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
Kenny Bowers is a man who does everything in a BIG way! Whether it was the 2010 launch of the El Jefe Grande, a 7-pound burger at Bowers’ Kenny’s Burger Joint or this year’s Bada Big Challenge, a 32” 10,000 calorie pizza at Kenny’s East Coast Pizza, all of the Kenny’s concepts produce food that is always more than generous. And Chef Bowers isn’t afraid of getting a little cheesy, either. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
FarmByrd in Plano shuttered Friday. A high-end fast casual concept located at 3308 Preston Road was tucked away in a nice strip center but was plagues with a location identity crisis the owners Ryan Carbery and Tim McLaughlin could not overcome. Continue reading
The Shops at Willow Bend today announced that Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor known for its enhanced movie-going concepts, will be the latest addition to its growing roster of entertainment options with the 2020 opening of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano. The 10-screen, 40,000-square-foot multiplex will be the cinematic entertainment anchor for Willow Bend, which is currently in the process of a multi-phased $145 million renovation and expansion.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Cinépolis to The Shops at Willow Bend; this brings North Dallas and Plano residents a high-quality luxury entertainment experience unlike any other in the area,” said Jeff Zeigler, COO at Starwood Retail Partners. “With Crayola Experience, Equinox, the North Texas Performing Arts children’s theatre, The District, the Ascension Annex and now Cinépolis, we’re pleased to continue introducing a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, unique to this market.” Continue reading
Sixty Vines Plano will host a wine dinner featuring wines from Justin Vineyards out of Paso Robles, California on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. The menu includes five courses carefully crafted to pair with delicious wines. Joe Spellman, a master sommelier with more than 23 years of industry experience, will also be in attendance to speak about the wines throughout the event. Spellman will provide history and background on the wines, winery and unique stories guests won’t hear without going to the winery. Continue reading
Velvet Taco, the edgy, Dallas-based, counter-service restaurant known for tacos inspired by unexpected flavors, is opening its 10th location at Legacy Hall later this spring. Legacy Hall is a European-style food hall with more than 20 restaurant partners located at 7800 Windrose Ave. in Legacy West, Plano’s popular mixed-use development.
Velvet Taco offers a thoughtfully created, chef-driven menu with scratch-made everything, including slow roasted marinated brisket, dry-rubbed pulled pork, tomato chutney prepared with fresh grilled vegetables, all sauces and more. The globally inspired cuisine that just happens to be in a tortilla is innovative and imaginative, yet still approachable while pushing the envelope. Continue reading
Chef Uno Immanivong’s Red Stix Asian Street Food will leave Legacy Hall on March 24 to expand into a freestanding, brick-and-mortar location near Southern Methodist University. In its place, Legacy Hall will add restaurant partner Beijing Brothers, a Texas-based Chinese restaurant created by Yang Sun and Willy Lu. The new restaurant will open in mid-April. Continue reading