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Updated: 2018-02-23T11:06:14-06:00


Where To Eat In Dallas This Weekend


Exciting new eateries and the city’s best food events await Dying for dining inspiration? The weekend is just a few short hours away, and if you still need a place to eat brunch, lunch, or dinner this weekend, Eater’s got your back. As part of this brand new series, Eater editors and contributors will choose a group of brand new spots and reliable standbys every Friday that will provide a guide to everything you need to know about eating and drinking this weekend. Even if you’re not able to hit all of the spots on Saturday and Sunday, add these five Dallas restaurants and food-focused events to this weekend’s bucket list. TGIF, y’all. Friday, February 23 For a brunch that’s worth driving to Frisco: Zaytinya One of the newest and most refreshing brunches can be found at Zaytinya, chef José Andrés’ large, blue-and-white tribute to Mediterranean cuisine over at The Star in Frisco. The brunch menu, which isn’t large but packs a creative punch, includes not one, but two kinds of shakshouka, two varieties of a dish called menemen, and several appealing brunch cocktails. To enjoy a Mediterranean brunch on the southern side of 635: Zåtar Lebanese Tapas & Bar Not to be overshadowed by the big new Middle Eastern restaurant up north, Zåtar in Deep Ellum has just introduced its own new Lebanese-styled brunch menu – and it’s a stunner. Shawarma-studded eggs benedict, shish taouk and waffles, and something called the Mother of All Pies, which is basically a mincemeat pie with a cheese-stuffed crust topped with two sunny side up eggs. To get your game and grub on: Scout at the Statler The latest restaurant to open its doors inside the newly renovated Statler, Scout promises lots of lively fun for adults and some great bites by chef Graham Dodds and his team. Notable menu items include a mushroom “sloppy joe,” Dodds’ Texas Red Chili and a creative Baja fish taco kit which includes a whole fried red snapper, piperade, lime, pickled onions, slaw and flour tortillas for the table. Drinks by the pitcher, glass, or can will accompany the food and fun. To re-introduce yourself to dim sum: Gung Ho In the space that formerly housed Remedy (RIP) is now Gung Ho, a sparkling and colorful new American-Chinese concept by head chef Kirstyn Brewer, bar director Matt Ragan and owner Elias Pope. Now open for dinner until 2:00 a.m., the dim sum-focused spot will serve dishes like pickled veggie egg rolls, won ton soup with braised bacon and shrimp dumplings, and char siu pork with steamed buns. To eat free macarons and drink free coffee: Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie In celebration of the French bakery’s third anniversary, Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie is throwing itself a party featuring free birthday cake macarons, coffee and even some champagne this Saturday. There will be birthday cake cruffins, croissants and eclairs available for sale as well, and the shop will be open two hours later to party with champagne, more free macarons and even a few surprises. To taste the newest brew from Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co.: Legacy Hall Legacy Hall is hosting a party to celebrate the release of the newest brew from Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co.: Double Justice Imperial IPA. They’re tapping the IPA starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday when Brewmaster Tom Janik will begin doling out free tastings in the third floor tap room. Live acoustic music will accompany the sips. To drink the rainbow at half price: JuiceLand on Lovers During the JuiceLand Lovers Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday, the colorful juicery and smoothie shop will be offering its smoothies and juices for half off. Face painting for kids and prize giveaways will round out the celebration, with all grand opening proceeds going to Refugee Services of Texas. Friday, February 16 For a taste of Spain by way of Florida: Bulla Gastrobar The latest eatery to open inside shopping and dining destination Legacy West, Bulla (pronounced BOO-YA) promises “authentic Spanish cuisine...tapas and cocktails in an energetic, social atmosphere.” Happy hour and brun[...]

Paul Qui, Still Awaiting Trial, Will Open a DFW Restaurant


Tacqui, a “Japanese-style taqueria,” is under construction in Richardson As he awaits trial on domestic violence charges, Paul Qui is planning to open a “Japanese-style taqueria” in Richardson called Tacqui. A Facebook page for the restaurant indicates that it will open at 744 South Central Expressway in Richardson. Tacqui will join the line-up of restaurants at the Richardson Restaurant Park development, like Dog Haus, Even Stevens, and The Halal Guys. Both Facebook and Instagram accounts for the restaurant describe it as a Japanese-influenced taqueria, but details on its menu are scarce at present. Qui has not officially announced the restaurant, but did post a photo of a mural painted for Tacqui by an Austin-based artist to his personal Instagram account. He’s likely trying to avoid the controversy that has swirled around the chef in Austin and Houston, as he is still facing domestic violence charges. Those stem from a 2016 assault during which Qui allegedly beat and bloodied his girlfriend in front of her child. Qui is set to head to court on those charges, which likely kept his much-lauded Houston restaurant Aqui out of the 2018 James Beard Awards, on May 1. At present, it looks like Tacqui will make its Richardson debut sometime in March. Eater has reached out for more details on the restaurant. Stay tuned for any new developments. In the meantime, see below for a sneak peek of the space. Behind the scenes...the making of the art work @peelanderz A post shared by TacQui (@eat.tacqui) on Feb 4, 2018 at 11:33am PST Pan-Asian restaurant brings the bao to prized spot near downtown Dallas [CultureMap] Alice [Instagram] [...]

