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Fall's best new dishes simmer in this pot of Dallas restaurant news

Fall's best new dishes simmer in this pot of Dallas restaurant news

Piada Italian Street Food bowl
Mediterranean power bowl with roasted vegetables and red quinoa is so fall. Photo courtesy of Piada

If you love pumpkin, pasta, gingerbread, and fall menus, then you'll be in heaven with this roundup of Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant news. There's more than enough cinnamon and spice here to make your day. There's also a restaurant opening or two, and some nice news about a heroic Dallas chef.

Here's what's new in local dining news:

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen the healthy fast-casual restaurant that debuted in Lakewood, has opened a second location in Southlake Town Square. Like the existing Lakewood location, it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu of wraps, salads, dips, sides, and sweets. The breakfast menu focuses on wraps and hash.

Arepa TX, the restaurant that serves Latin-American street food including the masa specialty called the arepa, celebrates the debut of its new location at 5940 Royal Ln., at the intersection of Preston, with an opening party on October 14. This is the second location; the first opened in Frisco in April. They're open for lunch, dinner, and brunch. They serve wine and beer, and also have a new dessert line of frozen custard pops.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop has opened a new location at 10910 N. Central Expwy., at the intersection of Royal Lane. The menu includes the signature baja tacos, plus burrito bowls, jumbo burritos, salads, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, and even combo plates. Fuzzy's is open for breakfast and serves breakfast all day long. This is the third Fuzzy's from franchisee Aly Bhagat, whose other locations are in Deep Ellum and near Love Field.

Four Corners Brewing Co. celebrates its grand opening at its new facilities on October 18 with a party from 5-8 pm with food from Trinity Groves' Luck Beer Kitchen. Four Corners is now located at 1311 S. Ervay St.

Cork & Growler is a new bar that gets Frisco on board with the growler concept, where you can bring your own bottle and get it filled with local craft beer. Located at 8979 FM 423, C&G comes from husband-and-wife Vincent and Carmelle Martinez, who've created a beautiful space with a fireplace at the center, where you can not only bring your bottle and get it filled with beer to go, you can linger over a beer or glass of wine, as they have wine on tap, too. They're dog-friendly, they host movie nights every Wednesday, as well as special events such as a costume party for Halloween.

Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas hotel joins a nationwide Omni hotel annual culinary event celebrating Spain, partnered with Wines from Rioja. From now through December 31, there's a special menu featuring meatballs; bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese; ham and cheese croquettes; charred chorizo; and a meat and cheese board. Wines from Rioja, in red, white, and rosé varietals will include such favorites as Campo Viejo, Ontañón Rioja, Cune Blanco, and will be available by the bottle or by 6- and 9-ounce pours.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill has unveiled a new menu at their Preston Hollow Village location, with items that include marinated and skewered chicken thighs, crispy bite-sized shrimp, crispy rice cake topped with spicy tuna, and a vegan tofu tempura. A new "clay plate" section gives guests the option to choose a protein served with wild mushrooms, crispy Brussels sprouts, and asparagus.

Empire Baking Co. has a great lineup of baked goods for October. Bread of the Month is walnut sourdough rye, with toasted walnuts baked inside a warm sourdough bread with rye flour. Gingerbread molasses cookies have all the classic flavors of gingerbread folded into a crisp cookie, and there are also pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Chocolate Hazelnut Babka bread was originally a monthly feature but has been so popular, it's available every Friday and Saturday through the end of the year.

Taverna, the Italian concept from the Lombardi family, has an amazing-sounding fall dish from chef Francesco Schintu: pumpkin cappellacci. It's pasta stuffed with a filling of pumpkin, ricotta cheese, and warm spices, plated with tomato fondue and tossed in a brown butter sage sauce, for $17, and available through November 25.

Stirr in Deep Ellum has a new fall menu from chef Nick Harrison that includes a 20-ounce ribeye, Texas quail with rice pilaf, and four-cheese tortellini with truffled butternut squash and spiced pepitas. They also have a dry-aged ribeye burger, made entirely of trim removed from 21-day dry-aged ribeye with cheddar, caramelized onion, poblano pepper, mushroom, sunny-side egg, and shoestring potatoes. They're doing a lunch special, consisting of soup paired with a half-salad or half-sandwich for $12.

Truluck's welcomes back its signature Florida stone crabs. The season runs through May 15, which seems like more than just a "season," but which is probably good for stone crab fans? Crab claws run from $6.50 to $24 for a jumbo 5- to 8-ounce claw. You can also get them on a shellfish platter, combined with shrimp and oysters. They're available at both the Uptown location and the location in Southlake.

Stonedeck Pizza Pub, the Deep Ellum pizzeria, is bringing back its weekend late-night pizza buffet. For $9.99, you get pizza, pinwheels, pasta, mac-n-cheese, and more. In addition to the buffet, they'll also offer a special late-night menu with wings, gyros and pub grub. It's served Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 pm-1:30 am through the end of October.

Piada Italian Street Food has launched a new fall/winter menu that elevates their menu, adding new dishes that go beyond what they've done previously. Those include a Mediterranean power bowl with roasted vegetables and red quinoa; a porchetta sandwich; a super greens salad with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, kale, and chickpeas; a steak-avocado piada sandwich with pancetta, arugula, pepitas, and sweet potato; and a side dish of red quinoa and beets.

Dillas Quesadillas is bringing back a fall favorite, the Frito Pie Dilla. This quesadilla has seasoned ground beef, chili sauce, queso, red onions, and Chili Cheese Fritos. It comes in two sizes: regular ($6.99) and Gorilla Style (double stacked for $10.49), and is available at both branches in Plano and Dallas through Thanksgiving.

Ocean Prime Dallas is offering a special dish it will serve at the James Beard House in December. Ahi tuna rossini has tuna, foie gras, caramelized mushrooms, carrots, Brussels sprouts leaves, and a truffle reduction. Do they really need the foie gras? Seems like it would taste great without it. It's $49 and will be available from now through November 30.

Water Grill, the seafood restaurant in Uptown Dallas, is featuring a delicacy called California spiny lobsters. Unlike Maine lobsters, these don’t have claws. Water Grill charcoal grills the spiny lobsters, then serves them with slaw. They're said to be sweet and firm. Spiny lobster season runs from early October to March.

Taco Cabana has new chicken tacos made with chicken breast seasoned with a fajita spice blend, in three flavors: grilled peppers and onions with salsa roja; roasted poblanos, ranchero, and cheese; and bacon and jalapeño with salsa ranch. They're $2.29 each or three for $5.99, and are available for a limited time only. There are also new house-made premium margaritas made with 100% Blue Agave Lunazul Tequila, and those will be a permanent item on the menu. They're served in 12-ounce cup for $5.75, or $3 during happy hour from 4-7 pm daily.

Blind Butcher, the restaurant-bar on Greenville Avenue, is reported to be losing chef Oliver Sitrin, who is leaving to take a position as sous chef at Bullion, the Bruno Davaillon restaurant in downtown Dallas.

Cafe Momentum got a big voucher from Starbucks, which spotlights chef Chad Houser in one of of 11 films in its original content series "Upstanders – Season 2." The film focuses on Café Momentum as perhaps "the only fine-dining restaurant in the country to focus on giving once-troubled youth an opportunity to learn how to cook, serve, and get a well-paying job in the food-service industry." All films in the Upstanders series are available in video or audiobook through Amazon Video Direct, Audible, and on Starbucks.com/Upstanders.