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Tacos Mariachi Owner Will Serve Tacos in West Dallas Again
Last March, Tacos Mariachi permanently closed its Lowest Greenville taqueria, leaving that stretch of Greenville Avenue without its tender pulpo tacos. So owner Jesus Carmona then focused on opening his Bishop Arts restaurant and bar Chimichurri. Now the Tacos Mariachi owner will return to West Dallas, where six years ago he once served Baja-style tacos three blocks from Trinity Groves. This time, though, Carmona will open Milagros in Trinity Groves proper. When Milagros opens this month (if all goes according to plan), it will serve Tijuana-style street tacos, plus old favorites from Mariachi and new dishes, too—Sinaloa-style ceviche, mahi mahi birria tacos, and more.
Carmona is bringing in James Slater, his Chimichurri bar manager, to run the bar program here too. Whereas Slater’s plays with intriguing vermouths and fun bitter flavors at Chimichurri, at Milagros things will lean vibrant: Think tequila and mezcals playing with freshly squeezed juices and 32-ounce caguamas of ice-cold Mexican beer. Also, Mariachi’s famous cucumber lemonade will make a comeback. Find it all at 440 Singleton Boulevard, suite 100, open Tuesday through Sunday.
Yuengling Beer Lovers Are Rejoicing at its DFW Arrival
You’d think it were velvet cases of Royal Jewels getting hauled from Pennsylvania to Fort Worth, but, nay. Proprietary yeasts and an 192-year-old secret family recipe from D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc was transported to Molson Coors this week via armored truck and police escort. And so the beloved East Coast beer makes its westward expansion. As brewing gets underway in Texas, expect batches of Yuengling Beer to hit the shelves some time this fall.
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Royal Blue Grocery Locations in Dallas Get a Rebrand
The local founders of Royal Blue Grocery in Dallas—Zac Porter, Emily Porter (Zac’s wife), and Cullen Potts—have peeled off from their Austin counterparts. This means it’s time for a rebrand. Say goodbye to Royal Blue and hello to Berkley’s Market, named for the Porters’ first dog, a rescued Schnauzer mix. It points to the store’s commitment to being a neighborhood staple for families. There will still be coffee, grocery goods, and a nice cold fridge of wine and beer. But they plan on doubling down on prepared foods while growing the brunch, lunch, and evening menus. The first Dallas Royal Blue, which opened in Highland Park Village in 2015, will close on June 27, but the grocers hope to open a Berkley’s Market close to the original location in the near future. The other stores across Dallas will transition to its new persona on July 1, with the Oak Cliff Berkley’s Market following suit when it debuts this summer at 634 West Davis Street, the former home of Bolsa Mercado.
As for the boutique grocery void the Royal Blue leaves in its wake, Dallas Morning News reports that New York brunch spot Sadelle’s will move into the Highland Park Village space. It promises an upscale brunch with a bevy of cocktails and NY bagels, the likes of which only seen at Sadelle’s NY and Vegas outposts. The restaurant comes from Major Food Group, the New York-based company that is also bringing Carbone to the Dallas Design District this year. Sadelle’s is looking at a fall opening.
Meanwhile in Plano, a New Cocktail Lounge Opens in Legacy Hall
Legacy Hall is seemingly always churning out something new. This time that newness comes in the form of icy Spanish gin and tonics with the arrival of the aptly named Tonic. But this full-service cocktail lounge will have myriad drinks, such as a blackberry bourbon mule (aka a Kentucky mule) and a smoked-and-spiced pineapple cocktail made with mezcal. Find Tonic, which opens on May 13 at 7 p.m. with a grand soiree, on Legacy Hall’s second floor (with both indoor and outdoor terrace space). It will be open Thursday through Sunday, with afternoon hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Yelp Releases Its Ranked List of Top Texas Restaurants
This morning Yelp released its Top 100 Places to Eat in Texas 2021, in which restaurants are ranked according to Yelp. Factors that affected rank include volume of and ratings of the website’s reviews, so don’t take it as the ultimate list of the region’s best. But it’s certainly a nice nod for many independent joints, particularly after the year they just went through. Here’s what landed on that list of 100 restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order of ranking:
- #8: Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe, Grapevine
- #10: Sushi Spot, Plano
- #11: Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar, Fort Worth
- #14: Del Campo Empanadas, Fort Worth
- #16: Hugs Cafe, McKinney
- #24: Coco Shrimp, Fort Worth
- #30: San Pedro’s, Dallas
- #31: Empa Mundo, Irving
- #35: DonDonPoke, Plano
- #40: Sikhay Thai Lao Cuisine, Fort Worth
- #43: Doma Seolleongtang, Dallas
- #60: Sky Rocket Burger, Dallas
- #64: Whiskers Fish & Burgers, Dallas
- #69: The Aussie Grind, Frisco
- #72: Cafe Italia, Grapevine
- #75: Shoals Sound & Service, Dallas
- #76: Mami Coco, Dallas
- #78: Taste Community Restaurant, Fort Worth
- #79: Boca 31, Denton
- #80: Crepes 4 U, Plano
- #83: E B Latin Bistro, Plano
- #84: Ephesus Mediterranean Grill, Dallas
- #87: CraftWay Kitchen, Plano
- #92: Tiba Grill, Arlington
- #99: Ichigoh Ramen Lounge, Dallas (Read about the unfortunate recent passing of Ichigoh owner George Itoh.)