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Howdy, Smithworks Vodka!

I recently had the privilege of welcoming Smithworks Vodka into the Lone Star State with an amazing Blake Shelton concert at the famous Billy Bob’s Texas!

Smithworks Vodka was launched in early 2016 and I’m happy to say that Smithworks has recently expanded its distribution to Texas. Over the next few months, Smithworks will be available in twenty- four states.

Smithworks is an American-made vodka that is made with corn from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma and water from Lake Fort Smith. Smithworks is distilled three times and charcoal filtered for a smooth taste and clean finish. It’s finished and bottled with pride in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and named after the dedicated team there and their hardworking values are symbolized through the tractor icon. They say, “Born and bred in the traditions and values of America’s Heartland, Smithworks embodies the values of the place in which it comes from – local pride, simplicity and hard work.”

Blake Shelton is part of the Smithworks family. He said that he had been waiting to partner with the right brand and he found his home with Smithworks; Shelton said he shares the same values and mission as Smithworks (Vodka. His favorite way to drink Smithworks is with diet lemon-lime soda garnished with a lime. Simple enough.)

Shelton is quoted as saying, “I grew up in Ada, Oklahoma and was raised on the values of hard work, humility and an appreciation for the simple things that make up a good life. As part of the Smithworks family, I’ve been involved in the development of the brand and I’m excited for everyone to finally taste what we’ve been crafting. At its core, Smithworks celebrates that moments in life are better spent with good people and great drinks.”

For the rich mouthfeel and smooth (lack of) flavor, we were surprised by the low price tag—just under $20. A great price for this smooth, clean vodka.

~$19.99 / 750mL

We’re eagerly awaiting distribution in the great state of Texas … a note from Smithworks: For now, you can find Smithworks Vodka in AR, CO, IA, KS, LA, MI, MO, NE, OH, OK, TN, IL, NC, and PA. If it’s in your neck of the woods, ask your favorite local spot about us—it’s usually the personal touch that gets it done.

Banner image courtesy of Smithworks.

Take a Tiki Peeky at Pilikia

Guys … I’m so f**king excited for Pilikia, Dallas’s first-in-a-long-time full-time tiki bar, to open this Thursday … and for so many reasons.

First, I’ll clarify the intro.  Pilikia will be the “first in a long time” as we had an awesome tiki bar here in Dallas, Trader Vic’s, in what is now The Highland Hotel, that closed in 2010.  RIP.  Also, it will be a “full-time” tiki bar because our friends at Rapscallion are currently spoiling us every week with their mind-numbing (in a good way) Tiki Tuesday drinks thanks to bar badass Ravinder Singh.

Thanks to the dudes behind The Tipsy Alchemist, brand new ILL Minster Pub, and Deep Ellum club Truth & Alibi and their partner in the deal, Patrick Tetrick (owner of Three Sheets), we’ll be getting another outrageous concept that will have the Uptown crowd flocking.  (Ok … I’m going to be flocking, too, as is my mom, your boss, and just about everyone else in town that remembers Trader Vic’s or gives any sort of a shit about tiki bars.)  The team has created some winning concepts, and we’re hoping this will be another to add to their list of successes.

So what can we expect?  Kitsch, and plenty of it.  (Are you excited yet?)  The team was inspired mostly by the Beardon brothers’ favorite outrageous London tiki spot, Mahiki (which happens to be where I spent my 21st birthday), but are making a space all their own.

They took over the former Three Sheets space that closed to make way for this Polynesian heaven. Some renovations were made including a wall of golden skulls backlit by LED lights that will eerily change progressively, an additional outdoor bar, and a larger fireplace and a small stage for live music on the patio.  The furniture is a mix of loungy bamboo chairs, some really incredible wooden pieces brought over from Bali, and hammock chairs that will rock you to sleep after a sip too many from one of their potent potables.  And don’t worry, they’ll still have plenty of TVs out there.

On that note … let’s talk tiki.  Their not-too-overwhelming menu (which is unique at a joint like this) will offer 6-7 traditional tiki drinks including the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai and some other goodies like Painkillers, Zombies, and the like.  (They have such fun names, no?)  Not to be tired, they’ve also come up with some tiki concoctions of their own and will also be serving LARRRRGE format punches in smoking treasure chests and scorpion bowls with a heft price tag of up to $2,000.  Not.fucking.kidding.

