Spice Up Your Pizza-Filled Life, Get Ready for Popsicle Season, and Maybe Eat a Bahn Mi.
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.
It's the week after St. Patrick's Day, which means it’s the perfect time to consume just about anything with a doughy base. Something hearty and relatively easy to eat? C'mon, now: That's the go-to cure for when you're suffering from what feels like a never-ending, albeit well worth it, hangover.
The most popular doughy product this particular week seems to be pizza — even if the pizza showing up in our radar these days is coming from the most unlikely places and in the oddest ways.
For starters, there's chef John Tesar, who says he's adding pizza to the menu of his soon-to-open restaurant, Knife Modern Steakhouse. It's not your standard pizza, though. And, well, maybe it shouldn't be, considering how it's going to be featured on a steakhouse menu. In this case, Tesar's “grilled pizzette” (read: small pizza) will be topped with options ranging from lobster and white clams to Peking duck and tandoori chicken, among others choices.
But the weird pizza toppings don't stop there. Eater Dallas compiled a list of 15 weird pizza toppings to try right now. The topping selections listed include everything from sauerkraut and corned beef to Thai chicken with spicy peanut sauce.
One of the most interesting options you can get, however, comes from Pizza Lounge in Exposition Park. Their Hawaiian pizza goes a step further than the traditional pineapples and ham.
“We've tried to use typical Hawaiian stuff,” says Pizza Lounge employee Nicole Shurgot of the dish. “It's ham steak, macadamia nuts, pineapple, a mozz-provolone cheese mix and red sauce — our own homemade base. And we dose it with Kona coffee. It gives it a different flavor, and it's amazing. It's one of our biggest sellers.”
Don't want weird ingredients on your pizza? There are a host of other classic pizza places in the area, and a growing number of vegan options.
But if you don't like your dough in pizza form at all, you might want to consider RollnGo from the creators of Bistro B. The new Greenville Avenue spot will feature 14 bahn mi options on its menu. And, at three for just $10, you can choose from crispy turmeric fish, General Tso chicken and meatball, just to name a few. You can also get rice paper rolls with your choice of 14 options, as well.
Need a different kind of cure for what ails you? The recently opened Aca Las Tortas in East Dallas is serving double-stacked chicken, steak and pork fajita tacos and tortas. The hefty fillings are perfect for a hungry person — and for soaking up the remains of last weekend’s binge drinking.
If you're looking instead to finish off your meal or satisfy your sweet tooth, you can look forward to the opening of a new frozen pop shop called Steel City Pops. The Birmingham, Alabama, entity is coming to the DFW market and bringing its brand of all-natural frozen pops. At Steel City, you'll be able to find flavors such as pineapple-jalapeno and cucumber-lime. Expect a few Texas-specific flavors that change with the seasons in the mix, too. Owner Jim Watkins hopes to open the company's first stores outside of Alabama in April, just in time for the heat.
As you wait for that, consider finally enjoying some oysters at long awaited The Establishment in Uptown. News of the restaurant's opening started surfacing in October 2012 with an expected opening date in December of the same year. But rarely do things go according to plan in the restaurant business. A year and a half later, however, the place is finally open — and stocked with 10 types of oysters to boot.
Finally, and speaking of things that are fresh, we close this week with the news of a new farmers market coming to town: Little D Farmer's Market, despite its name, isn't a Denton market, but a Dallas-based on set to go down in the parking lot of Trinity Groves' Four Corners Brewery multiple times a month. The name references the market's taking a stand against the “everything is bigger in Texas” cliche and its focus on hosting vendors whose food is grown or produced within 150 miles of Dallas. For a list of vendors and market schedules, head here.
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