Trinity Groves, the former restaurant incubator now turned Phil Romano concept farm in West Dallas, has launched two new concepts, one doing poke, the other chicken wings. What are the odds that one of those two concepts could potentially offend someone? If your answer is "even," you are correct.
Trinity Groves is also reopening two concepts that have been closed due to the coronavirus.
Hula Girl Poke
Hula Girl Poke jumps on the four-year-old poke trend, featuring bowls heaped with raw fish, rice, and the random vegetable and sauce.
You can build your own bowl, selecting your choice of marinated fish, rice, sauce, and toppings. But they also have pre-set signature bowls such as the Hawaiian Bowl with white rice, fresh tuna, green onion, carrots, cucumber, pineapple, and poke sauce.
Hula Girl follows a Romano tradition of giving restaurants names that some have described as sophomoric but could just as easily be called offensive. (See: "Sum Dang Good Chinese".) They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and apparently they are correct.
LB is a new wings restaurant selling wings and tenders by the pound. They calculate one pound as six wings or tenders.
LB has the usual assortment of sauces like buffalo and lemon pepper, plus less common recipes such as spicy orange sambal and green curry. The menu also includes sides such as coleslaw, fried okra, bourbon corn, mac & cheese, and potato salad.
What's impressive about LB is that it cuts right to the quick when it comes to wings. It's not about delicate issues like brining the chicken, or the artisanal quality of the sauces or the sides. It's about: How much meat do I get?
Babb Brothers BBQ and V-Eats have also reopened for business, with refreshed menus. The two restaurants form the flip sides of a coin:
- Babb Brothers BBQ is all about smoked brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken.
- V-Eats is the vegan restaurant with avocado frites, cauliflower bites, and breaded shiitake mushrooms.
The four restaurants are open for pickup and delivery only. They are taking call-in and online orders and are available for delivery via the ChowNow, Uber Eats, and Postmates platforms. Customers can place one order for multiple cuisines and pay one delivery fee.