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Dallas #BoozeNews: October 5, 2015

NEW OPENINGS

Everyone was stoked about Austin transplant, Uchi … so it’s time to get revved-up again.  The owners of Uchi will open a new concept in Dallas, Top Knot, early 2016 just above the current location. “Executive Chef Tyson Cole’s new concept marries a playful Asian-inspired menu with a full bar and a relaxed atmosphere.”

Pollo Tropicals are just popping’ up everywhere.  In less than a month the’ve opened FOUR new ones … check them out in Lewisville (9/18), Cedar Hill (11/6) and in Dallas on Greenville (10/2).  Each location has a grand opening party … so check ‘em out!

Rusty Taco will open in the space previously occupied by Snookie’s on Oak Lawn.  I’m not sure how I feel about this … but I know that I miss Snookie’s.

OTHER NEWS …

Ivy Kitchen’s Patio
Ivy Kitchen’s Patio

Ivy Kitchen is getting on the patio weather bandwagon in a big way.  They’ve secured Goga (he’s seriously worth going to see) to play and they’ve revved-up their happy hour.  Gaga will play the next few Tuesdays (6, 13, & 20) from 6-9pm and their happy hour will include $5 house wines and well drinks, $3 domestic bottles, $5 imports, and $5-12 food items Monday-Friday, 4-7pm.

Football makes all things better.  Upscale bowling alley Pinstack knows this … so they’ve started offering “Bowl + Bite Night” during Monday Night Football!  Mondays (except holidays), 4pm-close, they’ll offer guests (who are bowling) 1/2 price appetizers and $3 select draft beers. 

If you joined me at Le Taco last week for my SDD Happy Hour, then you got a sneak preview of the awesomeness that is Le Taco’s new happy hour.  They’ll have daily specials and drink discounts from 3-7pm.  All of this is good.  Specials will be as follows:

DAILY, 3-7pm: $3 margaritas, sangria, “Mexi-canned” beers, Exotico tequila shots, and wells … 1/2 price sangria pitchers, $1 off all tacos
Sunday
: happy hour all day, 1/2 price champagne by the bottle, live music 12-5pm

Tuesday: $2 margaritas
Wednesday: 1/2 price wine by the bottle and pitchers of sangria

Tuesdays needed some excitement.  (Actually … I’m not sure if they did or not, but Paul Martin’s American Grill thought so.)  So, each Tuesday, all day, you can order a three-course fried chicken special for $22.  Salad (because green things have to happen … whatever), buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes, and homemade ice cream.

Speaking of chicken … late-night pizza spot Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (a.k.a. GAPCo) has been serving lunch as of late.  To up the ante on their lunch offerings, they’ll now serve their (really fucking delicious) chicken wings as a combo deal–$10 for wings, fries, and a drink–from 11am-4pm week days.  Now, here’s some chicken porn …

Wings from GAPCo

LIMITED TIME OFFERINGS

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Flowers for Tiffany at Knife

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Knife at The Highland will offer a cocktail that will benefit breast cancer research, Flowers For Tiffany (gin, Herbsaint, lemon, elderflower, orange blossom water, and hibiscus).
Available: through October 31
Cost: $14

Hopdoddy’s shake-ing it up again this month … their Raspberry White Chocolate Shake Special (handmade vanilla ice cream, raspberry puree, raspberry chunks, white chocolate syrup whipped cream, and raspberry sauce) is now available at the Preston Center location.
Available: until October 11 at the Preston Center location only
Cost: $6

It’s gettin’ spooky at Snuffer’s thanks to their October BOTM, the Ghost Pepper Cheeseburger (100% Fresh Ground Chuck Burger topped with two slices of ghost pepper cheese, fresh grilled jalapeños, grilled diced red onions and yellow mustard).
Available: through October 31
Cost: $8.99

Everyone loves October because people have a(n even better) reason to drink beer.  Hard Rock Cafe is pairing a burger with beer … because they’re awesome.  Stop in for a Samuel Adams OctoberFest Schnitzel Burger paired with their OctoberFest beer.
Available: through October 31

Octoberfest Burger at Hard Rock Cafe
Octoberfest Burger at Hard Rock Cafe

Dallas #BoozeNews: July 7, 2015

NEW OPENINGS

Lower Greenville got another new hotspot this week thanks to the opening of Rapscallion on July 7!  The bistro, complete with a raw bar, wood grill and rotisserie, and a full bar with carefully crafted cocktails and a 120+ bottle wine list, is brought to L.G. by the Anderson brothers who blessed Dallas with Veritas Wine Room and Boulevardier.