Not into the tiki thing?  They have something for you … a door to walk out of.  Kidding.  Pilikia will have a full bar and bottle service for the less inclined.  And even better, they’ll serve food from a menu that Rodman Shields (Common Table) put together for them.  Having a few bites of chicken skewer means you can drink more … right?

So, some other important details and things to look forward to:

  • The name Pilikia means “trouble” in Hawaiian
  • Their happy hour is coming soon.  When it starts, it’ll be 2-7pm, Tuesday-Friday
  • At some point, they’ll start opening one Sunday a month to host legit luaus complete with a pig roast
  • Once it warms up (good joke) in the spring, they’ll be offering live music to make use of the new stage on the patio

Tiki is “so hot right now”, so it’s fitting that Dallas is jumping on the super kitschy bandwagon, and with a drink in-hand.  Stop in for their soft opening on Thursday, January 26 starting at 8pm to see what all the fuss is about.  Grand opening details are coming soon.

Let’s get into some trouble, shall we?

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3113 Ross Avenue (Downtown/West Dallas)

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm-2am
Closed Sunday and Monday


Dallas #BoozeNews: March 20

Join me at a wine tasting at Whole Foods Uptown on Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm!  We’ll taste Bordeaux wines along with Bordeaux blends from around the world … do you think you can tell the difference?  Tickets are only $10 and space is limited … get yours now!

Help out one of our favorite Dallas barmen! Vote for your favorite ginger bartender, Stephen Halpin of Parliament, in Patron’s “Margarita of the Year” contest DAILY through April 15!  He’s one of 10 finalists for his Smoked Mangonada Margarita!   VOTE NOW!


It makes sense that it’s the luckiest month of the year … because Dallas’ restaurant scene is getting some seriously awesome new restaurants and bars!

Hypnotic Emporium – an offshoot of Hypnotic Donuts, expect old fashioned candies, a sofa fountain, and homemade ice cream right next door to their original storefront.  NOW OPEN

The Snow Healer – picture courtesy of Quill

Quill Dallas – the newest watering hole in the Design District offers a sexy setting for craft cocktails by James Slater and a (very) limited food menu by John Tesar and Joel Harrington.  The cocktails are all sexy as hell, too.  NOW OPEN

NOLA Brasserie – the newest hotel to open in Downtown Dallas boasts a New Orleans-inspired restaurant with classics like Crawfish Étouffée, Po’Boys and grits and cocktails inspired by the French Quarter and beers from New Orleans and Texas.  NOW OPEN

Rock & Brews – The Colony is rocking a new spot for comfort food and plenty of beer options.  The rock-inspired restaurant comes to us from KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, so you know it’ll be over the top.  Stop by for some Chile Cheese Fries, a Backstage Burger, the “Any Way You Want It” pizza, or one of the other items on their giant menu and enjoy a little live music.  Bring your furry friends because they have a dog-friendly patio, too!  NOW OPEN

Kitchen LTO – The Trinity Groves restaurant is constantly reinventing itself (true to its name) and its newest resident is Nick Amoriello (CIA graduate formerly of Nobu, Driftwood, Central 214, and more).  He’ll bring his “classical French techniques … in a very approachable and comforting style”.  He teamed up with Artist Sarah Reiss and will be in place for the next six months.   NOW OPEN

The Royale, Magnificent Burgers – John Tesar + a Wes Anderson theme + delicious, locally sourced burgers?  Complete with “an elevated poutine program”, seafood, veggie, and bison options, and craft milkshakes … this place sounds quite intriguing.  I’ll be checking out this Plano burger spot next weekend, so stay tuned!  NOW OPEN

Hash House A Go Go's Sage Fried Chicken

Hash House A Go Go’s Sage Fried Chicken

Hash House a Go Go – GUYS, GUYS, GUYS … I’m super stoked for this place to open locally.  I stop by every time I visit Las Vegas (there’s one in The LINQ hotel on The Strip) and never miss their gargantuan Sage Fried Chicken and waffles.  Actually … everything is huge … and delicious.  It’s opening March 25 in Plano’s Preston Park Village (1900 Preston Road).

