The Texas Two Step isn’t going to be the only lucky draw at Texas Lottery Plaza for long. Popular Nashville-style honky-tonk, Mama Tried, is expanding into Toyota Music Factory this summer. The bar/restaurant/live music venue is the brainchild of popular local owner-operator, Brooke Humphries, known for her vibrant concepts around the metroplex.
by Steven Doyle
With a menu full of interesting items such as samosas, chicken lollipops and spring rolls as appetizers, and Korma Masala and Vindaloo sauces with your choice of meats or vegetables, Masala Wok is more than just a fast casual restaurant serving flavors from Asia, including India and China, it is a fine repast for a quick lunch or dinner on the run. Be mindful, these are not the complex recipes of more fine dining establishments, but the quick outlets serve a perfect need for those with a hankering for something different than a burger and fries.
On a recent visit we devoured platefuls of dishes inspired by both Indian and Chinese descent. Masala Wok makes a perfectly fine Tikka Masala, that rich tomato and yogurt sauce that is slightly spicy with flavors of masala and coriander. We also ordered the Butter Chicken with its tomato gravy made with fresh tomato, garlic, cardamom and plenty of butter to supplement the richness of the dish. Everything can be kicked up if asked, or by adding the provided chili sauces. Continue reading
Music lovers will want to be at Toyota Music Factory’s Texas Lottery Plaza every Thursday in April and May for Texas Lottery Live, a rockin’ new concert series, featuring some of the nation’s most beloved bands. With $5 presale tickets, or $10 tickets at the door, the outdoor Plaza stage will host a wide-range of top genres from hard-driving pop to chord-heavy psych rock and even country twang. Beginning April 4, this awesome spring concert series gets the party started with doors opening at 5 p.m. and music from 7 to 11 p.m
The concert line-up includes fan-favorites:
Valencia Group’s Texican Court, is thrilled to announce that Patrick Hildebrandt has been appointed as executive chef of the retro-inspired court hotel located in Irving, Texas, slated to open fall 2018. Chef Hildebrandt will take his post later this month and create a menu that will feature original, inspired dishes with native Texan flavors that highlight a smoky element such as grilled pork chops, smoked polenta, charred shrimp and blistered tomatoes. Continue reading
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, a Portland, Oregon-based restaurant concept known for its from-scratch cooking and seasonal menus with fresh and local ingredients and extensive craft beer menu, announced today that it will be opening its first Texas location in late September at the upcoming Irving Music Factory next to the Irving Convention Center.
Since opening its first location in Portland, Oregon, Thirsty Lion has quickly expanded into Arizona and Colorado and says that moving to Texas was an easy decision given its great business climate, dynamic cultural offerings, and established reputation as a sports and retail mecca. “We’re thrilled to be opening our first Texas location in Irving. The Music Factory project is a perfect fit for the Thirsty Lion and we can’t wait to introduce our scratch kitchen, craft beer and cocktails to Texas” said Plew, the President and CEO of Concept Entertainment Group Ltd., parent company of Thirsty Lion. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Peru is the epicenter for much that we enjoy today. The simple potato has its origins to the Andes and nearly every potato found worldwide can be traced back to Peru. The humble peanut made its way to Africa via the Spaniards, and vast variety of corn stems from the region. One variety of corn is an inedible purple kernel that the natives to Peru make into a sweet drink called chicha morada which can be found at a local restaurant, El Tesoro del Inca.
We stopped into El Tesoro recently after being tipped off to its whereabouts. It sounds so secretive, but when you check the restaurant out you will see what we mean. It is a bit hidden in a small shopping center off Beltline in Irving. If you are not paying much attention you will miss the spot altogether. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Lunch today was fresh and different. Although it consisted of a salad and sandwich, these were not your ordinary lunch choices. We checked out Bread Zeppelin, the unique sandwich shop in Las Colinas.
We chatted with the owners, Troy Charhon and Andrew Schoellkopf, both who have unique culinary backgrounds, and found that the Zeppelin is their own invention. The name sounded as if it was a sandwich choice back East, like a hoagie, grinder or hero, but this was not the case. The Zeppelin is a unique product devised by these guys. Continue reading