Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

If you're a morning person, this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has you in mind. It's loaded with tidbits about breakfast, brunch, and everything in between. There's new breakfast restaurants, new breakfast menus, and a little coffee news for good measure. It seems hard to believe we could find more new breakfast options barely days after we posted our recent Tastemaker Awards roundup of new breakfast places, and yet here we are, talking about breakfast again.

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

Dayne's Craft Barbecue and Lola's Fort Worth are relocating to 2000 W. Berry St. According to a Facebook post, Dayne's Craft Barbecue will finish out the month of May at 2735 W. 5th St. (where they are now), then will close the first two weeks of June, then reopen for business on June 17. "No one is closing; we are just moving," their post says. "We hope to continue seeing our favorite familiar faces, and look forward to some new ones as we enter this new exciting chapter with the amazing Lola’s crew."

Rush Bowls, a healthy "bowls" concept from Colorado, is opening a location in Southlake, at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd. in late May. Rush is a fast-casual restaurant chain known for healthy meals in a bowl, made with nuts, fruit, yogurt, and granola. They entered the DFW market in 2018, and currently have three in the area. This will be the fourth and according to a release, is being opened by franchisees Mike and April Fuchs.

Mango's is a breakfast and brunch concept which now has two locations: Keller, at 900 S. Main St. #305, and the original in Southlake, at 2750 E. Southlake Blvd. #140. Their menu includes omelets, benedicts, and so-called healthy starters such as an egg white omelet, an avocado stuffed with egg whites & turkey sausage, and avocado toast. OK that last one is healthy. There's also breakfast tacos, skillets, waffles, chicken & waffles, fried chicken, salads, burgers, melts, and wraps.

Lone Spur Cafe is a breakfast-and-lunch chain based in Prescott, Arizona that's expanding to DFW suburbs with locations now open in Bedford, Denton, and Allen. They do breakfast and lunch, with "cowboy food, great cowboy service, and genuine cowboy charm." They also love mounting animal heads and other body parts. Allen has a dead bear pelt on the wall, and their Facebook page posted a video of a horse marching with the painful "walking" gait produced when trainers apply caustic substances to the horses' hooves, a practice now outlawed. The menu features egg dishes plus chicken-fried steak, burgers, and ribeye steaks. The Denton Record Chronicle says they're also opening locations in Grapevine, the Stockyards in Fort Worth, and McKinney.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery, the breakfast-and-lunch chain with robust brunch action, will launch a new menu on May 19 with Parmesan-Panko Crab Cake Benedict, Burrata & Prosciutto Toast, Monte Cristo Brioche French Toast, Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, and more.

Bark Tacos & Smoke is a fun new mobile pop-up barbecue concept from chef Blythe Bridges, formerly of Chef Blythe's Southern Bistro, known for her homey Southern food. She's branching out, expanding her repertoire into other popular cuisines such as smoked meats and tacos including buzzy dishes like birria tacos. She's doing catering and events such as the brunch at Rancho Loma Vineyards this Sunday, May 22.

Salad and Go, the salad chain, is opening three new locations in North Texas, including one in Fort Worth on Summer Creek Drive, along with a location in Sachse and Dallas at Midway & Trinity. Salad and Go does salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soup, lemonades, iced tea, and cold brew, in generous portions for cheap.

Wildwood Grill, the popular locally-owned Southern-themed chain with two locations, is ready to make it three. They're opening a location at the CityLine Market in Richardson, which they expect to open in June. Owners Dave & Mary Garner quit the corporate world to open the first Wildwood Grill in Southlake in 2009, then opened in Garland in 2017. They've become known not only for steaks cooked over oak and hickory, along with burgers, whiskey, and beer, but also for being a neighborhood- and family-friendly place with reliable food and doting service.

Lazy Dog Restaurant and its virtual concept, Jolene's Wings & Beer has a lineup of new menu items launching May 18: Street Corn Fries topped with mozzarella, tajín-lime sauce, charred sweet corn, tomatoes, queso blanco, and cilantro; and Spacedust Wings tossed in a combination of orange, Szechuan peppercorn, and chile spices.