Dugg Burger Bar – MORE FOR PLANO!  The Lakewood build-your-own burger spot is expanding to Plano.  This brilliant restaurant hollows out your burger’s bun (to make space for all the amazing toppings) and then grills it on its custom made grill so it’s perfectly toasty.  Check it out at 4701 West Park Blvd. # 110!

Meso Maya – Dallas’ favorite fancy Mexican restaurant is opening its third location in the Mockingbird Abrams Shopping Center (4123 Abrams Road) this Spring!  Don’t miss their Avocado Margarita … and their other delicious food.  But mostly the margarita.

Truck Yard – Get ready, Fort Worth … the wildly outlandish bar/trailer park/food truck stop is coming your way!  Look for it in the former Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion lot later this year!

Flix Brewhouse – movies are cool.  Beer is cool.  A movie theater with a brewery in it?  The coolest.  Look forward to this spot in Little Elm at Main Marketplace at Main St. and FM 423 to experience the first-ever cinema and dine-in microbrewery, opening Spring 2017.


Uchi’s little sister, Top Knot, will begin serving more … and more … and more.  (And I’m stoked about it.)  Look for late night from 10-12pm DAILY with special items not available otherwise including a poutine option.
Even better? They’ll start serving brunch April 3 on Sundays and April 30 on Saturdays!  Expect items like their Miso-Caramel Cinnamon Pull-apart Nabe and Hot Fried Chicken Benedict along with shareable pastries and their Brunch Punch (Jim Beam® bourbon, ice tea, sugar, lemon, orange and nutmeg)!

Speaking of brunch, new Plano restaurant, Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine, has also started serving Dallas’ favorite meal Sundays from 10am-3pm.

Since it is the first day of spring, it seems like some restaurants are taking the chance to reinvent themselves.  Cite: new cocktail menus!

Proof + Pantry’s award-winning beverage program rolled out new options including winners like the Cobbler (sherry and rosé), Proper Smash (their expertly made whiskey smash), and the Cold Brew (their take on an Irish Coffee that I was able to try last week … oh damn).

Lower Greenville favorite, Remedy’s beverage director, Mate Hartai, is shaking things up with new options like the Stirred Last WordRed Devil, and the Faugeat Painkiller along with shrub and kombucha sodas.

Faugeat Painkiller | picture courtesy of Remedy

Faugeat Painkiller | picture courtesy of Remedy


Coal Vines – they’ll be offering a new “pizza of the month” starting in March!  The first option will be the Roasted Chicken & Baby Spinach Pie, a 14” creamy white pizza with chicken and fresh spinach paired with TWO glasses of Malbec or Pinot Grigio.
Cost: $25
Available: through March 31 at their Uptown and Omni Dallas locations

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Green Eggs & Ham Burger: beef patty, prosciutto, fried egg, manchego cheese, salsa verde, onion, tomato and arugula on a fresh-out-of-the-oven egg bun. 

Strawberry Buttermilk Pie Shake: Creamy, house made buttermilk custard is perfectly blended with flaky pie crust crumbles, vanilla ice cream and triple sec marinated strawberries for the ultimate sweet-n-tart treat.

Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita: jalapeno-infused tequila, muddled fresh jalapeno and cilantro, shaken to frenzy with house-made triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice and a kiss of agave nectar.

Cost: burger ($11), shake ($6), margarita ($8)
Available: through March 31 at both Dallas locations

Hard Rock Cafe – stop in and get lucky with their new GUINNESS® Irish Stout and GUINNESS® & Jameson® Bacon Cheeseburger (complete with whiskey bacon jam) pairing.
through April 10 at all locations

Biergarten – they’re celebrating “Mocktoberfest” in a big way!  With this special, you’ll get one mini burger slider, one mini schnitzel slider, one mini brat and two sides (cole slaw and Joe’s potato salad), PLUS a 16 oz. Oktoberfest beer in a souvenir Paulaner
Cost: $15
through March 31


I now have another option to satisfy my Irish whiskey cravings.  Celtic punk band, The Pogues, recently launched a new Irish whiskey called … wait for it … The Pogues.  It’s “50% 10-year single malt and 50% 5-to-7-year grain and crafted at West Cork Distillers, one of two remaining 100% independently owned and operated distilleries in Ireland”.  Sláinte!

Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Beerworks teamed up to create a limited release 16oz canned beer for the release of Richard Linklater’s new film “Everybody Wants Some” that will be released in April.  For their first partnership,  this beer will be available in select ADH locations in a specially designed 16oz “tallboy”cans.

You people (over 21 young people, that is): it’s time to clean up your resumé!  World of Beer is looking for Drink It Interns.  These interns will act as “WOB narrators, capturing content from around the country and the world and sharing it back via [their] social media channels, bringing consumers into the world of brew traveling … This job is all about traveling, shooting, editing, writing, and drinking awesome beer (cheers to that!).”  They’ll even have the chance to learn from experts as DRAFT MAGAZINE and … be paid.
Apply before March 26!  Details here:



Dallas #BoozeNews: February 8


We aren’t over Uchi just yet, but a new, modern American concept, Top Knot, opened its doors above Uchi on February 3.  It features food paying homage to its Asian roots with some southeastern Asian, Latin American, and Japanese influence.  What I care more about?  Their “bar program includes Japanese whiskey, draft beer, sake and wine on tap, and a collection of inventive cocktails.”

More southeast Asian fun … Malai Kitchen opened its second restaurant in Southlake (1161 E. Southlake Blvd) on January 31!  Owners Braden and Yasmin Wages will open the doors five years to the day after opening their first restaurant in West Village – quite neat!  Oh, and when you visit, make sure you get their Kaffir Collins as it’s one of my favorite cocktails in Dallas.

Los Angeles seafood restaurant Water Grill will open its first Texas location in Uptown Dallas this fall at 1920 McKinney Ave.  They’ll bring fresh seafood in from Orange County, CA daily to offer options like Wild Alaskan Red King Crab Legs, Live Wild North American Hard Shell Lobster, and Channel Island Red Sea Urchin.

Preston Hollow Village will see a new restaurant opening February 29 when they welcome matchbox American kitchen + spirit.  This 350-seat eatery will be Washington-DC based matchboxfoodgroups first restaurant in Texas.  It sounds like they’ll have a little of everything on the menu, but I’m mostly looking forward to their PBR Fish & Chips.  Oh … and they’ll have happy hour weekdays 3-6pm.  Whoop.


Ian Reilly, The Joule’s skilled barman, is rolling out a new service (pun intended).  Stop by 5-11pm Thursdays through Saturdays when Ian serves his expertly mixed cocktails from a vintage-inspired bar cart in the lobby of the hotel.  For $12, expect “classic creations inspired by cocktail luminaries from across the country”, or just ask him to mix up something perfectly catered to your tastes.

Steak & Potatoes Martini

Steak & Potatoes Martini at III Forks

Y’all … we need to talk about the new drink offering that III Forks is debuting.  Hold on to your big boy undies … their new drink will be a martini garnished with steak and potatoes.  They’ll offer this little snack for $13 at all locations starting February 16.

Wednesdays just got better.  Ivy Kitchen is now offering 1/2 price bottles of wine on Wednesdays after 5pm!

The InterContinental Hotel’s restaurant, Q de Cheval, is reintroducing its Friday tradition, Surf & Turf Fridays.  Join them for dinner 5:30-10pm Fridays and get an all-you-can-eat buffet with options like “prime rib sliced to order, a variety of seafood and an array of delicious side dishes, salads and desserts” and a glass of wine.  One glass isn’t enough?  They’re got you — 1/2 price bottles of wine will also be offered!


Kiss From a Rose

Kiss From a Rose at Knife

Knife is doing something respectable with their Valentine’s Day gimmick, they’re making a cocktail that will raise awareness for the American Heart Association, the Kiss from a Rose (Skyy vodka, lemon, hibiscus, and soda).
Cost: $14
Available: February 1-28

Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar will offer a remixed classic, a Deluxe Triple Cheese Melt and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup in February.  Oh … and it has bacon on it.
Cost: $8.99
Available: February 1-29

Hopdoddy Burger Bar will offer The Boris Burger, chicken patty, Russian dressing, beer-braised sauerkraut, pastrami, Swiss cheese, onion, tomato, and lettuce served on an egg bun.
Cost: $11
Available: February 7-21

Valentines 7The Hospitality Sweet (two locations downtown) is offering special items including French macarons, red velvet cake in a jar, and more.
Too lazy to pick the goods up yourself? Select items will be available for delivery on 2/13 by LASH if ordered by 2/12 on the app, by calling (877) 774-5274, or by emailing [email protected].  The delivery fee is only $5 … worth it.
Cost: $2.25 – $27
Available: February 1-15


(One of) my favorite bourbons, Booker’s, announced its newest release–its 2016 Batch Collection, “Booker’s Bluegrass”.  This year’s batch was created in honor of Booker Noe and is aged 6 years and 11 months.  Stay tuned for my thoughts on the 127.9 proof (damn) bourbon in my upcoming review!

