We're moving into the holiday season with lots of good cheer, in the form of promising restaurant openings all around Dallas. Newbies in the wings are serving Chinese food, steak, pizza, and burgers.
Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:
Mesero, the Dallas Mex chain, has opened a new location at Preston Hollow Village. The restaurant is known for elevating Mexican-inspired flavors, with a creative collection of reimagined Mexican dishes, including slow-roasted brisket and carne asada, chicken paillard, shrimp ceviche, and cinco leches.The restaurant is at 7775 Firefall Way, #100.
Uncle Zhou, an acclaimed Chinese restaurant from Queens, New York specializing in hand-pulled noodles, is relocating to Plano, specifically 8200 Preston Rd. #110, formerly home to Minato Ramen and Izakaya. Uncle Zhou has a website with a message that reads: "The Uncle Zhou restaurant (previous in Queens, NY) will come to Plano, TX soon, with a better environment as well as more better traditional food of Chinese Henan Flavor. We will announce the grand opening here in the coming days. Looking forward to your visiting!" Henan is a province in Central China that Wiki says is recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated. Henan cuisine is centered on rice, rice noodles, pork, and onions.
Drake's, the new steakhouse from Hunter Pond (East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House), has an opening date: December 7. Inspired by Hollywood-style steakhouses, Drake's will be located at 5007 W. Lovers Ln., next to the original Neighborhood Services. It'll go into the space that used to be Lovers Lane Antique Market, where it will boast an old Hollywood feel, with dim mood lighting, red interiors, and a circular bar at the center. It'll be open for dinner only, with a menu created by Pond that's described as "beef-forward," but with "neighborhood prices."
Round Table Pizza is getting closer to opening its second location in the Dallas area at 5600 SMU Blvd., on the ground floor of the Mockingbird Flats building, in a space that was previously home to Nodding Donkey and, more recently, Seven Five, which closed in 2018. The menu boasts a King Arthur theme with pizzas such as Montague’s All Meat Marvel and the vegetarian Guinevere’s Garden Delight. In addition to red sauce, they have a creamy garlic sauce which has earned its own devoted cult.
The Peak Inn, a new bar from Adair's co-owner Joel Morales and Marc Hooper, co-owner of BoLeo's Taco Shack, is now open. Conceived as a quintessential neighborhood spot, it's serving classic cocktails and good bar food, including a burger, meatloaf sandwich, chicken rolletini sandwich, and chicken Cobb salad. It's located at 132 N. Peak St., in the space that used to be Peak & Elm, the restaurant-tamale shop owned by the Moreno family, who relocated to Bryan Street in March.
Bulla Gastrobar, the Spanish restaurant at Legacy West, has a new fall menu featuring butternut squash soup with cheese crostini; lacón a la Gallega tapa with smoked ham and potato puree; salmon carpaccio; Spanish omelet with chorizo and caramelized onions; tomatillo hummus; and pumpkin crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream. Available through January 6.
Mexican Bar Company, at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, has launched Sunday brunch and All You Can Eat Tacos. Brunch will be served from 11 am–4 pm. For $20, you can fill your plate with carnitas hash, chilaquiles, pan mexicano, pancakes, tacos de huevo, and estrellados y tampiqueña, plus lunch items like sliders, taco bar, and carving station. The All You Can Eat Tacos offering runs Sunday-Wednesday 7-9 pm, Thursday 8–10 pm, and Friday 10 pm-midnight.
Princi Italia is hosting a month-long special menu featuring Alba white truffles from Italy. It's an annual tradition by chef Kevin Ascolese to celebrate the holidays and spotlight the elusive white truffles from Alba, southwest of Milan, known for their aroma and taste. The menu launches December 2 and extends though the holidays or until the truffles run out.
Taco Cabana has debuted new holiday menu items including TC Chili made with ground beef and borracho beans, and topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and sliced jalapenos, for $2.99; and a new chocolate cake for $1.99. A new frozen Tito's vodka cranberry is made with vodka, cranberry, and Sprite, and is $4, for a limited time, how long their PR representative is unable to say.
Buffalo Wings & Rings at 2150 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington has launched limited-edition menu items for the winter that include a hard cider sampler with pretzel bites, seasoned potato wedges, broccoli, celery, and apples, dipped in hard cider cheese fondue; hard cider pretzel dip featuring pretzel bites and cheese fondue; and fried boneless wings with cranberry sauce and stuffing fritters. It's available through December 31.