A New Burger Spot Hits Lower Greenville as Falafel Hits Deep Ellum and Smoke Hits Plano.
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.
We all know that Dallas loves its burgers. And we know that, pretty much on a weekly basis, we can expect news of a new joint coming to town to join in on that party.
While we're already looking forward to takeout in East Dallas and sides of barbecue with our burgers in Plano, Lowest Greenville is now stepping back up to the plate with a new spot called Pints and Quarts, which just recently raised a “coming soon” sign on its building. The building in question? The old tire shop at the intersection of Ross and Greenville that Brooke Humphries (Barcadia, Mudsmith) has been working to transform into a vintage gas station-inspired burger spot. To complete the aesthetic, Humphries enlisted the help of local artist Nick Quintero for some branding that gives the place its vintage feel, starting with the old school logo. Be on the lookout for Pints and Quarts to open sometime early this year.
Next up in things that that good people of the DFW have an affinity for are tacos. And, over at Velvet Taco, the taco du jour that's being served as the spot's Weekly Taco Feature (WTF) — seso and eggs — looks like a real winner. It's made with egg frittata, spiced goat cheese potatoes, avocado crema, salsa verde and nopales pico, served on a corn tortilla and will be available at all VT locations until Sunday, January 18.
Speaking of tacos: The Austin-based Tacodeli is joining the lineup options to hit Sylvan Thirty in June. In addition to a wide selection of tacos for both carnivores and vegetarians, the menu also features mole in sirloin, chicken and pork. The Dallas outpost will be the sixth location of the chain, and the first outside of Austin.
For those looking to expand their options, D.C.-based Amsterdam Falafelshop is slated to hit Deep Ellum as a part of the chain's expansion. The menu is strictly vegetarian, but with a variety of toppings to add to the signature pita with falafel balls, as well as Belgian fries served up street style via a paper cone. If the news of less meaty options has you down, you'll be happy to know that the joint will be neighbors with the brick-and-mortar post of Brian Luscher's hot dog spot.
Also coming to Deep Ellum? FT33 owner Matt McCallister's second restaurant, which is being called Filament and is slated to open this spring. Not much information has been released in the way of a menu, but talks of spicy pork sausage and a very large bar space are an indication of the good things to come.
Over at the One Arts Plaza, the popular Chicago-based breakfast chain Yolk will be officially opening for the breakfast crowd on Tuesday, January 20. If eggs done just about any way you can imagine — from Benedict to omelets and frittatas — aren't enough of a draw for you, there's also the allure of red velvet and cinnamon roll French toast, Belgian waffles and Nutella crepes. There are also lunch items available until 3 p.m. if you aren't a morning person.
In Plano, the second outpost of Smoke is officially open. Dishes to get excited about include pit-roasted goat and family-style meals like sausage by the yard. For now, the restaurant will only serve a small menu and be open for dinner, but expect additions of breakfast, lunch and brunch menus in the future. The brunch is especially worth getting stoked over.
On the sweeter side of things, National Pie Day is approaching, so you should probably plan to celebrate with Norma's Cafe on Friday, January 23, with free slices of their famous Mile-High Cream Pies to customers at all three Norma's locations.
In brew news: If you happen to dine at a Chili's anytime after January 19, you can expect to see a familiar name on the menu with the addition of craft beer baby back ribs made with Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.'s Summertime Wheat. The German-style Hefeweizen is mixed into the original barbecue sauce for an authentic Texas flavor as a part of the new “Fresh Tex” menu.
Meanwhile, Grapevine Craft Brewery announced that it will be the official beer partner of The Marvel Experience. The hyper-reality event is geared towards simulating the Marvel experience, including a S.H.I.E.L.D. training simulation that the right amount of inebriation could really make you get into.
And, finally, Community Beer Co. will celebrate its second anniversary next Saturday, January 24, with a special edition of its regular weekend tours. On hand for that one will be a trio of bands, food trucks and tappings of 30 brews, including Funnel Cake Ale, Vanilla Ascension, Public Ale w/ Crystal Hops, Glenstemmons and a special anniversary beer called Brett's Get It On. Other celebrations leading up to that grand throwdown will include a beer dinner at Luck on Tuesday, January, 20, a Bourbon-Barrel Legion pint night at Craft & Growler on Wednesday, January 21, and a special edition of their popular beer schoolat The Perot Museum on Friday, January 23.
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