Check out the latest DFW-area foodieÂ events and restaurant specials taking place this month. Have something to add? Email me at foodie @ dallasfoodnerd.com.
Uchi Dallas opens June 1
The highly-anticipated Uchi Dallas opens today at 5 p.m.Â The cuisine will meld the best offerings of the first Uchi and Coleâ€™s second Austin concept, Uchiko.Â Chef Coleâ€™s signature menu offerings include hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura, sushi and sashimi. Every detail is thoughtfully managed so the guest may enjoy the progression of the meal in a seamless flow, each bite meant to build upon the last.Â Chef Nilton â€œJuniorâ€ Borges will act as Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant.
The Original Pancake House launches campaign for Medical City Childrenâ€™s Hospital summer camp
From June 1 to June 19, guests at any of the six DFW Original Pancake House locations can get involved by coloring or filling out a post card to wish campers a fun time during their week at Camp iHope. For more information on how to get involved or to donate to Camp iHope, please visit www.campihope.org/donate.html.
The Original Pancake House will also donate a portion of sales for every Strawberry Cakes sold on the Kids Fit Menu. Strawberry Cakes, created by Texas ProStart culinary students, include three buttermilk or three ancient grains silver dollar pancakes topped with yogurt, bananas and strawberries.
Olivella’s celebrates Nat’l Cheese Day, June 4
Nat’l Doughnut Day, June 5
CelebrateÂ National Doughnut Day on June 5 at Top Pot Doughnuts (located at 8611 Hillcrest Ave Suite 195 Dallas, TX 75225). The store will give away free doughnut holes from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest location and 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at theÂ Greenville store. This deal is also valid on June 6!
OnÂ Sunday June,Â the Hillcrest locationÂ will have a doughnut eating contest at 3 p.m.Â Anyone 12 and olderÂ can enter; no advance sign up necessary.
Plano’s Sea Breeze offers June Lobster Bake and cooking classes
Sea Breeze will host aÂ New England Lobster Bake (June 5 – 6) and their popular cooking classes onÂ June 14Â and June 28. CallÂ 972-473-CRAB (2722) for details and reservations.
Saturday Soirees at the Harwood District, June 6 and June 27
Enjoy a French-themed soiree atÂ Mercat Bistro including live music by DJ Steffi Burns from noon to 4 p.m. on June 6 and June 27.Â Come have brunch with a mimosa or a glass of rosÃ©, while Steffi introduces you to the latest sounds direct from France.
BITE City GrillÂ launches Sunday brunch beginning June 7
Chef Eddy T’s Fort Worth restaurant, BITE City Grill, will serve brunch every Sunday beginning June 7Â from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.Â Guests will enjoy eight stations including a variety of hot and cold dishes, including custom omelet and griddle stations. The new brunch buffet is $15.95 for adults, and includes coffee, tea or soft drinks. Children ages 4-10 will dine for half price, while children under 4 are free. In addition to offering Happy Hour prices all day long, BITE will offer mimosa and Bloody Mary specials.
11 days of specials at Roma’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Starting June 10, Roma’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant will celebrate its 11th anniversary with 11 days of food specials. Catch specials like $1.10 kids’ meals, $1.10 happy hour drinks, $1.10 appetizers and more. They will also donate 11 percent of their sales on June 14 to the Children’s Cancer Fund.
Check back on their Facebook page for more updates. The restaurant is located atÂ 7402 Greenvile Avenue.
Charity lemonade contest at Good Local Markets, June 20
Good Local Markets will host the Good Local Lemonade Contest to be held Saturday, June 20 at Lakeside Market (9150 Garland Road) beginning at 10:30 a.m. All ages are encouraged to enter and participation is free. Prizes will be awarded for the Peopleâ€™s Choice Lemonade.
To register online, go to www.GoodLocalMarkets.org.Â Tasting tickets can be purchased for $2 at the GLM information desk at the event and proceeds will benefit the charity.
Paws on the Patio, June 20
Dad’s eat free at Pluckers, June 21
Pluckers Wing Bar is offering dads a free meal on Fatherâ€™s Day. Dads can select a free entree, side and a non-alcoholic beverage from Pluckersâ€™ extensive menu. A list of Pluckers restaurant locations can be found here.
Bonefish Grill opens in Allen, June 22
Bonefish Grill will open forÂ business on Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at 190 E. Stacy Road located in the Village at Allen. Recognized as the â€œFresh Fish Experts,â€ Bonefish Grill offers a selection of fish species daily such as Chilean Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna as well as meat options such as Rib-Eye Steak with choice of signature sauce. The restaurantâ€™s polished casual approach appeals to those who crave high-quality seafood and wood-grilled specialties at a good value.
