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Refined Dallas bakery crushes on Fort Worth and more restaurant news
There is much un-news happening in this chapter of Fort Worth restaurant news. It's Un- this and Un- that, with a new bakery opening and a fast-casual place that describes itself as healthy.
Here's all the dish in dining:
Unrefined Bakery, the Dallas gluten-free bakery chain, opened a branch in Fort Worth at 3250 Hulen St., in the space previously occupied by a frozen yogurt place that operated under the name Yogola and before that Yogolait. Many yogos. Unrefined is known not just for its gluten-free goods but also vegan and Paleo treats including cookies and cakes. Fort Worth makes the sixth branch for this chain, which has three locations in Dallas, plus Frisco and Rockwall. So far, the bestsellers in Fort Worth have been cinnamon sweet rolls and all of the Paleo breads, such as its starch-free bread made with almond, flax, and coconut flours.
Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant in the center of Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood, is opening a second location in Southlake, at 250 State St. in Southlake Town Square. It'll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant positions itself as healthy, with wraps and salads such as chicken salad and a vegetarian with portobello mushroom and feta cheese. But as the Fort Worth Star Telegram's Robert Philpot observes, there is also a Cuban sandwich with pork and ham and a fried chicken with pepper bacon, and there are slim-to-none vegan options. Given the fast-casual format and what they're serving, the $10-$13.50 for a wrap feels pretty steep.
Lonesome Dove, chef Tim Love's Stockyard steakhouse, is featuring a new Friday lunch special. Every Friday from 11:30 am-2:30 pm, the restaurant will feature a prime rib lunch special of a 16-ounce prime rib with Yukon gold potato puree and horseradish cream, for $16. Additionally, bottles of wine will be half price. For reservations, call 817-740-8810.
Starbucks has opened a Reserve bar in Uptown Dallas at the McKinney & Olive high-rise tower. The company describes its Reserve bars with words that begin with "i," including immersive and interactive. These stores have the core menu of coffee drinks, but also integrate the educational aspects of the Roastery with an immersive coffee bar featuring premium brewing through siphon, Clover, Chemex, or Black Eagle, as well as Nitro Cold Brew taps. These stores also offer specialty beverages from the Seattle Roastery, including Affogato items that pair artisan ice cream with coffee; and cocktail-type drinks such as the Melrose, with cold brew, cherry bitters, demerara syrup, and a maraschino cherry. The first Reserve Roastery debuted in Seattle in 2016; roughly 25 exist today in the United States.
Whataburger has two new chicken sandwiches featuring chicken breast and unique sauces. The Whatachick'n Sandwich is fried, with lighter and crispier breading and topped with savory WhataSauce, a creamy sauce with a classic "Southern" flavor. The grilled chicken sandwich has a zesty WhataSauce with a tangy, peppery flavor. Both sandwiches come on a new "artisan" wheat bun.
A Pilgrim's Pride slaughterhouse in Mt. Pleasant, approximately 130 miles east of Fort Worth, is under investigation for animal cruelty after an exposé by the Humane Society of the United States found evidence of animals beaten with a metal rod, punched, and other horrors. Pilgrim's Pride is the world's second largest chicken producer.