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1. North Dallas neighbor takes new title as No. 1 U.S. housing market, report says. When it comes to places to buy a house, you can't do any better than McKinney. So says WalletHub's highly anticipated 2023 report on the best real estate markets in the U.S.

2. New pizzeria in Garland will add another style of pizza to Dallas' list. A Dallas restaurant team better known for their burgers and craft beer are moving into the buzzy category of pizza with a new restaurant called Fortunate Son. Named for the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, the concept will open in downtown Garland.

3. Construction begins on new DART station in Plano as part of Silver Line. Construction of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) 12th Street Station in Plano is about to begin. The DART 12th Street Station will provide transfer options between the Red and Orange lines and the future DART Silver Line, providing greater access to the rest of the DART light rail network.

4. Where to eat in Dallas right now: 7 most inviting new restaurants. The August edition of Where to Eat, our monthly feature of restaurant recommendations, is a fun and fabulously diverse mixed bag. There's fancy Chinese, cozy Italian, a Mexican hidden gem, top chef fare, an indie Asian coffee shop, and an authentic French bakery.

5. Dallas F&B vets to open martini lounge with some of that swing. A new lounge coming to old East Dallas will pay tribute to a Dallas institution: Called Columbian Country Club, it'll open in the former Bar and Garden space at 3314 Ross Ave., where it will honor an iconic Dallas golf club that closed in 2004 after 125 years.


Where to eat in Dallas right now: 7 most inviting new restaurants

Where to Eat

The August edition of Where to Eat, our monthly feature of restaurant recommendations, is a fun and fabulously diverse mixed bag. There's fancy Chinese, cozy Italian, a Mexican hidden gem, top chef fare, an indie Asian coffee shop, and an authentic French bakery.

Here's where to eat for August:

Cafe Hana
New shop gives the usual coffeehouse a Japanese twist, including unique pastries and specially sourced coffee beans. It's from Sara Nam, owner of Edoko Omakase in Irving, and it just opened at 1030 W. John Carpenter Fwy. #150, in a former State Farm Insurance office next door to Edoko. Nam has partnered with pastry chef Maiko Hagiuda, founder of Oh Mai Goodness, a pastry shop located inside of Mitsuwa Marketplace, the Japanese grocery store in Plano. The menu includes subtly sweet breads in flavors such as chocolate and melon; matcha macadamia cookies; and sakura panna cotta, a custard infused with the leaves of sakura, aka cherry blossom, green tea. They're also doing a small selection of "entree" items such as sandos with house-made milk bread, avocado toast, and katsu curry, a pork cutlet over rice with curry sauce.

New restaurant took over the former Primo's space at 3309 McKinney Ave., forever known as one of Uptown’s most recognizable patios, but boy does Lyla blow them all away with a jaw-dropping space outfitted with gorgeous blue-&-white colored tiles, beachy lighting fixtures, and McKinney-Avenue-facing space that extends seemingly for miles. It's a coastal Italian restaurant inspired by destinations like Capri, Santorini, Mallorca, and St. Barth's with a menu of Italian coastal classics, featuring salads, house-made pasta, pizza, and wood-fired entrées. There are many hipster foodie dishes: burrata, hamachi crudo, charcuterie board, crispy Brussels, whole branzino, and all the right cocktails, from AF to a skinny margarita to a French 75.

Maison Chinoise
Newest restaurant in the Lombardi Family Concepts (Bistro 31/Lounge 31, Taverna Pizzeria & Risotteria, Toulouse Cafe & Bar, Kai, and Penne Pomodoro) is at 4152 Cole Ave. #106, in the space next to Salum. Lombardi has nearly every cuisine covered with his Lombardi Family Concepts and now he adds Chinese. The menu includes traditional Chinese dishes, including crab wontons, pork soup dumplings, and kung pao chicken, but also anomalies like wok-baked green mussels. Shared dishes are a theme, and the restaurant also features a dumpling station center stage, allowing diners to see dumplings made by hand.

