This Week in Food & Beverage News

This week in food & beverage news

Another week in D-FW, another list of awesome events to try to squeeze onto your calendar. This week is filled with boozy dinners, free ice-cream, and a free outdoor movie! Plus, we’ve got some news about exciting restaurant openings and one sad closing.



Grapes & Grease Dinner: Bird Cafe is hosting a four-course dinner in downtown Fort Worth with fried food and bubbly beverages. The event begins at 5 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 18.


Blind Me, Wine Me Dinner: A blind wine tasting and a fabulous dinner will be provided with the help of sommelier Ryan Tedder, Moet Hennessey wines, and Chef Blaine Staniford. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 and will be held at Grace in Fort Worth.


Brew & View: The Design District Market is hosting a night filled with food, beer, wine, and an outdoor movie. The free event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, and features the 1953 film “The Wild One.”


Ice Cream Social: Slow Food Dallas and Garden Cafe are teaming up to support a new collaboration between Slow Food and Skyline High School’s culinary department. This event, which was recently rescheduled, will be help from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 20.


Dallas Wine Opener: Sip wines from domestic and international wineries, sample food from tasting stations, and give to silent and live auctions all in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held by Variant Commercial Real Estate, this event takes place Friday night and also includes live music.


20th Annual Pajama Party: Say it with us, free ice cream! Saturday, June 21, wear your pajamas to Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream and you’ll get one free quart of delicious homemade ice cream. All of the servers will be cancer survivors and all tips will be donated to the American Cancer Society.


Best Little Brewfest in Texas: Head to Old Town Lewisville Saturday at 3 p.m. for all kinds of beer, from local craft beers to international ones. Food from local restaurants and food trucks as well as live music will be there to accompany your day of beer.



Hopdoddy Uptown: It’s just the second branch in Dallas, but the success of this growing burger joint is obvious. The newest location on McKinney Ave. is always packed and serving up delicious burgers, salads, and shakes. A third branch in Addison will open this summer.


Snap Kitchen: Jumping on the healthy, fast food bandwagon, this Austin-based concept will open four stores in Dallas by winter. The Snider Plaza and Uptown locations will open this summer with Preston Royal Village and Knox-Henderson spots following in the Fall. Think gluten-free, paleo, and eco-friendly to-go.


Jakes Hamburgers: The popular burger bar has closed down its Addison branch, the fourth D-FW branch to see its service come to an end. Never fear, you can still find your favorites in Frisco, Grapevine, Lake Highlands, Uptown, Fort Worth, and Henderson.


Image via Snap Kitchen Facebook

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

If you’re looking for some great food and drink to indulge in this week, check out the list below. We’ve also got some sad news about two restaurant closings.


Pecan Lodge: Get your taste of great barbecue and wine at the Pecan Lodge Brisket and Malbec Dinner at Wine Poste. From 6:15-8:15 p.m., $30 will get you 1/2lb. of brisket and 6 delicious malbec samples.


The Ginger Man: The Uptown bar and patio spot will debut a new beer on Thursday, March 20. Stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. to taste Spiced Orange, a Crabbie’s creation. You can also try out a Crabbie’s ginger beer float.


Savor Dallas: This annual wine and food festival is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, which means it’s just getting better. From March 20-22, experience a day at the Dallas Arboretum, an Arts District wine stroll, live music, a grand tasting, and several seminars.


White Rock Local Market: Find the best of local produce, meats and cheese, breads and pastries, pickles, jams, tamales and more at this wonderful farmer’s market. On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays you will also find hand made furniture, toys, clothes, soaps and more, all made by North Texans.


Village Kitchen and Toko V: After attempts to revamp and stay occupied, this duo in Highland Park Village will close after dinner service on March 30.


The Greek: There’s been a struggle for restaurants to stay in business in One Arts Plaza. Cafe des Artistes closed in December 2013 and now The Greek has close its doors after serving its final meal last Friday, March 14.


Photo via Pecan Lodge

Restaurant News You Need to Know

LYFE Kitchen

Have you noticed that a lot of highly specialized restaurants have started popping up all over Dallas? If you like gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, or restaurants that focus on meat, your possibilities are endless in D-FW. Take a look at this guide to make sure you get the food that meets your needs.


LYFE Kitchen, a gluten-free restaurant that promotes sustainability and wants you to “Love Your Food Everyday” will open a Plano location and two other North Texas locations this summer.


Did you know there’s such a thing as healthy fast food? Start, “real fast food,” serves clean, from-scratch food with environmentally-friendly packaging that you can eat on the go. They use local and organic ingredients to make sure that your healthy food is also tasty food. You’ll find them on Greenville Ave. in Dallas.


Greenville Ave. has become a hotspot for concepts like this. Down the way from Start is HG Sply Co., a hunter/gather restaurant that lends its skills to the paleo diet. They use only food that comes from wildlife and natural farming in order to fill you with “food your body was built to eat.”


Again on Greenville Ave. is The Blind Butcher, a “beer and meat mecca.” They do great beer, cured meats, and “assorted green things.” If you’re looking to get your meat on, look no further.


Add one more to the count for Greenville Ave, and one for Katy Trail. Both Company Cafe locations are serving up a natural, organic, fresh food menu that has many gluten-free options as well as meats that are grass-fed.


The menu at Kozy on Mckinney Ave. is almost entirely gluten-free, and offers comfort foods and bakery items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here it’s also about grass-fed meat, wild-caught seafood, and organic and locally grown produce.


Have any other recommendations for specialty restaurants in D-FW? Comment below and let us know!


Photo via LYFE Kitchen

Of The Day: D-FW Restaurant Update


We always like to stay in-the-know when it comes to the latest and greatest restaurant news in D-FW. Since we’re not in the restaurant business, though, we sometimes rely on others to help us bring you these updates. For today’s OTD, we’ve turned to CultureMap Dallas and their recent article outlining new restaurant openings and offerings. Here’s a quick overview of what they’ve noticed recently…

2.3 restaurant update

1. Blind Butcher: Greenville Ave. gets another restaurant, this time with a carnivorous spin on dinner, opening this thursday, Feb. 6.


2. CrushCraft Thai: Experience Thai dishes made from scratch by heading to the Quadrangle to check out this new spot opening this month.


3. Cane Rosso: Fort Worth is now home to the third location of this pizza-lovers delight.


4. Barter: Recently opened in Uptown for dinner, Barter has added lunch Monday-Saturday.


5. Tanoshii Ramen + Bar: Japanese burgers are the newest addition to the lunch menu at this Commerce St. restaurant.


6. Chino Chinatown: This Trinity Groves hot spot will add dim sum to their Sunday brunch starting Feb. 9, and they’ll start serving lunch Monday-Saturday starting Feb. 3.


7. Glazed Donut Works: Get delicious donuts late at night with extended late night hours on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.


8. Melt Ice Cream: Just in time for hot spring weather, Fort Worth will get a gourmet ice cream shop in the southside district.


9. Pier 247: Oak Cliff has a new Cajun seafood restaurant complete with all of your favorites at 247 W. Davis St.


Bite: Fort Worth will get to taste former Pakpoa chef Eddy Thretipthaungsin’s newest creations beginning this spring. It will be located in Montgomery Plaza on West 7th St. (For more info see the full CultureMap article or this one by D Magazine.)


Arcodoro y Pomodoro: This Crescent Court restaurant has closed its doors.


Looks like we’ve all got some great new spots and menus to try out! If you’ve already tried some of it out, comment below and let us know your thoughts!


For the full article, click here.

Photos courtesy of these restaurants’ websites and Facebook pages.