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The Scoop: Tortaco is Open, The Rustic Offers New Happy Hour, and More

Your weekly helping of Dallas dining news.

There’s not always enough time in the day to skim a lengthy, re-worded press release that’s been stamped with “breaking” or “exclusive.” And some stories don’t warrant an entire page of prose. Each week we’ll gather the most important tidbits of Dallas food news and post them here, on SideDish. Because sometimes all you need is the scoop.

The Rustic offers new happy hour specials: The popular Uptown restaurant, bar, and music venue is kicking off a month-long “Holiday Hog & Nog” happy hour. Guests can munch on roasted pig, smoked on the patio, for free with a side of spiked eggnog (with the purchase of any menu item) Monday through Friday after 5:30 p.m. The happy hour runs November 28 through December 23.

Tortaco is now open in Downtown Dallas: Casual lunch and dinner restaurant from Firebird Restaurant Group (El Fenix, Meso Maya, La Ventana, Snuffer’s) is now open in the old San Salvaje space at 2100 Ross. Chef Nico Sanchez of Meso Maya is behind the menu, which features a selection of tacos, tortas, and bowls. The bar boasts an extensive mezcal list. “Tacos and tequilas are certainly extremely popular, and we are part of that movement,” says Mike Karns, chief executive officer of Firebird Restaurant Group, LLC. “Our concept vision for Tortaco was built around popularizing the torta and mezcal. We are not specifically a Mexican concept, but more a multi-cultural collision of sorts.”

Julia Pearl to host Black Friday brunch: The comfort food restaurant in Plano is hosting a special Friday brunch from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured dishes include buttermilk pancakes, French toast with caramel and bananas, crab cake Benedict, chicken and waffles, and potato hash.

Top Knot serves ramen for final “Takin It To the Streets” fall street food series with Jacob Williamson of Five Sixty: The popular Uptown restaurant is serving ramen and Japanese-style hot dogs on November 28. According to the release:

“As a nod to the popular Summer Ramen Night series, the final iteration of the Fall Street Food Series will include Peking Duck Ramen with hoisin, ajitama duck egg and toasted rye noodles. In addition, there will be three styles of Japadogs (Japanese style hot dogs); two savory and one sweet.”

The event benefits Promise of Peace Gardens. Reservations can be made by calling 214-855-1354.

Grayson Social now offers brunch: Downtown Dallas’ newest southern-inspired restaurant is now serving weekend brunch. Dishes offered include white chocolate croissant bread pudding with ancho chili caramel; chicken fried quail and waffles with chantilly cream, white gravy, maple syrup and seasonal berries; and the Social Nicoise with seared Bay of Fundy salmon, haricot vert, mixed greens, red potato, sunny quail egg & warm bacon dressing. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant offers happy hour: The Japanese restaurant, located in the Galleria Dallas, is offering food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Signature dishes include fried gyoza dumplings, various sushi rolls, Tokyo steamed buns, sesame chicken, and more. Sip discounted sake, wine, and beer.

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