State Fair of Texas concessionaires are officially off to the races with a new lineup of incredible, edible innovations for the public to taste at the Fair this fall. The 17th Annual Big Tex® Choice Awards offers another year of exciting bites for all appetites. The 2021 lineup is bursting with flavor – whether you love savory or sweet, you’re in for a treat this year. After much deliberation in the first round of judging, the scores have been tallied and the results are in; 32 semi-finalists have been named to move forward. Comprised of 19 savory and 13 sweet entries, these semi-finalist contenders are one step closer to the main event, where they will compete for one of three winning titles: “Best Taste – Savory,” “Best Taste – Sweet,” and “Most Creative.”
Zalat Pizza, the cult-classic pizza concept developed by Khanh Nguyen, announces plans to open three more locations in the DFW area between July and September with openings in South Arlington, Irving and another Dallas location.
South Arlington will open at 5415 S. Cooper St, Suite 117, Arlington, TX 76017 on Monday, July 19, Irving will open at 4835 N. O’Connor Rd, Suite 136, Irving, TX 75062 in late August, and the newest Dallas location will open at 11613 North Central Expressway, Suite 111, Dallas, TX 75243 in late September. The three new locations will strictly serve takeout through Zalat’s website or delivery via third party delivery apps.
Zalat is rapidly expanding its footprint within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and these locations will put Zalat’s store count at 15.
Also in early August, the pizza brand plans to open a smaller footprint location at The Exchange Hall located in the AT&T Discovery District in Downtown Dallas offering a new take on their traditional concept. Going by the name Zalat Slices, the location will exclusively serve pizza by the slice, a first for any of Zalat’s stores.
Mac and Cheese lovers – rejoice! Wednesday, July 14 marks National Macaroni and Cheese Day, and Dallasites can celebrate the cheesy, warm holiday with famous steakhouse Al Biernat’s and their signature Mac & Cheese comfort dish.
Available at both the Al Biernat’s North and Oak Lawn locations, the decadent Mac & Cheese dish includes a mix of signature cheeses topped with crunchy breadcrumbs to create a gooey, savory treat perfect for sharing or not sharing. The gourmet side dish starts at $12 and for an additional cost, guests can choose to elevate the creamy pasta dish with three ounces of fresh lobster meat.
Al’s signature Mac & Cheese makes for the perfect side dish to compliment one of the restaurant’s famous meat or seafood entrees. The chefs at Al’s suggest trying their famous side dish alongside their Filet Mignon, Prime Rib or Crab Stuffed Lemon Sole, served with sautéed spinach and lobster butter sauce.
Husband and wife chef team Casey and Amy LaRue have opened Carte Blanche in the old Mudsmith space on lower Greenville. The restaurant offers two tasting courses, which can be paired with wine or tea service. A 12-course tasting menu runs $150 while the 4-course option only sets you back $75. Wine pairings are priced at $115 or $225 for higher end options. Wines may also be ordered à la carte, or you may bring in a bottle of your own for a $45 corkage fee .
In the mornings Carte Blanche transforms into a bakery where Chef Amy’s creations take over. Pastries, breads, coffee, donuts and a rotating selection of breakfast items are available on Wednesday through Sunday from 7am till noon.
Dallasites have been actively watching for the opening of Shoyo for months. Fans of Chef Jimmy Park (Nobu, Nori Handroll Bar) have been lining up to be one of the first to experience his new venture. After a few (typical) delays, a pop-up, and a much sought after soft opening invite to which thousands replied to on the Gram, it’s official.
Reservations are taken on Resy, but all spots were gone in mere minutes after they were released. We hit notifications for each night through June, and after several missed chances, we finally scored.
Although many of us aren’t old enough to remember the days of the milkman, the idea of someone delivering basic essentials to your home on a recurring basis sounds lovely. If we learned anything throughout the pandemic, it;s to value the art of home delivery. Last week, the Gustine-based Volleman’s Family Farm teamed up with Shatto Home Delivery to launch Volleman’s Home Delivery, a milkman-esque service delivering products from local farmers and vendors to your Dallas-Fort Worth home.
Matt Shatto, founder of Shatto Home Delivery, was inspired to launch Volleman’s Home Delivery after he felt something was missing in terms of customer service today.