A Hawaii-based restaurant chain called Coconut's Fish Cafe is coming to Texas, with the first branch in Dallas at The Pavilion on Lovers Lane. The restaurant will open on December 18.
Coconut's was founded by Michael Phillips in 2009 as a restaurant offering healthy, island-style food. The menu focuses on Hawaiian fish and flavors. Signature items include coleslaw made with coconut milk, as well as fish tacos made with 17 ingredients — including not one but two fish, mahi mahi and ono — served on white corn tortillas.
Other notable dishes include fillet of fish on a fresh-baked bun and a coconut shrimp appetizer served with Thai chili pineapple dipping sauce.
The decor features custom surfboard tables and benches, bamboo accents, and Hawaiian scenes throughout the 74-seat dining room.
Coconut got an extra shot after getting featured in Travel + Leisure magazine and CNN Online. The company signed its first franchisee, Desert Streams Restaurant Group, which plans to open several locations in Dallas and Austin.
"We are excited to be the first Coconut's Fish Cafe franchisee and to bring this exciting and addictive concept to Texas," says Tim Brasher of Desert Streams in a release. "By personally knowing where our fish comes from, being actively involved in the preparation and presentation of all of our customers' favorites, and by offering a variety of fresh, healthy alternatives to our guests, we knew that Coconut's would instill a sense of pride in our family and our team."