Le Gourmet Baking, a DFW-based company that does iced shortbread cookies, has added Williams-Sonoma to the places that sell their cookies online. Founded by Dallas entrepreneur Becky Nelson in 2012, Le Gourmet does a nontraditional cookie that's thick, soft, and cake-like. Can you call that a shortbread? It surely fits Dallas tastes since Dallas recoils from anything hard or crisp. Williams-Sonoma is selling three varieties — graduation cookies, patriotic, and Father's Day — $60 for a dozen.

Modern Market, the excellently affordable fast-casual concept with five DFW locations, has brought back its cult classic Street Corn Pizza topped with Mexican-style street corn on a cheddar cream sauce with mozzarella, fresh jalapeño, chile powder, smoked crema, and cotija cheese. Like an elotes pizza, see. It's part of a new set of dishes for summer that include chile steak sandwich​​​​​​​​, supremo pizza, seared ahi salad​​​​​​​​, and kale Caesar side salad, although why you couldn't get two kale Caesar side salads and call it a main salad, I have no idea.

Rusty Taco has a new Southern Fried Chicken Taco with fried chicken, diced dill pickles, BBQ honey mustard, and slaw. The pickles and mustard are new, as is a Rusty Tango margarita with a sangria swirl.

Luna Grill has two new wraps: hearty and comforting Mediterranean Chicken Wrap with kale medley, chickpea salad, and feta in a multigrain lavash; and the crunchy refreshing Apple Walnut Chicken Wrap with candied walnuts, apple slices, gorgonzola, cranberries, kale medley, and pomegranate dressing in a multigrain lavash. Priced at $10.49.

Melting Pot has a new Best Fondue Friends Forever three-course menu of cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue, starting at $35. A four-course version for $47 includes an entrée. An enhanced selection of dippers includes prosciutto, pretzel bread, seasonal veggies & fruit, macarons, Oreo-dusted marshmallows, and fresh fruit. Shareable Sips is a new menu of cocktails such as Pink Crush, with New Amsterdam Pink Whitney Vodka and La Marca Prosecco.

Starbucks has debuted two new year-round items: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, featuring Cold Brew topped with chocolate cream cold-foam and sweetened with vanilla syrup. They say that the combination of coffee and chocolate, along with the malt flavor in the chocolate cream cold foam, is designed to evoke a chocolate malted milkshake or that last bit of melted chocolate ice cream on a warm summer day. There's also a Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar, combining coconut, oatmeal, and mini white chocolate chips, topped with lime frosting, white icing, and coconut shavings. Frappuccino flavors these days include Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble.

Photo courtesy of First Watch

Rise and shine for Fort Worth's top 10 restaurants for great breakfast

Tastemaker Awards

Wake up wake up, it's time for the latest entry in the 2022 edition of the annual Tastemaker Awards, CultureMap's culinary celebration shining a light on the top talent in Fort Worth's restaurant and bar communities.

Part of that celebration includes an editorial series in which we profile nominees for Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and a bracket-style competition for Best New Restaurant. Check out our page with all the nominees, all of which have been voted on by a panel of judges consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts.

It'll culminate in a party on May 10 at 4 Eleven, at 411 S. Main St., emceed by comedian CJ Starr, where attendees get to dine on bites from nominated restaurants and find out who the winners are in all the categories. (Tickets are on sale here.)

The category we're here to toast is our wild card, which this year is Best Breakfast. In recent years, Fort Worth has enjoyed a big breakfast boom, with lots of new places dedicated to breakfast and brunch, and big crowds to fill the seats.