From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on opening day, Monday, June 22 the Allen Bonefish Grill will donate 50 percent of sales to the Allen Community Outreach organization, a â€œOne Stop Shopâ€ facility that provides a seamless system of services and programs to help obtain the skills to rebuild lives in the Allen community.
Normaâ€™s Cafe offers $1.79 dishes,Â June 23
Dallas-based home-style cooking restaurant Normaâ€™s Cafe is celebrating its 59th Anniversary by offering guests several popular menu items at just $1.79 on Tuesday, June 23. Guests can order chicken fried steak, meatlook and chicken & dressing at any of the theÂ three locations beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Malai Kitchen’s chef to appear on Bobby Flay’s show, June 25
Chef and co-owner Braden Wages ofÂ Malai Kitchen will appear on Food Networkâ€™s Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, June 25 at 9 p.m. CDT. The episode, calledÂ â€œMavericksâ€, will featureÂ Iron Chef Michael Symon and author and TV host Daphne OzÂ arrive in the arena to beat up on their friend Bobby Flay.Â Heavy-hitters Chef Sylvia Casares and Chef Braden WagesÂ square off in a battle of sheer will. Judges include: Leah Cohen, Ivy Stark and Corby Kummer.
Samsonâ€™s Gourmet Hotdogs now offers burgers, too
Samsonâ€™s Gourmet Hot Dogs has added a selection of burgers. Customers can choose from regular burgers or stuffed burgers, made from Halal beef, along with 31 toppings to choose from.
The burger menu consists of:
- The Big Olâ€™ Burger: Lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion.
- The Beastly Burger: American cheese, guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and chipotle sauce.
- The Eat ME!: Swiss cheese, seasoned sauerkraut, grilled onions, mashed potatoes and spicy brown mustard.
- The Fork You: A “monster burgerâ€ topped with smoked chipotle beef chili, mac â€˜nâ€™ cheese, guacamole, grilled onions, a smoked brat, sharp cheddar and sriracha mayonnaise.
- The Beastless Burger: A veggie burger topped with guacamole, smoked paprika, hummus, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and banana peppers.
The stuffed burger menu consists of:
- The Blue Cheese Burger: Stuffed with gorgonzola and cream cheese and topped with tarragon aioli.
- The Magnum: Stuffed with roasted jalapenos and smoked chipotle cream cheese and topped with smoked chipotle sauce.
- The Mediterranean: Stuffed with feta, cream cheese and olive tapenade and topped with arugula, onions and tomatoes.
Chef Vijay Sadhu joins Cook Hall at the W Hotel
The W Hotel is excited to announce Chef Vijay Sadhu as the new Chef of Cook Hall! Bringing to the table more than 20 years of experience cooking in some of the most esteemed restaurants around the world, Chef Vijay Sadhu will implement updates and improvements to an already excellent menu.Â Guests can look forward to tasting Chef Vijay Sadhuâ€™s culinary creations along with Cook Hallâ€™s famous vintage cocktails in June 2015.
North Dallas’Â Hutchins BBQ named as one of the 100 best BBQ restaurants in new book
Hutchins BBQ has been placed in newly-released The 100 Best Barbeque Restaurants in America by Johnny Fugitt. Along with the distinction, the BBQ eatery is specifically ranked on the â€œTop 5 Brisket in Texasâ€ list and â€œTop 5 Pulled Pork in the Countryâ€ list. In one year, the officer in the United States Navy Reserve visited 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states. The book serves as a guide, chronicling the journey, sharing the secrets of barbecue master while pointing readers to the best plates across the country.
Cheddar’s is nowÂ Cheddarâ€™s Scratch Kitchen
To recognize its timeless, scratch-cooking approach and handmade dishes, all 10 Dallas-area Cheddarâ€™s Casual CafÃ©s have converted to Cheddarâ€™s Scratch Kitchen.Â The new name is part of the companyâ€™s campaign to highlight its handmade menu, an important element of the 36-year-old brand that first opened its doors in Arlington in 1979.
From now throughÂ July 2, local guests are asked to submit their favorite home-cooked side dish recipe to Cheddarâ€™s, either in-restaurant or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A panel composed of Cheddarâ€™s culinary and management team along with local dignitaries will choose one side dish to be featured on the menu of all 10 DFW-area Cheddarâ€™s restaurants for six weeks. The winner will also receive a $250 Cheddarâ€™s gift card.
