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Winter menus cozy up this edition of Dallas restaurant news

Winter menus cozy up this edition of Dallas restaurant news

Eureka queso
Queso in an ironstone pan is so cozy. Eureka

Dallas restaurants have the seasonal thing going on right now, with cozy menus — butternut squash and chili and wintry things. There's also news of openings, brunches, and dishes to share.

Here's what's happening at Dallas restaurants right now:

B. Frank & Relish has opened at The Boardwalk at Granite Park, the center at 121 and the Dallas North Tollway in Plano. This new, "fine casual" is centered around a wood-fired grill with a menu featuring local Rosewood Wagyu steak, seafood, and vegetables. Guests are greeted with a complimentary mason jar of pickles, which are also available for take-away. The menu offers dishes to share, including wings and hummus with baba ghanoush, olives, feta, and naan. Salads range from a wedge to a salad with greens and cashews grilled to 650 degrees. Entrées include a West Coast-style pastrami brined for eight days, slow-cooked for four hours, and steamed for five hours. There's hanger steak, fried chicken, and a foot-long Wagyu beef hot dog. The bar features whiskey, wine, cocktails, 20 wines on tap, beers on tap, and saké on tap. Much on tap.

Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açaí bowls – a thick blend of the antioxidant-rich açaí berry, topped with a variety of superfoods – will open its café in Preston Hollow Village on November 29. It's the first for local entrepreneur Todd Stein, who plans to open two additional cafés in the Dallas area. Located at 7865 Firefall Way, this is the ninth Vitality Bowls café in Texas and joins 63 locations nationwide.

Original ChopShop opens its third DFW restaurant in University Park at 6401 Hillcrest Ave. on November 16. A local favorite in its home market of Phoenix since 2013, Original ChopShop opened its first DFW restaurant in Las Colinas in April, followed by its second in Plano at The Shops at Legacy. Another is planned for Preston Road in Plano in 2019. University Park is the company's 10th location.

White Rock Coffee, the revered coffee shop and roaster in East Dallas, has opened its fourth location at 5930 Royal Ln., in a former Subway shop at Preston and Royal. Founders Nancy and Robert Baker were trailblazers on the local coffee scene when they opened their first location 13 years ago, at 10105 Northwest Hwy., at the corner of Ferndale — predating an entire third wave of indie coffee shops that have opened around DFW.

Schlotzsky's Austin Eatery has opened a new location in West Love Field at 2337 W. Mockingbird Ln. It's part of Schlotzsky's recently unveiled "Austin Eatery" concept, featuring new menu items and a new look and feel. Schlotzsky's, you may recall, is the fast-casual chain founded in Texas in 1971. It now has 350 restaurants, serving sandwiches, flatbreads, pizza, and salad.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery, the buzzy breakfast chain, has released its first seasonal holiday menu, featuring steak, pancakes, and brunch cocktails including an apple cider with sour apple liqueur, and a hot chocolate with tequila, coffee liqueur, and peppermint schnapps. There are pancakes topped with peppermint marshmallow, ginger snaps, and crushed peppermint; and steak medallions with poached egg and asparagus atop sweet potato hash. A new "Like a Feather" menu has six "healthy" options including avocado toast, porridge, and a protein punch bowl.

Modern Market Eatery has a new winter menu with sweet and savory items. The pearl sugar saffle is a Liège-style Belgium waffle. Truffled artichoke pizza has cream sauce, roasted artichoke heart, roasted garlic, 3-cheese blend, black truffle oil, grana padano, and green onion. Honey balsamic Brussels sprouts have honey, balsamic, and smoky walnut bits.

Public School, the California-based chain with locations in Uptown Dallas and Addison, just released a new class of menu items to their happy hour menu that includes queso fundido, made with chorizo, mozzarella, Manchego, and smoked paprika; popcorn shrimp with Thai chili sauce; a Reuben sandwich; and mushroom flatbread with mozzarella, truffle goat cheese, and arugula.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at 7250 North Dallas Pkwy. in Plano is now open for lunch, Monday-Friday from 11:30 am-2:30 pm. The menu includes tower tacos, Cobb salad, crab burger, filet mignon wedge, California power bowl, filet mignon sandwich, California burger, salads, and sandwiches. The menu also features a legacy lunch that includes an 8-ounce filet mignon, roasted chicken, blackened salmon, and pork chop.

BurgerFi, the gourmet burger chain from Florida, has a decadent new limited-time only burger: the steakhouse bleu burger featuring double Angus patties, Danish bleu cheese, bacon, onion marmalade, and steak sauce. $1 from each burger will go back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Slater's 50/50, the over-the-top burger concept with Dallas locations in Lower Greenville and Preston Forest, has brought back the Thanksgiving Burger, a turkey patty with brioche stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and garlic and sage aioli, on a honey wheat bun. It's $15 and available through December 31.

Eatzi's Market & Bakery has a new pizza special, available Fridays from 4-9 pm. You can get an ultra-thin pizza such as chicken spinach & artichoke or three cheese, for $12.

Hide, the restaurant-bar in Deep Ellum, has a new brunch menu Saturday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm. Dishes include cinnamon pull-apart bread with cream cheese icing, fig and prosciutto toast, pimento fritters, and griddled banana bread. A spicy chicken bowl has fried chicken, scrambled eggs, and smashed tots. There are Belgian-style cornmeal waffles and vegan rice porridge. There are also 15 brunch cocktails such as cold brewed coffee with Irish whiskey and cream.

Pinstack, the bowling and eating destination, has a new menu of specials available through November. There's loaded baked potato soup, and fried turkey & dressing bites with sage brown gravy. Butternut squash ravioli comes with sage brown butter sauce. Jalapeño popper cauliflower pizza has cream cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. An Impossible Burger has blue cheese and caramelized onion relish. Cobbler of the month is apple cranberry.

Eureka, the California gastropub with a location in Uptown Dallas, has added new dishes to its menu. Mushroom toast has a mushroom medley,  goat cheese, lemon zest, arugula, and balsamic glaze. There's a smoky beer chili, and a hemp bowl topped with a fried egg, quinoa black rice medley, spicy chickpeas, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, kale, broccolini, avocado, pickled onions, almonds, hemp seeds, and sunflower crema. That is a heck of a bowl. Fish 'n' chips features beer-battered white fish, fries, furikake, and tartar sauce.

Taco Cabana has shareable specials for the holiday including potato skins topped with  ground beef, queso, jalapenos, and pico de gallo; tortilla soup served with rice and flour tortillas; a trio sampler with one quesadilla, chicken flautas, chipsm queso, and guacamole; and nachos topped with refried beans, ground beef, queso, and guacamole.

Bowen House, the cozy Uptown bar, has a new menu of snacks and drinks for the fall. There's smoked trout dip, shrimp curry stir fry with red coconut curry, fennel apple salad with haricot vert and chickpea, and turkey chili. Cocktails are very eggy: One called All My Ex's (should be called All My Exes, but let's not digress) has whiskey, butternut squash, a whole egg, and angostura. The Night Cap has rum, coconut cream, vanilla, brown sugar, and another whole egg.