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Brunch and Girl Scout cookies sweeten this round of Dallas restaurant news

Brunch and Girl Scout cookies sweeten this Dallas restaurant news

Asian Mint tamarind shrimp
Asian Mint's tamarind shrimp. Courtesy photo

This is a big big dose of Dallas dining news, with numerous openings, new dishes, new brunch, and Girl Scout cookies.

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

Edith's Neighborhood Bistro is now open on CityLine's State Street in Richardson. The French-inspired bistro offers desserts, pastries, cakes, and savory dishes like cassoulet. They have a full bar, a coffee bar with local roasted coffee, an oyster bar, table-side bread service, and a large patio. Table-side bread service, what do you suppose that could be. In the coming months, they'll offer high-tea service.

Seven Mile Cafe is opening a location in Lewisville, at 201 W. Church St., in the space previously occupied by Prohibition Chicken. The local cafe chain is open for breakfast and lunch and is especially noted for its pancakes. Lewisville will be the fifth location, following Denton, Highland Village, Fort Worth, and Keller.

Original ChopShop, featuring protein bowls, salads, sandwiches, and juice, has opened a location in Allen in the new Stacy Green Shopping center, across from the Allen Premium Outlets. It features a 335-square-foot patio, sunny accents, distressed wood, handwritten notes, and local vintage photography. Allen is the sixth Original ChopShop in North Texas and 14th overall for this Scottsdale, Arizona chain.

The Standard Pour, the Uptown bar, is opening a second location in Plano at the Shops at Legacy, going into the space previously occupied by Taco Diner. Known for its acclaimed craft cocktails, Standard Pour features an advanced mixology program and boasts one of the top 50 bourbon selections in America. The food will be modern American cuisine, featuring appetizers, entrees, and desserts, and will be available for weekday dining or weekend brunch. Anticipated opening date is summer.

Salata opened a location in Richardson at 2160 N. Coit Rd., #154, in the space that previously Bombay Chopstix. This is a big foray east for a chain that has placed most of its Dallas-area locations right off the North Dallas Tollway. Way to step outside the zone, Salata.

Saigon Box Vietnamese Kitchen is a new restaurant at 6363 Dallas Pkwy., #106, in Frisco. that serves a homey version of Vietnamese food, with banh mi sandwiches, pho, noodle dishes, and pho. They'll host a grand opening on February 22.

Asian Mint has launched a limited time menu featuring dishes that honor all four regions of Thailand. New menu items include Kao Soy Chicken, a traditional Northern Thai curry noodle dish; Mango Mandarin Chicken, a crispy chicken dish from Central Thailand; Rice Soup with Chicken or Shrimp, a Central Thailand recipe from owner Nikky Phinyawatana’s grandma; and two southern Thailand dishes: Dry Tom Yum Talay, shrimp, scallops and calamari served over jasmine rice and steamed vegetables; and Tamarind Shrimp — shrimp tempura with bok choy, broccoli, and red bell peppers in a sweet tamarind sauce served with rice. They're available until the end of March.

Mexican Sugar has new brunch items including cocktails, sangria bar, and entrees. New brunch cocktails include the Choco Antigua, Prickly Pear Mule, and Guava Pisco Frio. Brunch entree additions include a brunch quesadilla with scrambled eggs, chile-spiced bacon, guacamole, and crema on a jalapeño tortilla; and the Arroz Con Leche: rice pudding with Mexican canela, tres leches, raisins, strawberries, and mangos. Fajitas are now available on the brunch menu with options of chicken, carne asada, Gulf shrimp, and lobster tail with tenderloin. A Sangria Bar is also available where guests can dress their own sangrias by the pitcher or glass. Flavors include White with pinot grigio, elderflower liqueur, peach, pineapple, and club soda; and Blackberry with malbec, Tuaca, blackberry, and lemon. Weekend brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday 10 am–3 pm.

