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This roundup of Dallas dining news has an unprecedented number of restaurants offering special seasonal menus for summer, most starting on June 1. We're so seasonal right now.

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

Saaya Lounge, a Mediterranean oasis at 2511 Swiss Ave. from Milkshake Concepts (Vidorra, The Finch, Harper’s) will open on Friday, June 2. The menu will be in mezze form - small Mediterranean-style shared plates – such as Spicy Feta Dip, marinated Shawarma and Kebabs, and Lebanese-style pizzas, also known as Manakeesh. Plus Greek and Lebanese Caesar. Cocktails include the Ombra of Anubis with Sombra Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and Ramazatti; and Not Your Habibi, with Ketel One vodka, St. Germain, and Dill Yogurt.

Leela's Pizza & Wine has introduced weekend brunch at its new Uptown location at McKinney & Olive, Saturday-Sunday from 11 am-3 pm. The menu features frittatas, breakfast pizzas, $2 mimosas, and cold pressed juices. Entrees include bacon & cheddar frittata with egg, bacon, white cheddar, tomato, arugula, & avocado crema; vegetable frittata with egg whites, manchego, spinach, red pepper, mushrooms, romesco; bacon & sausage breakfast pizza with an over easy egg; vegetable breakfast pizza with spinach, mushrooms, red onions, tomato, over easy egg; and an acai smoothie bowl with acai, strawberry, banana, blackberry, oats, and honey. Drinks include $2 mimosas and $5 cold-pressed juice mimosa.

Sister on Greenville Avenue has an unusual new item: Called the One Night Stand, it features a bottle of prosecco and a room key to one of the three boutique apartments above its sibling Cafe Duro next door. Guests have special access to the neighboring Duro concepts including private dining experiences and priority access to reservations at Sister and their other sibling, The Charles. The sparkling and overnight stay are $299.

Chef's Palette, the restaurant at the Canvas Hotel, has a summer new menu from Executive Chef Emerio Viramontes, featuring pepita-crusted salmon on poblano cream rice with a green bean and pepper medley and blood orange-mezcal glaze; NY strip with goat cheese polenta, broccolini, and blackberry demi; red snapper with black rice and charred baby bok choy; and pork chop with roasted parsnips, carrots, and whipped potatoes. Viramontes is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin who joined the Canvas last year. The new menu debuts on June 1.

Mendocino Farms has a new summer menu featuring: Strawberry Fields Salad with chicken, strawberries, watermelon radish, fennel, mint, red onions, goat gouda, and pistachios; Hot Honey Peach & Prosciutto Sandwich with mozzarella, honey-roasted almonds, Calabrian chili aioli, hot peach honey, and arugula on a toasted sesame roll; Turkey Avo Salsa Verde Sandwich; Italian Roast Beef Sandwich; and new sides: Watermelon Street Cart Salad, Southern Macaroni Salad, and Oaxacan Potato Salad.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria has a new Summer Selections menu with Smoked Brisket Pizza and Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce; Spinach Salad with feta cheese, red onion, almonds, and strawberries; Cheesecake topped with blueberries or strawberries; a charcuterie board with prosciutto, salami, mozzarella, Spanish olives, and antipasto peppers; and the Bourbon & Blues cocktail with Tincup American whiskey, lemon juice, muddled blueberries, and thyme. It runs June 6 through September 11.

Salad and Go has a new summer menu with four new dishes: Antipasto Salad with romaine, salami, feta cheese, cucumbers, banana peppers, kalamata olives, red onions, and croutons in red wine vinaigrette (can also be ordered as a wrap); Mediterranean breakfast burrito with spinach, eggs, feta cheese, and avocado with green tomatillo salsa (can also be ordered as a bowl); Minestrone Soup, a vegetarian soup with kale, cannellini beans, and pasta in a tomato-based broth, which will become a permanent menu item; and the return of Blueberry Basil Lemonade. The dishes will debut on June 1.

Modern Market has brought back its cult classic Street Corn Pizza, with corn, jalapeño, chile powder, cilantro, lime, smoked crema, cotija, mozzarella, and cheddar cream sauce. Their pizzas are really a deal. A whole Street Corn Pizza is $12.45, but they also thoughtfully offer their pizzas in a half-size for $7.45. They have locations at Preston Hollow/Dallas, Plano, Southlake, Las Colinas, and Richardson, and their website is one of the easiest and most sophisticated in the restaurant industry.

Smoothie King smoothie chain has brought back its X-Treme Watermelon smoothie and a new Watermelon Lemonade smoothie for the summer.

