The seasons are changing and so are the menus around Dallas-Fort Worth, with new dishes being introduced by everyone from New York-style pizzerias to the biggest restaurant chains. Most of these dishes are here for a limited time, so you must get out and try them before they disappear.
Some are even secret, oooh secret.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Shipley Do-Nuts continues its growth in the North Texas market, with a new location in Grapevine at 604 E. Northwest Hwy., just east of Main Street. Locally owned by husband-and-wife Michael and Jennifer Beaty, the store is open 5 am-5 pm daily, for drive through or dine-in.
In a release, Shipley area rep Phil Adkins says they'll be opening more locations over the next few months. Shipley is based in Houston, under the leadership of Lawrence Shipley III, with approximately 300 franchise locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Boomerjack's Grill & Bar has opened a location in Grapevine at 201 W. SH 114, in the space previously occupied by Joe’s Crab Shack. The chain, which has about a dozen locations around DFW, does burgers, wings, daily specials, and an "all-day, every-day" happy hour. They also offer pool, coin-operated games, and tons of TVs, everywhere you look.
Londoner Colleyville is moving. The pub closed its location on Colleyville Boulevard, blaming construction on Highway 26, which they said on Facebook had affected business significantly and the financial burden was one they could no longer bear. They've found a new location in Colleyville on Highway 121. "We are working hard to finish the remodel and exciting, new menu changes," the post says, with a goal of re-opening by the end of September.
LightCatcher Winery, the remote winery-tasting-room-cafe, is closing in September after 25 years. According to a post on Facebook, they're "retiring from the wine world," after efforts to sell the property. They'll be open through September 16, with full service in the tasting room and bistro, and their wines are on sale at 20-40 percent off.
Bartaco, the fresh taco chain with a location in WestBend, has a special "secret" dish, the crispy lobster taco. It has lobster salad, guacamole, and red onion in a crispy taco shell. It's part of their #bartacosecret program where they run a taco that's not on the menu, requiring you to discover the item via social media and ask for it specifically. Good thing we're here, otherwise you might not spot it on Twitter or Facebook. It's available through October 4.
Enchiladas Ole, the Eastside Mexican favorite, has introduced an unexpected new menu item: its own version of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich — with a Tex-Mex twist. Influenced by Pat's Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, it has brisket, caramelized onions, and Hatch queso sauce on pan bolillo. With pappas, IE potatoes, to boot. You can get it with jalapeño slices, which they say are optional — but who are they kidding? Of course they are essential.
Creamistry, the ice cream chain that uses liquid nitrogen, has a new vegan cashew base ice cream that's plant-based and dairy-free. It joins the ranks of their creamy vegan coconut base ice cream to extend additional plant-based menu offerings to their customers. Guests can customize a scoop of cashew base ice cream just as they would any of Creamistry's other ice creams, with flavor, toppings, and upgrades.
Pinstack, the restaurant and bowling destination, has specials for September including beef stew, spinach artichoke dip, and almond-crusted salmon with roasted potatoes and asparagus. There's a low-carb cauliflower crust pizza with alfredo sauce, red onion, spinach, bell pepper, and olives; and the return of the Impossible Burger, the plant-based patty that is terrifyingly meat-like, which comes with peppercorn sauce, Swiss cheese, and sautéed mushrooms.
Grimaldi's, the New York-style pizza chain, has a new autumnal-themed menu with dishes that include a wedge salad with bacon, blue cheese dressing, and gorgonzola; Buffalo chicken pizza, with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, chicken breast, mozzarella, gorgonzola crumbles, and celery; caramel apple cheesecake with diced green apples; and chocolate cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust.
Bonefish Grill has created a $49 dinner for two with 4 courses that's great for date night or girls' night out. It includes a shrimp appetizer, choice of house or Caesar salad, choice of potatoes au gratin or Brussels sprouts, and choice of Atlantic salmon, Caribbean cobia, shrimp & scallop skewer, or the neighborhood catch. It's available through September 30.
Cotton Patch Cafe is launching its annual "Chicken Fried Road Trip" through October 26, featuring daily specials of deep-fried country dishes. Mondays, it's chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken with jalapeno cream gravy. Tuesdays it's chicken tenders with choice of sauce. Wednesday it's a chicken sandwich. Thursday, it's Nashville hot CFS or chicken fried chicken. Friday, it's fried catfish. On weekends, there's a new brunch featuring the biscuit stack — chicken fried steak between two biscuits with sausage gravy; and the Hot Mess, with chicken fried steak covered in gravy, topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg.
Black Walnut Cafe has five new entrees available through September: shrimp and spinach salad, portabella and goat cheese pasta, roasted vegetable sandwich, Thai chicken noodle, and ahi and avocado toast.
Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is serving pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice cookies, available through November 4.
Golden Chick has new chipotle buffalo tenders, created in collaboration with Dallas chef Larry Atwater. The sauce combines heat, smoke, and sweetness, which could evolve into a signature flavor, if we're good. They're available in a 3- or 5-piece tender combo meal, in all 187 stores through the end of November.