Back-to-Back Chef of the Year Winners Josh Harmon and Misti Norris Team Up


The duo will bring Norris’ inventive Petra and the Beast pop-ups to an East Dallas space Josh Harmon and Misti Norris have announced that they will team up to bring Norris’ Petra and the Beast pop-ups to a brand new brick-and-mortar space at 601 North Haskell. Harmon, of Kitchen LTO fame, made waves recently with his contentious split from Junction Craft + Kitchen, the critically acclaimed restaurant he launched with restaurateur Casie Caldwell in Deep Ellum in 2017. He walked away after a dispute with a new investing partner in the restaurant. Fresh off receiving Eater’s 2017 Chef of the Year award and the subsequent split, Harmon teamed up with Norris, who asked him to work with her on bringing Petra and the Beast to the semi-permanent space (the pop-up will be located there for the next five months). The pop-ups aren’t anything new for Norris, who did her first dinner under the Petra and the Beast name in 2016, but the brick-and-mortar space saw its first run last weekend when the duo hosted a two-night Acadian Lowcountry-themed dinner. Norris, a Louisiana native, and Harmon served gumbo, vada boudin, and smoked collard green sandwiches drizzled with Cheez Whiz, among other dishes garnished with the duo’s various pickles and ferments. “It was a lot of fun. We had a really good turnout,” he told Eater. More pop-ups will follow now that Petra has a brick-and-mortar. The duo has planned an eight-course sit-down dinner for this weekend that will partner with Black Man Brew for the accompanying beverages. Beef heart tartare, pork jowl, and deviled shrimp with shrimp salt peanuts and miso zucchini eggs are among the planned dishes. In addition to the pop-ups, the building will be revamped as a neighborhood market that will stock both Norris’ and Harmon’s wide array of fermented condiments, including vinegar, pickles, miso, hot sauce, and fish sauce. Starting in March, Norris has plans to run a quick-service noodle and charcuterie spot in the space that will be open Tuesday through Saturday until 9 p.m. On Mondays and after hours, Harmon will take over and host pop-ups with various themes — right now, he’s kicking around a throwback burger night. There’s no set schedule worked out as of just yet, Harmon says diners will have to keep up with the duo on Instagram to find out when and what’s served. Chef Joshua Harmon Is Leaving Junction Craft Kitchen [EDFW] Check Out the Menu for Junction Craft Kitchen, Opening This Week in Deep Ellum [EDFW] Misti Norris’ Petra And The Beast Will Arrive In Dallas Next Month [EDFW] Chef Misti Norris Returns To Dallas [EDFW] Update, 4:44 p.m.: This post has been updated to clarify Harmon’s reasoning for leaving Junction Craft Kitchen. [...]

Check Out the Menu For Gung Ho, Greenville Avenue’s Exciting New Chinese-American Eatery


The restaurant formerly known as Remedy got a complete overhaul Gung Ho, a new Chinese-American eatery from the parent company of HG Sply Co. and Standard Service, has officially opened its doors on Lowest Greenville. Gung Ho took over Remedy’s former spot at 2010 Greenville Ave. When Remedy closed last year, it was both a surprise and a bummer for fans of the upscale American eatery, but it’s parent company 8020 Hospitality promised an exciting Chinese-American rebrand, and is now ready to debut the restaurant’s completely revamped interiors. Founder Elias Pope tapped Kirstyn Brewer of Victor Tangos to lead the kitchen at Gung Ho. Brewer developed a menu of both traditional and new-age takes on Chinese-American cuisine, like pickled veggie egg rolls; wonton soup with braised bacon and shrimp dumplings; and char siu pork with steamed buns. “I’ve always been passionate about this type of cuisine,” Brewer said in a statement. “Growing up eating this food was the only time my family and I had a shared experience of different dishes.” Beverage director Matt Ragan (Victor Tangos, Westside Tavern) and bar manager Zach Potts brought together an “uncommon” selection of wines and created a beverage menu with unexpected twists on traditional cocktails. There’s a Thai tea shot with rum, and the Plum Wine 75, which is like a French 75 but with added plum wine and tamarind syrup. “I wanted to create a drink menu as fun and approachable as the food,” Ragan said in a statement. “I love Asian flavors and drew a lot of my influence from ingredients in favorite dishes.” Gung Ho is now open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Scope out photos of the space below, along with the dinner menu, before making a reservation. Gung Ho Food Menu by Eater Houston on Scribd class="scribd_iframe_embed" title="Gung Ho Food Menu" src="" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="0.9001996007984032" scrolling="no" id="doc_93530" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"> Ben Gibson Ben Gibson Much-Anticipated Greenville Avenue Eatery Gung Ho Inches Toward Opening [EDFW] Dallas’ 10 Most Anticipated New Restaurants, Fall 2017 [EDFW] [...]