Panadería y Taqueria Mi Morelia
This hidden gem in Mesquite comes as a tip from the Visit Mesquite team, and while they may be biased, there's no disputing the tacos, tortas, Mexican breads, and more. Their top pick: The Regia Torta - stacked with Milanesa, chorizo, and queso on a fresh bun. One more tip: Save room for dessert because their conchas are, to quote the team, "amazing."

Petra and the Beast
One of Dallas' most highly rated restaurants left its cute-funky location at 601 N. Haskell Ave. and moved to the center of Lakewood, in the space at 1901 Abrams Rd., previously occupied by Lakewood Smokehouse, which closed in July 2021. This relocation is a significant big step up in terms of size: At 5,400 square feet, the Lakewood Smokehouse space is more than triple Petra's original location of 1,540 square feet. Chef Misti Norris is known for her enlightened take on cooking, using the whole animal, pickling, and uber-crafted dishes with descriptions such as this pasta: "Texas yukon and fermented eggplant agnolotti, pickled Comeback Creek Farm spigarello, potato skin crumb, pickled potato emulsion, and potato 'botarga'."

Salut Paris Bakery
If you're going the dessert-for-dinner route, then this new sweet spot at Galleria Dallas is where you need to be. Located on Level 1, this bakery specializes in French pastries based on traditional baking techniques. There are croissants, brioche, financiers, eclairs, raspberry macaron cakes, mille-feuilles (in traditional or chocolate), and cool departures such as raspberry macaron cakes and yuzu tarts. Galleria Dallas is the first shopping-center location for this locally owned bakery.

Via Triozzi
New Italian restaurant is from hometown gal Leigh Hutchinson, who got the Italia bug when she spent a semester there during college. She built a following for her lasagnas which she sold to friends, and now that lasagna is one of many dishes at this charming spot at 1806 Greenville Ave., along with quash blossoms, tagliatelle Bolognese, chicken cacciatore, and cannoli. Dallas loves style and the space is Hollywood-perfect, with black-&-white checkered floors, a marble bar, and photos of relatives on the wall. The wine program is great featuring natural wines, with lots of by-the-glass options.

Tequila Social

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 5 new restaurants you may not know (yet)

Where to Eat

The July edition of Where to Eat, our monthly column recommending the best restaurants to try, has a distinct underground theme. These five restaurants are not the same-old same-old. For one reason or another, each one of them has an unexpected aspect, whether it's a hipster lounge, a restaurant that opened quietly, or a destination for wine and dessert.

Here's the latest edition of Where to Eat right now:

Ellen's Casa Linda
East Dallas' Casa Linda neighborhood is the newest outpost for this beloved all-day restaurant that started out in downtown Dallas' West End. Ellen's newest location is at 1152 N. Bucker Blvd., in a new-build space that was originally slated to become a location of the Snooze an AM Eatery chain, where owners Joe Groves, Russell Mertz, and Andrew Chooljian look forward to recreating Ellen's home-cooking cuisine, all-day hours, diligent service, and comfortable atmosphere. They're known for meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and breakfast/brunch with dishes such as shrimp & grits and a "pancake pot pie" featuring pancakes layered with sausage gravy, bacon, sausage, hash browns, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese. With their menu and customer-friendly hours, they're poised to fill the vacancy left by two neighborhood departures: Barbec's, the breakfast spot on Garland Road, and the iconic Highland Park Cafeteria, both of which closed in 2020.

Kate Weiser Chocolate
Chocolate shop at Trinity Groves has effected an expansion with a place to sit down and have desserts and wine on site. Desserts include Strawberries & Cream with angel food cake, vanilla rice pudding, lemon madeleines, strawberries, & guava; Chocolate & Peanut Butter with devil’s food cake, salted caramel brownies, cinnamon marshmallow cream, cocoa nib crumble, & peanut butter cremeux; and fondue with waffle bites and fruits. There are also cookies, brownies, and a quartet of frozen desserts such as frozen vanilla cheesecake on a stick, dipped in 72% Valrhona chocolate. The wine selection includes three reds, two whites, and one rosé, $8 to $15 per glass.

