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You can taste the season on this platter of Dallas restaurant news

You can taste the season on this platter of Dallas restaurant news

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Pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere. Photo courtesy of Houlihan's

There's pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere, with a fall theme dominating restaurant menus around Dallas right now. We have a few high-profile openings, some good news about happy hour specials, and lots of wings and things.

Here's what's happening in this week's dining news:

Zaytinya, the high-profile restaurant coming to The Star in Frisco from celebrity chef José Andres, is nearing its opening, and is currently staffing up. They're seeking passionate and talented professionals for both front of the house and back, including sous chef, managers, and beverage managers. Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines, with shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines. Since its 2002 opening in Washington, D.C., Zaytinya claims to be one the city's busiest and most popular restaurants.

Shake Shack has opened its third Dallas-area location at Preston Royal Village, at 6025 Royal Lane, #305, Dallas. The menu will feature the Dallas Link Burger, a cheeseburger topped with Pecan Lodge jalapeño cheese sausage. Frozen custard concrete flavors include Shacky Road (chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough, and almonds); Royal Treatment (vanilla custard, marshmallow sauce, and crunchies); and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and slice of Emporium Pies featured pie). How long will it take the neighbors of Preston Royal to realize they're eating glorified fast food?

Gather Kitchen,  a new fast casual restaurant, is now open at Thanksgiving Tower in Downtown Dallas. This is the first location for Gather Kitchen, which claims to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner bowls using local and seasonal produce gathered from local farmers. To recap, both the produce and the farmers are local. The restaurant features a bakery corner with original recipes, including gluten-free, vegan, and Paleo options; an outdoor seating area; and floor-to-ceiling windows with downtown views.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill will open in late October in the new M-Line Tower, a mixed-use development in Uptown at 3220 McKinney Ave., at the corner of Bowen Street. This is the 12th location of this glossy Nebraska-based sushi chain and the third in DFW, following Dallas' Preston Hollow Village and the original on West 7th in Fort Worth.

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company has opened its second location east of Casa Linda Plaza at 1145 Peavy Rd., in a former tattoo parlor near Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House. There will be a small dining room, but it will serve mostly for pick-up and delivery. The original opened on Greenville Avenue 10 years ago.

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, the Louisiana-based fried chicken tender chain, will open a location on October 3 near Dallas Love Field at 2503 West Mockingbird Ln., at the intersection of Maple Avenue.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House locations in Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth have new appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and cocktails. They include a chilled shrimp tasting which is more satisfying than a chilled shrimp smelling; grilled asparagus with Romesco sauce; and rare Wagyu beef carpaccio served with fennel and arugula salad. There's also spaghetti squash gratin, and creamed corn with shishito peppers.

Pie Five Pizza Co. is now serving chicken wings, which they call "crispy craft wings," because everything gotta be "craft." Each flavor is paired with a perfectly matched crunchy topping. Time for some bullets:

  • Buffalo with ranch chips
  • BBQ with fried onions
  • Teriyaki with crushed wasabi peas
  • Sweet red chili with crispy red peppers
  • Garlic parmesan with parmesan crisps

Served traditional or boneless, the wings are offered at only three locations, two in Texas (the other is in Oklahoma). Exclusive! They're at 190 E. Stacy Rd. in Allen, and 2921 Hwy. 121 in Plano. They'll expand the wings to all locations in 2018.

Cicis Pizza has a trio of new pizzas whose flavor is inspired by wings, in a fusion of the two most popular football game snacks. The pizzas come on Cicis' garlic buttery crust, topped with chicken, cheese, and three wing-inspired sauces: sweet honey BBQ, zesty garlic parmesan, and fiery Buffalo. They'll be available on Cicis' buffet for a limited period through the end of February — football season, see.

Snuffer's, the local burger chain, has a Ghost Pepper Cheeseburger, topped with ghost pepper cheese, grilled jalapeños, red onions, and mustard, available for a limited time.

Bowl & Barrel, the bowling alley-restaurant concept, has launched a new happy hour where drink prices will change on the hour. All drinks will be $4 from 4-5 pm. They'll go up to $5 from 5-6 pm, and to $6 from 6-7 pm. Drink early, drink often.

Moviehouse & Eatery has a new fall menu from new F&B director James Atkinson with loaded tater tots, hummus plate, Brussels sprouts, Cobb salad, bowls, a farmhouse burger and turkey burger, and a quartet of taco with chicken pork, shrimp, and lobster. Brunch is now available all week, which really just sounds like "breakfast," with bread pudding French toast, yogurt parfait, and a bacon, egg, and cheese pizza. They're now offering daily specials and happy hour for the first time, with half-priced wine by the glass all day Monday.

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, the fast casual lunch favorite, has new seasonal fall items: The Lorraine has bacon, eggs, onions, gruyere, and arugula and can be served as a wrap or hash. Caramelized cauliflower dip has roasted garlic, mint, and toasted pepitas. Roasted beet and goat cheese salad has arugula and smoked pecans.

Bar Stellar, Knox Henderson's resuscitated cocktail bar, has added weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am-3 pm. Cocktail concoctions include cereal-themed drinks such as the Lucky Charm’d Black Russian. The menu includes stuffed challah French toast, chicken n' pancakes, and a Mediterranean omelet with egg whites, onions, tomatoes, spinach, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese.

Halcyon, the coffeehouse restaurant on Greenville Avenue, has refreshed its happy hour with $2 off Texas beers and liquors, wine specials, and happy hour prices on popular menu items such as mac & cheese with pulled pork, avocado toast, and Margherita flatbread. Hours are 4-8 pm weekdays, and 2-8 pm weekends.

7-Eleven is featuring a new item, the Pillsbury Stuffed Waffle, which has a maple-flavored waffle on the outside and layers of sausage, egg, and cheddar cheese on the inside. This is special because it's exclusive to 7-Eleven. Must try! The convenience-store chain also has something called chicken dippers, 5 for $1.99, which look like chicken fingers, and are served with three sauces: barbeque, Buffalo, and ranch.

Starbucks is all busy with the latte flavors. In addition to its most famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, it has a new flavor for fall: Maple Pecan Latte with espresso, steamed milk, maple syrup, and pecan. Starbucks has dabbled in maple in the past, with a Maple Macchiato (in the U.S. and Canada), a Golden Maple Latte (Singapore), and a Maple Pecan Latte (South Korea). This Maple Pecan Latte will be available to customers in the U.S. and Asia, while supplies last.

Houlihan's has two new pumpkin-themed specials: Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee, with pumpkin puree mixed into the custard, and the #SoBasic Pumpkin Spice Martini. The seasonal offerings are available for a limited time only through November 23. 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, the Dallas cafe chain, is doing a limited-edition spotlight on apple-themed items, such as a green apple matcha smoothie. They're available until October 22.