Maine Lobster Trucks Into Town, Indian Cuisine Heads Downtown and Margarita Season Looms.
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.
Amidst the influx of meat-heavy options that have seemingly been flooding the North Texas food scene of late, there's also some new seafood options coming. As previously seen on Shark Tank, where the company struck up a partnership with Barbara Corcoran, Cousins Maine Lobster is getting set to hit Dallas; streets next month. The Los Angeles-based food truck company specializes in Maine and Connecticut-style lobster rolls, but the menu includes other variations of the crustacean such as quesadillas, tacos and Maine lobster ice cream. Expect prices to fluctuate with the cost of lobster, with items ranging from $5-$15. Also expect the truck to be a fixture at Sigel's on Greenville Avenue.
Downtown, meanwhile, another change of pace: A new to-go spot called Spice in the City is offering up traditional Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The menu features familiar items such as chicken curry and tikka masala, which the owner (a former dietitian at Parkland Memorial) says are “good for your heart,” according to the Dallas Morning News' Eats blog. You can stop by for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
For those a little less worried about their health but still conscious of time, a new drive-through barbecue joint in East Dallas by the name of Back Home Barbecue might prove worth checking out. The spot, which comes courtesy of Company Café's owners, will serve up meats such as brisket, dry-rubbed ribs and pulled pork by the third or half pound, plus sides including bacon cheddar mashed potatoes and collard greens in single or family sizes. They're also serving desserts such as banana pudding and pecan pie, and there will even be beer sold to-go once the plae's TABC application is approved. Their hours will run from 4 to 10 p.m. — or until the meat supply for the day runs out.
Speaking of meats: Folks in Deep Ellum awaiting the opening of Luscher's will have to wait a little longer than originally anticipated to dig into those dogs. Now set to open on March 2, the chance to enjoy the newly installed patio seating during warmer weather should still prove worth the wait.
Over in Fort Worth, Vivo 53 is serving up artisanal pizzas and handmade pastas at The Tower. Meanwhile, Kin Kin Urban Thai is preparing for its March 2 opening with social media deals, where all food is half-price if you post about the place on Facebook and Instagram between February 27 and March 1. Also? Tiff's Treats is set to start delivering warm cookies throughout Fort Worth starting in April.
Also on the horizon is one of our favorite food-related holiday: Sunday, February 22, marks the annual celebration of National Margarita Day. One way you can celebrate the Dallas-born cocktail is with a free margarita and $5 margarita-inspired ceviche from Mexican Sugar in Plano. You can also stop by any of El Chico's locations from February 20 to 22 for $5 deals on their signature Cuervo Flip. Or you can always check out this list of places for the perfect locale to toast the holiday.
In craft beer news: Community Beer Co. has your plans your St. Patty's Day covered with a limited batch of Irish-style beer that releases on Saturday, March 14, from noon to 4 p.m. They'll also be doing custom pint glasses and green shamrock tees. Supplies are limited, so you might want to go ahead and RSVP here for your space.
Also, as we mentioned yesterday, Spune announced the lineup to the Fort Worth edition of its Untapped Festival series, which will include 250-plus beers available for sampling and performances from De La Soul and Big Data among others.
Additionally, those looking to get their craft brew sampling on can look forward to the seventh annual Brew Riot homebrew competition, which takes place on Sunday, May 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. Those looking to enter batches of their own into the competition can now register here.