While pizza continues to be a sizzling-hot trend in the Dallas restaurant world, it's not the only food group that's booming. Fried chicken is having a moment, with some unusual variations on the usual Southern theme.
In other dining dish, there's a taqueria closure and the opening of an ice cream shop.
Here's what's happening in Dallas restaurant news:
Taco Stop Restaurant, located at 1900 Irving Blvd. in the Design District, is closing after nine years. Its last day of operation will be August 29. In a release, owner and founder Emilia Flores blamed reduced foot traffic in the Design District. She received international attention for her annual winter coat drive, where she put a rack of coats out front, free for the taking, during cold weather.
SomiSomi at Carrollton Town Center had its long-awaited grand opening on August 7. They do a special Korean dessert known as Ah-Boong: a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with your choice of filling such as custard, taro, or red beans, and topped with soft serve. You can also just get a cup of soft-serve in flavors such as banana, coffee, chocolate, horchata, ube, sesame, oreo, and more. There's also a location in Frisco.
Jollibee, the Filipino chain that serves fried chicken and spaghetti, opened its first North Texas restaurant in Plano on August 20 and was greeted over the weekend by a big turnout. Yuge. People waited two hours in the drive-thru line, which is almost as bad as Chick Fil-A. @Cedge said that Jollibee Plano was "behaving like the streets of Manila," while @uhhlexii noted that "people in Plano are losing their shit." @joanneraen offered a prayer for her mom and "every Filipino in the DFW area flocking to the new Jollibee," and @DougSpaltro said he happily drove an hour, then sat in line for 2.5 hours to get his fix. "It was heavenly!" he said.
Chicken Chris is a new fried chicken restaurant located at 8300 LaPrada Dr. in Casa View on the border of Mesquite whose motto is "Faith, Food, and Fellowship."
"We offer Home-style Fried Chicken dishes with Jesus Christ as the Head Chef," they say. That is quite a get. They serve Southern favorites, especially fried chicken, which you can get in a basket with marinated chicken strips, custom cut fries, Texas toast, pickles, peppers, carrots, and their Chicken Chris secret sauce. They have hot links, banana pudding, and an item called "nacholatas," featuring chips topped with cheese, sour cream, onions, tomatoes, and choice of shrimp or chicken. Their smothered chicken Daddy Fries are French fries topped with smothered chicken tender bites, available Friday-Saturday only.
TKK Fried Chicken, the Taiwanese fast food chicken that partnered with Kung Fu Tea to open dual concepts across the U.S. including a location in Richardson, has a "spicy series" featuring a spicy chicken sandwich it introduced in July 2020, plus new spicy crunchy tenders and spicy TKK wings. So much spicy.
Lawry's The Prime Rib has a family meal kit program with family-style meals, hot and ready Tuesday-Sunday. Reserve online by 2 pm for same day pickup. Meals vary weekly; for August 25- September 1, it's shrimp cocktail, fried chicken, whipped mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, and strawberries & cream, and it's $89. Which is pretty good for a spread like that.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. has four new lobster sandwiches to celebrate its eighth anniversary: Spicy Lobster Roll with lobster and cherry peppers in a spicy chipotle pepper aioli; Connecticut Lobster Roll, a hot version of the roll with grilled lobster, Old Bay seasoning, and green onion; Lobster Grilled Cheese with Old Bay, and Cooper white & orange American cheese; and Maine Lobster Roll with lobster and celery in an herb aioli.
Watters Creek in Allen is hosting its inaugural BiteNites Restaurant Week which runs through September 2. Guests can enjoy a prix-fixe menu of multi-course dinners at participating restaurants, including P.F. Chang’s and Edith’s.
Taco Cabana has launched QuesoMania, featuring three new loaded queso options, in small or large for $2.99 or $4.29 respectively in the following flavor combinations:
- Queso with corn, cotija cheese and Taco Cabana Hot Sauce
- Queso with chorizo, beans and jalapenos
- Queso with ground beef and pico de gallo
Beyond Meat now has an ecommerce site featuring access to a vast portfolio of signature plant-based meats, including all-new bulk packs, mixed product bundles, limited-time offers, trial packs, and more. The direct-to-consumer site is a convenient way to experience Beyond Meat, with two-day shipping, delivered to your door.