New hipster hot spot in the former Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. in Oak Cliff is from David Grover and Kate Siamro, who own Spinster Records, the vinyl record store in Bishop Arts. It's a restaurant and lounge where the walls are lined with vinyl records, and sultry music is always a backdrop, with some nights dedicated to mellow record-listening lounge style, and other nights for dancing. Their food & drink menu is concise, with fun cocktails and a small selection of tapas-style bites. "Ya Voy” is the brightest drink they serve, boasting a tropical blue hue, with vodka, Uruapan Charanda, Combier Blue Curaçao, and Passion Fruit Foam. One of their favorite healthy options is the Et Tu, Brute, featuring charred Romaine and crumbled parmesan, lightly dressed in a house caesar -- perfect with a martini.

Renny's, a Maguire's Bar & Grill
New restaurant in the former Slater's 50/50 (and onetime Rockfish Grill) at Preston-Forest is from powerhouse Dallas restaurateur Mark Maguire, who's doing a spinoff of Maguire's, his longtime North Dallas restaurant, featuring American dishes with modern twists. It's a scaled-down menu but with a diverse offering, with something in every category, from appetizers to salads to entrees to sandwiches. For regulars, he's still offering signatures like the meatloaf and Thai beef salad but he's also busting out Angus burgers, spicy Korean meatballs, blackened shrimp tacos, tomato & feta dip with a focaccia skillet, tuna with soba noodles & Asian slaw, and a Southwest chicken Cobb with black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, & tortilla chips.

Tequila Social
New Tex-Mex restaurant is opening on July 24 with prime views of Dallas' Katy Trail. Located at 3100 McKinnon St. #G100, it's another concept from Harwood Hospitality Group (Dolce Riviera, Elephant East, Happiest Hour, Harwood Arms, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, Mercat Bistro, Poco Fiasco, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, Te Deseo, and The Grove at Harwood) - but this time Tex-Mex, with frozen drinks, expansive patio, weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and "relaxed West Texas" as its inspiration. The menu created by Harwood Hospitality VP Taylor Kearney includes five cheese queso, empanadas, fajitas, cheese enchiladas, a cheeseburger, and praise be, a non-meat item: Marinated Watermelon Salad with arugula, peanuts, avocado, pico de gallo, and tajin vinaigrette. They'll have margaritas in many options such as blueberry basil, blood orange coconut, and frozen creamsicle margarita. Note: Opens on July 24.


Where to eat in Dallas right now: 5 brand new restaurants to try in June

Where to eat

The June edition of CultureMap's monthly Where to Eat gives thanks to the never-flagging restaurant scene in Dallas and its surroundings, where new openings provide column fodder just about every month.

This collection of newcomers includes a buzzy restaurant at the ritzy intersection of Preston-Royal; a swanky restaurant-lounge near Deep Ellum; a dumpling spot in Plano; a handroll bar in McKinney; and a Southern-themed restaurant in Las Colinas. Something for every neighborhood.

Here's where to eat in Dallas right now:

Bobbie's Airway Grill
Neighborhood restaurant-bar from the owners of Park Cities restaurant il Bracco opened in the old Dougherty's Airway Pharmacy with a Dallas greatest hits menu: burgers, oysters, ribeye, crab cakes, and salads such as a Niçoise with ahi tuna, new potatoes, green beans, Kalamata olives, and tomatoes. A brass rotisserie is on display through the kitchen window, spinning chicken used in a variety of dishes, and there's art on the walls. Signatures include a cheddar cheese dip served with Fritos, and homey desserts from family recipes including carrot cake, pineapple upside down cake, and a banana split.

Heian Handroll Bar
Handroll sushi bar in McKinney stars chef Jun Park (Nori, Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar in Fort Worth) with a menu that includes temaki (Japanese-style handrolls), sushi, and sashimi. They keep it simple to put the focus on the fish, listed on a menu along with the country from which it's sourced. There are also appetizers and cute skewers in options such as fried okra and fried shiitake mushrooms. Sushi aficionados are raving over Chef Jun's attention to detail, including proper preparation of not just the seafood but also the rice, both in flavor and consistency, and the handrolls are generously sized, always a crowd-pleaser.