The Halal Guys Will Open a Fifth DFW Outpost



Grab chicken or lamb and rice platters in Arlington next month

Less than two years after opening its first DFW outpost, NYC-based chain The Halal Guys is set to open its fifth location in the metroplex on March 3.

The new spot at 1805 N. Collins Street in Arlington is from the hands of the same franchisee group that first brought The Halal Guys to the area with a restaurant on Lemmon Ave. When that location opened in the summer of 2016, Eater reported that diners waited for two hours to grab the white-sauce-topped chicken and lamb dishes.

Apparently enthusiasm hasn’t stopped there, franchisee partners Danny Bui, Son Phung, and Tony Toan Nguyen added locations in Richardson and Lower Greenville in quick succession before traveling west to Arlington for their fourth outpost. A fifth location operated by a separate franchisee opened in 2017 in Plano, and Eater previously reported that The Halal Guys signed on with a local franchisee group to bring more than 10 locations to the metroplex.

The Halal Guys in Arlington will be throwing a grand opening on March 3 with swag, free meals for kids, and discounts for everyone else. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m.

14 Essential Addison Restaurants



Ethiopian cuisine, Southern classics, and more await

For decades, Addison has been known as a land of boring chain restaurants. To some extent, that’s still true, but there are plenty of hidden gems in the neighborhood that are worth checking out. From Ethiopian cuisine to classic old-school steakhouse fare, these 14 restaurants are essential Addison haunts.

Is your favorite Addison restaurant missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

Memphis-Style Barbecue Will Soon Arrive In Dallas



The focus is on pulled pork, not brisket

Brisket is king in Dallas, but Memphis chain Corky’s BBQ has plans to help the city fall in love with pulled pork.

The 35-year-old chain has partnered with a Houston-based franchisee to bring at least one location of Corky’s BBQ to Dallas in the coming months. No word yet on when or where Corky’s is planning to make its DFW debut, but the metroplex could soon become home to a number of outposts — according to the Memphis Daily News, the chain’s franchise agreement could eventually mean that up to 17 locations of Corky’s could open between Dallas and Houston.

As Eater Houston notes, the key difference between Texas-style barbecue and Memphis-style is the choice of protein, typically pork ribs or shoulders covered in a dry rub and smoked over hickory. Brisket is on offer at Corky’s, but pulled pork is the true star of the menu, appearing in the restaurant’s signature dish, a bowl of spaghetti topped with a giant pile of pulled pork.

Corky’s is set to hit Houston in September, and Dallas is expected to follow shortly after. Stay tuned for more details.

Tacodeli’s Third DFW Outpost Lands in Plano



Look for its sustainable and organic tacos at Parkwood Village

Austin’s Tacodeli is set to debut its third DFW location in Plano this week, right on schedule with the North Texas expansion it announced last fall.

The shop at 8442 Parkwood Blvd in Parkwood Village will be opening on Thursday with more than 40 breakfast and lunch taco options that have made the brand a success in its other locales. The menu, as with all other Tacodeli outposts, boasts local and responsibly sourced ingredients, including organic and certified humane pork, and chicken that is raised on a vegetarian diet without the use of antibiotics.

Standouts include the El Conquistador with pork shoulder, chile pasilla sauce and avocado, and the Tikin XIC with salmon and onion and habanero escabeche. Tacodeli’s chef and founder Roberto Espinosa was raised in Mexico City and apprenticed in the Yucatan before moving stateside, which informs his menu of street-inspired tacos.

When Tacodeli’s adds its second Plano location in mid-2018, DFW will have nearly as many outposts as Austin (which counts five). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch beginning at 11 a.m. On weekends breakfast is served all day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it’s BYOB.