Chili’s has new Chicken Crisper Combos with Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Fries, and two dipping sauces: new Buffalo Ranch and Sweet Chili Zing. Their OldTimer burger can now be ordered with double patties because more meat is appealing to some people? New premium margaritas feature high-end tequila like Casamigos and Teremana Tequila.

Yardbird, the Miami Beach concept with locations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Singapore, Chicago, and Denver (opening summer 2023), is doing two pride items during June: Key Lime Pie with toasted meringue, raspberry sauce, and fruit and a Berry Prideful cocktail with Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Lime, Strawberry, and Agave.

Naturli’ is a Danish brand launching its award-winning plant based butters in the U.S. The products will initially launch in H-E-B stores across Texas. Naturli’s vegan butters are among the best on the European market thanks to their exceptional taste and healthy ingredients. Made with cocoa butter, almond butter, coconut oil and canola oil, they are dairy-free and palm-oil free. The Butter Spread is for spreading on bread; Plant Butter Block is for baking. Both are made to taste and perform like traditional butter; Plant Butter Block is approved by professional bakers.

Orange Leaf, the Dallas-based self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen yogurt chain with a location at 6076 Azle Ave. in Lake Worth, has brought back fan-favorite froyo flavor Watermelon.

Gong Cha the drink chain with 7 stores in the Greater Dallas area has a special Pride drink running June 1-30. It's a sweet and tart Lemon Ai Love Yu bubble tea with white pearls and edible glitter.

H-E-B is opening a new eCommerce Fulfillment Center in Plano later this summer to service its new stores in North Texas.

Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council is launching a contest to find The Biggest Fan in Texas. You have to write an essay, plus tell what your favorite DQ item is, your favorite location, and a photo with a DQ memory. The winner gets free Treats & Eats for a year, plus swag from Josh Abbott Band, DQ, and Dr Pepper. The contest is open only to legal residents of Texas, 13 or older. Entries must be received by August 6 at 8 am. The rules can be found on the dqtexas.com/biggestdqfan website. The winner will be announced on August 14.

José Andrés Group has partnered with Loliware, the world’s first seaweed-resin company, to launch Loliware straws at all restaurants. Loliware’s innovative seaweed-resin straws and utensils look and act like plastic but can compost completely within 50 days. They've already debuted at Chicago restaraunts Bar Mar, Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, and Jaleo, and will expand to José Andrés Group restaurants across the country.

Nueva Pescanova, a Spanish seafood company, is trying to open an industrial-scale octopus farm, and scientists and activists are calling for it to be quashed. Octopuses are intelligent and curious sentient beings, able to solve complex puzzles. They're also territorial and solitary animals who may resort to cannibalism if kept in tanks together, as Nueva Pescanova intends. The company also plans to subject breeding females to 24-hour periods of light, which would cause extreme discomfort, and their proposed method of slaughter — death by ice slurry —causes significant pain as animals can take hours to die. If you don't care about the cruelty aspect, consider the health threat: Octopuses are known to carry over 20 different pathologies, including vibrio cholerae which causes cholera in humans; octopus farming would increase the risk of spreading more zoonotic diseases like COVID among humans. IDA USA has a form you can fill out to log your protest.

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These are the 7 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

This week in gluttony

On the tails of the holiday weekend, several events return by this week’s end. A gourmet Italian grocer will celebrate an Italian holiday; one of the longest running food festivals in town kicks off on Friday; and a wine tasting event themed after a hit movie takes place on Saturday. Get outdoors and pair a craft pint with a leisurely paddleboard tour. Or sip margaritas poolside after a refreshing yoga class at a top Dallas hotel.

Friday, June 2

Sunset Paddle & A Pint
DFW Surf Frisco kicks off its Friday night guided standup paddle tour of Hidden Cove Park and Marina with an extra incentive: beer. At the halfway point of the two-mile trek, participants stop for a sunset beer toast provided by 3 Nations Brewing. Board lamps, head lamps, and glow sticks provide light for the evening paddle back to shore. Tickets are $60 and the tour will run from 7:30- 9 pm.

All You Can Eataly
The Italian marketplace at NorthPark will close to the public and open to ticketholders for a Festa della Repubblica party featuring more than two dozen food stations, 50-plus Italian wines, 25-plus beers, and multiple cocktails bars featuring Italian libations. There’ll also be chef demos, DJ sets, photo booths, and live music with a dance band. Tickets start at $125, or pay $195 for VIP and get early entry, premium tastings, and a dedicated lounge. The party will run from 7-10 pm, with VIP early entry at 6 pm.

