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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.

Dunkin'

High-tech Dunkin' shop opens in Fort Worth with coffee drinks on tap

Doughnut News

UPDATE 8-12-2022: The Next Generation Dunkin' at 7367 N. Beach St. is hosting a grand opening celebration on August 13. At 5 am, the restaurant will surprise the first 100 guests in the drive-thru line with free-coffee-for-a-year coupon books. From 9-11 am, the celebration will also include Dunkin'-branded giveaways, an appearance by Dunkin's mascot Cuppy, music, and more.

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A new location of Dunkin', the New England coffee and doughnut chain, will open in Fort Worth with lots of new bells and whistles.

Located at 7367 N. Beach St., in a former urgent care medical clinic, the shop will be one of the chain's Next Generation models, with digital kiosks where you can order and pay using a credit card or a Dunkin' gift card. A release notes that the kiosks create an "efficient, accurate, more convenient, and frictionless experience" for customers. "Frictionless," as in, you won't have to deal with staff.

According to a spokesperson, the shop will open mid-summer.

Dunkin' began modernizing its store experience in 2018, when it first introduced the Next Generation format, featuring an open design with a front-facing bakery case that allows customers to more easily look at the doughnuts. At older stores, their doughnuts are on racks behind the cash register and it can really be a challenge and very awkward to figure out what they are and what to order.

There are now more than 1,000 Next Gen stores out of a total of 9,000 stores, and 13 stores across Dallas-Fort Worth, including Love Field Airport; a Next Gen store opened in McKinney in 2019. As the Next Gen stores have evolved, so have their features, with some stores offering Grab & Go bottled beverages and snacks.

Beyond the warm interior color palette and atmospheric lighting, the new Fort Worth location will feature a drive-thru, complimentary Wi-Fi, and best of all, an innovative tap system with all of their cold coffee drinks lined up, just like beer taps.

Let us list some of the exciting elements of the Fort Worth Next Gen location in our favorite bullet format:

  • Digital kiosks. Note: There is also a traditional order counter, if you are seeking an experience with friction.
  • Premium Pours. Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are poured through an innovative tap system, serving cold sips such as iced coffee, iced tea, Cold Brew, and Nitro-Infused Cold Brew (a Next Gen exclusive).
  • Espresso-based drinks. Crew members also use top-quality, flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make handcrafted drinks to order.
  • On-the-Go drive-thru lane. DDPerks members who order ahead via Dunkin's Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and can head straight into the line for the pickup window.

The store is also a DD Green Achievement restaurant, saving 25 percent more energy compared to a standard Dunkin'.

Photo by Josie Villa-Singleton

These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This Week in Gluttony

This week ramps back up with tasty summertime events after many restaurants took some time off last week. Plan for a barbecue and local beer dinner on Thursday, followed by a busy Saturday of running, brunch, cookie dough and wine pairing, and a taco and margarita tour about town. Don't forget the peachiest festival of the year, too. Sunday features a high-rise restaurant brunch downtown that only happens once a month.

Thursday, July 11

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Barrel & Bones
The Montgomery Plaza barbecue joint and whiskey bar will offer a four-course, belly-busting barbecue dinner paired with nothing but local Rahr brews. Start with brisket and bourbon-barbecue beans paired with Rahr’s Texas Red, followed by smoked turkey breast and creamed corn with Dadgum IPA. Ribs will be paired with Adios Pantalones lager, then finish with mango bread pudding and mango chile sorbet with Rahr’s Paleta de Mango. Seats are $48 per person, and the dinner will run from 6-8 pm.

Saturday, July 13

Run & Brunch 5K at Pacific Table
There are mimosas at the finish line of this leisurely social run and walk, one for each hand. The untimed 5K (that’s 3.2 miles) starts promptly at 9 am and culminates with a breakfast buffet on the Pacific Table patio. Menu items will include scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast, breakfast potatoes, two mimosas, and coffee, along with an event shirt. Register by July 11 for $35, or pay $40 the day of the event.

Doughlicious Wine Pairing at Bingham Family Vineyards
This Grapevine winery had us at cookie dough. Visit for five different cookie dough sample scoops paired with five Bingham wines, plus a souvenir glass to take home. The pairing is only $20 and will be available all day from 11 am to 8:30 pm.

Taco and Margarita Tour
Launched by longtime Fort Worth food blogger Josie Singleton of Eat This Fort Worth, this Fort Worth food tour promises to take taco lovers on a guided jaunt to some of the city’s best taco dives. Participants will meet at Salsa Limon on West Magnolia Avenue, then journey to several secret spots. The $60 ticket includes tacos, two margaritas, and transportation. The tour begins at 11:30 am and will run until 3:30 pm.

