Dallas restaurants reopen and rejigger menus to meet COVID-19 challenges
The coronavirus epidemic, now growing in Dallas every day, is keeping us reeling, but Dallas restaurants continue to bob and weave in an attempt to keep us fed.
Here are some of the changes local restaurants have made:
Lovers Seafood and Market near Inwood Village has added a massive new patio to make room for social distancing diners. They're also doing meals to go with options such as ham with grits and green beans or poached shrimp with accompaniments, as well as fish fillets to grill at home including salmon, sushi-grade tuna, and sea bass. Family-size desserts include a whole Key lime pie, Oreo cheesecake, or S'Mores pie, all for $40.
Rathbun's Curbside BBQ is a new venture from Kent and Tracy Rathbun. It's a chef's take on barbecue with family-size portions for curbside pick-up, as well as for special events. You go to rathbunscurbsidebbq.com and select the day you'd like to pick up, then choose from a menu of items such as mustard-crusted Prime brisket, black pepper-crusted beef ribs, smoked chicken, jalapeno-cheddar sausage, smoked salmon, and more, plus sides and other accompaniments. They're at Lovers Seafood between 2-4 pm each day. They usually cook a few extra, for those last-minute orders. "It's barbecue but it tastes like something you'd get at a high-end restaurant," Kent says.
Bullion hs re-ignited BTG: Bullion To-Go, the take-out component of this downtown Dallas brasserie, featuring gourmet foods, beverages, and goods. BTG is a gourmet market with meal kits, cheese, charcuterie, and caviar, plus cocktail kits such as Gin & Tonic, starting at $21. A Fourth of July Wagyu Burger Meal Kit with two pounds of Wagyu ground beef, Bullion’s brioche buns, corn on the cobb, potato salad, and burger accoutrements feeds four and is $36. Celebration Kits offer choice of 8-inch cake or cupcakes with flavors like vanilla, buttercream, lemon meringue, funfetti, and double chocolate ganache and includes candles and balloons. Order at bullionrestaurant.com. Place orders by 5 pm for deliveries the next day. Delivery will be available Monday-Saturday. The full list of offerings can be found at BTGMarket.
TNT Tacos & Tequila has reopened at the Quadrangle for dine in, takeout, and catering. A new menu places an emphasis on their namesake tacos: rojo shrimp with jicama slaw and mango relish, BBQ pork with pickled red onion, steak relleno, panko crusted fried avocado with chipotle slaw, corn crusted chicken with poblano ranch, as well as the standard ground beef-chorizo, grilled chicken and steak and breakfast tacos. Tacos are $10.50 for choice of two and a side, or $13.50 for 3 and a side. Starters include Tajin wings; mini tacos in BBQ pork, ground beef-chorizo, and avocado-black bean; and big-ass quesadillas with choice of steak, chicken, or shrimp.They open at 3 pm on weekdays, 11 am on Saturdays, and 10 am-4 pm on Sundays.
The G Butcher Shop is expanding their on-premise dining offerings with a new Georgie by Curtis Stone summer menu. Each week the menu will change, featuring different dishes with seasonal flavors, plus discounts on wines and specialty cocktails from the Georgie by Curtis Stone bar. They're open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 5-9 pm. Reservations are required; call 214-726-5075 or email email@example.com.
Texas Ale Project is busy keeping up with city and state regulations. They're currently operating drive-thru service for beer, hard seltzers, and merchandise. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-7 pm, and Sunday 12-6 pm. On July 3 from 4-7 pm, they'll be offering free samples in front of Texas Ale Project, and on July 4, they're partnering with Cooper's Meat Market with grill kits such as chicken or filet mignon kabobs with twice-baked potatoes, $25-$30.
Knife Dallas is continuing to offer its full menu via take-out, and can accommodate dining-in with 50 percent capacity as well as dinner on the patio. Takeout hours are 5-10 pm daily, with ordering hours from 4-9 pm the day of. For dine-in, call 214-443-9339 for reservations.
Edith's Neighborhood Bistro has reopened at the CityLine center in Richardson.
Dangki Fusion is the new name for a restaurant at CityLine that just reopened; it was previously known as F&F Express.
Lava Cantina The Colony was shut down on July 27 by two TABC officers. According to a statement from owners Ian and Steve Vaughn, they were only at 30 percent capacity and had ensured guests were socially distanced, and were operating as a restaurant not a bar. But the venue was forced to close and can now only provide curbside takeout and delivery. Vaughn was told the order came from Austin.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina has introduced a limited-edition Build-Your-Own Taco Kit, available through July. It feeds three to five and includes choice of: 10 soft or crispy taco shells, seasoned ground beef or chicken tinga, taco fixings, queso, Mexican rice, refried beans, chips, and salsa. It's $25. For to-go or pickup, call or order online. Delivery orders must be placed through ontheborder.com. The Build-Your-Own Taco Kit is not available for dine-in or third-party delivery.