In this week's roundup of Dallas food news, we get a peek at a new high-dollar Mexican restaurant, a new coffee shop from the owner of Ascension and a new brewery opening in Plano's Legacy Hall.
- We seemed to have moved through so many recent Dallas restaurant trends — poke, fried chicken, "elevated" Southern fare — and have settled on a new one: Mexico City. The city's name has been invoked in number of new projects, including one from NL Group, the developers behind DISH, Front Room Tavern and the now-closed Cedar Grove. Jalisco Norte, slated to open at Turtle Creek Village in November, "will have high-profile executive chef Jose Meza Arroyave at the helm where he’ll offer a rendition of Mexico City-style cuisine Dallas has yet to see," according to a press release. As for the menu, expect "traditional Mexican dishes with familiar flavors such as a rice crackling tuna tostada, a rice tostada with tuna tartare, avocado, alfalfa and a macha salsa; ceviche with grounded fish Vallarta-style, cucumber, tomato, onion, celery and serrano; carne asada marinated with Mexican herbs and served with grilled cactus; and arroz con leche, a classic Mexican dish with vanilla ice cream, tequila raisins and walnuts." The restaurant will have a lounge, intimate booth seating, a wrap-around bar, enclosed patio and a walk-up market window called Loncheria, which will sell grab-and-go items. "Drawing inspiration from regions across Mexico, the space is inspired by a Central American-European home, made up of separate rooms, low ceilings, vibrant fabrics and ambient lighting," according to the release.
- On Oct. 21, Eatzi's will open its sixth location, this one in Preston Royal. Located at 6025 Royal Lane, in the Preston Royal Village Shopping Center, the new Eatzi's will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and will serve a menu (along with groceries) similar to other Eatzi's location.
- Details have been set for this year's Dallas Coffee Day, a daylong festival celebrating Dallas' growing roster of roasters and specialty coffee shops. It's now in its third year, and 10 roasters will participate
at this year's fest, held Oct. 21 at Life in Deep Ellum. Since last year's event sold out, they've created two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include a Dallas Coffee Day mug and tote, unlimited coffee tastings, coffee cupping sessions, a latte art throwdown and an espresso bar.
- The owner of Ascension Coffee is opening a new specialty coffee shop, 84 Point Coffee, a 1,500-square-foot cafe downtown, according to a press release. The coffee shop is slated to open in Fountain Place, which is undergoing a $70 million renovation, in early 2018. Those renovations will include a 10-story parking garage, so maybe this will be the first Ascension project where coffee drinkers can actually find a place to park. 84 Point Coffee will serve grab-and-go items along with "only coffee that scores over 84 points on the Specialty Coffee 100 point scale," according to the release. "Only 5 percent of the world’s coffee harvest scores over 80 points, the official quality line for specialty coffee."
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co., the on-site brewery and taproom coming to Legacy Hall in Plano, has released its initial line of year-round beers:
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- Idol Time: Passion Fruit Pineapple Wheat – In this unfiltered wheat ale, fermented with tart tropical fruits, we celebrate the times we can’t remember and the friends we won’t forget.
- Peacemonger – You can defuse any tense situation with a little diplomacy and the right beer, especially one as agreeable as the European-style Pilsner. It’s a crisp and slightly malty beer with a spicy, noble hop finish.
- Rebel Faction – Rise up! This Saison’s floral aroma, fruity and earthy flavors and subtle tartness will be the antidote for conformity.
- Public Dissent – This refreshingly crisp grapefruit and piney hop-flavored pale ale with caramel undertones stands up against the mainstream.
- The Antagonist – With a medium body, balanced caramel-like flavor and a dry finish, this beer is one that everyone will enjoy.
- Blind Justice IPA – West Coast meets Texas. A blend of six different hops makes this beer an amber slice of heaven. The mouthwatering IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Mosaic, Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Magnum hops, balanced by a perfect level of malt body.
There's no word on when Unlawful Assembly itself will open, but Legacy Hall is scheduled to open in October.
- A new brewpub and restaurant is coming to East Dallas, CultureMap reports: White Rock Alehouse & Brewery, located at Gaston and Garland and set to quietly open in November. Owners have tapped Blake Morrison, who's worked with Cedar Creek Brewery and Whistle Post Brewing, as head brewer. Good news for the few, the proud, the child-free in White Rock Lake: This new restaurant and brewery is geared for adults, owner Greg Nixon tells CultureMap: "We recognize that there are families in Lakewood, and we will welcome everyone," Greg says. "But we want to make sure we're different from the places where kids are running around. We'll be family-friendly — but a big part of the feedback we've already gotten is that people would like us to provide an alternative to the kid thing.