Welcome to SideDish’s weekly dispatch of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between, including coronavirus-related intel.
Serious Pizza Reopens in Deep Ellum
After a lengthy hiatus, the pizzeria will sling its New York-style slices deep into the night once again. It officially returns on Friday, February 26 with more space, better flow, and TV screens thanks to a full renovation. (Unfortunately, it looks like it’s wiped clean all of its divey edge.) On weekends, DJs will spin tunes from a booth suspended above the dining room. Serious Pizza commissioned artist Chris Campbell to hand paint murals reflecting Dallas arts and culture. The Seriously Large 30-inch New York-style pizza remains (you can’t remodel perfection). Delivery is forthcoming.
Staff Meal Continues to Feed Hungry Dallasites
In the aftermath of last week’s storms, there are still folks struggling. (With the ongoing pandemic, many had been struggling long before freezing temperatures arrived in North Texas.) In response, Staff Meal has been coordinating free food for those in need of a hot meal. Staff Meal teamed up with influencer Food Bitch to open tabs at restaurants. They kept it going yesterday, aka Taco Tuesday, working with local taquerias to provide free meals. And today, they’re back at it again. Head to any Hopdoddy Burger Bar location (Euless, Fort Worth, Uptown, Preston, Addison) for a free burger and fries, now until supplies run out. Ask for the Staff Meal Special.
Buttercup Brings Creative Chicken Tender Combos to Legacy Hall
The folks that brought us Haywire, Ida Claire’s, Sixty Vines, and Son of a Butcher have announced a new chicken-centric restaurant, which it has named Buttercup. The latest Legacy Hall addition serves up chicken tenders in fun flavors—you already know there’s going to be a Nashville hot version—like salted caramel and Thai basil. Get it in a cup or waffle cone.
The Local Eateries on Texas Monthly‘s Best New Restaurant List
Food editor Patricia Sharpe recently rolled out TM‘s yearly best new restaurant list, with a slight variation on the usual theme: new spots with great to-go dishes (or drinks!). On that Texas-wide roundup, seven Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants got the nod. Among them are Elm & Good, La Resistencia, Pangea in Garland—a few names you’d recognize for our Best New Bites of Dallas feature—plus Uncle Zhou in Plano, Commons Club, Yo! Lobster, and Eat Fajitas in Fort Worth.