New openings and brunch make this Dallas restaurant news extra tasty

Who’s ready for brunch? Photo courtesy of Alamo Club

If you’re hungering for dining news, you’ve come to the right place. Dallas restaurants are hopping, with a seemingly never-ending pipeline of new openings, new dishes, and new cocktails. There’s news about pizza, burgers, cakes, ice cream, and brunch.

Here’s what’s happening in Dallas restaurant news:

Cannon’s Corner Irish Pub will open in Oak Cliff, in a historic building at 1314 W. Davis St. on May 16. Owner Alan Kearney brings his authentic Irish background and appreciation for community, which he’s honed at Irish spots such as Crafty Irishman in downtown Dallas and The Playwright in One Arts Plaza. Built in 1922 and renovated in 2014, the distinctive building is known as Cannon’s Village after Cannon’s 5-Cent store became the anchor tenant in the 1950s. The menu includes Scotch eggs, corned beef cabbage & rolls, onion rings, sandwiches, salads, burgers, shepherd’s pie with lamb, beer-battered fish & chips, bangers & mash, corned beef, and Irish stew. All-day breakfast items include the traditional Irish breakfast with eggs, Irish bacon, sausage, black & white pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hash, and brown bread. There’ll be more than 25 Irish beers on tap and 200 Irish whiskey and scotches.

Mixt, the California chain known for salads and grain bowls, opens its first location in Texas at McKinney & Olive in Uptown Dallas on May 15. They’re partnering with Bonton Farms and collaborating with local startup Fusion to reduce and recycle food waste. They’ll host a grand opening event with samples and tote bag giveaways.

Miriam Cocina Latina, the newest concept from Shannon Wynne and chef Miriam Jimenez, is now open in the former Lark on the Park space across from Klyde Warren Park, where it’s open daily for lunch and dinner. Offerings include guacamole, brisket tacos, chicken enchiladas, combination plates such as spinach enchilada with shrimp taco, main courses such as chicken poblano and carne asada, and tres leches cake and bread pudding for dessert.

Flower Child is blooming as the third Dallas location opened on May 14 in Preston Royal Village. The healthy and happy fast-casual restaurant from Sam Fox Restaurants is located at 5959 Royal Lane. Flower Child is on a soul-satisfying mission to radiate positively delicious vibes throughout DFW, whether guests are looking for a leisure, relaxed meal or quick healthy bite on the go.

Melt Ice Creams from Fort Worth has opened a 550-square-foot shop in Dallas inside the Side Dough spot at Eno’s Pizza Tavern in Bishop Arts. They’re serving six flavors: Beans, Chocolate Chocolate, Cookie Crack, Saltlick, Cup of TX, Velvet Vegan, and the Always Sammie, which are also carried in the Fort Worth’s Near Southside location and Sundance Square cart. The new locale is scooping five additional seasonal ice cream flavors and locally-infused concoctions.

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, a Greek chain that made its Texas debut in February with a location at 3750 Plano Pkwy. in The Colony, will open a second location in Frisco. It’ll open at the Main Marketplace at 1654 FM 423, in early summer. Great Greek features wraps, salads, gyros, and souvlaki — aka skewers, of lamb, chicken, steak, and shrimp over rice. You can get shaved gyro meat with choice of rice pilaf, fries, or "feta fries," which are exactly as they sound: fries topped with feta cheese. Two vegetarian entrees include a falafel plate and a mezze platter with grape leaves, falafel, hummus, and spanikopita.

Dallas Grilled Cheese Company has launched a new food truck called the Cheesemobile that will make local appearances and can also be booked for private events. The truck will make its debut on May 16 at Bishop Cider Company’s Cidercade in the Design District from 6-11 pm, and with a return engagement scheduled there for June 1.

Olive Garden opened a new restaurant in Grand Prairie featuring the company’s latest restaurant design and logo. It’s located at 3138 S. Highway 161. The new restaurant, which brought approximately 150 jobs to the area, will feature Olive Garden’s latest design with new artwork, fabrics and materials, lighting, seating, countertops and flooring, as well as a display of the new “Olive Garden Italian Kitchen” logo sign.

Marco’s Pizza, a national chain headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, has opened a new location in Irving at 6941 Riverside Dr. There are 21 branches in the DFW area, and another set to open soon on Coit Road in Plano.

Alamo Club, the neighborhood restaurant and bar on Greenville Avenue, is now serving weekend brunch. Appetizers include queso riva, pink dip, artichoke spinach dip, shells + cheddar, and chicken with hot gravy. Entrees include French toast; skillet with potatoes, pastrami, bell pepper, onion, and spicy gravy; bacon cheddar burger with arugula, tomato, onion, and aioli; omelet with bacon, cheddar, tomato, and green onion; tacos with potato, egg, cheese, and choice of bacon, pastrami, or chorizo. Salads include a wedge and a Caesar with chicken, corn, avocado, and jalapeño Caesar dressing. Bevs include blood orange mimosa carafe, bloody Mary, screwdriver, margaria, and the patio banger with whiskey, lemon, cardamom, and ginger beer. Hours are Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-4 pm.

Felix Culpa on Henderson Avenue has hired executive chef Johnnie Walker, who has rolled out new menu items. Walker moved to Dallas in 2012 and has worked for Sushi Marquee and Lombardi Family Concepts. His new menu items include tuna tartare, beet hummus, shishito pepper trio, a daily chef’s choice of ravioli, halibut with sunburst squash and rice pilaf, lamb chop with parmesan polenta cake, and an ice cream sundae with two scoops of Dough Dough edible cookie dough, and pink and blue vanilla ice cream.