Taste Addison
The popular family-friendly festival kicks off Friday night at Addison Circle Park for two days of local restaurant dishes, wine and spirit tastings, music acts, and more. Participating restaurants include Asian Mint, Taqueria La Ventana, Thai Orchid, Ron’s Place, Lupe Tortilla, and at least two dozen others. General admission is $15, or $5 for kids 6-12. Or go VIP and pay $60 for two beverage tokens, two Taste Bite vouchers, and access to the main stage viewing deck and private VIP lounge. Taste Addison runs from 6 pm -midnight on Friday and 2 pm-midnight on Saturday.

Saturday, June 3

Catalina Canned Wine Mixer at Truck Yard Dallas
The Truck Yard hosts a “bro-down” party themed after the 2008 hit movie Step Brothers. Wear your best tuxedo t-shirt and enjoy a wine tasting, photo ops, food trucks, and a Step Brothers cover band. Admission is free, but a $15 wine tasting from 7-9 pm offers six wine samples and a souvenir glass filled with frose. Costume contests will be held at 5 pm and 10 pm.

Sunday, June 4

Yogarita at The Stoneleigh
Move over, beer yoga. The Stoneleigh is leveling up boozy yoga classes with the launch of Yogarita, a Sunday morning yoga session paired with a margarita. The one-hour class includes a Casamigos margaritas and a fish taco from the hotel’s Perle on Maple restaurant. Bonus: participants also get a lounge chair for the day at The Stoneleigh pool. Tickets are $40 and yoga mats are provided. Class begins at 10:30 am.

Wine and Cheese Pairing Class at Dallas Arboretum
This seated class will take participants through the art of pairing wine with artisanal cheeses and will be led by a cheese expert from the Mozzarella Company and wine expert from Two Wine Guys. The class is $89 (or $79 for Arboretum members) and will run from 1-3 pm.

Monday, June 5

Lakewood Brewery Dinner at Urban Crust
The Plano wood-fired pizza kitchen hosts a four-course beer pairing featuring local Lakewood Brewery. The dinner will come with four different Lakewood brews. The event is $49.99, plus tax and gratuity, and will begin at 6:30 pm.

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These are the 6 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

This week in gluttony

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and there’s a backyard barbecuing class to kick off the season. Also plan to sip and stroll a popular Dallas district during an annual wine walk, try a newly release summer-themed seltzer from a local brewery, and explore exotic flavors during an Asian-themed night market. Finally, cheers to an iconic winemaker’s 100th birthday during a complimentary wine tasting.

Thursday, May 25

Vive La France Wine Tasting at Terroir
East Dallas wine shop is hosting a wine-tasting event featuring labels from some of the top regions of France, presented by Michael Flynn of Dionysus Imports. Wines poured will include Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux Blanc and Ventoux Rouge, from Rhone Valley Vineyards; Bernard Defaix Bourgogne Aligote Burgundy; Mourchon Siguret Cote du Rhone from Rhone Valley; and Chateaux Franc Patarabet Saint-Emilion Granc Cru, Bordeaux. It's a free event from 5-7 pm. RSVP to Andrew@terroirdallas.com.

Bishop Arts Wine Walk
Sip, stroll, and shopBishop Arts District during this evening wine walk. The $25 ticket (plus tax) includes a logo wine glass and wine pours and promos at more than two dozen participating restaurants and retailers. Participants include Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Oddfellows, and Revelers Hall. The event will run from 6-9 pm.

Saturday, May 27

La Pachanga Chef Pop-Up & Tiger’s Blood Release Party at Texas Ale Project
The Dallas brewery will celebrate the release of its latest seltzer with a pop-up party. The summer-themed Tiger’s Blood TAPWTR is brewed with strawberry, coconut, and watermelon. Try it paired with dishes by several local food vendors, including Sweet-Stack, Rev’s Grilled Cheese, and Mayan & More Vegano Mexicano. There’ll be music all day, too. The event will run from 12-5 pm.

