Parliament Hawks Deer Antler Cocktails, And Cheesesteaks Hit Downtown.
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We typically don't think of cocktails as viable health remedies — even the ones that technically started off that way. Really, most times, it seems like dranks make us feel worse, not better.
But thanks to the essence of deer antler, The Jing at Parliament provides a boost a virility to balance out the effects of the whiskey-based cocktail. “Jing” refers to a Chinese word for life essence, with the deer antler believed to have healing properties. A dose of deer antler extract is added to Japanese Suntory whiskey, Byrrh quinquina, then topped with freshly grated deer antler. The drink runs a steep $27 a pop, so it's best reserved for those days when you need the serious boost.
Sticking on the booze front, a wine pub called Checkered Past Winery is making its way to South Side on Lamar. The venture will consist of both educational and recreational aspects, with options available for every level of wine connoisseur. An opening is slated for this fall.
Speaking of news spots, the Lake Highlands taco spot Resident Taqueria — y'know, the place St. Vincent works at from time to time — boasts a fixed $3 food menu. Offerings include things like glazed pork belly, a daily fish tempura and housemade chorizo. The only items that go above the three-dollar price tag are margaritas, draft beers and wines, which run anywhere from $4 to $7. Online ordering will also be made available soon, with hours for the Audelia Road location running Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other openings include new outposts of Super Chix and Pho Is For Lovers, which are among the latest ventures to join Richardson's CityLine development. The two restaurants will join a location of Ohio-based fast casual concept Piada Italian Street Food in the 9,000-square-foot residential and entertainment complex. No word yet on opening dates.
Coming soon to Preston Center, meanwhile, is Hospitality Sweet, which has plans for a new location that aims to break the curse of the notoriously short-termer space. The Luther Lane space has seen a handful of businesses over the years, including an Italian restaurant called Cafe Expresso and, most recently, Peak Grille. The new outpost of the bakery/cafe will offer similar baked goods at its downtown predecessor, but with an extended breakfast menu. An opening is slated for January 2016.
Another Dallas entity expanding into the burbs is Deep Ellum's revered Monkey King Noodle Company, which will be opening up a second location soon up in Carrollton, per Culturemap. This new location will be on Broadway, right next to another location of Monkey King's fellow Deep Ellum-sprung eatery, Cane Rosso. Look for a June 2016 opening there.
In Downtown Dallas, a new German restaurant called Biergarten on Lamar is planned for the Central Business District, per Sarah Blaskovich's report for Guidelive. Diners can expect a menu of corned beef brisket, bratwurst, Philly cheesesteaks on baked pretzels and, naturally, beer. The restaurant is slated to open Tuesday, October 27, with hours daily.
In other meat news: Cafe Momentum is hosting its third-annual pitmaster barbecue picnic on Sunday, October 18. The lineup includes smoky meat offerings from Jack Perkins (The Slow Bone), Travis Heim (Heim BBQ) and more. The event takes place at 5 p.m., with tickets on sale here.
In closing news, highly-praised Arts District eatery San Salvaje has shut its doors. Owner/chef Stephan Pyles cited difficulties with the location and dining hours as the reason for the closure, despite critical acclaim for his pan-Latin cuisine, according to Side Dish.
In craft beer news: Dallas Brew Scene is partnering with Uber for the Brew Crawl for Breast Cancer. The crawl includes stops at Community Beer Co., Noble Rey Brewing, Texas Ale Project and more. The cost of admission gets you a pink Brew Crawl shirt, commemorative glassware, four-ounce samples at each brewery and two free Uber rides up to $10 each (with carpooling encouraged). All of the proceeds will go to Bradie James' Foundation 56, a local breast cancer outreach organization. The event takes place on Saturday, October 17, from noon to 5 p.m.
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