Fitzhugh is booming east of 75, but the other side of the highway is getting some love! Royal 38 will open right on the Katy Trail in spring 2016 complete with a dining room, lounge, and patio area. They’ll offer dining complete with a wine and cocktail program directly on the trail. Food items will include unique options like Braised Veal Cheeks, Salt & Pepper Chicken Skins, and a serious Grilled Cheese (Texas toast with Muenster, provolone and American cheeses, apples, and bacon). Their signature cocktail will be The Crown Jewel with bourbon … I’ll take three since I can walk to my home from there!
The Design District has a new secret spot … check out Tippling Chemist, a small speakeasy tucked along the back wall of Taboo Lounge. Expect well-mixed craft cocktails, a great tequila selection, and entertainment from Carlo. Make sure to try his signature caipirinha!
This January, meet the new La Zaranda! The Addison Mexican restaurant will change its name to Cinco Tacos Cocina & Tequila. The name was inspired by Cinco de Mayo, the holiday Americans celebrate honoring the day the Mexican army overthrew French forces at the Battle of Puebla … and the day most of us forget each year thanks to too many margaritas.
Cook Hall is rolling out a new menu! Look for new options from Chef Sadhu like fresh gnocchi and the Texas Peach Cobbler with Bourbon Ice Cream.
My personal new favorite happy hour spot, Madrina, is now offering brunch! Stop in weekends 11:30am-3pm for their French-Mexican breakfasty-lunch options!
Rapscallion is now also offering Dallas’ favorite meal of the week! Join them for brunch on Sundays from 11am to 3pm and make sure to get cocktails by Eddie and the Rapscallion Hot Brown.
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The holidays can kick your ass. Holiday parties, family meals, office pot lucks … why not make it (a hell of a lot) easier on yourself and just buy your damn pies? The Rustic has Peanut Butter Pie ($27.95), Bowl & Barrel has its creamy Butterscotch Pie ($24.95), and El Fenix is offering their Lemon Ice Box Pie with a 24-hour notice. (Because yours probably also isn’t as good as you think it is.)
Didn’t get enough turkey at Thanksgiving? Stop into Greenville Avenue Pizza Company for their Thanksgiving Calzone (mashed potatoes, homemade stuffing and turkey) and then served with cranberry sauce and gravy on the side. No Thanksgiving-esque meal is really good without booze, so get an Apple Cider Mimosa to go ti it!
Cost: Calzone ($15), Mimosa ($3.50 for 9oz)
Available: daily through December 20, 11am-8pm
Cantina Laredo is celebrating the holidays in style with its Three Wise Mules, their three special twists on a Moscow Mule. Beginning November 24, these tasty treats will be available at all Cantina Laredo locations. New cocktails include the Classic Mule (vodka, lime, and ginger beer), Mezcal Mule (mezcal, prickly pear syrup, jalapeño, lime, and ginger beer), and the Mexi Mule (tequila, grapefruit juice, agave, lime, and ginger beer).
Available: at least through 12/31
Hopdoddy is, as always, getting creative with their milkshakes. This round, they’re offering their Apple Pie à la Mode Shake (spiced ice cream, apple butter, crushed cheddar pie crust, and whipped cream).
Available: through December 6
The Snuffer’s Patty Melt is here! The burger topped with melted cheddar, Swiss cheese and caramelized onions on grilled sourdough will be their December feature.
Available: December 1-31
Hard Rock Cafe has some new cocktails to warm you up this winter. Check out the Southern Jam (Monkey Shoulder whiskey, Black Cherry Real, blackberries, lemon), Bohemian Rasp-Sody (raspberries, Monin Passion Fruit, Smirnoff Vodka, Robert Mondavi Merlot, Hard Rock’s sweet and sour, passion fruit foam), and some other goodies.
They’re also offering a new burger and beer pairing, the Modelo Especial with the Modelo Especial Bacon Cheeseburger (an certified Angus Beef® patty, Modelo Especial-infused beer cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, grilled poblanos, garlic aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun) served with fries and a side of beer cheese.
Cost: various (get a coupon for the burger and beer special here — download before 12/5)
Available: all through January 3, 2016