Here are the 10 nominees for 2022 Best Breakfast:

Ol' South Pancake House
Before breakfast was a trend, Ol' South was serving it 24 hours a day, at the ready with strong coffee for the morning crowd and just as welcoming late at night for post-party nosh. Founded in 1962, it's been an institution, thanks to its lengthy menu, super-cheap prices, accessible location off I-30, and proximity to TCU for that built-in college crowd. German pancakes are their signature plus home-cooking dishes such as biscuits and CFS.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Denver-based chain likes to say it turns breakfast into a party, and it's definitely been a game-changer since it entered the DFW market in 2016, with super-creative dishes like pineapple upside-down pancakes and breakfast pot pie, and its wholehearted embrace of day drinking (responsibly, of course). The FW Snooze opened in 2018 on West 7th Street, unique in that it was the first location with two stories, not unique in that there's always a line to get in.

Seven Mile Cafe
Small, wholesome breakfast chain was founded in Denton in 2011, but loves Tarrant County, too, especially the north side with outposts in Keller and Far North Fort Worth, where it opened a location in 2019. They're known for fantastic breakfasts, with numerous benedicts and 10 kinds of pancakes, including a pancake sampler, with three different flavors: buttermilk, blueberry, and red velvet. They also serve lunch and offer numerous vegan options.

Cafe Republic
Breakfast and lunch restaurant is owned by two Fort Worth police officers: E.K. Halim and Jimmy Pollozani, who comes from a family that has owned restaurants. Their menu includes eggs, omelets, French toast, Belgian waffles, pancakes, crepes, sandwiches, salads, paninis, and burgers made from black Angus beef, and their portions are generous, a sure crowd-pleaser. They've become a neighborhood hub, hosting local candidates running for office and honoring military veterans.

Hot Box Biscuit Club
Originally a popular pop-up, Hot Box opened in 2019 in the happening South Main area, where they serve breakfast and lunch. Buttermilk biscuits and biscuit sandwiches are the thing, in combos such as fried chicken with sausage gravy, along with Southern classics such as pimento cheese hush puppies and deviled eggs, and a full bar. They're a returning Tastemaker Awards nominee, winning the award for Best New Restaurant in 2020.

The Biscuit Bar
Local chain cleverly focused on biscuits was founded in 2018 by husband-and-wife Jake & Janie Burkett, who do a fast-casual yet high-quality take on scratch biscuits with a wide range of toppings. There are five DFW locations including the Stockyards which opened in 2019. Menu items include biscuit & egg, Buffalo blue chicken biscuit, charcuterie biscuit, and the Monte Cristo, as well as an assortment of tots, salads, and brunch cocktails like mimosas.

The Beacon Cafe
Formerly located at Hicks Airfield, this sweet family-owned spot (not related to Beacon Cafe on Beach) has three great B's: breakfast, brunch, and burgers, made with TLC by irrepressible chef Christie Murrell. Their weekend brunch starts early and boasts omelet and pancake stations featuring pineapple upside-down pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and French toast bread pudding, plus fun specials such as peanut-butter-and-jelly crepes. They have one other thing that people love: low prices.

Our Brunch Spot
They may say brunch in the name but this neighborhood favorite in Keller serves breakfast and lunch as well, with a massive menu, featuring eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and more. They have skillets, migas, biscuits & gravy, avocado toast, crepes, waffles, 10 kinds of omelets, and 10 kinds of pancakes including raspberry, pecan, and s'mores. Lunch extends from sandwiches to wraps, chicken fried steak, burgers, and patty melts.

Dixie House Cafe
Fort Worth is blessed to have three locations of this venerable home-cooking chain — Hulen Street, Lancaster, and Hurst — serving on-the-money renditions of classics such as chicken-fried steak, pot roast, smothered pot roast, chicken pot pie, and fragrant yeast rolls. Breakfasts are bountiful with bacon & egg combos, fat breakfast tacos, and puffy omelets with crispy fried shredded potatoes that cover the plate. Oh, and the pies — lemon meringue, coconut cream, plus cobbler, plus cheesecake, plus poke cake — all amazing.

First Watch
Florida-based chain open for breakfast and lunch is a go-getter, with a big expansion across DFW in the past few years including eight in Tarrant County. Their menu ranges from traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches, and salads, to unique specialty items like the Chickichanga and fruit crepes. They keep things fresh by cycling in new menu items regularly, and also offer complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi.

