This serving of restaurant news runs from the exclusive world of top chef popups, to the opening of another restaurant dedicated to chicken tenders. There's also important developments in the key categories of pizza and tacos.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Le Bureau is the name of a new pop-up from irrepressible chef Tim Love, who will showcase his French cooking skills at the latest installation of this cooking series which Love debuted in 2016. Le Bureau will be open February 7-10, from 6-9 pm, in Love's test kitchen inside his company headquarters at 713 N. Main St. The five-course menu includes potato leek soup, rabbit terrine, poached oysters and caviar, celery root carpaccio, langoustine-black truffle ravioli, squab roulade, scallops, duck a l’orange, apple-cheddar galette, blackberry clafoutis, and chocolate caramel truffles, and is accompanied by bubbly, two glasses of wine, aperitif, and coffee. Other wine from Love's cellar and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets are $105, and seating is limited. For reservations, call 817-624-9712.
Golden Chick, known for golden tenders and marinated golden fried chicken, has opened a new location at 2870 Cleburne Rd., mere blocks from TCU. It's the seventh Golden Chick in Fort Worth and the 178th location overall. Local franchisees are Scott Pierce and Audrey Busby-Pierce. Golden Chick also offers a variety of chef-inspired menu items, including chicken salad and their "almost world famous" yeast rolls.
Pie Five, the quick-serve pizza chain, has introduced a super-trendy new item: a crust made out of cauliflower. Pie Five VP Christina Coy explains that "cauliflower is exploding in popularity due to its taste and amazing health benefits," which include vitamin C, phytochemicals, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antioxidants. Cauliflower is also thought to help improve digestion and detoxification. What doesn't it do? The new crust will be added to Pie Five's existing crust options — crispy artisan thin, classic pan, traditional Italian, and gluten-free. But do not delay: The cauliflower crust will be available only through February 11.
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, the retro chain known for burgers, shakes, and fries, is branching out into a new category: salads. What? It's true. There's a spicy shrimp salad, a Cobb, and a garden salad. Other new options include a BLT with an excessive 5 slices of bacon; and a chicken cheesesteak, which seems to defy the definition of a cheesesteak. The chain's Shake-Shack-ian foray into crinkle-cut fries was met with complaints by customers who missed the old straight-cut fries, so they are back, along with a new side of tater tots. The North Carolina chain has 135 restaurants in 12 states, including a branch in Bedford.
Snuffer's is offering a new dish of mix-and-match mini-bratwursts. The mix-and-match part consists of toppings that include chili and cheddar; Chicago-style with diced tomatoes, pickles, giardiniera peppers, and red onions; Texas-style with queso, pico de gallo, and jalapeño relish; mushroom and Swiss; caramelized onions; or bacon and hickory BBQ sauce. Two options with a side of fries is $6. Three with fries is $7.50. But do not delay: These bratwursts will be available only through January 31. Snuffer's now has 12 restaurants throughout North Texas, including South Arlington and Southlake.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, located in the new Toyota Music Factory in Irving, has launched a winter seasonal menu. New dishes include salmon cakes, Mediterranean chopped salad, spicy meatball and roasted fennel pizza, lamb burger with garlic mint yogurt sauce on ciabatta, smoked pork ramen, Korean BBQ pork & kimchi fried rice topped with a sunny-side fried egg, coffee-crusted beef short rib with white cheddar mashed potatoes, and salted caramel apple cheesecake. Two new seasonal cocktails include a salted caramel Moroccan coffee with rum and Kahlua; and a maple old fashioned with pure maple syrup and Templeton Rye.
Applebee's brings back all-you-can-eat riblets for a limited-time for $13. They've also added all-you-can-eat chicken tenders, both served with all-you-can-eat fries. Your first round features 12 ounces of riblets in choice of honey BBQ or spicy Texas BBQ sauce; refills include six more ounces of riblets. Your firset round of all-you-can-eat chicken tenders has seven chicken tenders with honey Dijon mustard; refills include three chicken tenders.
TGI Fridays has a new "better for you" menu of lighter entrée options that includes the Beyond Meat burger, a famed plant-based burger substitute that is currently available only at a few restaurant concepts including Twin Peaks. TGI Friday's Beyond Burger is a 6-ounce grilled patty, topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and Fridays sauce. The Beyond Burger patty can also be substituted for any of Fridays existing burger choices. Other items on the new menu include chicken or salmon with a sweet and spicy Korean BBQ glaze and mango pico de gallo on a bed of jasmine rice. There's also a new side called super veggies, with bok choy, broccoli, red bell peppers, and snap peas.
Taco Cabana has a new menu with something everyone wants: breakfast tacos available all day. There are four breakfast taco varieties, priced from $1.19 to $2.80: bean and cheese; bacon, egg, and cheese; chorizo, egg, and cheese; and steak, egg, and cheese. There are also a line of new taco boxes, holding a dozen signature tacos. For January, the taco boxes include the breakfast box with 12 Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Tacos for $17.99; and the lunch/dinner box with 12 chicken fajita tacos with peppers and onions for $25.99. Both are available any time of day.
Cantina Laredo has a new line of low-calories cocktails, available for a limited time. Strawberry blood orange smash has blood orange vodka, strawberries, basil, and lemon juice, and is topped with soda. A skinny 'rita has Hornitos Plata Tequila, lime juice, agave nectar sweetener, and soda. A skinny raspberry 'rita has Hornitos Plata Tequila, lime juice, raspberry, triple sec, and soda. The drinks run from 109 to 125 calories and run about $9 each.