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The Scoop: Daphne’s Mediterranean and The Henry to Open, Plus More

Your weekly helping of Dallas dining news.

Daphne’s Mediterranean to open first Dallas locations: The fast-casual Greek restaurant will open at 7949 Walnut Hill Ln. on February 8, and at 8449 North Belt Line Rd. on February 15. What the heck is Daphne’s? You ask. Well, let me tell you. Or better, yet, here is a rundown from a press release I received:

Daphne’s is a 30-year-old brand known for serving nourishing, health-focused dishes inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean. Offerings range from traditional entrees like hand-carved gyro, grilled seafood, and falafel to more modern offerings like mezze platters and kale quinoa tabbouleh, all made with premium, wholesome, and authentic ingredients. The Dallas locations will also feature the option for guests to build and customize their own bowls, a new addition that separates the Daphne’s Mediterranean locations in Texas from those in California.

Daphne’s is owned by Elite Restaurant Group, a multiconcept operator with a focus on emerging restaurant chains that also owns Slater’s 50/50 and Patxi’s Pizza.

You can check out the menu here.

SusieCakes is baking football themed goods for the Super Bowl: Special cookies and cupcakes are available on February 2 and 3. Sweet.

5th Annual North Texas Craft Beer Chili Challenge at LUCK: North Texas breweries are making chili, with their own brews, for the fifth annual North Texas Craft Beer Chili Challenge at LUCK in Trinity Groves. Proceeds from tasting cups will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. $10 gets you 10 cups.

Participating Breweries:

Armadillo Ale Works
Bitter Sisters Brewery
Cedar Creek Brewery
Community Beer Company
Division Brewing
Denton County Brewing Company
Four Bullets Brewery
Four Corners Brewing Co.
Franconia Brewing Co
Hop and Sting Brewing
HopFusion Ale Works
Legal Draft Beer Co.
Martin House Brewing Company
New Main Brewing Company
Oak Highlands Brewery
Outfit Brewing
Panther Island Brewing
Pegasus City Brewery
Peticolas Brewing Company
Rabbit Hole Brewing
Shannon Brewing Company
Siren Rock Brewing Company
Texas Ale Project
Thirsty Bro Brewing
TUPPS Brewery
Wild Acre Brewing Company
Woodcreek Brewing Company

The event takes place on Sunday, February 10 from noon until 5 p.m. You can get pre-purchased tickets here to skip the line.

The Henry to open at The Union Dallas in Uptown: The 15,664-square-foot restaurant space offers a coffee bar, two bar-bars, a private dining room, and an open kitchen. According to the release:

Serving new American eats from executive chef Imsub Lee, The Henry offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and both regular and reverse Happy Hour. Menu highlights include Short Rib Potstickers with toasted sesame and yuzo ponzu; Black Kale and Pink Lady Apple with white cheddar, clementine, marcona almond and smoked bacon; Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with caramelized honey aioli, quick pickles, mustard seed slaw & pepper jack cheese; Korean Prime Skirt Steak with double egg fried rice, bok choy, snow pea, pickled shiitake and spicy ginger emulsion; Grilled Portobella Tacos with guajillo chile, summer squash, guacamole, refried chickpeas and queso blanco; and Spicy Wild Shrimp Boil with sweet corn, roasted zucchini, red potatoes, charred onion and garlic ciabatta.

As for the drinks:

The coffee menu features The Henry’s proprietary blend of coffee and espresso, Forster & Burnett, and uses it creatively in drinks like the Go North made from espresso, cocoa and cream, then shaken over ice until frothy and cold, and served neat. For those in need of something stronger, The Henry’s cocktail menu features thoughtful takes on classic drinks like the Italian Mezcal Sour, made with Banhez Mezcal, anejo tequila, spiced Curaçao, lemon, lime and a splash of Lambrusco, and the Wake the Angels, made from Hendrick’s gin, rose petal, grapefruit, yuzu and topped with sparkling wine—the perfect brunch accompaniment.

The Henry opens next month.

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