News You Can Eat
This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has tidbits about doughnuts, Cajun food, vegan tamales, and gourmet ice cream, culled from press releases, social media, and the occasional hot tip.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Parlor Doughnuts has opened a location in Southlake, at 410 W. Southlake Blvd. #140, in a small center that also includes Another Broken Egg Cafe, Nektar Juice Bar, and Jersey Mike's Subs. Parlor was founded in Indiana as a coffee shop before they added gourmet cronut-style doughnuts, and subsequently began franchising across the U.S. They made their Texas debut in 2021 when they opened a store in Fort Worth. They do coffee and espresso drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, plus hot chocolate, chai, and matcha drinks, plus doughnuts with decadent toppings and fillings, in flavors such as maple pecan, bourbon caramel, turtle cheesecake, and raspberry pistachio. But there's also a menu of breakfast items such as avocado toast, acai bowl, breakfast tacos, and two breakfast sandwiches: sausage-biscuit and spinach pesto on a ciabatta bun; and a whole line of decadent milkshakes in matching flavors such as churro and maple pecan.
The Cajun Market & Cafe in Colleyville closed at the end of October, which they announced on Facebook, stating that since mid-summer, sales have been steadily declining due to the post-pandemic shredded economy. "When we opened our doors and brought our business to the community, it was with the sincere desire to bring authentic Cajun cuisine to the market," they said. "It’s not you and your support or that we have dropped in the quality of our food or service. It's just an unfortunate set of economic circumstances we all have to deal with." They're pursuing a partnership with a local retailer who can stock their gumbo, etouffee, red beans, Boudin products, meat and crawfish pies, and sausages.
El Torito is a tamale maker that specializes in tamales with plant-based fillings, and as of November 19, they're now available at Mashup Market, the plant-based grocery in Denton. They've added a limited-edition tamale flavor to the menu: Jackfruit Pozole Rojo which will be available for the holiday season and through the winter. Their other flavors include green-chile chicken, jalapeno & cheese, chorizo & bean, bean & cheese, and for now, another limited-edition flavor: pumpkin spice. They also do empanadas and other specials. You order online although they're already sold out this week with holiday orders.
Belenty's Love Mexican Vegan Restaurant is now offering tamales for the holidays, available through December 23 in the following options: picadillo, chickenless, cheese & jalapeño, beans, or soyrizo, a dozen for $15. Call 817-862-9008.
Mariachi's Dine-In has launched a new made-to-order dessert: Buñuelo chips drizzled with house made chocolate, berry compote, powered & cinnamon sugar, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, all vegan. The ice cream sits at the center, so you can dip into it with the chips.
Morgan's Ice Cream, the small-batch ice cream maker, is now featured at Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine. They posted on their Facebook page that they were approached "by the Fort Worth famous, fine-dining restaurant @bonnellstexas" regarding bringing their ice cream onto their menu. Bonnell's is now serving their Honey, Not So Vanilla ice cream plus a custom coffee ice cream.
Modern Market has a new winter menu featuring a Greens & Grains bowl with arugula, tomato, grains in a scallion ranch dressing; Nicoise with tuna, olives, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and boiled egg; braised Angus beef bowl with garlic mashed potatoes, mushrooms, & kale Caesar salad; a Winter Garden salad with greens, shredded carrot, tomato, red onion, & crumbled goat cheese; pizza topped with Brussels sprouts & bacon; fire-roasted veggies plate with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, & carrot; and a Nutella Belgian waffle with toasted coconut & almond.
Carrabba’s is doing a limited-time 3-course dinner for two for $44, featuring appetizer to share, soup or salad, and entrées with choices from stuffed mushrooms, zucchini fritte, Sicilian chicken soup, Caesar salad, eggplant parmesan, lasagna, spaghetti, rigatoni with Italian sausage, chicken, pork chop, or sirloin.Dunkin’s New Pancake Wake-Up Wrap is a portable, pillowy pancake, folded and filled with egg, bacon, or sausage, cheese, and a side of syrup.
7-Eleven debuts its 7Collection holiday line including holiday sweaters, "Oh Thank Heaven" script necklace, 7-Eleven knitted striped Beanie, 7-Eleven sherpa blanket, a 7-Eleven clock, and a 7-Eleven stocking.
Mushrooms are a nationwide trend which CW33 covers with a visit to Smallhold, an indoor farm in Buda that’s harvesting thousands of pounds of gourmet mushrooms like Lion’s Mane and Yellow Oyster every day.