Parker County Peach Festival
The second weekend of July means it's peach festival time in Weatherford. The 35th annual Parker County Peach Festival will include more than 200 arts, crafts, food, and activity booths; a food competition; live music; children's activities; the Peach Pedal Bike Ride; and a "42" domino tournament. It takes place from 8 am to 4 pm in Historic Downtown Weatherford, and tickets are $5 for adults (cash only) and free for children 12 and under.

Sunday, July 14

Second Sunday Brunch at Branch & Bird
Brunch happens just once a month at this downtown high-rise restaurant, and it’s this Sunday. Make reservations now (strongly encouraged) for dishes like shrimp and smoked gouda grits, steak and eggs, croque madam with a sunny-side-up egg, waffles, sausage Benedict, and omelets made to order. There’s also an extensive coffee selection, mimosas, and a full bar — not to mention skyline views from the sky-high patio. Reservations run from 10 am to 2 pm.

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

This Week in Gluttony

There’s an event for every wallet size this week, from a $20 beignet and beer pairing to a $225 fine-wine dinner. Barbecue enthusiasts, take note: one of Fort Worth’s best pitmasters will host a two-day brisket camp this weekend. Also, save room for a doughnut and beer pairing and a summer wine tasting.

Thursday, June 6

Wine Tasting: Patio Pounders at 3 Vino
The Roanoke wine bar's event title says it all. Guests get to taste five wines that go down smoothly and pair perfectly with summer heat. The tasting is $25 per person and comes with a cheese board. Visit from 6-8 pm.

Hourglass Wine Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille
Indulgent ingredients and exclusive wines combine for a wine pairing dinner worth the steep price tag. Reservations are $225 per person, plus tax and gratuity, for this five-course dinner at the Southlake location of Del Frisco’s Grille. The luxurious menu will include lobster pancakes, wild boar, duck, and Japanese Wagyu steak paired with high-end Napa Valley wines. The dinner will begin at 6:30 pm.

Friday, June 7

FunkyTown Donuts & Drafts Pairing
In celebration of National Doughnut Day, the gourmet doughnut shop will host a multicourse pairing featuring four Fort Worth breweries. Start with a michelada tomato-glazed doughnut with lime and spices paired with Cowtown Brewing Company’s Mexican-style lager, and then enjoy a dark chocolate hibiscus doughnut with HopFusion Ale Works’ hibiscus cherry blonde. Pairing three features a peach and jalapeño doughnut served with Panther Island Brewing’s Summageez wheat ale brewed with Parker County peaches. The final pairing offers a watermelon-mint doughnut paired with Watermelon Crush Sour by Martin House Brewing Company. Tickets are $28, or $15 for only the doughnuts and a root beer. The pairing will take place in the Sundance Square Pavilion from 5-7 pm.

Joe’s Mini Brisket Camp
Learn the basics of brisket, from trimming and rubbing to smoking and slicing, in this two-day camp with Joe Riscky, who’s long departed from the family business to do barbecue his way. Day one, which runs 6-8 pm, will cover grading, rubs, pit design, and wood and fire talk before loading the brisket overnight. Day two (10 am to 1 pm) will review overnight-cooking and cover-cooking time, resting, and slicing, before ending with a barbecue lunch. The camp will be held at Wild Acre Brewing Company, and tickets are $125 per person.

Saturday, June 8

Beignet Pairing with The Dusty Biscuit at Cowtown Brewing Company
Piping hot beignets will be made to order during this all-day pairing event at the downtown brewery. Four beers will be paired with four different beignets from The Dusty Biscuit Beignet Bar, including a s’mores beignet, a maple-glazed beignet with pulled pork, and strawberry-jalapeño jam, a French Quarter-style beignet, and one called “everything.” The pairings will be $20 and will be available from 11 am to 6 pm.

Dunkin' Donuts

New England's fave doughnut chain opens 3 new stores around Dallas-Fort Worth

Doughnut News

Doughnuts and coffee to the rescue with the opening of three new Dallas-Fort Worth locations of Dunkin', the Massachusetts-based chain formerly known as Dunkin' Donuts.

The company has opened the following new locations:

  • Arlington, at 5801 Office Park Dr.
  • DeSoto, at 834 N. Hampton Rd.
  • Lake Highlands, at 6401 E. Northwest Hwy. in Dallas

All three stores feature the brand's next-generation store design, with a modern atmosphere, innovative technologies, and better displays of the doughnuts.