In other whiskey news, Irish whiskey brand Tullamore D.E.W. released its newest expression, Trilogy, this month.  Trilogy is a “blend of three types of grain, three types of whiskey, that is then triple blended and distilled” and then matured in three cask types of three woods.  The blend will retail for $79.99 … so get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit early and pick up a bottle!  (You’re welcome to share with me … of course.)

Dallas #BoozeNews: January 14, 2016

I’ll be heading to the San Antonio Cocktail Conference this evening, so stay tuned to my Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@SusieOz) to see what I’m learning, drinking, and doing!  (And I always appreciate words of encouragement.  It takes a lot of work to drink San Antonio.)


Vicini, Frisco’s newest eatery from duo Brian McCullough (part owner of Standard Pour) and Robert Hall (former GM of Abacus and part of the Hall family … who make wine) will open January 26 by the Cowboys development.  There’s even going to be a pasta room, y’all.  Expect classic and “progressive” American-Italian dishes from a soon-to-be-named chef and the same quality craft cocktails as TSP.  I’ll be making the drive north for this one!

Goodfriend Package opened its doors in East Dallas on Wednesday!  The purveyors of delicious burgers and some of best fries in Dallas (I mean … a pile of heaven) who also happen to own one of my favorites, The Blind Butcher, will offer 600+ craft beers, sandwiches featuring meats from TBB, and more for breakfast and lunch.

Another win for our friends up north … on January 22, Plano will see a new concept Julia Pearl which will “meld classic Southern cuisine with modern culinary techniques” with Tre Wilcox as the restaurant’s Culinary Director.  I’m looking forward to the Deviled Eggs topped with crispy chicken skin, pomegranate-red pepper glazed pork belly … because, yum.


Fried Chicken from Julia Pearl

Mudhen Meat & Greens, the much anticipated  new concept from the minds behind Meddlesome Moth and LARK on the Park has officially opened in the Dallas Farmer’s Market!  Visit for heathy food “that just tastes good, feels food, and won’t kill you.”  Sounds promising.  It opened a bit behind schedule, but better late than never!

Firebird Restaurant Group is at it again.  They’ll break ground on a development with three of their restaurants at I-30 & Highway 34 TODAY, January 14.  A brand new Snuffer’s, El Fenix, and Taqueria La Ventana will open their doors next summer.

Not really an announcement … but, while Filament, a new restaurant Downtown, opened in early December, they’ve recently gotten my attention.  After witnessing a particularly tempting photo series from lunch yesterday from various media outlets (most notably @TheDallasDiva), I know I need to make it in … soon.


Get local and delicious at the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival March 31-April 3, 2016! Tickets are now available for seminars, meals, tastings, events, and more!


Have you jumped on the Japanese whisky train yet? They’re doing some delicious things over there.  Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 was recently named “World Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible.  While it’s been around since 1924, the the 48% ABV spirit has recently been getting the attention it truly deserves.

Sundown at Granada is debuting 15 new seasonal menu items that were crafted to pair well with select cocktail, beer, and wine options.  Check out the Big Tex Flatbread (made with Shiner brisket … I mean) New Orleans BBQ Shrimp & Grits, and the Vegan Dulce De Leche Ice Cream and Salted Coconut Caramel Swirl.  The new menu items are now available.

PeachAustin vodka producer, Deep Eddy, recently released its newest flavor, Deep Eddy Peach.  Like their other products, it’s small batch, made with real fruit juice, and gluten-free.  So yeah … there ya go … you have another option if you’re into that sort of sweet vodka thing.


Hopdoddy‘s monthly burger special is the Ranch Hand Dan Burger (chicken patty, buttermilk ranch, bacon, field mushrooms, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, red leaf lettuce on an egg bun)!
through January 24
Cost: $9


Dallas #BoozeNews: January 6, 2015

It’s the first #BoozeNews of 2016, y’all!


