It’s National Tequila Day — celebrate!

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A la carte tacos at Urban Taco

I take national holidays seriously. I mean, if somebody took the time to put “national” in front of a few words on a particular date, I should honor that effort. And it’s not mine to pick and choose. Do I call my mom on Mother’s Day but ignore my dad a month later? Of course not.

And so, in anticipation of today, July 24, National Tequila Day, I did my required research. Call it my tequatechism.

That research included a trip to Urban Taco on McKinney, to see if this Uptown taqueria was holding strong since I reviewed it nearly three years. And I’m happy to report, it’s strong as ever (and still better than the one at Mockingbird Station).

This drive-by tasting (and sipping) was looking not just at how well the menu worked for busy luncheoners, but whether the tequila selection was worth spending National Tequila Day here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Tasting Notes: BreadWinners to replace Cibus, cones of food get Epic

The same day that Lombardi Family Concepts made two big announcements — first, that its NorthPark eatery Cibus would be closing, and second, that its Uptown Italian resto, Taverna, would be moving a few blocks, and now next door to another Lombardi restaurant, Cafe Toulouse — comes word that the BreadWinners will be moving into the old Cibus space.

This is actually a not of news for several Uptown-based restaurants. BreadWinners has been a staple along McKinney Avenue for more than 15 years, especially revered for its brunches and desserts, and Alberto Lombardi has established a fortress of concepts in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood: In addition to Taverna and Toulouse, La Fiorentina and Sangria are within spitting distance; his La Cubanita, which closed more than a year ago, was also in the area.

The NorthPark opening/closing follows the announcement that Seasons 52 will expanding into Dallas from its Legacy locale, taking over the space vacated by McCormick & Schmick’s.

July 24 is National Tequila Day, which in a city like Dallas is kinda big news. Urban Taco in Uptown will be marking the event with featured flights of its tequila menu, and Asador, the restaurant inside the gay-adjacent Renaissance Hotel, will mark its usual “Taco Tuesdays” special with a complimentary tequila tasting, starting at 4:30 p.m.

At the Taste of Dallas this weekend, I tried out a new concept from Southern Breeze, a new bakery and cafe in Keller, that’s offering a pretty cute little true: Pip Pops, pictured. Basically small, ravioli-sized pies mounted on a stick, they are pretty cute and also tasty. Also new at Taste: Epic Cones, a unique way to eat everything from pizza to cold curry chicken salad to apple pie. Even stranger? The new venture is located in the old Club One space.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Urban Taco to open Uptown location

urban.tacoUrban Taco, the Mexico City-style taqueria in Mockingbird Station, is opening a new branch — this one slightly closer to the gayborhood.

The new location will be on McKinney just south of Lemmon and feature a more ambitious look than the smallish taqueria wedged between Rock Fish and whatever.

A three-tiered patio will overlook a water fountating, and an outdoor bar will be made of recycled Skyy vodka bottles. There’ll even be a chef’s table to let diners watch their food being made. And of course the food, which I favorably reviewed three years ago.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones