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Change in seasons brings exciting new menus in Dallas restaurant news

Change in seasons brings exciting new menus in Dallas restaurant news

Zoli's chicken
Roasted chicken at Zoli's. Photo by Jeff Amador

The seasons are changing and so are the menus around Dallas, with new dishes being introduced by everyone from our favorite pizzeria to the biggest restaurant chains. Most of the items being introduced are here for only a limited time. That means you must get out and try them before they disappear.

Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:

Zoli's Pizza, which used to be a pizza place back in the day, has expanded its menu in a way that remains true to its New York roots, but celebrates the diversity of American Italian interpretations from around the country. Or so says a release. There are now appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and entrées.

At lunch, there's a pizza slice and salad combo for $10. There's also: calamari with cherry peppers, arugula, and marinara; roasted corn carbonara with spaghetti, pancetta, corn, and an egg yolk; and rigatoni with chicken, mushrooms, and vodka sauce. Entrees include roasted chicken, eggplant and chicken Parmesan, and an Angus burger with waffle fries.

Da Mario, the Italian restaurant in Frisco, has a new menu for September inspired by Emilia-Romagna, one of the richest regions of Italy in terms of cooking and wine-making traditions. Menu items include squash-filled ravioli in butter and sage; beef, pork, and veal in salsa verde and Mostarda; and fried fettuccine with raspberry sorbet.

Creamistry, the ice cream chain that uses liquid nitrogen, has a new vegan cashew base ice cream that's plant-based and dairy-free. It joins the ranks of their creamy vegan coconut base ice cream to extend additional plant-based menu offerings to their customers. Guests can customize a scoop of cashew base ice cream just as they would any of Creamistry's other ice creams, with flavor, toppings, and upgrades.

Pinstack, the restaurant and bowling destination, has specials for September including beef stew, spinach artichoke dip, and almond-crusted salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus. There's a low-carb cauliflower crust pizza with alfredo sauce, red onion, spinach, bell pepper, and olives; and the return of the Impossible Burger, the plant-based patty that is terrifyingly meat-like, which comes with peppercorn sauce, Swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.

Grimaldi's, the New York-style pizza chain, has a new autumnal-themed menu with dishes that include a wedge salad with bacon, blue cheese dressing, and gorgonzola; Buffalo chicken pizza, with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, chicken breast, mozzarella, gorgonzola crumbles, and celery; caramel apple cheesecake with diced green apples; and chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust.

Bonefish Grill has created a $49 dinner for two with 4 courses that's great for date night or girls' night out. No guys night outs? It includes a shrimp appetizer, choice of house or Caesar salad, choice of potatoes au gratin or Brussels sprouts, and choice of Atlantic salmon, Caribbean cobia, shrimp & scallop skewer, or the neighborhood catch. It's available through September 30.

Cotton Patch Cafe is launching its annual "Chicken Fried Road Trip" through October 26, featuring daily specials of deep-fried country dishes. Mondays, it's chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken with jalapeno cream gravy. Tuesdays it's chicken tenders with choice of sauce. Wednesday it's a chicken sandwich. Thursday, it's Nashville hot CFS or chicken fried chicken. Friday, it's fried catfish. On weekends, there's a new brunch featuring the biscuit stack - chicken fried steak between two biscuits with sausage gravy; and the Hot Mess, with chicken fried steak covered in gravy, topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg.

Black Walnut Cafe has five new entrees available through September:. Shrimp and spinach salad, portabella and goat cheese pasta, roasted vegetable sandwich, Thai chicken noodle, and ahi and avocado toast.

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is serving pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice cookies, available through November 4.

Golden Chick has new chipotle buffalo tenders, created in collaboration with Dallas chef Larry Atwater. The sauce combines heat, smoke, and sweetness, which could evolve into a signature flavor, if we're good. They're available in a 3- or 5-piece tender combo meal, in all 187 stores through the end of November.

SushiFork in the Park Cities is hosting a weekly feature every Wednesday night. It's half-price on the "Hot Mess," which contains krab mix, cream cheese, jalapeno, fried wonton, and soy sauce.

Gorji is the new name for what used to be Canary By Gorji. The restaurant has undergone renovations of the exterior and interior, to make the space more intimate. Gorji Restaurant is committed to providing interesting, flavorful food and creating an enjoyable dining experience by focusing on the guest. They also have a no-tipping policy to provide a livable, steady income for staff.