Quaint Hill Country property checks in as Texas' top bed-and-breakfast, says report

hill country haven

There’s nothing like cozying in at a comfy bed-and-breakfast spot where you can curl up with a novel or savor what the host is whipping up for the morning meal. The Eat This, Not That! website proclaims that the top spot in Texas for relishing that type of atmosphere sits in the heart of the Hill Country.

In a rundown of the best B&B in each state, the website crowns Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg as No. 1 in Texas. (Reviewers on Tripadvisor rate Magnolia the best among 51 B&Bs in Fredericksburg.)

Note: There's no relation here to Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia House vacation rental in the Waco area, nor to their Magnolia empire.

Of course, a website focusing on food dishes up the 411 on Magnolia’s menu.

Breakfast starters at the five-room B&B include cinnamon apple coffeecake and orange cranberry scones, along with coffee, tea, or juice, and a plate of fresh fruit.

Among the entrees are sausage-and-egg casserole with sun-dried tomatoes, baked eggs with herbed goat cheese, and Italian scrambled eggs with prosciutto, mozzarella, and fresh herbs. French toast with warm peach compote, waffles with warm berry syrup, or banana raisin oatmeal pancakes accompany the egg dish. Each entree comes with a side of bacon, ham, or sausage.

The breakfast tables are draped with fine linens and set with fine china.

“Breakfast at the Magnolia House in Fredericksburg is an experience you won’t soon forget. It’s the perfect way to start your day,” the B&B boasts.

Guests can check into one of three traditional guest rooms, or one of two suites with a fireplace and private entrance. All five rooms at the antique-adorned B&B are stocked with signature toiletries, luxurious spa robes, and other amenities.

“Several rooms have antique soaking tubs where you can unwind after a busy day,” the B&B notes.

If you visit the Craftsman-style B&B — seven blocks from Fredericksburg’s Main Street — Eat This, Not That! advises checking out the koi pond and waterfall.

Photo by Kathy Tran

Alamo Drafthouse closure leads this week's 5 most-read Fort Worth stories

This Week's Hot Headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Fort Worth-area Alamo Drafthouse movie theater turns off the lights for good. Less than three years after its big premiere, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in North Richland Hills is closing permanently. According to a release, the theater's owners filed for bankruptcy, along with two other locations — Richardson and Lake Highlands in Dallas. North Richland Hills is the only location closing for good, they say.

2. Fort Worth's Taylor Sheridan reveals surprising fate of Yellowstone prequel 1883. The cast of 1883 will not be coming back to Fort Worth for an encore shoot. Series creator Taylor Sheridan has confirmed that the 10-episode Yellowstone prequel is not getting a second season — or at least he's strongly hinting at it.

3. Colleyville regains movies with opening of new Look Dine-In Cinemas. LOOK Dine-In Cinemas unveiled its newest location in Colleyville when the theater opened to the public on Thursday, March 3. Located at 5655 Colleyville Boulevard, Suite 300, in Town Center Colleyville, Look Cinemas took over a location that used to be home to Studio Movie Grill before being shuttered due to the pandemic.

4. All the news is good in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news is especially upbeat. It's 100 percent good news, from new openings to new menus, with Lent being a theme. Many restaurants are offering limited-edition vegetarian and/or seafood items to make it easier on those giving up meat for Lent.

5. The Pancake Kitchen by Cracker Barrel delivers pancakes to Dallas-Fort Worth all day. There's a familiar restaurant name now delivering pancakes to your door: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the family-dining restaurant chain, has launched a virtual concept called The Pancake Kitchen by Cracker Barrel, and it delivers breakfast all day.

Alamo Drafthouse in North Richland Hills will not reopen.

