El Rincón del Maiz

A DFW restaurant that's earned national acclaim has opened in Denton: El Rincón del Maiz, previously of Garland, is now located at 1431 E. McKinney St. in Denton where it's winning over locals with its Tex-Mex classics and vegan dishes.

Now in a small center east of Denton Square, the family-owned restaurant from husband-and-wife Carlos Guillez and Michell Torres, and their son Gerardo Guillen, first opened in a former Sonic Drive-In November 2021.

They quickly drew praise including making a 2022 list by Bon Appétit of the Best New Restaurants in America (which strangely identified them as "the Saporito family"), as well as winning the 2023 CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant.

"We were so encouraged," Carlos says. "We'd decided to open because my wife was such a good chef that everybody would tell her, 'You need to open a restaurant.'"

But they discovered that the majority of their clientele were coming from outside Garland.

"Pretty much all of our customers were from areas north of Dallas, and some were driving 30 to 45 minutes," Gerardo says. "People kept saying, 'You need to move north.'"

They almost ended up in McKinney but negotiations were taking too long, and then the Denton spot opened. It's only a half mile from the Square, and has enviable proximity to TWU, UNT, the Denton County courthouse, and the Denton sheriff's office, all representing a built-in audience for their award-winning food.

Their recipes come from south Mexico including dishes like panucho — refried tortillas topped with black beans, choice of protein, coleslaw, and red onion; and enomoladas — corn tortillas with chicken, mole, red onion, and sesame seed.

A longtime home cook, Torres is also vegan. When she crafted the standard Mexican menu, she created an entire vegan menu, as well, using plant-based items like jackfruit and cauliflower to substitute for meat items, served on eye-catching tinted tortillas in flavors such as cilantro, beet, chipotle, and chocolate.

Since moving to Denton, they've added new dishes such as vegan pozole; vegan menudo made with mushroom; and vegan huevos con chorizo, featuring scrambled tofu, a vegan version of chorizo, and black beans, with choice of fried plantains or spicy potatoes.

These days, they're reveling in packed crowds on weekends, and they still haven't even gotten their liquor license yet (it's pending).

And here's one sweet irony: "We've seen customers from Garland coming to Denton," Gerardo says.


Dallas restaurants pile on to all kinds of decadent loaded fries

French Fry News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has chased down the top bagels in Dallas, sampled lavender lattes, tackled hot dogs, and checked out Korean BBQ. Now she bravely takes on an artery-busting challenge: loaded fries.


There are fries — and then there are loaded fries, a dish with which Dallas has a long tradition. Restaurateur Gene Street, who served them at his longtime Oak Lawn hangout Snookie's, gives full credit for their invention to Pat Snuffer, founder of Snuffer's.

"The first time I had them was when when the Big Swede, that's what I called Pat, had Snuffer's on Greenville Avenue when it was still just a little dive," Street says. "That's back when I still had a couple little joints and Black Eyed Pea and Dixie House. I’d go in there and he'd be in back, he'd put on a little bit of a show, throwing everything on the table on top of the fries, I think he even put on a little chopped green pepper and lots of cheese and jalapeños. That's the first time I’d ever heard of a loaded fry. We eventually put them on the menu at Snookie's. Everyone copied him."

Lots of places do loaded fries now, not just in Dallas. It's a dish that's hard to beat, with multiple flavors and textures, and these days you can find all sorts of culinary spin-offs.

Here are 8 essential loaded fries in Dallas that you must try:

Snuffer's - cheddar fries
Now owned by restaurateur Mike Karns, Snuffer's is home to the original loaded fries, topped with grated aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese over hand-cut Idaho potato fries, with bacon bits, chives, jalapeños, and ranch.

Starting with the fries: They were 1/4-inch thick but plump; firm but not soggy; and they really ladled on the cheese, creating a "pull factor" that was stringy (versus gooey). Toppings were laid down in "rows": chives, then bacon, then pickled jalapenos, with two ramekins of ranch on the side. (If you order a small, for some reason, toppings come on the side.) Each ingredient seemed of good quality, and as the original, it deserves respect. But it felt eclipsed by some of the newer, innovative versions we tried.

