We're moving into the beginning of a new season and Dallas restaurants are marking it with new menus, some Irish-themed for St. Patrick's Day, and some seafood-themed for Lent.
Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:
Patina Green Home and Market located on the downtown McKinney square has changed ownership. Robert & Kaci Lyford and Luann Van Winckel, who've been major champions of the local food movement including using local farmers and organic vendors, and cooking in a seasonal style, have sold to Shane and Lori Hanes. Their children Mallori, Trevor, and Tyler will be the new faces of PGHM. Mallori will manage the store and retail. Twin brothers Trevor and Tyler, both chefs who previously launched their own taco truck called The Twin Taco, will run the kitchen. They'll add tacos to the menu, and the family will expand the front patio to offer outdoor dining. Favorite dishes including the Ham & Cheese sandwich will remain. "It's bittersweet to move on, but we are excited to see them at the Patina Green helm for the next 10 years," says Kaci Lyford in a statement.
Bresnan Bread, a mom-and-pop baker from Jenna and Matt Bresnan based in Dallas' Design District, is now selling its pastries at Royal Blue Grocery. They do sourdough breads, croissants, and other pastries. They also sell their goods on Saturday mornings at Brown Bag Provisions on 150 Turtle Creek Blvd. in Dallas, and at Local Yocal Farm to Market in McKinney.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, the gastropub from Portland, Oregon, has limited-edition St. Patrick’s Day menu specials at both the Toyota Music Factory in Irving and Glade Parks Town Center in Euless locations, with bacon cheddar potato cakes, Scotch eggs, lamb burger, Reuben sandwich, Irish shepherd’s pie, corned beef mac and cheese, beer-braised corned beef and cabbage, and lamb shank. Seasonal cocktails include a refreshing Irish Mule, an Irish Old Fashioned, Irish Whiskey flights, and Guinness Stout. The specials run through March 17.
Savor, the restaurant at Klyde Warren Park, has a new spring menu from new-ish chef Luke Rogers. Dishes include Texan eggrolls, kale artichoke dip, tuna poke, short rib pizza with dough made in-house, rotisserie chicken pasta, crispy eggplant, kale chicken salad, sea scallops, bacon jalapeno mac, crispy Brussels sprouts, orange cream lush, stout chocolate trifle, rum-spiked carrot cake, and brown butter honey blondie.
Pok the Raw Bar has a new poke bowl with a Tex Mex twist: The Yellowtail Tomatillo bowl features raw yellowtail, sweet corn, avocado, green onion, and micro cilantro in a spicy green sauce topped with crispy purple potato strings.
Saint Rocco's at Trinity Groves has a new Sunday brunch buffet with antipasti, bread board, tomato-mozzarella-basil frittata, orange mascarpone French toast, sausage, bacon, home fries, penne with Italian Meats, salmon with pesto bruschetta, parmesan polenta, cheesecake, cannoli, and chocolate espresso cake. It's 11 am-2 pm and is $25. During March, mimosas will be 5 cents. Other drinks are $5 and include frozen Bellini, white sangria, and the Spaghett, combining Miller High Life with Aperol and lemon juice.
Chipotle Mexican Grill has a new Queso Blanco, made with Monterey Jack, white cheddar, serrano, poblano, and chipotle peppers. The new queso recipe was tested in 52 locations across three cities including Dallas last August, so we helped make that happen. It replaces the current queso.
LongHorn Steakhouse has revived their lamb chops, marinated with garlic and herbs and grilled over an open flame, with roasted tomato garlic-herb sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and wilted spinach.
Snuffer's has a March special of St. Paddy’s Day Sliders, consisting of two corned beef sliders on mini toasted poppy seed buns with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, pickles, 1000 island dressing, with fries for $7.49. March 2-29.
City Works Eatery and Pour House is serving St. Patrick’s Day specials at both its Fort Worth and Frisco locations from March 10-17, including corned beef Reuben with shaved corned beef, champagne sauerkraut, Guinness caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and mustard on toasted marble rye bread; shepherd's pie with stout-braised ground beef, peas, carrots, onions, cabbage, and potato puree; and corned beef poutine with crispy fries, onion gravy, and cheese curds.
Fish City Grill has new menu items including crispy Asian Brussels sprouts with maple sriracha soy glaze; garlic caper salmon with cherry tomatoes, lemon, white wine, almond pesto rice, and seasonal veggie; and New England-style lobster & shrimp roll; scallops & bacon-wrapped shrimp with mashed potatoes and garlic wilted spinach; jalapeño stuffed chicken with cheddar and tomato-stuffed jalapeño, Cuban black beans, and white rice.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery has a new spring menu with some quicker bites, sharable dishes, and healthy items, like red pepper hummus, BBQ pork quesadilla, Nashville hot chicken sandwich, and duck wings. A new daily feature includes skillet shepherd’s pie on Mondays, chicken fried steak on Wednesdays, and half rack of smoked wet rub ribs on Fridays.