Grgich Hills Wine Tasting at Central Market
The gourmet grocer will celebrate the 100th birthday of Mike Grgich, the legendary California winemaker who established Grgich Hills Estate and is recognized for putting Napa Valley on the wine world’s map back in the 1970s. Visit starting at 12 noon for a complimentary tasting featuring Grgich’s wines, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chardonnay, and a Sauvignon Blanc. The tasting will be available at all Central Market stores.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Night Market Block Party
The second annual event will be held at Krio Asian-Inspired Cajun in Bishop Arts and will feature 30 local food and artisan vendors. General admission is free and allows for a la carte food and beverage purchases. Or purchase a “Fastpass” for $75 (plus a small fee) and get five food tickets and two drink tickets along with a pass to skip any lines. Proceeds from Fastpass sales will benefit Make-A-Wish North Texas. The event will run from 5-10 pm.

Sunday, May 28

Brisket U at Pegasus City Brewery
Officially kick off backyard barbecuing season with this brisket-smoking class. Both newbies and experienced grillers will learn from accomplished pitmasters on the art of smoking brisket, from selecting the beef to properly slicing the end product. The class will be held from 12-3 pm at Pegasus City Brewery and is $89.

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Blue Bell and Dr Pepper collaborate on uber-Texan new ice cream flavor

Ice Cream News

Do two Texas greats taste great together? Blue Bell and Dr Pepper certainly think so.

The two iconic Texas brands have teamed up to create a new Blue Bell ice cream flavor called Dr Pepper Float. Available now in both half gallons and pints, it combines vanilla ice cream with a Dr Pepper-flavored sherbet.

“The best ice cream floats are made with Dr Pepper poured over a few scoops of Blue Bell,” Blue Bell vice president Jimmy Lawhorn asserts in a press release. “Why not put a spin on this popular treat and create our own version? The flavor of Dr Pepper and texture of the sherbet combine perfectly with the smooth vanilla ice cream. You may find yourself reaching for a soda glass instead of a bowl.”

Certainly, it’s easy to imagine taking Lawhorn’s suggestion. Not only could someone eat a scoop of Dr Pepper Float ice cream, they could also make a Dr Pepper float by pouring a can of Dr Pepper soda over some scoops of Dr Pepper Float ice cream in a tall glass.

Half gallons of Blue Bell run about $7.50 to $9 depending on where you buy it, and a pint is $3.50 to $5.

If it isn’t immediately available in the freezer section, be patient. Blue Bell will distribute the flavor through 2024. Currently, the Brenham-based company sells more than 40 ice cream flavors in 23 states, including places as far away from Texas as Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia.

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These are the 8 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

This week in gluttony

First and foremost, friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is this Sunday. (You’ll find the list for Mother’s Day dining here.) But there are multiple opportunities to treat Mom (or other loved ones, or yourself) all week long. Tasty events range from a $21 popcorn and beer pairing to a $300 multicourse whiskey tasting. Save room for fresh gnocchi, Wagyu and wine, and a festival dedicated to local craft beer.

Tuesday, May 9

Garrison Brothers Distillery Bartender Face-Off at Local Yocal BBQ and Grill
Local bartenders will go head-to-head to create the best Garrison Brothers bourbon cocktail during this tasting event in historic downtown McKinney. Taking place at the Local Yocal BBQ and Grill, the event will welcome Garrison Brothers co-founder Charlie Garrison as one of the competition judges. Tickets are $50 and include three exclusive cocktail samples, Garrison Brothers tastings, bites and passed appetizers, live music, raffle prizes, and valet parking. Doors open at 6 pm and the cocktail competition begins at 7 pm.

Wednesday, May 10

Omakase at Kessaku featuring Glenfiddich Yozakura
An exclusive unveiling of Glenfiddich Single Malt Whiskey’s limited edition 29 year-old Grand Yozakura will take place during this multicourse tasting event. The spirit is the first-ever single malt to be finished in rare Japanese Awamori casks. A selection of sake and cocktails also will be offered. Reservations are $300, plus tax and gratuity, and the event begins at 6 pm.

Thursday, May 11

Icons of Eataly at Eataly Dallas
This month’s Icons of Eataly restaurant takeover features gnocchi al pesto Genovese, a pillowy potato gnocchi with fresh pesto Genovese pasta that’s well suited for the start of summer. Enjoy fresh gnocchi-making demonstrations and the chance to make your own pesto during this evening event at La Pizza & La Pasta, one of Eataly’s restaurants. The evening will include live music and freshly cracked wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The featured gnocchi dish will be $30 and the event will run from 5-10 pm.

Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner at Al Biernat’s North
Partake in a variety of wines from Robert Mondavi paired with four courses during this dinner at Al Biernet’s North location. Menu highlights include Wagyu beef and lamb meatballs paired with Pinot Noir and center cut filet mignon paired with Cabernet. Dinner is $195, plus tax and gratuity. Arrive for a reception with passed appetizers at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7 pm.

