Guava Habanero from Urban Rio.

Bits & Bites: Things to Eat in Dallas this Week (July 21 – 26)

Your weekly guide to dining events.

We finally broke into tripled digits on the thermometer, Dallas. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my doctor about Texas summers, it’s that these high temps call for hydration — even if that means downing a cocktail before we ask the waitress for cold water and a menu.

Here’s a list of where you can do just that this week. Hey, doctor’s orders.

Tuesday, July 21

Urban Rio Cantina & Grill is hosting its second-annual Summer Cocktail Dinner. The dinner offers customers five courses, each paired with a handcrafted cocktail inspired by summer. Tickets for the dinner are $34.90. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (972) 543-8911.

Wednesday, July 22

Bread Winners Café in Uptown is turning the big two-one (that’s 211). And appropriately, champagne is on the menu. Dinner starts at 5pm and a complimentary dessert and a champagne toast will be provided with the purchase of any entree.

Thursday, July 23

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company is topping a pizza with sloppy Joes, hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Skeptical? Me too. They’re serving the homage to the school lunch special all day long in honor of National Hot Dog Day.

The grand opening party for the Bishop Arts location of Wine Poste and Bar Anatomie is tonight at 6 p.m. The event features French wines, cheese and meat boards from Bocce, fresh burrata with roasted red peppers, bruschetta, fried tortellini, and pizza. There will also be a live band and raffle prizes. RSVP to [email protected] to attend.

Friday, July 24

The Dallas Arboretum is hosting “Garden Gigs,” a musical event open to the public. Local artists and musicians will preform throughout the grounds from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. while guests can nosh on food and drinks from popular food trucks. Trucks include Bellatrino, Cajun Tailgators, Easy Slider, and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe. The event costs $7, including parking.

Saturday, July 25

Good Local Markets wraps up their urban homesteading series today with a class on how to bake amazing, bakery-quality cookies. Bakers from Swedish Sisters Bakery will teach the $30 class at Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters. Those attending will get to make cookies and take dough home with them. Dough-nut mind if I do. Click here for more information and to register online.

Sunday, July 26

LUCK in Trinity Groves is hosting another edition of its doughnut and craft beer pairing at 11 a.m. With selections from Glazed Donut Works and beer from North Texas breweries, it’s a shame this event doesn’t happen daily. Get there quickly if you want a seat (LUCK does not accept reservations).