Dunkin' Donuts was founded in Massachusetts in 1950, and remains the dominant doughnut force in New England and in Northeast-leaning strongholds like Florida. There are currently more than 11,000 locations worldwide, including locations co-branded with Baskin-Robbins, which is owned by the same parent company.

Dunkin' has been undergoing a rebranding that includes ditching the (incorrectly-spelled) "Donuts" from its name and giving its coffee program equal emphasis along with the doughnuts, says Nathan Pressler, who does marketing.

"We're still selling doughnuts, but we're positioning ourselves to new audiences as being not just a doughnut shop," he says. "It's also about the coffee and the beverage variety. We revamped our espresso platform with new equipment and a much higher quality product, to become more competitive with coffee places. Dunkin' is about coffee and beverages. You can get a great quality coffee beverage and spend less money and still have a great experience."

That includes a new system for cold beverages, which are now served through an innovative tap system that serves eight cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee, and even nitro-infused cold brew — a unique offering.

The other big change: They're moving the doughnuts from behind the cashier to a case in front.

"At Dunkin', the doughnut case was typically behind the counter and now it's been moved to the front so that customers can see them and select them from a glass case," he says. "That's what most doughnut shops in Dallas do — they put their doughnuts in a glass case in the front counter — and that's what customers are used to."

Dunkin' was slated to enjoy a big rollout in 2012 when Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys formed a partnership to open at least 50 locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cowboys team was supposed to select sites and develop the local market, but the partnership ended in 2016.

There are currently two of what Pressler calls "legacy franchisees" who've operated a handful of locations around Dallas-Fort Worth — Hurst, Garland, Plano — for decades, with new blood coming from four franchise groups who are set to expand the market over the next few years.

All of the future locations will follow the new store model with a modern, contemporary design that encourages you to not only buy a doughnut but sit down and have a latte while you're at it.

Dough Boy Donuts

Fort Worth gourmet doughnut shop keeps Camp Bowie bakery space frosted

Mmmm, Doughnuts

UPDATE: Dough Boy Donuts opens for business Wednesday, August 15. Regular hours are 6 am-6 pm Monday and Wednesday through Saturday; 8 am-12 pm Sunday; closed Tuesday.

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When one oven door closes, another opens. Fort Worth gourmet doughnut purveyor Dough Boy Donuts will open its first storefront in the space recently vacated by Leah's Sweet Treats, at 4910 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Dough Boy owner Melvin Roberson announced in a Facebook post with many capital letters on March 24 — Leah's final day in business — that he and his team would be keeping the space sugared and frosted.

"We are EXTREMELY sad that our friends at Leah's Sweet Treats are closing; HOWEVER, we are THRILLED to announce that DOUGH BOY DONUTS will be taking over their space!," the post says.

Roberson hopes to open by mid- to late summer and will first work on revamping the space to give it his own spin.

He launched his gourmet doughnut business in 2015 by order only. He bought a food truck in 2016 and hit the road, the same year he quit his job as kitchen manager at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. Fans line up for his made-to-order glazed goodies at the Clearfork Farmers Markets on most Saturdays, and around town at breweries, bars, and occasionally in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District.

Opening a brick-and-mortar doughnut shop was part of the plan all along. He says Leah's owner Leah Loose reached out to him a few months ago about the potential opportunity to take over her location. She closed her bakery after six years in business, telling customers that she wants to focus on her family.

“I met her and her husband, Aaron, while I was working an event,” Roberson says. “We struck up a conversation and stayed somewhat close. Our friendship picked up over the last year or two as I was inquiring about another space on Camp Bowie and wanted her opinion.”

Dough Boy is known for wild doughnut flavors like maple glaze topped with candied, Sriracha-tinged bacon, lime zest glazed garnished with crushed, salted pistachios, and cereal-topped varieties that include Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, and Lucky Charms.

In the new shop, Roberson will rotate seasonal flavors and feature an “off-the-wall” doughnut of the month. Patrons can also expect good coffee.

“I’m leaning towards a local company but want to feature different roasters monthly,” he says. “I think we’ll start with a plain, good drip coffee and expand down the road.”

Operating days are still in the air, but hours are tentatively planned for 6 am to 6 pm to cater to those with afternoon doughnut cravings.

Gourmet doughnut shops are on a roll in Fort Worth. In early February, FunkyTown Donuts announced it was opening a second location in Sundance Square, across from Bass Performance Hall.

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

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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.