Snuffer's loaded friesLoaded fries from Snuffer's.Lila Levy

Bbbop - Kimchi fries
Family-owned Korean concept in Oak Cliff does a craveable Asian twist on loaded fries featuring curry ranch fries topped with meat, kimchi, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, spicy mayo, and an over easy egg.

Their fries were skinny McDonald's-style and topped with clumps of chewy flavorful Bulgogi beef and shreds of kimchi judiciously spread throughout, along with a big pinch of pickled jalapeños, chopped cilantro, drizzled spicy curry mayo, and the fried egg, which was fine but unnecessary. The true appeal was the melding of the fries with the beef, the tang of the kimchi, and the curry mayo mixed in, making for a uniquely flavored, crave-worthy twist. Would go back for this dish.

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Maple Leaf Diner - Poutine
North Dallas diner with a Canadian theme does the Canadians' spin on loaded fries: poutine, featuring French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy.

Maple Leaf is all-in on poutine with four versions, including three meal-sized options topped with pot roast, fried chicken, and CFS. I stuck with the Classic with cheese curds and gravy. The fries were 3/8-inch — thin but not McDonald's thin — with a soft though not soggy texture. Avoiding sogginess was no small feat given the payload on top: heaps of brown gravy plus cheese curds that melted into a soft morass, rather than staying solid. I wished the curds had not melted so quickly, as I would've liked some textural contrast.

Jake's Gameday loaded friesLoaded fries from Jakes GamedayLila Levy

Jakes Gameday - Cheddar fries or tots, optional loaded
Sporty spinoff of the Jakes Burger chain does cheddar fries (and cheddar tots) which can be ordered loaded, with chives, bacon, jalapeños, and chili.

Jakes' rendition of "loaded fries" is definitely a departure in that it comes with beef chili. It's a hearty dish and great if you love spicy chili. However, if you just want loaded fries with the usual bacon-jalapenos-chives, be sure to skip the chili, because its flavor is so dominant that it even overwhelms the bacon. Their fries were good: 6-8 inches long, skins still on, a golden brown, and well cooked, neither over- nor underdone.

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Angry Dog - Cheese fries, loaded
Deep Ellum old-timer bar does Snuffers'-like cheese fries with cheddar, which you can get topped with add-ons including bacon, green onion, and jalapeños.

This version seemed inspired by Snuffer's. Fries were about 3/8-inch thick, clearly made in-house, with skin-on, and most stayed crunchy. They were a little greasy but this was not surprising as there was much shredded Cheddar layered throughout. We appreciated the fresh cut-up bacon pieces in a variety of sizes; it made them so much more than bacon bits out of a bag. Also lots of nice chopped green onion. Pickled jalapenos came on the side. Angry Dog is into loaded things: They're known for their heaping nachos, and also do a fusion poutine topped with cheese, chorizo, & jalapeno-cream gravy.

Easy Slider - Loaded Tots
Food truck outfit does a fun tater tots version of loaded fries covered in cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chopped green onions.

Using tater tots was a nice change of pace, although it came in high at $12. The tots were maybe too well cooked, but we appreciated their crispy edges and still soft centers. The bacon had nice chewy bits, and the cheddar cheese was generous, especially in the center, although it hardened; that's what you get when you use real cheddar. They also drizzle on ranch dressing, and I like ranch, but it overpowered the taste. Next time I would request a lighter hand on the ranch.

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Roy G’s - OG Fries
Restaurant-bar from the famed Street family does a slightly foodie "OG Fries" which they describe as "the original cheese fries of Dallas served at our family restaurant for 28 years" [referring to Snookie's] with a pound of hand-cut Idaho potatoes loaded with cheddar, bacon, and jalapeños.

The fries were slender, less than 1/4-inch width, and still crispy, with toppings - cheese, bacon, jalapeños, and chopped chives - mixed and melded together. There was also a hint of garlic, a nice touch. The cheese being cheddar was a little chunky and less melty than processed cheese. These were loaded fries we could eat without a fork. They offer full and half orders. We ordered the full and found it to be on the small side, making us wonder what the half order looked like.

