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Pho and ice cream keep this Fort Worth restaurant news on trend

Pho and ice cream keep this Fort Worth restaurant news on trend

Banh Mi Viet
Pho is phabulous all year round. Banh Mi Viet

In this dining-news roundup, there are restaurants coming and restaurants already here. There are tacos, pizza, and special holiday cupcakes.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

Hickory Bird is a new restaurant concept debuting in Texas, located specifically inside Walmart stores, with one about to open in Fort Worth. It's going into the Walmart Supercenter at 6300 Oakmont Blvd., off Hulen Street, with a very soft opening taking place on the weekend of May 16-17. Their menu includes $5 sandwiches with BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, and fried chicken tenders, along with combo plates featuring sides such as black beans, rice, cole slaw, sweet potato mash, and broccoli. They sell whole chickens with sides and rolls for $15, plus smoked chicken or BBQ pork quesadillas, fries, loaded fries, and desserts including BBQ Snob favorite banana pudding. The first opened in 2018 in Bedford, at the Walmart on Highway 121.

Piaf Kitchen + Wine + Bar is a new restaurant from Yasmine Bohsali and Fabien Goury, owners of the Main Street Bistro & Bakery chain, which will open at 129 S. Main St. in Grapevine, in the space previously occupied by San Daniele Italian restaurant, which closed in October 2018. They describe Piaf as having a Mediterranean focus with seafood, flatbreads, and salads, plus an extensive wine list — sort of a ramped up version of Chez Fabien, the restaurant adjoining the Grapevine location of Main Street Bistro, which the couple also owns.

Melt Ice Creams from Fort Worth has opened a 550-square-foot shop in Dallas, inside the Side Dough spot at Eno's Pizza Tavern in Bishop Arts. They're serving six flavors: Beans, Chocolate Chocolate, Cookie Crack, Saltlick, Cup of TX, Velvet Vegan, and the Always Sammie, which are also carried in the Fort Worth’s Near Southside location and Sundance Square cart. The new locale is scooping five additional seasonal ice cream flavors and locally-infused concoctions.

Banh Mi Viet, the family-run restaurant at 7630 N. Beach St. that specializes in the popular banh mi sandwich, recently added another hot and trendy dish to their menu: pho, the comforting noodle soup. Owner Nhien Nguyen says they added it as a cold-weather item. but it has proven so popular that they're keeping it on the menu. They do four varieties: beef lover, brisket, eye round steak, and the surprise hit, meatballs. Their banh mi comes in the traditional version with pork and pate, but also chicken, shrimp, and tofu, and they even make their own baguettes. They also do salads, rice bowls, noodles, wings, sweet potato fries, and even a clam chowder.

Rusty Taco is introducing new limited-time, seasonal menu items available through September 1. There's a surf n turf taco with smoked brisket and fried shrimp with BBQ sauce; street corn topped with chile powder, cilantro, cotija cheese, and a special street corn sauce; and a watermelon mango margarita with a spicy tajin salt rim.

Mimi's Cafe has a new limited-run spring menu available through June 23. Two bowls include a savory power owl with poached egg, avocado, kale, brown rice, farro, and quinoa; and a sweet power bowl with berries, walnuts, and quinoa. Two crepes include mixed berry crème crêpes and lemon crème crêpes. Other dishes include a sweet berry muffin; chicken & quinoa Mediterranean salad with chicken; berry spinach & shrimp quinoa salad; salmon Niçoise salad; and mussels two ways, with choice of linguine or fries.

Pie Five Pizza has three new calzones, aka folded pizzas: double pepperoni, meatball, and the loaded Italian with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, bacon, beef, and Italian sausage.

Pizza Inn has added two "fiesta" pizzas featured on the buffet through the end of May. Taco pizza has taco meat, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese; and chicken fajita pizza has picante sauce, mozzarella, chicken, onion, green pepper, tomato, cheddar cheese, and black olives.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar has brought back the Dollarita, a $1 margarita, available through the end of May. It's served in a 10-ounce mug with tequila and a classic Margarita mix.

Teavana has expanded its sparkling craft iced tea line and introduced a new flavor: Sparkling Blood Orange Mango White Tea. They describe it as a luminous blend of fine white tea, orange peel, champagne mango, and cane sugar. It joins the other Teavana Sparkling Craft Iced Tea flavors Blackberry Lime Green Tea and Unsweetened Sparkling Peach Nectarine Green Tea. Teavana full line of craft iced teas has nine flavors ranging from sweetened to unsweetened.

SusieCakes has new seasonal treats available May 24-27 that include berry vanilla cake, frosted sugar cookies, cupcakes, banana cream pie, and blueberry crumble pie.