What’s for dinner

Posted on 16 Jun 2017 at 7:50am

Keeping track of new resto openings foodies are following

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The first U.S. location of the Argentinean steakhouse Corrientes 348 opens Tuesday in the former Stephan Pyles space Downtown. Beef is clearly the focus.

We’re almost at the mid-point of the year, which means about half of the new restaurants that will open this year already have … and many have snowballed in recent weeks (and some older restaurants are getting makeovers). In addition to still-new Roux, Q Tacos at Macho Cantina, Junction Craft Kitchen and Nazca Kitchen, here are some to keep on your foodie radar.

Roti Modern Mediterranean. The latest addition to Uptown’s McKinney & Olive development is this Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant, which just opened this week. Named for the wheat flatbread (which is actually from India), the menu features traditional Middle Eastern-style dishes, like falafel, lamb meatballs and fresh feta. 2355 Olive St.

Corrientes 348. Taking over the Downtown space previously occupied by Stephan Pyles’ eponymous restaurant, this Argentinean steakhouse opens for lunch and dinner on June 20. This will be its first U.S. location, so you can be among the earliest to sample the housemade empanadas, signature potato dish papatasso and of course aged beef. 1807 Ross Ave.

District 30. It’s been Cyclone Anaya’s and most recently Bite, but now the space off Oak Lawn in the gayborhood is a new craft kitchen and bar called District 30. Newly opened from lunch to late-night, it offers a large beer selection as well as gastropub-inspired dishes like lamb lollipops and ahi nachos. 3211 Oak Lawn Ave.

The Brixton. Full disclosure: Mohawked punk chef Patrick Stark launched his first restaurant menu at a tasting in the kitchen of my house. Well, he’s progressed far beyond that now. The Brixton is in soft-opening phase right now, but will launch its grand opening on June 23 with a gala bash featuring live music and DJ Serious. The menu will include flatbreads, craft cocktails and artisan “bites and nibbles.” The Shops at Legacy, 5800 Legacy Drive, Plano.

Windmill Lounge. The Maple Avenue institution has a new owner, a new menu and new look, including elevated bar food like rich, four-cheese flatbread, thick Mexican potato skins and big, apple-glazed meatballs. 5320 Maple Ave.

Salsera. The Deep Ellum restaurant has just brought on a new chef, Armando Aguilar, who has refocused the concept to New American Cuisine. The new menu includes simple seasonal items like tuna tartare, housemade naan, pork-belly baos as well as vegetarian options. 2910 Elm St.

Chelsea Corner. The storied McKinney Avenue watering hole closed down, but then reopened early this year with new owners committed to recreating the fun, but improving on the cr-edible-ity of its food. 4830 McKinney Ave.

Hat Creek Burger Co. The Austin-based fast-casual hamburger joint known for local-sourcing as much from Texas as possible is expanding to North Texas with four locations scheduled to open, starting with McKinney in the fall, with Dallas, Rowlett and Allen locations soon to follow.

Also of note: Tickets for the annual Klyde Warren Park fundraiser food event, Park & Palate, went on sale this week at ParkAndPalate.org. The event takes place Oct. 13 and 14. And Sunday is Father’s Day!          

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 16, 2017.

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