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Crimson Coward - Joey Eat Fries
California-based chain is a hot chicken place but they do a crazy spicy-hot loaded fries topped with Nashville fried chicken, slaw, pickles, cheese, and spicy mayo.

The fries were fast-food style and dosed with a spicy Nashville-hot seasoning. Many stayed crunchy despite a mountain of toppings — a feat they achieved because of how they applied the cheese, which was like melted Velveeta: They ladled it into the center, where it became a creamy foundation for the dish. The chicken was a boneless breast, crispy and moist, cut into bite-sized cubes. You specify spice level; we got medium, and boy, it was hotter than expected. Pickles were crinkle-cut slices and seemed like an odd touch. But the pickle and very good coleslaw added a tang and fresh crunch to your forkful of spicy fries and chicken, for a vivid combination of flavors: pickle and slaw tang, chicken heat, and sublime cheese sauce.

Chef Mercado's Kitchen

Cottage bakery delivers luscious vegan yeast-raised doughnuts to Dallas

Vegan News

A buzzy startup is bringing a valuable foodstuff to Dallas-Fort Worth: puffy, fluffy, vegan yeast-raised doughnuts.

Called Chef Mercado's Kitchen, it's cottage bakery in Richardson founded by baker Caroline Mercado that's earning raves for its doughnuts, custom cakes, and other pastries, all of which are vegan.

There are fried vegan yeast doughnuts, fritters, vegan wedding cakes, cupcakes, pies, and tarts.

The lineup of doughnuts includes flavors: Right now she's featuring "Georgia On My Mind," a vanilla glazed doughnut topped with brown sugar-oat crumble, and finished with peach slices and maple syrup. Popular classics include a doughnut topped with a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough, and maple bacon "Long Johns," a rectangular doughnut filled with sweet vegan cream, topped with maple glaze and a slice of vegan bacon.

Mercado sells them online and also offers specials and holiday menus featuring savory dishes such as chile rellenos, bruschetta, and charcuterie with vegan cheeses and meats.

She started the business after her mother was diagnosed with health issues and changed to a vegan diet.

"My entire family of 10 went vegan in support, and we felt better after we did - it's been good for us," she says.

She always had an interest in cooking, and wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts. After their switch, she became intrigued by the challenge of making vegan food.

"I saw a gap in the market and felt like there was room for innovation," she says.

She dedicated a year and a half to perfecting her recipe for a fried yeast vegan doughnut.

"At that time, there weren't any other shops doing vegan fried doughnuts," she says. "There were cake donuts that were baked, but none were frying them like conventional doughnuts, and I knew there was a market for it."

She launched her online catering business in 2019, initially focused entirely on doughnuts, before expanding into savory items including vegan ribs, which is one of her most popular items. Now Chef Mercado's Kitchen is a full-scale vegan catering company that does weddings, anniversaries, and events.

Custom decorated cakes are a big part of her business. And so is honoring her Hispanic culture.

"Food is something that's cherished in our community," she says.

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North Texas' hottest ZIP code tops this week's 5 most-read Dallas stories

This week's hot headlines

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 listhere.

1. North Texas town boasts 5th hottest ZIP code in U.S. for buyers, report says. A small town east of Dallas is a big magnet for homebuyers. Forney, in fact, boasts one of the hottest ZIP codes in the country. According to OpenDoor’s 2022 Hottest ZIP Codes in America report, Forney's 75126 was the fifth most popular ZIP code for buyers around the U.S. last year.

2. 3 surprising Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants make NY Times new best BBQ list. The New York Times has shined its spotlight on the new faces of Texas barbecue. Dallas-Fort Worth spots that make the list include Goldee’s Barbecue, Smoke ‘N Ash Barbecue, and Vaqueros Bar-B-Q.

3. This is what AI thinks a typical home in Dallas looks like. Artificial intelligence and the housing market are two hot-button topics that have been the focus of discussion in 2023. One home services provider has set out to determine what a "typical home" looks like in every state and in the nation's 30 most populated cities using an AI generator, and the results are ... interesting, to say the least.

4. Innovative New York med spa treats Dallas' Preston Hollow to Texas debut. A New York-based med spa has arrived with HydraFacials, Photo Facials, and EmSculpting to help Dallas through the sweaty, sunburned, bikini-wearing month of July. Ever/Body, a boutique cosmetic dermatology center, opened the doors to its very first Texas location, in Preston Hollow, on Friday, June 30.

5. Major vegan restaurant with celebrity ties in downtown Dallas closes. A major Dallas vegan restaurant that was a spinoff from Los Angeles has closed: Belse Restaurant, which had been serving plant-based food in downtown Dallas for more than two years, closed its doors at 1910 Pacific Ave. #1400, next to the Majestic Theatre.

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Major vegan restaurant with celebrity ties in downtown Dallas closes

Vegan News

A major Dallas vegan restaurant that was a spinoff from Los Angeles has closed: Belse Restaurant, which had been serving plant-based food in downtown Dallas for more than two years, closed its doors at 1910 Pacific Ave. #1400, next to the Majestic Theatre.

A spokesperson from Boxer Retail, which manages the property and at one time also oversaw the restaurant, confirmed it was closing, but said that the future of the space and the restaurant were in flux.

"We're not directly involved in the day-to-day of the restaurant, and there are talks internally about the future," the Boxer Retail spokesperson said. "There's been some talk about another chef taking over the space and we have people in executive positions who are deciding what to do — but for now it is closed."

Belse was an offshoot of Little Pine, the highly acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant founded in 2015 by musician and dance music pioneer Moby, a vegan who wanted to open a restaurant with an entirely plant-based menu. Moby departed the restaurant in 2020, but Little Pine remained open and Belse continued its mission.

The Dallas restaurant opened in early 2021, in what was previously a lunch spot called Pacific Deck. Ambitously, they were open for dinner, with a selection of vegan-friendly wines and beers, and hosted a weekend brunch.

The menu drew inspiration from the original Little Pine, but with new dishes such as sushi made with watermelon in place of fish, a Belse Burger with a quarter-pound Impossible patty, flatbreads with fennel & Italian sausage, and a showpiece "chicken piccata" made with compressed tofu.

Despite its national presence, the restaurant never seemed to get on the radar of Dallas vegans. The downtown location also represented a challenge for diners who won't stop at a restaurant if there are not five drive-up spots at the front door. (There was on-street parking.) Its location was in a particularly offbeat spot: a glassine cube on the ground floor of a high-rise without great visibility.

The closure seemed sudden, coming one day after the restaurant sportingly stayed open for brunch all day on July 4. They'd also recently added new dishes to the menu.

But it was not just Dallas: A second location in New York opened with great fanfare and its own brewing operation in June 2022; alas, that location closed abruptly in January.

The restaurant brought an elegant version of vegan dining to Dallas-Fort Worth where most vegan restaurants are lower-priced diners, Mexican, fried "chik'n", or Asian buffet style places, and surely helped inspire Maiden, a fine-dining restaurant that recently opened in Fort Worth, where much of the vegan restaurant activity around DFW has shifted these days.

Belse also helped put Dallas on a list of top cities in the U.S. for vegan dining, and also earned spots on lists such as the 5 Most Hyped Restaurant in Dallas, Best New Restaurants in 2021, and Best Restaurants to Take Holiday Guests.

American Airlines

American Airlines adds travel perks for summer including new vegan entree

Airline Food News

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made some additions to its in-flight lineup for summer 2023, including new meals and foodie snacks, Wi-Fi updates, and new movie options to stream. That includes a special selection of films celebrating Pride Month in June.

Food first!

The new food options include chef-curated menu options in premium cabins and choices for the indulgent or health-conscious traveler in the main cabin.