Ladies of the north … get ready.  Mexican Sugar is launching its Ladies Night!  Starting tomorrow, January 7 and every Thursday after, get 1/2 price sangria and wine from 4pm-close!

Dallas’ new favorite sushi spot, Uchi, announced its new Chef de Cuisine, Jeramie Robinson.  Louisiana-born Jeramie has been at the Mansion on Turtle Creek and has been with the Uchi family since 2012 with a short stint at Shinsei.

Newly opened BITE by Eddy T on Oak Lawn will now, in addition to its delicious full menu, offer a two-course prix-fixe menu.  He will create new rotating options that will change weekly!

One of DFW’s upscale bowling dens, Bowlmor Lanes, is relaunching on January 23 after making major renovations complete with new amenities, an enhanced VIP section, a large event space, and 42-lanes of bowling!  Stop by, bowl some frames, grab some serious* food and drink some beers!   *Really … this food doesn’t mess around–think 5lb burgers, pizza cupcakes, and signature cocktails!


The King … has arrived.  Stop by Velvet Taco to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with the Velvet Elvis 2.0, a flour tortilla, housemade peanut butter and blackberry jam, local honey, fried banana, Nutella, peppered bacon, peanuts, and chiffonade mint.
Available: January 8-17
Cost: $4

In honor of National Soup Month, Plano’s Pinstack will offer Black-Eyed Pea and Pepper Soup!  We could all use a little luck when bowling … right?
Available: January 4-10
Cost: cup, $5; bowl, $7

Breakfast for lunch?  You betcha.  Breakfast for dinner?  Oh hell yes.  Dugg Burger Bar is going to make all your breakfast-for-dinner dreams come true with a week of breakfast toppings for your dug-out burger! Coffee bacon (hell yes) on Friday to blackberry jam on Tuesday and waffles on Thursday, you can’t go wrong here.
Available: daily, January 9-15

Start your year right and get your good luck on at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company in January with their Hoppin’ John pizza with black eyed peas, sausage, bacon, rice, mozzarella cheese, and spices.
Available: January 1-31
Cost: small, $17; large, $23

Hop to Hopdoddy for their current specials– the Good Karma burger (curried red lentil patty, vegetable korma, white onion, tomato, red leaf lettuce, curried mustard, egg bun) and the Mango Lassi Shake (handmade ice cream, yogurt, mint & mango puree, whipped cream)!
Available: burger, through January 10; shake, through January 17
Cost: burger, $10; shake, $6


Dallas #BoozeNews: December 13, 2015


ii_ihp45csv0_15163d4dd996bcb8Stop into Eureka! in West Village for a taste of the holidays, Gingerbread Man Old Fashioned … complete with gumdrop buttons.
Cost: $12
Available: through January 3, 2016

Proof + Pantry, purveyor of some of the best drinks in the whole of Dallas thanks to Michael Martensen’s brilliance, is serving up the Witch Hanger (a spicy spin on the classic Harvey Wallbanger).  (BONUS: they will also offer $6 Irish Coffees and Manhattans anytime it rains!)
Available: through the end of football season

Paul Martin’s American Grill will offer a special holiday menu including Chilled Alaskan King Crab Legs, Herb Crusted Filet Mignon, and a few festive cocktails (like Egg Nog, naturally).
Available: through January 3


Hopdoddy’s Frozen Banana Shake

Hopdoddy didn’t go with the traditional holiday treats like gingerbread, egg nog, or peppermint … ohhhh no, they decided that The Frozen Banana Shake (handmade ice cream, roasted banana mash, chocolate sauce, a chocolate dipped banana chip, whipped cream) would be the winner for the holidays.  Grab one and see if you agree!
Cost: $6
Available: through December 20

The Cheesecake Factory is making the holidays even sweeter this season with its ‘Slice of Joy’ gift card promotion and holiday favorite, Peppermint Bark Cheesecake!

Cheesecake Factory Peppermint Cheesecake

Cheesecake Factory Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Dallas #BoozeNews: November 27, 2015


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.

cook hall new menu

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.



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 - Wise Mules

Cantina Laredo – Wise Mules

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).
Cost: $12
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).
Cost: $6
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.
Cost: $8.49
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

Hard Rock Cafe Modelo Burger Special