Velvet Taco rolls out new worldly menuÂ items and brunch
Velvet Tacoâ€™s unique and tasty taco creations continue on the new menu with original tacos inspired by flavors from around the world. New menu items include the Israeli Cous Cousmade with parsley-mint pesto, tzatziki, roasted portabello, grilled halumi cheese, pickled fresnos and micro greens in a lettuce wrap, Shrimp and Grits with creole mayo, blackened shrimp, crispy pepper jack cheese grits, charred tomato poblano salsa, micro cilantro on a corn tortilla and Cornmeal Fried Oysters with remoulade, napa slaw, roast corn pico, chili butter, micro cilantro on a hibiscus corn tortilla.
Also new to the menu, is a brunch section made up of tacos perfect for the morningÂ including the Barbacoa Beef, Egg Frittata made with shredded A Bar N Ranch Wagyu brisket, corn pico, salsa verde, queso fresco and cilantro all wrapped up in a corn tortilla.
Artizone launches new Say Cheese app
Artizone, the online farmers market and home delivery service, launches the new and free â€œSay Cheeseâ€ app, allowing customers immediate access to the products they love with a direct add-to-cart approach. The clever app converts your shopping list into specific products and quantities, based on previously ordered products, or what others are buying. The app is available on iTunes.
Dallas Farmers Market announces new and returning vendors for indoor market this fall
TheÂ Dallas Farmers MarketÂ continues its revitalization efforts by announcing more than 20 new and returning vendors and merchants that have signed leases to be housed at The Market as it re-opens this fall.Â These food artisans and merchants will join previously announced anchor restaurants Rexâ€™s Seafood and Market, Stocks & Bondy, Taqueria La Ventana, Nammi/Coolhaus, Palmieri CafÃ© and Mudhen, the 5,500-square-foot free-standing restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne.
The Marketâ€™s new vendors and merchants include:
- Bohemian Cafe â€“ Texan-Czech bakery offeringÂ scratch-made kolaches, klobasneks, soups, salads, gourmet hot dogs and coffees
- Cajun Tailgators â€“ brought the first gourmet Cajun food truck to DFW, cooking up Louisiana favorites including crawfish Ã©touffÃ©e, jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice
- Chelles Macarons â€“Â specializing in handcrafted FrenchÂ macaronsÂ in assorted flavors
- Dallas Antique Company â€“Â one-of-a-kind antiques, vintage items and reproductions from European markets
- Dallas Caramel Company â€“ caramels and turtles in a dozen unique flavors with Dallas-inspired names likeÂ Texas Drunken Nut, Armadillos and Horned Toads
- Doc Popcorn â€“ national concept offering more than a dozen flavors of popcorn, kettle corn and caramel corn using non-GMO cornÂ and 100 percent corn oil
- GROW North Texas â€“ the nonprofit organizationâ€™s retail space, sellingÂ specialty items with a focus on organic produce and local options not available at The Shed or only available on weekends from pop-up vendors, as well as standard commodity items for nearby neighbors
- Jackâ€™s Modern Southern Kitchen â€“ Southern comfort food, known for its biscuits and gravy
- Mild Billâ€™s Spice Co. â€“Â chili powders, spices, seasoning mixes and specialty rubs
- Scardello Artisan Cheese â€“ cut-to-order cheese shop focused on handcrafted cheeses and tasty accompaniments expanding from its location on Oak Lawn Avenue
- Si Tapas â€“ a selection of hot and cold tapas, Spanish cheese plates, cured meats, soups and paellas
- Sterling Tea â€“ specializes in a variety of loose-leaf teas, herbal blends and tea accessories
- Bettyâ€™s Blue Ribbon Fare â€“ State Fair of Texas-winning jams, preserves and marmalades
New Border Bowls at On the Border
On the Border, one of my favorite places to get fajitas and margaritas, just added the Border Bowls to their menu. These bowls a=are prepared-to-order with fresh house-made ingredients â€“ cilantro lime rice, black beans, bell peppers, queso fresco, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, sliced avocado and roasted red chile-tomatillo salsa, as well as your choice of meat.
Choose from four flavor-packed options, all Mesquite-grilled and brushed with a cilantro lime chimichurri sauce: beef fajita, chicken fajita, grilled shrimp and portobelloÂ mushroom.
Cotton Patch Cafe has chicken fried pride
Cotton Patch is showing its chicken fried pride with a new summer menu that launched this week. The restaurantÂ broughtÂ back its famous Fried Green Tomatoes, as well as offersÂ two new desserts, Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie. The seasonalÂ menu also features new â€œSouthern Sippers,â€ Cotton Patchâ€™s signature cocktails served in mason jars at full bar restaurant locations only.