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New ramen and spring gelato spruce up this Dallas restaurant news

New ramen and spring gelato spruce up this Dallas restaurant news

Houston, Amorino gelato, August 2017, three scoops
Plano gelato shop has divine new spring flavors. Courtesy photo

Dallas is presently staring down protests and curfews, and restaurants are mostly on hold — but there's dining news for the future, when going out to eat seems like a possible thing to do.

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

K-Pop Ramen Shop is a new restaurant in the Oak Lawn area serving Korean-style ramen and dumplings which opened on May 29. The restaurant is a family-run operation fom cousins Tuoc Nguyen and Alexis Huynh, who were prepping to open for months. Their menu includes soup ramen, dry ramen, spicy ramen, and vegetarian ramen. They also do bibimbap, shrimp pancakes, steamed buns, wings in hot and Vietnamese versions, and even a burger made with ground beef, fried egg, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, kimchi, and their special K-Pop sauce. They're located at 5150 Lemmon Ave., in what was most recently a rolled ice cream place called Wonders Ice cream but which was previously a Subway.

Dugg Burger, known for its hollowed-out buns, has opened a brand-new location at 7949 Walnut Hill Ln. in North Dallas' Preston Hollow neighborhood; this is their second location, following the original in Casa Linda. By digging out the top portion of the bun, Dugg Burger can fill tht space with toppings rather than plain old bread. Their menu includes hamburgers, grilled chicken, crispy chicken, and a vegetarian portobello mushroom cap, each of which can be served as a sandwich or salad. There are also fries, wine, beer, milkshakes, and bread pudding cleverly made from the dug-out bun.

Hudson House Restaurant & Raw Bar has an opening date set for its location in Lakewood, at 4040 Abrams Rd.: July. HH debuted on Lovers Lane and is a Park Cities favorite for oysters, seafood towers, sandwiches, burgers, and cocktails. They opened a second location in Addison. The Lakewood location, which is going into the former IHOP at the southeast corner of Mockingbird Lane, will be their third.

Amorino, the gelato and sorbet shop at whose treats look like beautiful flowers, is back for gelato season with new seasonal offerings to add to its lineup of 30 flavors. Their new flavors include:

  • "Fruit of the Woods" sorbet: Combining blueberry, raspberry and violet, available now
  • Morello Cherry and Cardamom sorbet: The beautiful purple Oriental Morello cherry combined with the lemony and spicy notes of green cardamom, coming in June
  • Organic Bergamot: A light and refreshing sorbet with a subtle fragrance, silky texture, and the subtle bitterness of this Mediterranean fruit; bergamot is one of the greatest gelato surprises in Europe. Coming in June

Located in Plano at Legacy West, Amorino has also enhanced its outdoor seating area to help make social distancing easier for ice cream fans.

Sidecar Social, the 20,000-square foot social lounge in Addison, is launching weekend brunch, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-3 pm with live acoustic music on the patio. The menu features Avocado Toast with Honey Smoked Salmon, Brioche French Toast and Strawberry Nutella Waffles to satisfy a sweet tooth, and a unique spin on southern favorites like Bourbon Maple Chicken & Waffles and Chicken Fried Steak with Jalapeño Gravy. Special cocktails include Frozen Blood Orange Collins and an Italian 76 on tap, a Breakfast Shot, and classic brunch booze options like a Tito’s Bloody Mary with a pepperoni straw.

Cheesecake Factory has a deal through June 7: a slice of their candy-themed cheesecakes with orders of $30 or more. Those include Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Ripple Cheesecake, Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake, and Very Cherry Ghirardelli Chocolate Cheesecake.

Yogurtland, the frozen yogurt chain, has launched a new flavor, Orange Blossom White Peach Light Ice Cream. It takes the flavor of white peaches — not the orange ones but the white ones - along with citrusy accents of orange blossom mixed into light ice cream. It'll be featured as a summer staple and is expected to be available all season long while supplies last.

The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is extending financial support through the TX Restaurant Relief Fund to independent restaurants that have been damaged by the vandalism, looting, and rioting that erupted over the weekend after George Floyd's tragic killing. The TRA launched the TX Restaurant Relief Fund in response to COVID-19, and now calls upon the entire community to redouble their support of the fund in response to this compounded crisis. Donations can be made by texting TRRF to 31996, visiting www.txrestaurant.org/txrestaurantrelieffund, or emailing trrfdonations@txrestaurant.org.