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Dallas #BoozeNews: April 20, 2015

MORE BURGERS, PLEASE

TWISTED ROOT BURGER JOINT: They’ve done it … they’ve abandoned the beef (at least just for one menu item).  Stop in and try TRBC’s newest option, the (vegan) Veggie Burger, made with black beans, hummus, quinoa, and more.

KENNY’S BURGER JOINT: Because burgers are not decadent enough – Kenny Bowers has launched a BIGGER option – the Ultimate Cheese Burger.  Kenny’s Ultimate Cheeseburger is a ½ pound bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two hand-crafted grilled cheese sandwiches.

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MORE MALAI
So I’m excited about the first part of this news … West Village favorite, Malai Kitchen, will open another restaurant in Southlake’s Park Village this fall! Southlake residents will be able to enjoy their Southeast Asian cuisine this fall!

Even better, starting May 1, Malai WV will begin serving a chef’s tasting menu that will change each month that will cost $58/person with optional wine pairings for $30.  The first month’s menu includes Smoked Duck Breast, Vietnamese Scampi Soup, Curried Beef Short Rib and Taro Root and Dark Rum Coconut Milk Custard. 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS …
CMYKCruzan Rum has released a new product, Cruzan Blueberry Lemonade Rum, just in time for summer debauchery beside the pool. This new option “blends fine Cruzan Rum with the essence of ripe blueberries and vibrant citrus to create a well-rounded spirit bursting with the taste of fresh fruit.”

Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Cooler (by mixologist Jesse Card)
2 parts Cruzan® Blueberry Lemonade Rum
3/4 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 small pinch Sea Salt
Club Soda

Combine rum, grapefruit juice and salt over ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a glass over ice and top with club soda. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.

GET ARTSY FARTSY WITH PATRÓN
Art of Patron
Patrón wants to see what you can do with their bottles!  Through July 17, they’re accepting submissions from its drinkers showing what they’ve done to creatively repurpose their bottles for the chance to win up to $10,000.  (Seriously).  You can find out all of the info you need and enter to win at ArtofPatron.com.

CINCO WITH DEAN
Dean’s really done it now.  He worked with Patrón’s distillers to come up with his own añejo tequila!  It’s smooth, slightly sweet, caramel flavors will be available starting May 5 at Fearing’s first-ever Cinco de Mayo party.

As part of its May 5 first-pour celebration, Fearing’s will introduce three new añejo cocktails created by Patron’s lead mixologist, Andres Ismael Moran Gutierrez – a renowned name in the tequila world and bartender for 400 Conejos mezcaleria in Guadalajara. Fearing’s will also use Patrón’s own Silver Tequila in that evening’s Dean’s Margaritas. 

C’MON, GET HAPPY
Front Room Tavern
launched its happy hour (finally) and I’m all about this lineup!  Check out their happy hour menu here featuring local drafts and other beers, wines by the glass, and cocktails like the Elevated Mule (vodka, turbinado, lime, ginger beer, lime bitters) and the SW Strawberry Sour (pisco, strawberries, citrus, jalapeño, soda).
Enjoy the specials M-F, 3-6pm.

Cocktails from Front Room Tavern

WING THINGS
Wingstop has released a new, saucy option, Serrano Pepper Glaze. “This Latin-inspired sauce features a kick of fresh citrus and a roasted serrano pepper heat that lingers. Its saucy tang meets a fiery bang for those wing fans seeking an adventurous flavor experience.”

THE SHED … NEWLY VISITED
Starting June 1, the Dallas Farmers Market will begin Farmers Market Days at The Shed where local artisans will offer their goods Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. More information here.

MORE FROM THE 2ND FLOOR!
The 2nd Floor by Scott Gottlich will release new breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus!  Stay tuned for my take on some of the new items later this month!

New Menu Items from The Second Floor
New Menu Items from The Second Floor

The 2nd Floor Bistro (2FB) continues to surprise and impress me.  I was invited to a media dinner to try some of the new menu items from the new executive chef Daniel Tarasevich, Chef Scott Gottlich’s right hand man.  The food? Amazing.  I wasn’t feeling awesome that night, so I couldn’t manage more than a few bites of each delicious course … but what I ate, I liked loved.  Make sure you get your hands on some of the Hudson Valley foie gras mousse (this was some seriously delicious airy goodness) and a pork belly banh mai slider.