Addison will see another new restaurant opening in August with the opening of Ida Claire, which will mix up some “southern classics with influences from around the globe”.   Ida Claire will open at 5001 Belt Line Road for lunch, dinner, and brunch and will offer some remixed dishes like biscuit sandwiches, Front Porch Cake (sweet tea cake with honey mint buttercream and lemon meringue), and Cast Iron Okra finished with ponzu.

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Paul Martin’s American Grill will open this Thursday, July 9!  Dinner service will be available at the eatery located at 3848 Oak Lawn, Suite 210 with lunch and brunch offerings soon to follow.  Don’t miss their cocktail and their wine list boasting 100+ wines!

Wine Poste in Bishop Arts District

Design District wine hangout, Wine Poste, opened its Bishop Arts District location June 26!  Stop by and pick up a bottle of their carefully selected wines or a glass of wine to enjoy while trying out their new menu items.

The first Texas location of Matchbox Restaurant will open in Preston Hollow Village with a 8,250 square foot dining area and patio later this year.  Matchbox will offer wood-fired pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and more

NEW OFFERINGS

My favorite spot in One Arts Plaza, Proof + Pantry, has added some new DE-lish-sounding menu items for the summer season to its lunch menu.  Stop by to try the new offerings, including a Fried Oyster Roll (with celery root slaw and tartare sauce), Baked Eggs (with roasted cauliflower, ham, spinach, gruyere cream and tomato sauce), and Roasted Beets (with black plums, mixed radish and queson bores).

2015-07-07_21-36-22Yard House in Addison will add two new menu items to its menu–the Nashville Hot Chicken (a dish of skinless fried chicken with extra pepper served with sweet potato pancakes, pickles, ranch dressing and honey hot sauce) and Crispy Duck Wings (duck wings fried then tossed with a maple sambal soy glaze and toasted sesame seeds, served with an herb salad featuring cilantro, basil and mint with red onion).

WIN BIG

Vivo 53 is offering its guests the chance to WIN FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR!  All you do to enter to win is take a picture while dining (or drinking) at the Italian eatery in Fort Worth, post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveVivo53 before September 1.  Buona fortuna!

Celebrate Van Gogh Espresso Vodka’s 10th birthday by winning a home cocktail party!  Just take a picture of your toast to their birthday and post it to their Facebook app or get extra entries by posting pictures using the hashtag #vangoghshot before July 31!

LIMITED TIME OFFERINGS

Goose Island Mango pineapple burger
Goose Island Tropical Bacon Burger

Since when do cows, pigs, and GEESE get along?  Apparently since Hard Rock Cafe released their Goose Island Tropical Bacon Burger! (a handcrafted with a half-pound Certified Angus Beef® patty, brushed with Goose Island IPA glaze and topped with chili spiced bacon, grilled pineapple, mango salsa, chipotle puree, arugula and Cheddar cheese).
Available: through August 31

Keep the Fourth of July spirit going all month long with The All American Burger from Snuffer’s.   It’s one of their juicy 100% ground chuck patties topped with Applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, diced red onions, mayonnaise, and mustard and served with a side of good ole’ American chili.
Cost: $10.49
Available: through July 31

The Boardwalk Burger from Hopdoddy
The Boardwalk Burger from Hopdoddy

Get the Coney Island feeling at Hopdoddy with their Boardwalk Burger (a juicy beef patty, split hot dog, chili con carne, cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, red leaf lettuce, diced white onion, “Sassy Sauce”, and French’s Yellow Mustard on an Egg Bun).
Cost: $11
Available: through July 12

 

Dallas #BoozeNews: March 20, 2015

BOOK IT
Booker’s® Bourbon released an inaugural batch of its limited-edition collection celebrating founding distiller Booker Noe’s legacy as the father of small batch bourbon.  It’s bottled straight from the barrel, so it will only be available in limited quantities in 2015.
The download: 128.7 proof, aged 7 years 2 months & 16 days, has vanilla notes

