Hatch Chile Season Is In Full Swing and Doughnut Pioneers Get Devilishly Creative.
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Itâ€™'s hard to go anywhere in North Texas these days without seeing hatch chiles being advertised or being added to specialty dishes. Seriously, they're everywhere.
Since coming back in season, the chile has been put at the forefront of Whole Foods' produce section, featured in specialty dishes at El Fenix, Blue Mesa and Chuy's, mixed with queso blanco for your dipping pleasure at the newly-opened Alamo Drafthouse and baked into chocolate chip cookies by Wackym's Kitchen for purchase at Central Market.
But did you also know that hatch chlies are good for you? Eating one medium-sized green chile pod will give you more Vitamin C than six oranges. Crazy, right?
Speaking of spicy things that are amazing: The folks over at Hypnotic Donuts recently challenged North Texas heat-seekers to the shop's second annual Beat the Heat Contest on August 31. For a mere $20, participants can vie for competitive eating glory by eating five — or the most, whatever — of the shop's Devil's Death Dance doughnut. If the name hasn't already alluded to the contents, the doughnut is covered with ghost pepper frosting, cayenne, fresh jalapenos, habaneros and dried chiles. Godspeed to the brave few that can actually down more than one without kneeling before the porcelain gods.
On the subject of doughnuts, Glazed Donut Works will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday in Deep Ellum. The opening of the confectionary shop just so happens land on the death anniversary of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, and, to honor the fallen legend, Glazed will present a doughnut called The Elvis Killer. The heart-stopping pastry includes peanut butter, bacon and banana topped with honey — and it's making our taste buds jump with excitement.
Keeping with the sweet theme here, Emporium Pies recently announced plans to expand to McKinney with a new spot opening this fall. Meanwhile Sprinkles Ice Cream is set to open its doors in Preston Center Plaza this Friday with an authentic creamery aim, and we can only hope the brand's frozen treats are as good as its cupcakes, which you can now get 24/7 Need another reason to love Sprinkles? The sweet spot will also be serving treats featuring its creamy ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies or cupcake tops of your choosing, so mix and match to your hearts content.
Speaking of ice cream: Highland Park Soda Fountain — formerly Highland Park Pharmacy — was recently included in the best malt shoppes and soda fountains in the US as noted by Thrillist. HPSF just last year celebrated 100 years of service, so it's about time they got some national recognition.
Moving on to things that won't spoil your dinner: Klyde Warren Park is just a month away from seeing its first permanent restaurants. Savor (a gastro-pub concept with small, shareable dishes) and Relish (a food-truck-turned-walk-up-burger spot) will open their doors on Monday, September 23.
Out in Fort Worth, Fred's Texas Cafe, which was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives not too long ago, is setting its sights on expansion. The burger bosses at Fred's announced just last month that they would be taking over a spot out at Bluenonnet Circle — the former location of The Love Shack and The Oui Lounge, to be precise.
Also opening up soon is Nobel Rey Brewing, a new brewery helmed by American Brewers Guild graduate Chris Rigulot. Nobel Rey will be setting up shop out in Oak Cliff by early next year inside the Jefferson Street building The Ad Place once called home. With beers with names like Hoppily Ever After and Steam Punk, we have only high hopes for the craft brewery.