Photo by Kathy Tran
Alamo Drafthouse in North Richland Hills will not reopen.
Photo courtesy of Cracker Barrel

The Pancake Kitchen by Cracker Barrel delivers pancakes to Dallas-Fort Worth all day

Breakfast News

There's a familiar restaurant name now delivering pancakes to your door: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the family-dining restaurant chain, has launched a virtual concept called The Pancake Kitchen by Cracker Barrel, and it delivers breakfast all day.

The concept was first introduced in Los Angeles in 2021, and is now expanding to more than 100 Cracker Barrel locations in 2022, bringing it to 200 locations across the U.S., including Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Pancake Kitchen will serve pancakes and other breakfast favorites for delivery and pickup via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

The menu includes pancakes in five varieties:

  • buttermilk
  • blueberry
  • pecan
  • confetti
  • chocolate chip

Non-pancake options include biscuit beignets, a hash brown casserole, and a loaded hash brown casserole topped with diced ham and cheddar cheese. There's also bacon and sausage, and a side of fried apples, good on a pancake or good as a side.

The bestseller is the Classic Pancakes Bundle, with three pancakes and "100 percent pure natural syrup" — notice they don't say it's maple. It's $11.69.

In a statement, Cracker Barrel's Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation Matthew Schaefer says that these items are some of the chain's most popular items.

"The expansion of The Pancake Kitchen by Cracker Barrel is part of our plan to make it as easy and convenient as possible for guests to enjoy one of our most popular homestyle breakfast favorites – whether they want pancakes at breakfast, lunch or dinner time!" Schaefer says. "As the trend in online ordering and partnership with on-demand delivery platforms continues, we are excited to evolve our strategy and offerings to ensure our guests are able to satisfy their cravings for 'pancakes all flippin' day™'."

Wow, they even trademarked that phrase, smart thinking.

Cracker Barrel began investing in digital concepts in October 2021, starting with Chicken 'n Biscuits, its first virtual brand, which is now available in 500 locations across the U.S., including more than a dozen locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. The company also operates Cracker Barrel Kitchen, the anchor brand for these ghost kitchen outposts.

Beginning February 26, while supplies last, those who spend $20 on pancakes will get a free order of Biscuit Beignets, which consists of buttermilk biscuit dough, deep-fried then tossed in cinnamon sugar and served with butter pecan sauce for dipping.

The locations in Texas where it's currently available are as follows:

  • Allen: 1323 N. Central Expy.
  • Benbrook: 8010 SW Loop 820
  • Buda: 550 Old San Antonio Rd.
  • Corpus Christi: 4229 South Padre Island Dr.
  • Denton: 4008 N I-35
  • DeSoto: 1421 N Interstate 35 E
  • Grapevine: 2700 Grapevine Mills Pkwy
  • League City: 231 Gulf Freeway South
  • Lubbock: 5018 Milwaukee Ave.
  • Mesquite: 5304 N. Galloway Ave.
  • Midland: 3108 N Loop 250 West
  • San Antonio: 11030 I H 10 W
  • Temple: 3687 S General Bruce Dr.

The Pancake Kitchen is available from 8 am-9 pm daily.

Black Bear Diner

California diner scrambles up all-day breakfast with CFS in Fort Worth

Breakfast News

A California-based restaurant chain is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, with that most valuable commodity, breakfast all day: Black Bear Diner, which serves classic, home-style comfort food, is executing a Texas expansion for 2022 that includes a location in Fort Worth, at 9501 North Fwy., near Heritage Trace Parkway.

According to a spokesperson, the restaurant will open in mid-2022.

Black Bear Diner was founded in 1995 by Bruce Dean and Bob Manley in Mt. Shasta, California. They bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service to the dining experience. The quickly growing family dining concept, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers a vast, enticing menu anchored in hearty portions and excellent value, with service rooted in genuine hospitality.

Their motto says it all: breakfast served all day, lunch that's quick and satisfying, and dinner with comfort food classics. They also have a cute little bear theme such as black bear insignias on the coffee cups.