Plant-based: Customers flying on transcontinental American Flagship service flights have a new premium entrée and it's plant-based, woo-hoo: The new Plant-Based Bulgogi Noodle Bowl entrée comes with yakisoba noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and plant-based beef crumbles — offering a new meal option that is both nourishing and delicious.

Avli on the Park: Customers flying in premium cabins to Europe from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this summer can enjoy dishes from Avli on the Park, a Greek restaurant in Chicago and a Michelin 2023 honoree. Options include a Greek Beef Orzo Stew and a Kagiana Egg Scramble for breakfast. These items from Avli on the Park are available on six nonstop flights to Europe: Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, and Rome.

Wi-Fi updates
Wi-Fi enhancements for the summer months include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for T-Mobile customers: By July, 100 percent of American's Wi-Fi-equipped regional and narrowbody aircrafts will offer T-Mobile In-Flight Connection On Us, allowing eligible T-Mobile customers to enjoy complimentary connectivity with streaming on domestic flights.

Summer streaming: Travelers to international destinations should be able to enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more reliable service for all their connectivity needs thanks to increased bandwidth planned for American's widebody aircraft, offering 100 percent mainline aircraft with video streaming capabilities.

New film and viewing options include:

Monthly exclusives: New movies will be offered monthly which customers can watch exclusively inflight such as the new AppleTV+ movie Ghosted.

Pride Month: American is offering an entertainment channel featuring top LGBTQ+ talent; customers can choose from a list of movies and series.

American Black Film Festival channel: This summer, American is bringing new content to the American Black Film Festival channel, elevating the unique voices and power stories of the Black community to offer a deeper understanding of the Black experience.

"Our customers are the inspiration behind everything we do, and American is committed to consistently deliver a world-class experience for them,” said Kim Cisek, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We know customers want a convenient travel experience throughout their journey on American and to arrive at their destination satisfied and ready to explore — a focus we keep in mind when refreshing and creating new experiences for them to enjoy on the ground and in the skies."

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New H-E-B stores in DFW top this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

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 listhere.

1. H-E-B continues Dallas expansion with 3 new supermarkets in the suburbs. Texas supermarket chain H-E-B continues its Dallas-Fort Worth expansion, with three new stores in the works. The retailer is opening stores in Melissa, Prosper, and Rockwall. This comes just as the chain opens a new store in Allen.

2. Country's largest hot springs pool complex coming to Grandscape in The Colony. The newest attraction headed to Grandscape in The Colony is a wellness spa-amusement park: WorldSprings, a nine-acre outdoor mineral springs experience, will debut in spring 2024.

3. Award-winning Mexican restaurant hits the jackpot at new location in Denton. A DFW restaurant that's earned national acclaim has opened in Denton: El Rincón del Maiz, previously of Garland, is now located at 1431 E. McKinney St. in Denton where it's winning over locals with its Tex-Mex classics and vegan dishes.

4. New burger joint in McKinney with chef toppers and full bar is a sizzler. McKinney has a new burger joint that is already lighting up the Collin County foodie scene. Called Loyo Burger, it's part of the Local Yocal empire, and is newly opened in downtown McKinney at 216 W. Virginia St. #102.

5. Pickleball-restaurant with chef-level food paddles into Farmers Branch. A new pickleball concept is paddling into Farmers Branch: Called At Fault, it's a pickleball-restaurant facility, opening its first DFW location at 2330 Jett St., in spring 2024.

Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 best new happy hours

Where to Drink

Maybe because it's fall or maybe because we're just lucky, but it's an especially rich time right now for happy hour offerings, with five spots that have either just debuted new happy hours (or are about to debut). There's a chef take at a restaurant-bar on Greenville Avenue; a fun music bar in Bishop Arts; a chance to sneak into a upscale steakhouse in a Dallas high-rise; and a restaurant-bar overlooking a tranquil golf course in Frisco.

