Whataburger Tests Delivery In Dallas, And Veggie Corn Dogs Hit The State Fair.

Welcome to The Spread, our weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except, this is the Internet, so space isn't a concern. Also: Good thing, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.

At a time when fast-casual dining is becoming more and more the norm, chef Blythe Beck intends on going the opposite direction with her new venture.

Something called “Sunday Supper” will be a part of the lineup at Pink Magnolia when it opens next Thursday, September 3. According to a press release, the partnership with Kitchen LTO owner Casie Caldwell will feature a rotating, three-course dinner menu every Sunday from recipes submitted by guests. The regular menu will be featured alongside supper, with items such as a brown sugar mopped pork porterhouse, pan seared Texas redfish and grilled eggplant “steak.”

The new restaurant's concept is described by the tagline, “where company comes to dine,” playing up on the theme of southern home cooking and hospitality. Says Caldwell: “When people walk in and see Blythe, they instantly become comfortable because they know she is going to cook the most amazing meal and take care of them as if she was cooking for her own family.”

The restaurant will be open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. The bar will also host “sip and see” hours starting at 4:30 p.m., and lunch hours will be added in the coming weeks.

More reason for southerners to rejoice this fall? A bit of veggie-friendliness joins the procession of deep-fried foodstuffs at this year's State Fair of Texas, as Fletcher's will introduce a new veggie corn dog this year. The offering comes as a response to customer demand according to CultureMap, but will still use the original egg and milk batter — much to the chagrin of fair-going vegans. The veggie corn dog will be the same price as the original, and will only be available at the main Fletcher's concession stand.

In less healthy news, Whataburger delivery might soon be an option. Test deliveries are being done by a delivery service and app called DoorDash, and are currently limited to certain parts of Dallas. The tests are temporary, and intended to gauge customer interest, according to the Dallas Morning News, but the service currently provides deliveries for Taco Bell, Angry Dog and others already.

Elsewhere in fried food news, a Chicago-based fried chicken venture called Chicago's Chicken Coop plans to hit North Texas soon. The concept primarily focuses on bone-in fried chicken, with a main ticket item of chicken wings and Chicago-style mild sauce. Chicken strips, fried fish and all other parts of the chicken will also be available.

Over on Lowest Greenville, meanwhile, Greenville Avenue Pizza Company now offers brunch with breakfast calzones at the center of the offerings. The calzones come in flavors like meat and potato, a sweeter one made with raspberries, blueberries, ricotta and strawberry drizzle, and a veggie option, all at $10 or less. There will also be mimosas garnished with pepperoni slices for $3.50. Brunch takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Moving onto Expo Park, the upstart Dallas Supper Club is hosting its >first event on Sunday, August 30, with Small Brewpub's chef Misti Norris. Membership is free, slightly balancing out the $125 seven-course menu.

Kicking off football season, local chefs will be competing in a tailgate food competition, benefiting Cafe Momentum. Chefs like Anastacia Quinones (Kitchen LTO) and Danyele McPherson (HG Supply Co, Remedy) will be challenged to serve their rendition on traditional tailgate food using pre-determined ingredients. The event takes place on Sunday, September 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Expressions Home Gallery in Dallas.

In craft beer news: BrewFest is hosting a few pre-parties leading up to its big event, the first coming on Thursday, August 27, at British Beverage Co. The event starts at 6 p.m. with drink specials lasting until 9 p.m.

Finally, Denton's first true microbrewery, Armadillo Ale Works, is heading back to the Little D after signing a lease in the downtown area. The brewery will be located on South Bell Avenue in a building formerly occupied by pop-up music venue The Hive. The 18,000-square-foot space will be home to a 15-barrel brewing system and tap house. More details are still to come.

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