The menu is a deliciously sprawling document. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, omelets, scrambles, biscuits & gravy, and benedicts. Among the notable items:

  • bear claws, to go with the bear theme
  • French toast made with cinnamon rolls
  • chorizo breakfast burrito
  • breakfast sliders with choice of hot Italian or mild Italian sausage

There's steak & eggs and also CFS & eggs, featuring a 10-ounce steak breaded & fried golden brown, with country gravy, three eggs, and two biscuits.

Lunch has classic sandwiches such as a tri-tip dip, stacked on a ciabatta hero, served with au jus; and a Reuben, with Swiss on grilled rye. There's chili made with ground beef, mild Italian sausage, and beans, yes that's right, with beans; and four bountiful entree salads.

A slew of burgers includes bacon cheddar, chili cheddar, avocado & jack cheese, and a Parmesan sourdough burger with Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, tomato, and grilled onion on thick-cut sourdough bread grilled golden with a garlic Parmesan cheese crust.

Dinner is very home-cooking with meatloaf, pot roast, roasted turkey, chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, fish & chips, chicken pot pie, and open-faced hot turkey sandwich on white bread with turkey gravy, red-skinned potatoes, and cranberry sauce.

Desserts include cream pies, cobbler, 5-layer chocolate cake, cheesecake, bread pudding, brownie sundae, and banana split.

Black Bear Diner currently has nine locations in Texas, most located in the suburbs of Houston; the most recent opened in October 2021 in Brownsville.

In addition to the Fort Worth location, they're also opening restaurants at the following addresses by October 2022:

  • Mesquite: 3730 Towne Crossing Blvd.
  • San Antonio: 2707 Southeast Military Dr.
  • Pasadena: 3497 E. Sam Houston Parkway South
  • McAllen: 602 W Expressway 83
  • Harker Heights: 401 W. Central Texas Expy.

The new diners are a combination of conversions and ground-ups and will incorporate recent design changes to better accommodate off-premise dining. Once all six locations are open, Texas will have the most Black Bear Diner locations outside of California. Yay us.

In a statement, CEO Anita Adams says that expanding their footprint in the Lone Star State is a key part of their long-term plan to continue to push eastward.

"We are pleased to introduce Black Bear Diner to new communities this year, and we look forward to serving up our delicious food and family-style dining experience to more guests," Adams says. "Our founders built Black Bear Diner as a unique space where people can gather and enjoy a delicious meal together in a relaxing and fun environment. That sense of community and connection remains a core part of who we are today and extends to our fantastic franchise owners and development partners."

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Giant sea creatures made of recycled beach trash wash onto Galveston Island in must-see new exhibit

inspiring sea change

A giant great white shark, massive bald eagle, oversized octopus, and more enormous sea life have invaded Galveston Island.

"Washed Ashore," a compelling traveling art exhibit of giant sea animal sculptures made of trash collected from beaches, is now on display across 19 locations in Galveston.

The clever showcase features more than 20 pieces — most more than six feet tall and as much as 17 feet wide — such as coral reefs, jellyfish, penguins, sunfish, and more.

Sculptures can be found at museums, hotels, parks, attractions, and popular outdoor spaces. Thanks to a partnership between Oregon-based non-profit Washed Ashore and the Galveston Park Board, the exhibit, which is open though March 5, is free.

This innovative, powerful exhibit is designed to educate the public about the hazards of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways and comes at a touchstone environmental moment. Some 35 million metric tons of plastic entered the global aquatic ecosystems in 2020, according to the Ocean Conservancy’s research partners.

Similar "Washed Ashore" exhibits have been displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as well as zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens across the nation. Notably, this Galveston debut marks the first time the exhibit will not be behind a paid gate, per press materials.

“The sculptures are impressive,” Visit Galveston Chief Tourism Officer Michael Woody says. “But they’re even more impressive when you look at them closely. The artists at Washed Ashore placed recognizable objects – like buckets and shovels – at a child’s eye view. This way, hopefully, they will learn to take with them what they bring to the beach.”

For more information on the exhibit, visit the official site.

Photo courtesy of Visit Galveston

Meet Greta the great white shark.