The Virgin Tart Shake from Hopdoddy
The Virgin Tart Shake from Hopdoddy

LIKE A VIRGIN
Hopdoddy’s
newest shake special is the Virgin Tart Shake made with Vanilla Ice Cream, Local Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Biscotti Batter, Whipped Cream.
Offered:
through March 29
Price:
$6

LEGEND … wait for it … DARY
Stop into Hard Rock Cafe Dallas to try out their newest burger offering, the Legendary™ Burger, a half-pound Certified Angus Beer® patty, brushed with Rebel IPA barbecue glaze and topped with picadillo meat, Monterey jack cheese, baby arugula, a tomato slice drizzled with balsamic glaze and crispy onions. It’s  the first of their line of burger and beer pairings, so try it with a Samuel Adams Rebel IPA.
Offered: March 23 – April 30

Eureka!’s Creole Benedict (photo credit: Kevin Marple)
Eureka!’s Creole Benedict (photo credit: Kevin Marple)

Eureka! is now offering brunch!  Check it out weekends from 11am-3pm and enjoy bloody Marys and Mimosas for $5, their extensive craft beer offerings, and deliciousness like Bananas Foster Crunchy French Toast and Creole Benedict!

HAPPY AS A CLAM CRAB
Get some beach time under your belt at C’Viche on Lower Greenville with their new happy hour.  Enjoy the following specials Monday-Friday from 3-7pm:
– $4 house cocktails (Pisco Sour, Margarita, Mojito, Caipirinha), featuring creative tequila, artisan rum, pisco and cachaca cocktails using fresh ingredients and house-made bitters
– $4 Mexican and local draft beer
– $6 house wine and sangria
– Complimentary chips and salsa

Rock and Roll

So … we all remember the old Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Avenue.  Whether it was for a work party or a frat party, we all have a memory (albeit a blurry one) of the glory days.  You can either visit the cracked stars that remain on McKinney’s sidewalk and stare at the empty lot, or you can get your happy ass  to Victory Park to relive some of those memories (without the Sharpie Xs on your hands) at the new location.  The Hard Rock is alive and kicking … and it’s kicking hard.  From a refreshed food menu (28 of their items were modified and 30 new ones added) to creative cocktails, they’ve revamped some things (and not just on the menu).

Lest you think the life of a blogger is easy, I’ll tell you that we were served samples of 4 appetizers, 8 entrees, 3 desserts, and 7 different drinks.  (Yeah … life is tough.  Try finding an outfit that allows for the gluttony.)  We were given some of their revamped offerings, from steaks to salads, and then some old standards like nachos and (ermegerd) spicy hot wings.

Obviously, I was most concerned with the (ahem, 7) drinks we were given.  (Can you believe that?)  They all have interesting names, from the Big Kablue-na to the Air Mexico and the Magical Mystery Tour.  Most names are rock-and-roll colloquialisms, but then there’s the hurricane … oh, the hurricane.  Their flavors are just about as rock-and-roll as the names.  (Let’s just say that they make a rock concert in your mouth.)  Most were quite sweet, and I would have loved more whiskey all up in there, but of the ones we tried, here were my favorites:

– Magical Mystery Tour | this is a delicious gin situation which will be the first I order upon my return

– Twist and Shout | three words: ice cream, alcohol, bacon.  Need I say more?

– Air Mexico | I really don’t like margaritas, but I enjoyed that I was able to pick from six flavors of margaritas, including blueberry, pomegranate, and watermelon, and that they serve it with a little snack of chips and salsa.  (Because I don’t know what it is, but alcohol has something in it that makes me want to eat all the things.)

The cafe offers a full bar, 12 draft beers (including Franconia & St. Arnold), and wines by the glass and bottle.  Drinks are surprisingly well priced with some of the 24oz signature drinks ringing in at just $14.99 (including souvenir cup).  They offer live music on Wednesdays, along with monthly themed drag brunches (you read that right).

HARD ROCK CAFE
www.hardrock.com/cafes/dallas/
t/i: @hardrockdallas | facebook.com/hardrockcafedallas | #thisishardrock
2211 N Houston St. (Victory Park) | (469) 341-7625

Happy Hour Specials: Monday through Friday, 3-7pm

***I was invited in to try some of their refreshed offerings.***