Wagyu and Wine at Fodo de Chao
All locations of the South American-inspired steakhouse will offer at side-by-side tasting of bone-in ribeye and Wagy ribeye paired with Fogo’s Trilogy Wines, which include two red blends and a malbec. The $45 price also includes hors d’oeuvres like Brazilian empanadas and bacon-wrapped chicken. Reservations may be made starting at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, May 13

Raclette + Wine Tasting at Trova Wine + Market
On the eve of Mother's Day, treat mom to complimentary Raclette cheese, paired with wines from Mayfield Selections, poured by Kelsey Collins Keener. Don't miss out on roasted potatoes, onions, cornichons, and prosciutto topped with melted Raclette cheese. And of course, wine. Reservations are recommended (make them on Open Table), but walk-ins are also welcome. 1-4 pm.

Beer + Popcorn Pairing at TUPPS Brewery
The downtown McKinney brewery will partner with neighbor Mom & Popcorn for a unique pairing. Try five flavors of gourmet popcorn paired with five different craft beers. Popcorn varieties include sea salt with cracked pepper, chili con queso, pizza, loaded potato, and classic caramel. Tickets for pairings are $21 and will be available at staggered times of 12 pm, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. There’ll also be live music from 1-4 pm.

Strassen Beerfest DFW 2023
More than 30 local breweries will participate in this annual German-themed tasting event, set to take place at Texas Live! in Arlington. Guests can partake in multiple food stations, drinking games, and music. Tickets start at $25 for entry and three pints of beer along with a stein. The event, which starts at 2 pm, is 21-and-up, but dogs are welcome.


It's the season for seasonal menus in this Dallas restaurant news roundup

News You Can Eat

If trying new dishes and checking out new menus is appealing, then this is the time to go out to eat right now in Dallas. Nearly every nugget in this roundup of dining news around Dallas is about a new dish or a new menu, from an over-the-top lineup of Wagyu specials to a fun burger at the DQ.

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

The Finch is celebrating its debut in Grand Prairie this Thursday, May 4. To kick off the festivities, the brand will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 and will be serving complimentary hors d'oeuvres and champagne.The modern American neighborhood restaurant debuted in Dallas’ Mockingbird Station in November, joining Milkshake Concepts siblings Vidorra, Harper’s, Stirr, and Serious Pizza. A third location is slated to open this year in Nashville.

Mochio Donut is a new Asian-style doughnut shop in Allen at 1546 E Stacy Rd #195, in a space that has previously been home to Royal King Donuts and Morning Star Donut Shop. Many doughnut shops over the years, all of which have spelled doughnut "donut." Maybe that's a sign. Mochio opened in April and does the sort of still trendy "bubble" chewy doughnuts. Hope springs eternal! They issue trendy limited-edition flavors such as their current Pineapple with spicy Tajin, and Mexican Hot Chocolate with dark chocolate, cinnamon, & chili powder. They also offer delivery to certain neighborhoods, surely a new twist on the same old doughnut shop.

STK Steakhouse has a limited-edition menu of Wagyu specials including Japanese Joshu A5 wagyu tacos (3 for $49), Japanese Joshu A5 Wagyu 8-ounce steak ($195 for Delmonico cut; $189 for spinalis roll), American Rosewood Ranch 16-once ribeye for $149, Australian Carrara steak ($65 for an 8-ounce zingy skirt or $139 per lb for a tomahawk), and a Wagyu sampler with Masami bone marrow, 3-oz Australian skirt steak, A5 Japanese tacos (2), and 3-oz A5 ribeye spinalis for $149. Add A5 miso bacon butter to any Wagyu for $12.

Oddfellows in Bishop Arts has new seasonal dishes including cucumber cantaloupe salad with feta and pickled blueberries; duck rillette with crostini; and green bean salad with marble potatoes, almonds, & goat cheese. New brunch specials include chicken chilaquiles, and a duck bacon sandwich with house-made duck bacon, fried egg, arugula, & tomato on farmhouse white bread. New for dinner: duck confit with charred cauliflower puree; striped bass with gnocchi, peas, asparagus, & mushrooms; and tamarind short rib with parmesan farro & asparagus. Desserts include strawberry shortcake (and bread pudding with goat cheese & honey ice cream.

