Coffee near White Rock Lake, pizza in Arlington, bars in Dallas, Eataly update

It’s been nine months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. Do you need a drink? Great because there are several new places that serve both coffee and cocktails.

Here is eight bites of Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant news.

Eataly update

The Italian gourmet market Eataly opens December 9th at the NorthPark Center in Dallas. Are you ready, foodie? This is next week. And that’s the food and wine that people wait in line for on opening day. In fact, “we never had a line when we opened,” says Alex Saper, Eataly’s COO. This year will certainly be different because of the pandemic. Saper notes that Eataly is serious about security and makes a polite suggestion: “You don’t have to come on the first day.” It will be there when you are ready.

Eataly is located at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. It opens on December 9th.

Harwood Arms opens December 7th in Dallas

Chef Ryan York created the menu at Harwood Arms, a new pub in Dallas that opened in December 2020.Chef Ryan York created the menu at Harwood Arms, a new pub in Dallas that opened in December 2020.(Kathy Tran)

A pub called the Harwood Arms is slated to open on December 7th in the Harwood District of Dallas – the fast-growing neighborhood between Uptown Dallas and Victory Park. The aim is to transport customers across the pond with British and Irish inspired food and drinks. The bar offers a wide variety of scotch and whiskey. Menu items are beer and cheddar soup; a burger with Irish cheddar and whiskey dill pickles; Bang and mush; and fish and chips. Guests who want to deal with the topic can order a full English breakfast at brunch: eggs, beans, sausage, bacon, vegetables and toast. For dinner we are keen to try the Guinness braised short rib, served with Irish cheddar grains. And we have our eye on the Beeramisu, a piece with the Italian dessert, but made with Guinness-soaked lady fingers.

Harwood Arms is located at 2850 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Opens December 7th. Dinner only on weekdays; On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. No takeaway options at this time.

The El Porton Cafe opened in East Dallas

So is caffeine you are looking for? El Porton is a new coffee shop in East Dallas owned by a married couple from El Salvador. In addition to selling coffee from the store near White Rock Lake, the owners also sell coffee beans – and they’re excited about the sourcing. Go for the unlikely drinks, like a latte brewed with hot tea instead of espresso. The store is a spacious, quiet place that has been serving customers since November 20th. Customers can also take their coffee with them to take away.

El Porton is located at 9540 Garland Road in Dallas.

The Royal 38 cocktail bar opened near Uptown Dallas

The founders of a bar called Hide in Deep Ellum opened Royal 38 on N. Akard Street in Dallas. The cocktails are divided into categories – and they’re kind of a challenge for your own adventure: it’s spirited (strong and drunk); comforting (full-bodied and temperate); refreshing (slim and crisp); and brave (complex and adventurous). Choose your poison and try bites like crispy portobello fries or lobster corn fritters. Although Royal 38 will be known for its drinks, it has a significant menu that includes a cheeseburger, crispy chicken sandwich, French dip, and lobster roll. Larger starters include chicken enchiladas, halibut with broccolini, and a premium New York strip.

Royal 38 is located at 2301 N. Akard St., Dallas. It opened on November 20, 2020.

Christies Bar will reopen at the new Dallas address

Hooray! Christies Sports Bar & Grill previously closed in Uptown Dallas due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Dallas Observer notes that it will reopen on Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 2021. It will move in next to Terilli’s and across from the former grape restaurant. in the room where Slaters 50/50 Burger Joint was once located in Lower Greenville. The bar was in operation for almost 30 years before it closed.

Christies Sports Bar & Grill is expected to open in 2021 at 2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas.

Cane Rosso Pizza opens in Arlington

Cane Rosso in Arlington sells the Beat Writer pizza, named after our brave Beat reporter Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News Rangers.  Get this cake!Cane Rosso in Arlington sells the Beat Writer pizza, named after our brave Beat reporter Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News Rangers. Get this cake!(Jeff Amador)

Arlington has finally opened one of Dallas’s best-known local pizzerias. “And no one is relieved like founder / owner Jay Jerrier, who knows what it is like to try to build and open a restaurant during a global pandemic,” read a press release. (The scheduled opening date was March or April, ouch.) Cane Rosso is a Neapolitan pizza place that started in Deep Ellum and has expanded to East Dallas, Frisco, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. The Arlington branch is in the Urban Union neighborhood, a cool part of town near Hurtado Barbecue and Legal Draft Brewing Company. The Arlington store is the smallest ever – if not tiny, at 3,000 square feet – and Jerrier says the restaurant was built to serve people who want takeaway and delivery.

When you go, order the Beat Writer pizza named after our own Dallas Morning News Texas Rangers writer, Evan Grant. It comes with mozzarella, meatballs, bacon jam, and paprika.

Cane Rosso is located at 200 N. East St., Arlington. It opened on November 25, 2020.

Chilangos Tacos moves to Plano

Chilangos Tacos opened in Plano on November 24th.  The Mexico City tacos are topped with onions, coriander, and a selection of salsa. Chilangos Tacos opened in Plano on November 24th. The Mexico City tacos are topped with onions, coriander, and a selection of salsa. (Courtesy Chilangos Tacos)

Mexicans Jon Garay and chef Joel Mendoza have opened Chilangos Tacos in the Legacy Hall in Plano. (Their original chilangos are located on Harry Hines Boulevard, northwest Dallas.) Garay says the restaurant was “born out of necessity” after failing to find tacos in Dallas that he loved from Mexico City. “A good tortilla, great protein, amazing salsa, and simple toppings are what count, and that’s what we focus on at Chilangos,” he says. In the three-story grocery hall in Legacy West, customers can find tacos, quesadillas and elotes from Chilangos for sale.

Chilangos Tacos is located in the Legacy Hall at 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. All food can be taken away. No delivery options available.

The Heritage Table in Frisco has been closed, but an “impractical” plan is at play

Frisco Restaurant The Heritage Table closed on Nov. 22 after owner Rich Vana said the wellbeing of its guests and staff outweighed the importance of keeping the restaurant open. While Vana hopes to revive the restaurant one day, he has started a new company called The Impractical Sandwich in his place. The shop is only open for 90 minutes a day from Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Starting December 3, customers will be able to order smoked brisket cheesesteaks, po’boys with shrimp and sausage, banh mis and more. Customers can order online 30 minutes before the desired pick-up time or pick them up in person to take away or at the roadside.

The Impractical Sandwich is located in place of The Heritage Table at 7110 Main St., Frisco. The shop will only open for lunch on December 3, 2020. Pickup and curb only.

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