Each week, SideDish will dispatch a round-up of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between.
Badass Beer + Badass Music = ChingonX Fest
According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, Four Corners Brewing Co. is hosting an inaugural musical festival called ChingonX on Saturday, March 14 at 1311 South Ervay Street. The name is an amalgam of meaning: a nod to the gender neutral latinx identifier, a reference to chingón, Spanish slang for “badass,” and of course a connection to the Dallas brewery’s top-notch El Chingón IPA (the brewery will release La Chingona double IPA at the fest). Beyond the beer—and there will be lots, naturally—expect DJs, live music, live podcast recording, and a celebration of biculturalism. Tickets are $10 early bird price.
Beef Pho, Banh Mi, and Avocado Smoothies
Saigon Vietnamese Box Kitchen will be bringing all of the aforementioned above to its new Frisco restaurant when it opens on February 22, per DMN. Swing by the casual joint for traditional-style pho, vermicelli bowls, and a sizable slate of banh mi sandwich offerings.
In an Uptown Bar Far, Far Away…
A Star Wars–themed pop-up has appeared like a rag-tag fleet of X-wings inside Ill Minster Pub, according to Dallas Culturemap. My new hope? That it blasts that good ol’ John Williams cantina music.
Legacy Hall of Flame
The Plano food hall is growing by the week. The latest concept to join the ranks is Chef Chin’s Hibachi and Ramen which comes from, of course, chef Chin Liang, whose Horu Sushi Kitchen opened in Legacy Hall last fall. At his second spot, find fried rice with garlic butter and filet mignon, and ramen topped with the likes of grilled salmon or fried chicken.
Listen, California knows how to party. LA’s Mendocino Farms, a purportedly beloved sandwich and salad outfit, will arrive in downtown Dallas early next month. Meanwhile, another West Coast import, the Baked Bear, will bring its customizable, Instagram-worthy ice cream cookie sandwiches to the Dallas area (specifically, a mixed-use building near Frisco called Grandscape) in mid-March.
Brizo Breezes Into Richardson
By most accounts Brizo, a new bar on North Coit Road that’s been in soft-open mode since January 31, has been a hopping place. While its official open date has been set for February 22, word is that Brizo already feels like a mainstay of the area.
Meanwhile, on SideDish
While Deep Ellum’s Ichigoh Ramen takeover has come and gone, chef George Itoh will roll out his new uberlegit miso ramen any day now.
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Texas Monthly recently announced its Best New Restaurants and confirmed what we already knew about our favorites. D restaurant critic Eve Hill-Agnus breaks it down a bit.
Avner Samual retires out of his chef post at Nosh Bistro, but the restaurant lives on.