Grand Lux Cafe in Dallas has unveiled new menu items on its Specials Card, including but are not limited to Crispy Shrimp Rolls, lemon- Parmesan Brussels sprouts with Fuji apple, ahi tuna burger toasted bun with avocado & wasabi mayo, short rib rigatoni pasta with Parmesan cream and arugula, avocado benedict, profiterole housemade cream puffs with vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce.

Modern Market Eatery has a new summer menu with a dozen healthy options including seared ahi salad, flatiron steak salad with grass-fed steak & Gorgonzola cheese, smokey chicken bowl, greens & grains bowl, summer garden salad, B-L-Toast (avocado, on multigrain toast), salmon Caesar, strawberry Nutella waffle, and roasted veggies with broccoli, cauliflower, rainbow carrot, charred onion, and zucchini. Seasonal fan favorite Street Corn Pizza also returns.

Loop 9 BBQ in Grand Prairie has new menu items for May: Prime chopped brisket sandwich topped with onion rings, the Two-Hander with brisket, pulled pork, Elgin sausage, and onion rings, and brisket tacos with grilled onions and cotija cheese in a flour tortilla. They'll join Mexican corn, borracha beans, battered fried okra, fresh-cut fries, Key lime pie, and banana cream pudding.

Original ChopShop has a new Hot Honey Chicken + Hummus Protein Bowl with brown rice, spring mix tossed in red wine vinaigrette, cucumber, tomato, banana pepper, red pepper hummus, chicken, and topped with hot honey sauce, and Greek yogurt sauce. They also have a house-blended Red Pepper Hummus with chickpeas, lemon juice, roasted red pepper, garlic, and tahini, and served with new house-baked tortilla chips. Both are available May 9 through July 31.

First Watch, the brunch chain, has new limited-time dishes on the menu through May 28: Tacos Al Pastor Hash with pineapple and seasoned potatoes, eggs, avocado; Crab & Avocado Toast on whole grain toast, with two basted eggs; bananas Foster French toast, thick-cut challah bread griddled and topped with bananas, pecans, and caramel sauce; and Tropical Sunrise Juice with mango, pineapple, strawberry, and lime. First Watch’s executive chef creates 5 distinct seasonal menus in addition to core favorites; the Tacos Al Pastor Hash took 5 years of research and development just to make the limited-time offering.

Crush Taco, the modern taco shop with two locations in Frisco, has brought back a popular taco for its taco-of-the-month for May: chicken tikka taco featuring buttermilk fried chicken, tikka sauce, raita crema, with buttered basmati rice, in a flour tortilla.

Douglas Bar & Grill has revealed its May pasta special. Who knew Douglas Bar & Grill had a monthly pasta special? And yet the May edition is here: Spinach tortelloni filled with ricotta & parmesan paired with a carrot purée, herb oil, spring peas, and fried shallots.

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Pizzana, the pizzeria on Knox Street, has a limited-edition pizza called The Messicana with chorizo, cilantro lime sauce, pickled sweet chile, jalapeño, and queso fresco, available through May 7.

DQ restaurants in Texas have a new limited-time spicy burger called the Jalitos Ranch Hungr-Buster, featuring a quarter-pound grilled burger with lettuce, creamy jalapeño ranch dressing, and pepper jack cheese, crowned with crispy jalitos between two buttery toasted buns. Pronounced “ha-LEE-tos,” jalitos are jalapeno strips crispy-fried slivers of peppery goodness that deliver a mild-to-medium punch and a zesty, satisfying crunch. The Jalitos Ranch Hungr-Buster is available through May 22 while supplies last, only at DQ restaurants in Texas.

SusieCakes is offering seasonal strawberry-themed cupcakes from May 8-14 including a Strawberry Rosé Cupcake – pink champagne vanilla batter with strawberries folded in, frosted with pink champagne buttercream and sprinkled with white sanding sugar; and the Strawberry Cupcake – vanilla cupcake filled and frosted with strawberry buttercream topped with red sprinkles.

Tiff's Treats has entered a cookie collaboration with Austin-based Cookie Rich that reimagines three Tiff’s Treats’ flavors in Cookie Rich’s signature bite-sized cookies with fillings. A box of 12 comes with six flavors: Three Tiff’s Treats flavors and three Cookie Rich flavors: Vanilla sugar cookie with mini M&M’s and milk chocolate mousse filling; dark chocolate with mini chocolate chips and dark fudge filling; oatmeal raisin with vanilla cream cheese filling; soft chocolate chip with dark fudge filling; cinnamon sugar with cinnamon brown sugar filling; soft red velvet cookie with vanilla cream filling. They're available online for $39 plus $10 shipping through September 1.

