The benefits of marriage equality just keep coming! Villa-O, the Travis Walk Italian staple, has offered “girls night out” specials for years. Now it’s time to include the guys. Thursdays now offer men and women the same food and drink specials: Signature cocktails for $7, wells and domestic beers for $4 and select appetizers 50 percent off from 4 p.m. to close.

The travel company Butterfield & Robinson has partnered with Saveur magazine to design some upcoming gastronomic tours of the world this fall. Travelers will be given the chance to meet and dine with chefs, good with local food artisans and enjoy offbeat epicurean adventures. Planned trips include Peru (Oct. 19–26), New Orleans (Nov. 12–15) and Sonoma/ Napa (Nov. 19–22). More information is available at

Richard Graff, the opening executive sous chef at Gemma, is now the executive chef at the Meddlesome Moth. The gastropub and taphouse will continue to serve a chef-driven menu of shared plates. Oak, Meddlesome Moth’s neighbor in the Design District, has a new power lunch special Monday–Friday (2 courses for $20), plus a Friday only surf and turf concept: a lobster and pork rib roll for $18.

New to Uptown: Winslow’s celebrated its grand opening last weekend, and continues to serve everything from brunch to cocktails. Citizen, a new “experiential lounge,” has set a fall opening. Located on Fairmount, it will serve cocktails as well as a menu designed by Rodman Shields.

Restaurant Week is upon us, but some restaurants not on the list are still offering dinner specials. India Palace has a three-course dinner available Aug. 10–16 for $35 that includes a complimentary glass of wine. It’s located on Preston Road at LBJ.

— A.W.J.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 7, 2015.