Coronavirus lingers still but that doesn't mean the Dallas restaurant news stops. The Dallas restaurant news never stops — whether it's a fun new beer, a Memorial Day special, or a nutty new way for diners to socially distance.
Here's what's happening in dining news:
Parklets are now a thing in Dallas. "Parklets" are a twee name, and their alternative names are also twee, including "street seats" and "curbside seating." They're more like park benches. Or pop-up patios with built-in seating. They're usually installed outside of a restaurant entrance — but in a parking space, which keeps the sidewalk free, so the walkable/urban street design people adore them because cars are gross.
Parklets are a hot-hot item not just in Dallas, but also cool cities like Vancouver and New Orleans. We're happening. They're being championed as a way for people to go to restaurants and/or bars and remain socially distant. The Better Block team, which is always dreaming up things that are twee, built a model outside of Revelers Hall in Oak Cliff and presented it to the Dallas City Council, who gave parklets a thumbs up.
According to Eater, parklets can be as simple as tables and chairs, and must be removed every night. Businesses need to apply for temporary permits which are valid for two months.
Wolfgang Puck Catering has launched WPC Market on the Go with meals for four people or more, available for curbside pick-up every Monday–Friday. The menu features DIY Meal kits, family meals, fresh produce boxes from local farms, desserts, beer, and wine. You order online. Curbside pick-up is at 400 S. Houston St.; park on the south side of building, next to the Reunion Tower door entrance.
Al Biernat's has a Meat Market menu, available via curbside and delivery, with cuts such as USDA Prime 16-ounce New York Strip for $48, or half-pound Wagyu hamburger patties for $5.75, for at-home grilling. All Meat Market orders include the Chef's special marinade and step-by-step instructions, making it easy to prepare at home. Both locations on Oak Lawn and in North Dallas will be open Saturday May 23, but closed on Sunday May 24. Oak Lawn will be open Memorial Day from 4-9 pm; North Dallas will be closed Memorial Day.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is celebrating Memorial Day for a week, from May 21-28, with Fajita Smorgasbord To-Go. For $125, it feeds four to six people and includes ribeye fajitas, pork fajitas with Perry's pork rub, shrimp, sous vide grilled chicken, onions & peppers, Mexican rice, guacamole, salsa verde, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and flour tortillas (corn tortillas available upon request).
Chili's has a special feature for Memorial Day: half order of Baby Back Ribs on their 3 for $10 special, which includes a non-alcoholic beverage and a starter, which could be a soup, salad, or chips & salsa. This calls for a Patron Trifecta Margarita, for $5.
Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ is closing for Memorial Day to give the staff a paid two-day break. Owner Lauran Weiner, who procured a Protection Program loan, is offering English language classes to all team members free of charge; currently, four are enrolled. The restaurant delivers 150 meals per week to frontline workers, first responders, and non-profits including UT Southwestern, Family Gateway, Our Calling and Ronald McDonald House. They haven't reopened their dining room but they do have a new pop-up patio.
Taco Cabana has a new Taco Cabana Pantry, aka TC Pantry, with ready-to-cook seasoned steak fajita meat and seasoned chicken breasts – perfect for Memorial Day grilling. Other Heat & Eat options include seasoned ground beef, shredded chicken, rice, refried beans, chips & queso, and grilled peppers & onions, in servings of 10. Also available: flour or corn tortillas by the dozen and many salsas and toppings. TC Pantry Kits include everything you need to make ground beef or shredded chicken nachos, a flauta casserole, or potato skins with ground beef or shredded chicken.
Golden Chick has introduced its first chicken breast sandwich. It's a five-ounce breaded fried chicken breast with five pickles and their Lotta Zing sauce, served on new sandwich buns made from the company's hot yeast roll recipe.
On Rotation has a new beer on tap: Peach Maibock, infused with peaches and almonds. They say it's a traditional German Maibock, light in body with a toasty malt flavor profile and sweetness balanced by the herbal, earthy bitterness of noble hops and the sweet tartness of peach.
Lakewood Brewing has a new beer on tap: Barrel-aged PB&J Temptress. This follows their Peanut Butter Temptress which sold out in less than 10 days, but LBC held some back at the brewery and let it rest in bourbon barrels, then added Oregon raspberries and extra peanuts. Barrel-aged PB&J is a Taproom-only release starting May 18, available via curbside pickup in 16 oz crowlers (single cans), and 32- and 64-ounce growlers.
White Rock Alehouse & Brewery has released its first "milkshake" beer, a Milkshake IPA made with Oregon raspberries and blackberries, Mosaic hops, Madagascar vanilla beans, and lactose sugar, with an 8 percent ABV. Te brewery releases a new beer every Friday.
Beyond Breakfast Sausage is now at supermarkets including Whole Foods and Sprouts. Available in classic or spicy, these plat-bsed patties cook from frozen in 5 minutes.
Lizard Lounge is holding an auction whose funds will go to benefit former employees. It begins on May 22 and is being conducted on Facebook; here's the rules.