This roundup of Dallas restaurant news is a buffet of tasty news bites
This roundup of food news around Dallas features plenty of exciting new restaurants, new menus and cocktails, plus the usual assortment of fun treats from national chains. There’s robot news, vegan cookbooks, a plastic rant, and a snack survey.
Here’s what’s happening in Dallas restaurant news:
Enrique Tomas, the Dallas restaurant that is part of Spain’s largest purveyor of legendary jamón ibérico, has opened a new location in Victory Park at 665 High Market St., a space recently occupied by Mot Hai Ba, and before that, a Asian place called Naga Thai. Dallas was Enrique Tomas’ first American location, serving as a market for ham, but also as a restaurant serving tapas and drinks. They were previously located at 2822 N. Henderson Ave., but closed during the pandemic; it represents a move.
Restaurant Alma Mexicana is a new spot in Flower Mound that opened in the spring, serving family-friendly recipes of tacos, burritos, fajitas, and a piña azteca stuffed with shrimp and scallops. Avocado Fire Crackers, with a tortilla filled with chicken, pork, and avocado, impresses locals. They have steaks, seafood, and vegetarian options, including vegetarian tacos and vegetarian fajitas.
Mendocino Farms, the fast food chain offering sandwiches and salads, is opening a new location in West Village on Tuesday, July 12. This will be the third Mendocino Farms at DFW, following Downtown Dallas and Addison. Founded in Southern California in 2005 by husband and wife team Mario Del Pero and Ellen Chen, Mendocino Farms has 47 locations in California and Texas. Two more are expected to open: Plano at 7000 Windrose Ave. on July 26, and Preston Hollow, at the end of 2022.
Encanto and Cocina Market is a new, family-owned grocery store located in far southeast Dallas at 8560 Fireside Dr. across from the Fireside Recreation Center, specializing in fresh produce and fresh foods. It also houses a cocina with tacos for breakfast and lunch, as well as tortas and burritos, and an ice cream shop with fruit paletas. Locals adore tortas, and the place gets a thumbs up from Dallas City Council member Jaime Resendez, which is surely the highest recommendation.
Abruzzo at Bishop Arts Winery, Oak Cliff’s wine bar at 838 Davis St., has quietly reopened after a pandemic-induced closure, but warns they are still in the early stages and weeks away from their grand reopening and are still working on the details. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Valerie’s Taco Shop, the family-run chain specializing in the fish tacos San Diego is most famous for, has opened a location in Flower Mound at 4150 Justin Rd. #120. Valerie came to Texas in 2021 because family members moved to Collin County and couldn’t find Mexican food they liked. Their menu is extensive, with tacos, tortas, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and chimichangas.
Kura Sushi, the interactive Japanese restaurant concept based on authentic cuisine and served with an engaging rotating sushi service model, features new technology features in all 37 locations, including: delivery robots dubbed Kur-B the KuraBot, and new tabletop tablet features that include self-service checkout and self-drinks menu ordering. Kur-B the KuraBot greets guests by delivering their ordered drinks and condiments to the table. Once their servers receive a drink order, they place the drinks, soy sauce, wasabi and ginger on Kur-B and send them out for delivery. Previously, customers gave their drink orders to servers and used the tablet to place their food orders for delivery on the restaurant’s Express Belt. Now they can order drinks and pay on their mobile phone.
The Henry Dallas launches a new seasonal pop-up on its rooftop bar called The Hamptons at The Henry, transforming into an airy getaway where guests can relax on the open-air patio and enjoy a specialty menu of food and drink coastal inspiration including Sangria, Pina Colada, Lobster Roll with Miso Aioli and Crab Cake with Tarragon Remoulade and Roasted Corn Salad. It takes place from July 6 to September 5, all summer long.
thirsty lion has a summer menu available from July 7 to September 25 with grilled artichoke, shrimp ceviche, fried pickles, salmon patties, caprese salad, lamb burger on ciabatta bread, seafood paella, salmon on cedar plank , Chicken Sausage and Penne with Garlic Basil Pesto, Cast Iron Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble with Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries, Jalapeno Paloma Margarita, Blood Orange Ginger Iced Tea, Lemonade hibiscus and basil and aqua fresca with passion fruit and mango.
Grilled bone fish features new seasonal specials: Rangoon Shrimp Dip with Tortilla Chips, Pineapple-Glazed Shrimp with Jasmine Rice, Baja Scallop Prawn and Shrimp Brochette, and Salmon Topped with Rangoon Shrimp on Wilted Spinach, Red Peppers and jasmine.
Dog Housethe California chain known for its gourmet hot dogs, sausages, burgers, plant-based and fried chicken offerings, has a new Honolulu Hot Chicken sandwich available through July 31, combining chicken tenderloins with miso aioli, sweet chili sauce and marinated carrots. & onions, scallions and wasabi furikake on a King’s Hawaiian pretzel hamburger bun.