DQ — again! they're busy over there — has a new May Blizzard of the Month: The Peanut Butter Puppy Chow Blizzard. "Puppy chow" is the name for a popular, old-school-style homemade snack with cereal, melted chocolate, and peanut butter, and served as inspiration for the Peanut Butter Puppy Chow Blizzard Treat, consisting of crispy peanut butter puppy chow pieces and Choco Chunks, blended with soft serve and peanut butter topping.

The Crescent Club, located within Hotel Crescent Court has appoined Tony Johnson as executive chef. He received a scholarship to Johnson & Wales University after entering a recipe contest, and has worked at the Dorchester in London, England, where he was chef de cuisine, making fresh pasta daily and classic Italian dishes, as well as Lake Lanier Islands Resort, the Hilton Daytona Beach, Emory Conference Center Hotel, and Sirata Beach Resort.

Sheraton Dallas introduces new Executive Chef Andrew Cardillo, who will lead all aspects of hotel food operations, including catering for the hotel’s convention and meeting spaces, in-room dining, and the four food and beverage outlets within Sheraton Dallas. He was previously Executive Chef at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown and has worked with other Marriott properties across the country including Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina and Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

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44 new Dallas debutantes star in this week's most popular stories

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Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. 44 new Dallas debutantes begin Presentation Ball prep with glam parties and glorious gowns. With the start of summer vacation came the beginning of the 2023-2024 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutante season - even though it seems like just yesterday that the 2023 debs were Texas-dipping into society. The DSOL introduced 44 new debs during Announcement Weekend festivities, May 18-20. Their parties, philanthropy, and training will culminate with the 38th Presentation Ball.

2. 21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer. Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

3. 11 Dallas icons star in new book of most influential Texans from last 50 years. To commemorate Texas Monthly's 50th anniversary, the publication has collected the stories and photographs of 50 iconic Texans who have shaped the state and the country over the past 50 years for a book called Lone Stars Rising. Eleven Dallas megastars have made the roster.

4. These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now. Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out. Here are the seven most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth.

5. Mississippi sisters debut perky Southern-chic boutique on Dallas' Greenville Avenue. When Allison and Anna Williams graduated from University of Mississippi in 2021, they didn't picture themselves owning a boutique on Lower Greenville in Dallas. But the Williamses' new women's clothing boutique, Five 54, opened this spring at 1906 Greenville Ave., next to Clark's Barbershop, in the buzziest neighborhood in town.

Dallas-Fort Worth arrives at surprising spot among top summer travel destinations


Dallas-Fort Worth recently racked up more than a dozen accolades at the 2023 Texas Travel Awards. But a new survey reveals it's not necessarily such a hot travel destination this summer.

DFW comes in at a middle-of-the-road No. 45 in WalletHub's recent 2023 Best Summer Travel Destinations report.

The report compared 100 of the largest metro areas in America across 41 metrics, including number of attractions.

DFW scored an overall rating of 52.56 out of 100. Broken down by category, the Metroplex ranked 86th in "Travel Costs & Hassles;" 32nd in "Local Costs;" 20th in "Attractions;" 41st in "Weather;" 27th in "Activities;" and 50th in "Safety."

Taking the top spot in Texas was San Antonio, at No. 11, with Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown at No. 14. Behind Austin and San Antonio in the 2023 rankings is El Paso (No. 18), then Houston (No. 38). After 45th ranked DFW came Corpus Christi (No. 62), and McAllen (No. 86).

Dr. Susan Weidmann, assistant professor in the department of recreational management and physical education at Appalachian State University, said in the report that summer 2023 is going to be a “good season for travel” despite recent economic downturns that have many worried about a recession.

“Coming out of Covid, I think many people have taken these last few years to really evaluate what they want out of life, and for those that love travel, I think they have probably put it at the top of their list of things to do,” she said. “As far as economics are concerned, many may have saved their traveling money from the last multiple years, so will have money to spend. That being said, after the airline chaos of last year, many people may be thinking about domestic travel over the long-haul, just to alleviate many of the concerns that airlines, especially in Europe, are still grappling with, such as reduced staffing leading to flight cancellations.”

Weidmann predicts the time period between July and early August will be the most popular season for National Parks, like Texas’ Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains.

Despite none of them being in Texas, the top 10 destinations in WalletHub’s report are all popular cities worth a glance in sun-friendly states like Hawaii, New York, and Florida.