Village Burger Bar has a limited-edition burger bar that will beneit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, created by a former patient. The Frank Burger is topped with jalapeno jack cheese, bacon strips, caramelized onions, Dijon mustard, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun for just $7.50. Through April.
Morton's The Steakhouse is offering twin lobster tails for $39 every Friday during Lent, through April 3, from 5-10 pm. Reservations are required.
Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering a mixed grill of lobster tails, shrimp, and scallops for $45 every Friday during Lent, through April 3, from 5-10 pm. Reservations are required.
Cotton Patch Cafe is hosting All You Can Eat Catfish Fridays with limitless servings of fried catfish, fries, rolls, soda, or tea for $16. The Lent special will run through April 10.
Taco Cabana is doing shrimp tampico with pineapple chipotle salsa for the Lent season, available in a taco or quesadilla. Also new items featuring Kiolbassa jalapeño sausage, including a breakfast taco, breakfast bowl, and a regular taco. New Happy Hour offering include $2 frozen strawberry or lime margaritas; $2 draft beer; and bean & cheese or beef nachos for $3.
Cinnabon has a new frozen beverage offering, the Churro Chillatta, anover-the-top frozen beverage that combines the cinnamon flavors of a churro with Cinnabon's signature blended Chillatta, topped with whipped cream, caramel, and a Churro Swirl or Churro Stick. The Churro Chillatta is $6.29 and is available through March.
Dunkin’ has a new Snackin’ Bacon with eight half-slices of bacon flavored with Sweet Black Pepper, served in a sleeve. They're also doing two bowls: Egg White Bowl with egg whites, spinach, potatoes, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions; and the Sausage Scramble Bowl with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar jack cheese, peppers, and onions.
Bonefish Grill is offering a variety of fish dishes through April 12 for Lent, including Fish Frydays with tempura-style fried cod, shrimp, hush puppies, French fries, and coleslaw. Available daily is Ocean Mixed Grill, a 3-course tasting experience for two for $49 with Bang Bang Shrimp, house or Caesar salad, sides such as potatoes au gratin, jasmine rice, and four wood-grilled seafood selections including salmon, striped bass, and shrimp & scallop skewer.
Golden Chick has introduced fried butterfly shrimp available through May 10 in combos such as catfish & shrimp, or added to any order for $1.99.
Church’s Chicken is serving a new set of dishes with garlic butter including a shrimp 'n' tenders platter with four garlic butter shrimp and two garlic butter chicken tenders, fries, coleslaw, and honey-butter biscuit for $5. Other seafood platters include garlic butter shrimp and garlic butter crispy fish. Church’s is also offering garlic butter seasoning packets for guests to sprinkle on chicken, fries, okra, corn, mashed potatoes or any menu item.
Firehouse Subs has a new Pastrami Reuben Sub through the end of March, featuring pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw, Thousand Island dressing on a toasted sub roll.
Lakewood Brewing is releasing Muy Importante – Margarita Mexican Lager for an extended spring/summer seasonal from March through July. Muy Importante was part of Lakewood’s Small Batch Can Series in 2019 and was such a hit that the brewery decided to move it into the seasonal slot for 2020. The beer is at 4.7 percent ABV and is about half the calories of a frozen margarita. It's brewed with agave, orange peel, key lime, lime juice and sea salt.
McDonald’s has made McDelivery available on Postmates in more than 300 restaurants in the Los Angeles and Dallas areas starting this week. Adding Postmates to McDelivery allows customers to get their Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets, and fries delivered. McDelivery launched in the U.S. in 2017, and is now in 10,000 locations in the U.S., many of which work with multiple delivery partners.
Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is bringing back its Frontier Fries, consisting of fries topped with smoked pork, cheddar cheese, and BBQ-ranch dressing that Men’s Journal called, “One of the most inventive french fries in America.” It's available at all 18 North Texas Soulman’s locations through the end of May.
Stuffed Puffs is a marshmallow with chocolate inside. A release says that it's been flying off Walmart shelves since its debut last May. And hey, it has a culinarily-trained founder and CEO in Michael Tierney who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. When you heat it for your s'mores needs, it melts from the inside out. Look for ads in Dallas' Central Business District in March.
Starbucks has new menu items as follows: micro cold brew with salted honey cold foam; iced caramel could macciato which contains eggs; pineapple matcha drink; and golden ginger drink. They also have two wraps, one with bacon, sausage, & egg; the other with Southwest veggies.
Beyond The Box, Fajita Pete’s, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit are the top three Dallas restaurants for office catering, according to an online marketplace for business catering called ezCater.