Bartaco has three new dishes, available beginning February 19: ceviche, with citrusy corvina and serrano peppers served on avocado; sesame ribeye taco with bulgogi-style ribeye topped with kimchi; and a grilled corvina taco topped with a Veracruz slaw.

Carl's Jr. has a new topping for its burgers and sandwiches called the Big Fried Cheese, just as it sounds, a puck of breaded, fried cheddar-mozzarella cheese. The "BFC" can be added as a topping to any of Carl’s Jr. burgers for $3. They're also introducing the BFC Angus Thickburger, a third-pound Angus beef burger, charbroiled over an open flame, topped with the fried cheddar-mozzarella cheese, plus lettuce, tomato, and Boom Boom sauce, served on a toasted bun.

Texas Ale Project has introduced a hard seltzer called TAPWTR in two flavors, Wild Berry and Mojito Lime, available in six-packs or mixed twelve-packs. Wild Berry has a splash of natural mixed berry flavor. Mojito has a twist of lime and mint. They'll be available on February 22.

Liberty Burger has a special burger for February: the Roy Roy-al, two double thin smash patties with American cheese, grilled onions, shredded lettuce, special G Sauce, a sesame seed brioche bun. $1 from each goes to charity.

Pinstack has two new dishes: Tuscan-inspired panzanella salad and the New Orleans-inspired hot roasted turkey po’boy. Both are available through February 29 at all three Dallas-area locations.

Pizza Hut has just rolled out the Mozzarella Poppers Pizza, with 16 mozzarella-stuffed, seasoned squares perched around the edge of the crust. The squares contain garlic, onion, parmesan, Italian seasonings, parsley, basil, oregano, and mozzarella cheese.

Miriam Cocina Latina in the Dallas Art’s District now offers brunch Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-3 pm. The menu includes breakfast brisket enchiladas, carne asada con huevos, chilaquiles, huevos Los Compadres, and créme brulee French toast. Beverages include Mimosa Flight, Milk Punch, and a spicy Bloody Mary.

Yard House is the first national restaurant brand to add hard seltzer on tap, at all 81 locations. They're also introducing four new hard seltzer cocktails: Black Cherry with Filthy Black Cherry Syrup, Truly unflavored hard seltzer, drenched cherry; Lime Refresher with Truly unflavored hard seltzer and lime; Ginger Citrus with house-made ginger beer, Truly unflavored hard seltzer, and lemon; and Passion Fruit with passion fruit syrup, Truly unflavored hard seltzer, and mint.

White Rock Alehouse & Brewery has released the 12th iteration of its New England-style IPA, described as a smooth, juicy beer with a tropical fruit bowl of aromas and flavors. Their 8th IPA won the U.S. Open Beer Championship Silver Medal.

Girl Scout cookies are still for sale, and the 2020 lineup features an amazing new flavor: Lemon-Ups, a crispy lemon cookie with light icing and baked with eight messages inspired by Girl Scouts such as "I am an innovator" and "I am gutsy." The new flavor joins the 2020 lineup, which also includes favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas, and Trefoils.

7-Eleven, Inc. is testing a cashierless store at its corporate headquarters, in Irving. During the pilot, the 700-square-foot non-traditional store is available to 7-Eleven employees. They download an app, sign up, check in at the store, enter the store, shop, and exit. A detailed receipt appears in the app automatically after the customer exits.

Omni Dallas Hotel is hosting a Girl Scout cookie-fest with seven of the property’s restaurants offering a special dessert featuring a different Girl Scout Cookie. Texas Spice is doing Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake [Tagalongs]; The Owners Box is doing a Thin Mint Milk Shake [Thin Mints]; Cafe Herrera is doing Short Bread Fried Ice Cream [Trefoils]. Bob's Steak & Chop House is doing Samoa Cheesecake. Black Ship Little Katana is doing Thin Mint Mochi. Biergarten is doing German Chocolate Cake [Samoas]. Coal Vines is doing Limoncello Tiramisu [Lemon-Ups].