North Texas Beer Week Is Coming and So, Too, Is A New Mudsmith.
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As businesses throughout North Texas prepare to focus on all things beer-related with the impending arrival of North Texas Beer Week on Halloween, Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has revealed that it will be bringing to the festivities an event called HopChef Dallas.
On Monday, November 3, the food-and-beer-pairing competition will make its first appearance in Dallas after gaining popularity over the years in places such as Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Here, it will find chefs from Whiskey Cake, Blind Butcher, The Common Table, Libertine, Meddlesome Moth and FM Smokehouse pairing dishes with a variety of Ommegang brews for a chance to win a serious prize package and bragging rights for the year.
“We’re thrilled to finally bring HopChef to Dallas and to kick off North Texas Beer Week with a night of beer, food and fierce-but-friendly competition,” Ommegang's Bill Wetmore tells The Spread. “The food and craft beer scenes in Dallas are hotter than ever, and we can’t wait to see the culinary showdown unfold in the Big D.”
In other brew news, Community Beer Co. is partnering with Alamo Drafthouse for “Nightmare on Oak Street” as a part of Hopped Up Cinema. Enjoy a 35mm screening of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street with special tappings of Community brews such as Legion, Public Ale, Witbier and the last of the Texas Pils seasonal, in addition to a free glass. The event takes place on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m.
In Uptown, newcomer Henry’s Majestic joins the area as the latest cocktail and grub spot in the old Acme Social Club space. The menu features a diverse selection of dishes on the upper echelon, but slightly easier on the wallet, bar fare such as al pastor tacos, swordfish on brioche and “Texas pho,” as well as a creative and expansive draft cocktail list. Henry's Majestic is open Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
That same neighborhood may soon become a kebab destination with the opening of Pera Kebab. Expect Turkish dishes and an alcohol selection of some sort, as the place is going for a wine bar and grill vibe. Look for it to open in the very near future.
Not far from the area, Blue Mesa's Quadrangle spin-off TNT Tacos & Tequila is opening next month. The second location of the concept will feature tequila-based cocktails (including a pumpkin spice margarita) and tacos with a variety of proteins (pulled pork, shrimp and ahi tuna, breakfast tacos and more). The restaurant will be open daily, with a brunch buffet available on weekends.
Downtown, meanwhile, is getting some new residents with a few businesses looking to expand to the area. Look for the second locations of Mudsmith, Londoner Pub and Southpaw's Organic Grill to open by summer and fall of 2015 along the 1500 block of Elm Street.
In Deep Ellum, changes are also afoot as the neighborhood says goodbye to Lemongrass Asian Bistro. We won't have to wait long for its replacement, though, as the space has already announced that it's being taken over by yet another bar — this one called On Premise. Not much information is floating around about the new place, except that it's being brought to us by the same people behind The Mitchell and Truth & Alibi. Look for it to open before the end of the year.
Those looking for the familiar tastes of Lemongrass, on the other hand, can look forward to executive chef Tuyet Davis' new spot, Pho Kitchen, opening in the NorthPark Center food court some time next month.
Those with sweeter tastes, on the other hand, can head up to the Bishop Arts District for Emporium Pies' limited macaron pairing with Joy Macarons. Offerings include pumpkin pie with chocolate macarons or buttermilk pie with a honey and lavender macaron. Supplies are limited, so try a slice while you can.
Of course, if you're just not sure what you're looking to eat, well, you're not alone. The Lakewood Advocate reports this week that East Dallasite Jeff Fairey has purchased the plot of land next to The Lot on Grand Avenue in hopes of opening a new restaurant — only, he's not certain what his concept will be just yet. Got any ideas? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.
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