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

It’s a frigid start to February this week, but tasty events bring opportunities to warm up once the coldest weather passes. Get cozy with hand-made pasta and wine, a dim sum cooking class, two new Sunday brunch launches, and a complimentary educational class to watch online from the warmth of your own home.

Thursday, February 2

An Evening with Batasiolo Wine Dinner
Only 11 lucky individuals get to partake in this four-course dinner set to take place in il Modo’s intimate pasta-making room. Wines from Beni Di Batasiolo Winery will be paired with each course. Reservations are $199, plus tax and gratuity, and include valet parking. Dinner begins at 6 pm.

Saturday, February 4

Who Eats Cornbread? Who Eats Biscuits? Baking and Texas Identity Webinar by the TCU Center for Texas Studies
Curl up at home with hot biscuits or cornbread while watching this tasty and educational webinar led by Rebecca Sharpless, professor of history at TCU. She’ll talk through the history of baking in Texas and the American South, speaking from research conducted for her latest book, Grain and Fire. Learn who used white cornmeal, who used yellow, who used sugar, who didn’t, flour to fat ratios, and why it all matters. The free webinar begins at 10:30 am.

Jazz Brunch Launch at The Fitzgerald
The Camp Bowie Boulevard restaurant will channel New Orleans vibes with the launch of its new jazz brunch. The live jazz pianist will provide tunes on Fitzgerald’s heated patio both Saturday and Sundays from 11 am-2 pm. Plan for brunch dishes like crab cake Benedict, shrimp and grits, crawfish omelets, and bananas Foster banana pudding.

Dim Sum Time at Indulge Cooking Studio
The downtown cooking studio located inside Third Street Market hosts an array of classes regularly. This one will feature dim sum, the traditional Chinese meal made up of small plates featuring various dumplings and snacks. The menu will include chicken shumai, Chinese greens, spring rolls, and an egg custard tart. The class is $89 and will begin at 11 am.

Sunday, February 5

New Sunday Brunch at Craft & Vine
The Roanoke restaurant, wine bar, and craft cocktail lounge will launch Sunday brunch with new buffet-style stations. Enjoy eggs Benedict, a carving station, waffle bar, and more, as well as champagne flights, a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and even a bar cart for crafting Old Fashioneds. The price is $39 per person and $15 for kids 12 and under. Brunch service begins at 10 am and the live music starts at 11 am.

Luke Bryan trucks to Dallas-Fort Worth for 2 tour stops, including Dickies Arena

Country on

Luke Bryan fans, clear your calendars in late September 2023. The five-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge is making not one but two stops in North Texas on his "Country On Tour."

He'll play Dallas' Dos Equis Pavilion on September 28, then scoot over to Fort Worth for a show at Dickies Arena on September 29. The only other Texas stop on his 36-city tour will be in Lubbock, on July 27. (So sorry, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.)

Special guests throughout the tour will include up-and-coming country artists Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock.

According to the tour site, Beckham, Dean, Whitters, and DJ Rock will play the Dallas-Fort Worth shows.

Bryan has a history of investing in new artists by inviting them to join him on tour, a press release reminds.

“Artists get into the business to make music and perform it for the fans,” Bryan says in the release. “Leaving it all out on that stage is what it’s all about for me. I’m excited to support and have so many talented new artists along for the ride this year. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job.

The tour is named for Bryan's 30th No. 1 single, “Country On” - a celebration of farmers, truckers, military, first responders, and all of Americana that hit the top of the country singles charts around Christmas 2022. He has amassed a career tally of 56 total weeks at #1.

Bryan launches his 2023 headline dates at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas on February 1. He's also returning as a judge on ABC's American Idol this spring.

Bryan's "Country On Tour" kicks off June 15 in Syracuse, New York.

Tickets go on sale on at 10 am Friday, February 3 at Lukebryan.com.

Presale for Bryan's fan club members will run 8 am Tuesday, January 31 through 5 pm Thursday, February 2. For details, go HERE.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets from 10 am Wednesday, February 1 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb 2 through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.