Now, let’s talk about the drinks, which they’ve done so well in the past.  We started with a few sips of the Rhum + Rhubarb, Paloma Shandy, and Cucumber Sip.  The Rhum + Rhubarb (barbancourt aged rum, rhubarb liqueur and syrup, muddled strawberry) was a pretty mind-numbingly awesome start to the meal with just the right amount of sweetness.  I’m not the biggest rum fan, but I’d drink this again (for realz).  The Paloma Shandy (agave nectar, beer, silver tequila, grapefruit juice, and ahi amarillo chile salt rim) was pretty … pretty interesting.  If you’re a regular reader (or friend*), you’re aware of my disdain for grapefruit and tequila (it’s nothing personal … college happened).  That said, I actually enjoyed this drink.  The beer was an unexpected addition and the grapefruit wasn’t overpowering.  I really loved the chile salt rim.  Lastly, the Cucumber Sip (Square One cucumber vodka, St. Germain, lime, strawberry) was amazeballs really good.  This is a drink I can really get on board with in the summer thanks to its refreshing flavors.  I’d liken it somewhat to a vodka Pimm’s Cup.

Next up: the seasonal sangria (more like san-great-a).  This drink was not only gorgeous, but it was some of the best sangria I’ve ever had (and I drink a lot of sangria when the mercury starts rising).  Packed with flavor, this glass of heaven will keep me coming back.

The rest of our meal offered wine pairings from Italy, Texas, and Spain (I felt like a world traveler by the end of the meal).  The pairings were a good sampling of the 2FB’s wine list‘s excellent selection.  They offer wines by the glass and bottle from Lodi, CA to Argentina to Australia.

Last word: All in all, nausea taken into account, the meal at 2FB was out of this world.  If you’ve avoided this place simply because it’s in a mall, then SHAME ON YOU.  Get your ass in there and try some of their amazing bites and sips.

The Second Floor Bistro
thesecondfloorrestaurant.com | @2ndFloorBistro
13340 Dallas Parkway (in the Galleria, use the Westin entrance)(972) 450-2978

***Please note: this meal was on the house.***

The Second Floor Bistro

After a couple meals at 2nd Floor sans drinks, I was happy to finally get over to 2FB for an alcoholic libation.  My coworkers and I decided to take a quick break and grab a drink last night while waiting for Fashion’s Night Out festivities to commence at the Galleria, and we we had a nice assortment of drinks.  There were glasses of wine, straight-up Jack, martinis, mojitos, and Moscow Miles, OH MY!

I always ask my waiter for his/her suggestion and this time, it worked.  I was told to get the ginger gimlet with vodka … and it turns out, it was a Moscow Mule.  That girl knows what she’s doing.  I could tell that they didn’t use Rose’s lime juice and the ginger beer was just bitter enough to keep me from downing the entire glass in one gulp.

The coworkers in my immediate vicinity had:
– 2 mojitos: not too sweet and incredibly refreshing, mint leaves large enough not to be sucked into the straw
– Jack OTR: 3-1/2 fingers, a generous helping
– a Ruby Red: even though I don’t like grapefruit, it was tolerable and I was fine with having two small sips

All were good.  Their drink list looked well thought-out with a nice selection of different liquors, flavors, and sweetness levels.  Signature cocktails will run you a whopping $12 and martinis $13, the wine list starts at $8/glass, and the scotch list is $7-140.  The drink prices may be steep but they’re somewhat worth it since they’re decently strong, well-made, and generous portions.

The decore is modern and luxurious, all “leather” seating at the tables, the bar, the lounge (complete with awkward fireplace – pictured on right), and the back room.  The staff is (REALLY) friendly and provide snappy, efficient, and CORRECT service.

The food …oh, the food.  Try the roasted corn soup, the French Dip, and just about anything else – including brunch.  (Hint: they do trivia each Wednesday at 11am for a $25 gift card … you can try to beat me.)

In short, The Second Floor Bistro is second to none.  Go for happy hour, but only shop after if you have a DP (designated purchaser).

Strength: 3.75
Overall: 4

The Second Floor Bistro
www.thesecondfloorrestaurant.com | @2ndFloorBistro
13340 Dallas Parkway (in the Galleria – Westin entrance)
(972) 450-2978

Specials:
Thursday & Friday | 4-7 p.m. | $2 off martinis and beers
Friday nights | 1/2 price appetizers
Saturday nights | 1/2 price desserts