The top 10 best summer destinations are:

  • No. 1 – Atlanta
  • No. 2 – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • No. 3 – Washington, D.C.
  • No. 4 – Wichita, Kansas
  • No. 5 – New York City
  • No. 6 – Chicago
  • No. 7 – Tampa, Florida
  • No. 8 – Orlando, Florida
  • No. 9 – Richmond, Virginia
  • No. 10 – Springfield, Missouri

Score a hole in one at these 10 top public golf courses in Dallas-Fort Worth

Tee Time

North Texas recently popped the cork for the new $520 million Omni PGA Frisco Resort, which opened in May and features its own entertainment district, full-service spa and salon, four swimming pools, 500 guest rooms and suites, 10 private ranch houses, and 13 unique dining options.

But as the name hints, the resort is very much about the golf. With Father's Day around the corner, we're revisiting Dallas-Fort Worth's best public courses, including the two newest ones found in Frisco and their alternative ways to play.

Load up the clubs and hit the green with this list:

Fields Ranch
Omni PGA Frisco Resort boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses, collectively known as Fields Ranch. Fields Ranch East was designed by Gil Hanse, and Fields Ranch West by Beau Welling.

Registered hotel guests can book tee times 120 days in advance of their stay to play Fields Ranch, which will be home to 26 major championships starting in May and continuing through 2034.

Not ready for the full 18-hole experience? Take a few practice swings at the Fields Ranch Practice Facility, then head to The Swing, a lighted 10-hole, par-3 short course, or The Dance Floor, a two-acre putting course and entertainment area.

This will also be the site of Frisco's first Lounge by Topgolf and PGA of America's new headquarters.

Take advantage of all that expertise at the PGA Coaching Center, which offers a high-tech, data-driven club-fitting and instruction experience.

Cowboys Golf Club
If you're a die-hard fan of both the 'Boys and the links, here's where your passions combine. The par-72, 6,553-yard course is as swanky as you'd expect from Jerry Jones, with years of Cowboys history scattered throughout. Of course, with all this top-of-the-line design comes a rather hefty price tag for the green fees, but you do definitely get your money's worth.

Meadowbrook Golf Course
Fort Worth
The 18-hole regulation facility is considered one of the top in Texas, with a par 71 that covers the most rolling terrain in the city. It's also a popular course, with a golf association of more than 200 members who play regularly.

Stevens Park Golf Course
Oak Cliff
All 18 holes of this par-70 course were completely redesigned in 2011, including new tee boxes, fairways, greens, and bunkers. Even the carts boast newly installed TekGPS units that track yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green (and help keep play moving). Appreciate mature oaks, dramatic elevation changes, and great views of downtown Dallas while you traverse the course, which is also affectionately known as "Little Augusta."

Pecan Valley
Fort Worth
Originally designed by golf course architect Ralph Plummer in 1963, Pecan Valley is actually two 18-hole golf courses separated by the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The "River" course is considered one of the top municipal courses in Texas, while the "Hills" course is approximately 150 yards shorter. Several hundred trees were semi-recently planted and are just beginning to mature, which only bodes well for playing conditions in the years to come.

Texas Star Golf Course
The accolades come rolling in for this course, which has been recognized for its beauty and serene atmosphere by Golf Digest and Golf Weekly, among others. Unlike most public courses, which back up to private homes or run along busy streets, this par-71, 6,529-yard course is truly secluded, surrounded only by ponds, waterfalls, woodlands, and fairways. Reasonable green fees are a bonus, with residents of Euless receiving a 15 percent discount with proof of residence.

Tierra Verde Golf Club
As the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary, Tierra Verde offers breathtaking natural scenery to go along with its challenging holes. The par-72 6,085-yard layout boasts some of the most uniquely designed holes in DFW, and was named the top course in DFW in 2012 by Avid Golfer.

The Tribute Golf Club
The Colony
Not had the chance to play Hogan's Alley at Carnoustie, Nos. 1 and 18 from St. Andrews, or the fifth from Royal Troon? Then you can experience the next best thing here in Texas, without having to fly across the pond. This par-72, 7,000-yard course is brilliantly designed while replicating the best links-style courses from the United Kingdom.

Waterchase Golf Club
Fort Worth
Like its name implies, Waterchase does indeed boast a cascading waterfall, found between the ninth and eighteenth greens. From tree-lined doglegs to split fairways, the risk and reward opportunities are abundant for the six sets of tees on the par-72 course. The club even received a nomination to Golf Digest's best new courses and promises to be "a round you'll remember."