Saaya Lounge
Mediterranean oasis from Milkshake Concepts (Vidorra, The Finch, Harper’s) is in the North Good Latimer District at 2511 Swiss Ave., where it aspires to provide a refuge from the urban realm. The menu features mezza-style shared plates including feta dip, kebabs, and Lebanese-style pizzas. They're having fun with dishes such as lamb sliders, a "Lebanese Caesar" featuring tahini Caesar dressing, and their spicy take on crispy cauliflower, with pine nuts, capers, and harissa. Exotic cocktails include the Ombra of Anubis with Sombra Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and Ramazatti, but there's also traditional Turkish coffee, as well.

Steam Dumpling
Dumpling spot in Plano at 3131 Custer Rd. #182 is a noteworthy addition to the local dumpling scene, with five fillings - pork, beef & onion, chicken & corn, shrimp, and vegetable - which you can get steamed, boiled, or pan-fried. There are also soup dumplings (xiao long bao), the cult favorite beloved for their juiciness, plus Chinese staples like egg rolls, salt & pepper shrimp, kung pao chicken, dan dan noodles, chow mein, and scallion pancakes. Service and ambience get high marks as well.

Tupelo Honey Las Colinas
North Carolina-based chain serves Southern favorites including biscuits, pimento cheese dip, meat loaf, burgers, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp po'boys, plus a bunch of fried chicken, with waffles or without. A Tex-Mex dish or two plus salads and bowls break the streak. A full bar offers craft beer and an inventive lineup of cocktails such as a frozen drink with acai that's like a boozy acai bowl. Founded in Asheville, N.C. in 2000, they came to Texas in 2016 with a location in Frisco; this one in Irving is the second.

Mexican Sugar

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 6 of the hottest newest patios in town

Where to Eat

For the May edition of Where to eat in Dallas right now, our monthly column offering recommendations on the best dining options, we revisit a classic theme: patios.

One might say that patios is too obvious a theme. But sometimes the obvious needs to be said. Also, have you been outside today because it is gorgeous out.

Besides, this list has fresh patio choices. It bypasses better known (though impressive) patios like The Rustic in Uptown and Katy Trail Ice House and anything in the Harwood District and Truck Yard on Greenville Avenue (which recently got a refresh).

The patios on this list are either new or else underdog patios that haven't yet shown up on a Dallasites101 list.

What do you want from a patio?

  • the opportunity to sit outdoors
  • a view that is appealing or unusual in some way
  • comfy accommodations and decor
  • a place to drink, usually

For our May where to eat, we spotlight six new and/or hot patios:

Carbone/Carbone Vino
Italian-American duo from New York's Major Food Group, consisting of fine-dining restaurant Carbone and its more casual sibling Carbone Vino, sit side-by-side in Dallas' Design District with an enclosed patio in between. It's a well appointed space which almost manages to approximate a streetside vibe, thanks to cute awnings and some strategic landscaping, like a Hollywood set. The views consist entirely of other diners, fitting for such a see-and-be-seen place, as you dine on pasta, pizzas, and wine.

Buzzy restaurant and bar from Miami-based Groot Hospitality recently opened in The Epic office tower on the edge of Deep Ellum - the first outside Florida - where it's serving a Southeast Asian/global menu of dishes such as Peking duck, salmon tacos, miso Chilean seabass skewers, and plant-based Kung Pao chicken plus a full sushi bar. Most of the action is inside, where diners can get an eyeful of Komodo's illuminated “bamboo” cutout columns and hanging ducks on display. But there's a sprawling patio at the entrance afford a bird's-eye view of who's coming and going and offers a respite from the buzz within.

Mexican Sugar Uptown
Pan-Latin concept from the Front Burner Society restaurant group (Whiskey Cake, Sixty Vines, Ida Claire, Son of a Butcher) just opened its third location in the McKinney & Olive building at 2355 Olive St. #155, where it continues its mission to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine. The restaurant features an "Agave Library," with more than 150 tequilas and mezcals, served in margaritas and agave tasting flights. It's a two-story space and the patio is on the second floor, with wide-ranging views of the Uptown high-rise skyline including buildings like the Hotel Crescent Court. It's surely a pleasant space but what gives it that something extra is the row of treetops in the foreground, adding a little frame of nature to the urban setting.