Here's five hot new happy hours for our latest installment of Where to Drink:

Quarter Acre
Greenville Avenue restaurant has a new “Garden Hour” happy hour program Tuesday-Friday from 5-6:30 pm on the patio or at the bar, featuring snacks, three for $11, such as the Watermelon Bite, Crispy Pork Belly with avocado whip and sour lime, Half Shell Oyster with kiwi bubbles and rosé mignonette, and Mushroom Croquette with goat cheese. Select cocktails are $8 including the Front Deck Spritz with Aperol, passionfruit, and bubbles; and Bumble Bee’s Knees with Ford’s Gin, honey, and lemon. Three bottles of wine are $40: Pierre Sparr “Brut” Cremant d’Alsace, Mahua Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2022, or Black Cottage Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2021.

Revelers Hall
New Orleans-style bar in Bishop Arts has a new summer happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-7 pm, with good deals: half-price food, $6 wines, $5 well drinks, and $4 beers. They also have live music daily, featuring a variety of genres including jazz, bebop, Cumbia, and Latin jazz. Plus indoor and outdoor seating, and now is the time of year for that.

Ryder Cup Grille
Restaurant-bar at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort — one of 13 restaurants and bars at the resort — has a new happy hour with postcard-worthy views overlooking the Fields Ranch golf courses. It's an early one, running Monday-Friday from 2-5 pm and includes some domestic beers for $6, house wines for $10, and Ranch Water for $13. Food specials include Parmesan fries ($7), a guacamole and salsa flight ($9), chicken tenders with Buffalo sauce, Deep Ellum blue cheese dressing, and ranch ($11), nachos with brisket and refried beans ($12), and Cobb salad ($12).

SER Steak & Spirits
Steakhouse on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole has a Social Hour Tuesday-Thursday from 5-6:30 pm with $10 cocktails, $10 wines by the glass. A new bar menu features oysters, beef tartare, and gochujang chicken, priced from $9 to $23. They also have two new cocktails: Fall Berry Bush with tequila, Chambord, lime, rosemary, and sage; and a boozy lemonade with vodka, lavender, dill, lemon juice, and soda water.

Whiskey Cake
A new $7 Social Hour begins September 26, and runs Monday-Friday 3-6 pm with cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Margarita, Daiquiri, and a CYOM (create your own martini) with vodka or gin, clean or dirty, wet or dry, shaken or stirred, with a twist of lemon or olives, all for $7. House wines are also $7 and beers are $5. A menu of bar bites includes Wagyu corn dogs, BBQ spiced pork rinds, and blue cheese kettle chips.

Famous doner kebab restaurant makes Dallas debut with location in Frisco

Kebab News

A big name in doner kebabs is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth: German Doner Kebab, famous for pioneering gourmet doner kebabs in the UK and worldwide, will open its first location in Frisco, at 12025 E. University Dr. #100.

According to a release, it'll open on September 25, with seating for 77, making it the brand’s largest North American restaurant in terms of capacity.

Doner kebabs are a street food, centered on meat cooked on a rotating vertical spit. The name comes from two Turkish words: 'Doner' meaning rotate, and 'Kebap' meaning grilled meat. It's similar to a gyro, but döner meat is made from lamb or pork, while gyros are lamb or chicken.

German Doner Kebab, abbreviated GDK, is known for its distinctive waffle bread, in which the pita-like bread is imprinted with a waffle pattern. The company opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989 and is headquartered in Scotland. There are now 100-plus locations across UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

They made their U.S. debut in 2021 and have locations in New Jersey, Astoria, Queens, New York, and Sugar Land, Texas, outside Houston, which opened in 2022.

Their menu features doner kebabs made with toasted waffle bread, halal meat, vegetables, and signature sauces. GDK locations have an open kitchen so you can see the food being prepared to order.

In addition to the waffle bread, you can get the doner as a wrap, a panini, or in quesadilla form. Other items include a burger topped with Doritos and cheese sauce - like chips & salsa on top of doner meat, but all inside a bun; a black bean veggie burger; spring rolls; jalapeno poppers; and fries in a quartet of options including cheese fries, flaming fries, and curry fries.

“Many Americans are familiar with gyro, shawarma, and shish kebabs, however our ‘doner kebabs’ will be a new experience in both taste and format to most," says GDK North America managing director Nigel Belton in a statement.