Mimi’s Cafe has seven new dishes on a limited-time spring menu, available through June 23. Two bowls include a savory power owl with poached egg, avocado, kale, brown rice, farro, and quinoa; and a sweet power bowl with berries, walnuts, and quinoa. Two crepes include mixed berry crème crêpes and lemon crème crêpes. Other dishes include a sweet berry muffin; chicken & quinoa Mediterranean salad with chicken, berry spinach & shrimp quinoa salad; salmon Niçoise salad; and mussels two ways, with choice of linguine or fries.

Street’s Fine Chicken has introduced new cocktails at its Cedar Springs location, including the Dam Thing Gone Wild with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, California sparkling wine, and fruit; Aloe Love with gin and Chareau Aloe Liqueur; That Tea, made with peach moonshine, sweet tea vodka, tea, and lemonade; and the Born Again with Japanese whisky, scotch, and Topo Chico. Prices range from $7-$12.

Corner Bakery has new seasonal specials that include berries & cream pancakes, berry pecan salad with chicken and berries, white chocolate strawberry cold brew, turkey bacon ham stack sandwich on white toast, turkey avocado Cobb salad, and asparagus pasta primavera with cavatappi pasta, asparagus, zucchini, squash, peas, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and kale.

Pie Five Pizza has three new calzones, aka folded pizzas: double pepperoni, meatball, and the loaded Italian with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, bacon, beef, and Italian sausage.

Pizza Inn has added two "fiesta" pizzas featured on the buffet available through June 23. The taco pizza has taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese; the chicken fajita pizza has picante sauce, mozzarella, chicken, onion, green pepper, tomato, cheddar cheese, and black olives.

Pakpao is now serving Thai rolled ice cream at its Preston Hollow location. Flavors include bananas & Nutella, coffee & doughnuts, cookies & cream, strawberry shortcake, and green tea Twizzlers. The ice cream is prepared in Pakpao’s main dining room where guests can watch the process. It’s available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Original ChopShop has added a special limited-edition dish called beet + avo toast, with red beet hummus, avocado, and arugula. It’s $7. You can also add the red beet hummus to any salad for $2. It’s available through June 2.

Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering a limited-edition pairing of champagne and caviar available through May 19. You get one ounce of American sturgeon caviar accompanied by blinis and accoutrements and a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for $99.

UP Inspired Kitchen has become an official Whole30 Approved Partner. Whole30 is a 30-day dietary reset. The Whole30 Approved menu options on UP Inspired Kitchen’s menu contain no added sugar, no grains, no dairy, no legumes and no alcohol. They include hash, bacon or chicken sausage with eggs, egg with smoked salmon, zucchini salad with beets and fennel. The Whole30 items are a permanent part of the UP Inspired Kitchen menu. UP Inspired Kitchen is in the Shops at Starwood in Frisco and is open 7 am-3 pm daily.

Off the Cuff, the new-ish restaurant-bar in Deep Ellum, has introduced a burger of the month for May. Called a Pizza Burger, it consists of a brisket and ground beef patty, stuffed with mozzarella and cured pepperoni, topped with serrano marinara, pesto, and arugula on a brioche bun, served upside down and topped with mozzarella and cured pepperoni to give it a pizza look on top.

SusieCakes has new seasonal treats available May 24-27 that include berry vanilla cake, frosted sugar cookies, cupcakes, banana cream pie, and blueberry crumble pie.

Upside West Village, located at the Canopy Dallas Uptown, has a new cocktail menu of 10 drinks with a spring theme, named for Hollywood icons. It includes the Yvonne de Carlo with gin, lillet, and pear brandy; Bomber Girl with rum, lime, blackberries, and rhubarb bitters; the Rita Hayworth with gin, Aperol, and grapefruit juice; and the Betty Page with rye Whiskey, cognac, vermouth, green chartreuse, Benedictine, and Peychaud bitters. Upside West Village is on the 8th floor of the Canopy hotel and has a separate entrance.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar has brought back the Dollarita, a $1 margarita, available through the end of May. It’s served in a 10-ounce mug with tequila and a classic Margarita mix.

Cedar Creek Brewery in beautiful Seven Points has its hot dog of the month for May: The Rancher Dog featuring grilled onions, bacon bits, jalapeño relish, melty cheese, and BBQ sauce. Go get that hot dog, and get some beer.

Teavana has expanded its sparkling craft iced tea line and introduced a new flavor: Sparkling Blood Orange Mango White Tea. They describe it as a luminous blend of fine white tea, orange peel, champagne mango, and cane sugar. It joins the other Teavana Sparkling Craft Iced Tea flavors Blackberry Lime Green Tea and Unsweetened Sparkling Peach Nectarine Green Tea. Teavana full line of craft iced teas has nine flavors ranging from sweetened to unsweetened.

Stephan Pyles has entered into an agreement to develop five dining and drink concept establishments within Ventana by Buckner, a retirement community opening in North Dallas later in 2019. He’ll do breakfast, lunch, dinner, and specialty drink menus that cater to the health needs of senior adults. Pyles will also help locate, hire, and train a chef and general manager to open and oversee all five concept establishments. The concepts will include one fine dining restaurant, one casual, one lounge and bar, one juice bar, and one café.

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