TLC Vegan Kitchen, Chef Troy Gardner’s delivery and pickup-only vegan ghost kitchen, now offers pre-prepared vegan meals at Lakeside Urban Grocery, located at 2500 Lakeside Pkwy. #100, in Flower Mound. There is vegan pasta and risotto, as well as desserts. Gardner has also just released a new cookbook, titled Easy Southern Vegan Cookbookwith recipes for dishes like Vegan Chicken Gumbo, Four Bean Chili, Creamy Cajun Pasta, Jackfruit Barbacoa Tacos, Beer Gumbo, and Bourbon Pecan Pie, now available on Amazon.
Homecoming Burgers has new menu items: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, Jalapeño Ranch fries drizzled with ranch and topped with jalapeños, and The Works Dog with onions, jalapeños, tomatoes and mustard, available through September 9. There’s also an old-fashioned donut coming July 11, also available through September 9.
Sfuzzythe iconic Italian restaurant on Henderson Avenue, is offering a new Blueberry Mojito with lime, mint, blueberry and rum, available all summer and served for the reduced price of $7 on Tuesday, July 12.
Cotton Patch Coffee has a new Sizzlin’ Mango Summer Menu, available through August 1, featuring Habanero Tenders, Lemon Pepper Tenders, Sizzlin’ Mango Tilapia and Shrimp Duo is topped with diced mango and pico de gallo, served on Rice Pilaf and Sizzlin’ Mango Salad: A refreshing spring salad served with grilled chicken, shredded cheese, diced mangoes, topped with pico de gallo, served with warm and crispy tortilla strips served with a honey vinaigrette and with lime.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill has a new “Pasta and Pour” with Linguine Positano with tomato, garlic olive oil and basil accompanied by a glass of Italian wine Bonizio Bianco or Bonizio Rosso de Checchi, with a soup or salad and bread for $19, available through July 11. For $2 more, upgrade to Mark West Pinot Noir or Chloe Pinot Grigio.
Crucible offers a 3-course “Endless Starter” including a salad, main course and chocolate fondue starting at $45 per person. Endless entrée includes chicken, pork, shrimp, teriyaki steak and more, available through July 20.
twin peaks The restaurant has added three new dishes to the menu: spicy Thai ribs; St. Louis-style smoked pork chops with macaroni and cheese and coleslaw; and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cheesecake with RumChata Sauce.
wing stop has a new Hot Honey Rub flavor with honey, cayenne pepper and ancho pepper. It’s not sticky and gooey, but more of a crunchy, sweet, fiery dry rub. It is available all summer.
7 eleven has a new flavored coffee drink: Peanut Butter & Jam Cappuccino, combining the flavors of a PB&J Sandwich, available through August 2.
dunking offers non-dairy options for its coffee drinks, including almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk. No soy milk, which is a shame. They’re also running a limited-time Cold Brew deal with a Medium Cold Brew, Cold Brew with Cold Foam, or Brown Sugar Cream Cold Brew, for $3, through Tuesday, July 19.
Keurig Dr Chilli now has Intelligentsia Coffee in K-Cup pods for the Keurig brewing system. How sad for Intelligentsia, a former “super premium coffee brand”, to be part of the environmental blight that K-Cup pods represent. How hard is it for people to brew a single cup of coffee or drink it instantly?
dairy queen has five new Blizzard flavors for summer: Oreo Cookie Dirt Pie, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Nestlé Drumstick, Very Cherry Chip, and Caramel Fudge Cheesecake.
Mi Dia from scratch has a new Margarita flavor of the month featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Teremana tequila, fresh watermelon, elderflower, lime, and sweet agave nectar. And their flight of the month includes Teremana Blanco, Teremana Reposado and Teremana Anejo.
Canteen Laredo has three new drinks for the summer: Pineapple Mojito Sangria, Passion Fruit Piña Colada and Watermelon Mojito, all with rum, all available until October 3.
real food kitchen now pours chardonnay by Fresh Vine Wine, Inc., which produces premium wine that is low in carbohydrates, sugar and calories.
taco shack has new margarita flavors. There’s a new Watermelon Margarita at all Texas locations for $4 through July 31; and, at select participating locations, a Fireball Margarita is only available until Monday, July 4.
McDonald’s restaurants across Texas raised $250,000 for the community of Uvalde, donating 10% of lunchtime sales on June 23 to two organizations: The Robb School Memorial Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities San Antonio. The Robb School Memorial Fund was established with the First State Bank of Uvalde to directly benefit those affected. Ronald McDonald House Charities has created a special fund to support families affected by the tragedy.
Custard Cream and Frozen Steakburgers Freddy’s says it plans to add over 40 new locations around Dallas/Fort Worth. The chain already has 63 locations in Texas.
FritoLay does a survey every year on what’s hot in snacks. The 2022 version revealed that Gen Z and Millennials prefer to eat in solitude, and 42% of Americans opt for a salty/sweet combination over textures, international or local flavors.
At Dave and Buster’s has a new CEO: Chris Morris, replacing Brian Jenkins, who retired in 2021. D&B recently acquired Main Event, the Texas bowling and arcade entertainment company where Morris was CEO. Previously, he was president of California Pizza Kitchen and held other leadership positions at On the Border and CEC Entertainment.