Thunderbird Station patioGlorious patio at Thunderbird Station.CultureHype

The Porch
One would expect a place called The Porch to have an outdoor presence, but this Henderson Avenue staple first opened before outdoor space became a necessity. It recently re-opened following a two-month renovation, and that inluded the addition of a beer garden with pergola, porch swing, cornhole, and climate-controlled patio. They also updated their menus, under the guidance of culinary director Coner Sergeant, and Porch execu-chef Dalia Rivera. It keeps favorites such as the spinach-parmesan dip and short rib stroanoff, but adds new items including brisket tacos and enchiladas and giant pretzels. The bar program overseen by uber-mixologist Gabe Sanchez features spiked iced teaa plus low-ABV cocktails and zero-proof mocktails.

Well-liked taqueria known for stellar tacos and culinary prowess relocated in 2020 from West Dallas to a cool old building on Ross Avenue that was once a tire store and was previously occupied by Pints & Quarts, a clever burger stand from Brooke Humphries. It's right at the intersection of Greenville Avenue, and fronted by a patio that looks out at one of the most high-profile and central intersections in Dallas. If you want to be in the thick of the action, this patio is it. All you need is a rib eye steak taco with tomato, avocado, and Mexican chimichurri, and a La Mezcalita cocktail with Espina negra mezcal, orange, lemon citrus, and agave honey.

Thunderbird Station
Hospitality veteran Kim Finch (Double Wide, Single Wide) took over this 1922 building - originally home to the Riegel's Gulf Service auto shop for 62 years - in 2020, where she created a charming retro destination in between Deep Ellum and Exposition Park that hits the right note on every front: from its throwback comfort-food menu (bologna sandwiches, Frito pie) to its fun cocktails and ice-cold frosty mugs for beer, to the totally chill, everyone's-welcome vibe. The patio is splendid: fringed by grassy plants, outfitted with picnic tables, fire pits, all beneath a soaring triangular rooftop extension topped by a neon thunderbird, which is the logo for the classic American car but surely looks like the legendary creature in Native American culture.

Crown Block

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 8 restaurants with new plant-based surprises

Where to Eat

For the April edition of Where to Eat, CultureMap's monthly column offering recommendations on the best restaurants to try every month, we hit a category that's a perennial fave: plant-based dishes.

Plant-based is the low-key version of vegan. Both categories skip meat and animal products, but "plant-based" does it without the whole judgy element, IE cruelty to animals. Come on, who needs the guilt.

Plant-based options have recently emerged in shocking places. For example, who would expect to find plant-based dishes at a churrascuria, a concept known for its skewered meats? That's just one of the surprises on this list.

Here's where to eat in Dallas if you're seeking surprising new plant-based menu items:

Crown Block
Newly opened restaurant atop the blinky Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas has an entire standalone plant-based menu with tempting dishes including roasted cauliflower with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, scallions, golden raisins, sumac vinaigrette, and tahini cream; Cavatalli pasta with kale, English peas, blistered tomatoes, artichoke, and Pecorino cheese; and a Roasted Vegetable Pot with cauliflower, artichokes, carrots, lipstick peppers, fingerling potatoes, sea beans, in miso & vegetable broth with toasted sourdough bread. Sides include pretzel-crusted onion rings, triple cooked fries, roasted carrots, and asparagus with cured lemon & Medjool dates. Starters include avocado aburi with horseradish, wasabi pickle, & crispy onion; avocado crunch sushi roll with cucumber, mango, & crispy puffed rice; a charcuterie board called Farmers Market Stand with roasted/pickled/fried vegetables, hummus, and smoky onion dip; and arugula-kale salad with crispy artichokes, snap peas, cured tomatoes, Pecorino cheese, & Marcona almonds.

Fogo de Chão
Churrascuria-style restaurant concept from Brazil known for its dedication to meat took the world by surprise in March with the revelation that they'd expanded their menu in an unprecedented new direction with the addition of plant-based options including tofu. Fogo already had some vegetarian dishes such as the Cauliflower Steak, but they added two new plant-based options, available for lunch, brunch, and dinner as an alternative to the full churrasco experience: Chimichurri-marinated tofu served atop black bean pasta with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions, and carrot ginger-miso dressing; and power vegetable bowl with eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, asparagus, and peppers, served with chimichurri spinach rice.

