Norma's Cafe Hands Out Chicken-Fried Steak and Beer Rises From The Dead.
Welcome to The Spread, our new weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except that 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.
In the ever-changing world of craft beer, specialty brews come and go. And pretty constantly, at that.
To wit: Last week, we reported that production on Rahr and Sons Brewing Company's Snowmacocoageddon beer would be brought to an indefinite halt. Turns out, that news is already stale. The folks Rahr hit us up and let us know that the beer will, in fact, be brought back to life — well, eventually. The dark brew will be coming back next spring; there are currently no plans in place to bottle the cocoa nibb-infused beer any time before that. Ever wonder how the beer got its name, though? It's a lighthearted reference to the snowy roof collapse the brewery suffered back in 2010.
And speaking of Rahr: Tonight's tour and tasting at the Fort Worth brewery — catered by BBQ enthusiasts Wayne' Flames Food Truck — will feature this year's debut of the brewer's infamous Pecker Wrecker, a limited amber imperial pilsner.
More on the beer-naming front: Lakewood Brewing Company recently debuted the second release in their “Legendary” series, the La Dame du Lac, which pays homage to the infamous Lady of White Rock Lake tale. Meanwhile, the folks over at Peticolas Brewing Company are now currently serving two limited releases — Great Scot! (a dark copper colored Scottish Ale), and an English Brown Ale named Alfred Brown, after their head brewer's great-grandfather.
Looking to taste and sample each of these delicious brews — plus about a 100 more? Surely, there's another beer festival around the corner for that, yes? of course there is: This summer;s beer-festing options kick off with Beer Feast, a roving beer festival popping up at the Flying Saucer out in Garland on June 15. Can't make it out in June? No worries! Beer Feast will be back in October out in Fort Worth. There's also another, totally unrelated festival called The Best Little Brew Fest in Texas going down on Saturday, June 22, at the Texas Motor Speedway.
With all this news about seasonal debuts and beer festivals, we sure hope that the supposed new of a Domino's Helicopter — basically, a pizza-delivering drone — isn't complete farce. We could sure use something to soak up all that booze. Or maybe we could just grab a donut, bacon and egg sandwich from Dunkin Donuts. Seriously: this is a thing that exists.
Speaking of interesting food news: The much-loved Norma's Cafe just yesterday opened up a new Frisco location and, as a promotion, gave away free chicken-fried steak for a year to the first 100 customers who were willing to get up at 6 a.m. and head on down to the new spot at 800 Gaylord Parkway. Seriously, though: Who can even eat that much chicken-fried steak? I mean, really.
Seems Twisted Root also has plans to expand. The exotic burger joint's eventual world domination will continue shortly, now that the company has announced the opening of a new location down in Austin, just up the road from the University of Texas. Quite fittingly, they plan to open the doors on this new joint just in time for the fall semester.
Locally, however, restaurants continue to pop up left and right. Among them: Chiladas, a fresh Mexican cuisine joint, just opened a new location down on Lovers Lane; Work Bar and Grill and Twilite Lounge both opened their doors recently in Deep Ellum; and Urban Vines Wine Bistro out in Garland and Rusty Taco in Denton have each officially opened their doors, too. Coffee nuts, meanwhile, will be pleased to hear that Seattle's Best Coffee has just opened up around a dozen drive-through locations around town.
Farther out on the horizon, the bowling alley/music venue/restaurant Bowlounge — yet another concept from the minds over at Twisted Root — is aiming to open up shop in the Design District later this month. And, over in the booming Deep Ellum area, news broke that the beloved The Green Room will be brought back to life, this time as a “rock 'n' roll-themed sports bar.”
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