March 17 at 2 pm.
Maple Leaf Diner had two dishes featured on the Travel Channel's Food Paradise show on March 11: the pizza burger and a chicken-fried steak poutine.
Firewheel Town Center is hosting Food Truck Fridays weekly at 5 pm, showcasing food trucks from around DFW such as The Butcher’s Son and Elite BBQ & Catering.
Bourbon & Banter, the bar at the Statler Dallas hotel, has new drinks created by beverage manager Kyle Hilla that feature "healthy" ingredients. The Rat Tail has tequila, sombra, suze, and turmeric, known to help combat arthritis, detox the liver, aide in weight loss, regulate blood sugar, and speed up healing. The cocktail is served with a spoonful of avocado to be enjoyed after each sip. The Ivy League has vodka, blackberries, lime, egg white, and tarragon. Tarragon is a source of minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium and is said to relieve anxiety, help with insomnia, and lower blood sugar.
III Forks, the Dallas steakhouse, has rolled out a set of new drinks that are made tableside in front of guests. The drinks are available now at all III Forks locations nationwide and are priced $12 each. There's a stirred martini with Nolet's Gin, dry vermouth, and 1888 hand-pressed olive juice; an old-fashioned with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Angostura bitters, and Luxardo Maraschino cherry; and a hanky panky with Nolet's Gin, Fernet Branca, and sweet vermouth.
Bistro 31 and Lounge 31, the Lombardi restaurant-bar duo at Highland Park Village, is serving a cocktail you absolutely must drink. Called the Fashion Stars' Cocktail, it's a combination of Grey Goose vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and club soda. So refreshing! The drink is $12, and every penny supports the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.