Shiny-glamorous bar-restaurant from Miami is newly opened in the Epic building on the outer edge of Deep Ellum where its bells & whistles include a two-story space with eye-catching illuminated “bamboo” cutout columns and music from an in-house DJ. Their menu features Southeast Asian dishes interpreted with a global approach, including a full sushi bar, but they also have two incredible plant-based entrees: Wild Mushroom Lo Mein, featuring black truffle mushroom pasta, and their signature Daring Plant Based King Pao Chicken with shiitakes, bok choy, lotus root, and cashew. Daring Foods is the plant-based chicken company backed by celebrities such as Drake, and it is an amazing fake, with a grill-marked crust and a chewy meaty center. Komodo also offers an Asian twist on steakhouse-style sides such as vegetable fried rice, and Wokked Vegetables, a killer medley with bok choy, mushroom, carrot, and baby corn.

Moxie's is famous for being owned by Tom Gaglardi, proprietor of the Dallas Stars and brought from Canada to the U.S. by franchise group Eatz Hospitality. They have three locations in North Texas, including Uptown, Plano., and Southlake. They're sometimes lumped in to the sports bar category, but they're on the swanky side, and unlike your typical sports bar, they have some serious plant-based options including vegan pot stickers, vegan tofu lettuce wraps, a vegetarian power bowl with cauliflower rice, and a Beyond Burger.

Oomi Kitchen
Digital food hall at 3510 Ross Ave. is the first restaurant outside of South Central Texas to offer menu items from Earth Burger, an award-winning plant-based fast food chain founded in San Antonio in 2014. Earth Burger is known for its burgers made with plant-based patties, chik-n, and “fishless” filets. At Oomi, they're offering burgers such as the Ranchero topped with cheese, fried onion haystack, pickles, and BBQ ranch, plus chicken sandwiches, fries, and tater tots. Earth Burger is embarking on a national expansion with assistance from Sinelli Concepts, the Dallas group founded by Jeff Sinelli that owns Which Wich Superior Sandwiches.

Vegan Heat
New pop-up is a recently transplant from California from enthusiastic vegan chef Renee Pugh, with a menu whose options include crispy Jamaican jerk chicken breast or Jamaican oxtails, with sweet potato waffles & Southern grits; BBQ rib sliders with purple slaw, smothered mac & cheese; and green beans & rice. It's never the same since she rolls out new specials almost weekly, such as sausage lasagna roll-ups with garlic ricotta cheese, served with sweet corn and garlic bread. Stay tuned to their updates on their Instagram page. They serve dinner Wednesday-Friday, 5-9 pm, and Sunday brunch 12-3 pm. You can pull up at The Cookline, at 2011 W. Spring Creek Pkwy. #2000, or else order on DoorDash.

XOXO Dining Room and Garden
Fun gal-centric spot at 3121 Ross Ave. describes itself as a place where classic American cuisine meets pink and girly aesthetics, and who are we to argue. This temple of fuschia, magenta, crimson, and salmon comes with all sorts of rest stops and vignettes for fun photo ops, and their menu has shareable plant-based options including hummus with veggies and pita bread, and Impossible meatballs with yogurt sauce, labneh, and microgreens.

Yard House
Most of the buzz around this public house concept from Darden Concepts, with two DFW locations in Addison and Toyota Music Factory in Irving, centers on their 100-plus beers on tap, including a rotating lineup of seasonal and limited selections, delivered perfectly chilled. Less fuss is made of the fact that they have an entire dedicated Gardein menu featuring a dozen dishes made with Gardein plant-based products. There's orange chicken, Gardein Cobb salad, Gardein chicken tenders, and Gardein Nashville-style hot chicken, which you can order in a sandwich or with pancakes, a twist on chicken & waffles. There are chicken nachos, a mac & cheese studded with chicken, and a BBQ chicken pizza.

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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.