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News Bites: Pickleball in Grand Prairie and More Plant-Based Fare in South Dallas

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a picnic table with three drinks, burgers and fries, chicken sandwiches, and wood-fired rotisserie chicken
Courtesy Chicken N Pickle

Grand Prairie Gets Into a Pickle 

…a Chicken N Pickle, that is! What the heck is that, you must be wondering. Well, it’s a massive complex with six indoor pickleball courts, three outdoor, and two outdoor covered pickleball courts, plus lawn games, a rooftop bar, and event spaces. That covers the pickle part. As far as the chicken goes, you need fuel for all that pickleballing: wood-fired rotisserie chicken (whole, half, quarter), burgers (Texas Akaushi beef with aged cheddar; black bean), a whole smattering of sandwiches, sides, and more. 

Chicken N Pickle originally started in Kansas City in 2016 and has expanded to six locations, including the one at 2965 S. Hwy 161 in Grand Prairie, which opens on December 26. And there are more on the way: another is slated to open in Grapevine in late 2022. While it has activities for all ages, we have a feeling this could be a breeding ground for dad-on-dad competitions. Or finally settle the score with your one competitive cousin on the court.

Eating Green in South Dallas

According to Dallas Weekly, entrepreneur and Soulgood food truck owner Cynthia Nevels is on a mission. Nevels, whose passion for vegan food began when her youngest son, Tyler, was being treated for cystic fibrosis, wants to increase access to plant-based food alternatives in South Dallas where healthier options are scarce. Tyler sadly died in 2015. Still, the Dallas-born Nevels continues to share her love of plant-based eats.

Nevels launched Soulgood in 2012 as a stand at the Dallas Farmers Market. Today, the vegan cook can park her Soulgood food truck at places like the MLK Food Park on 1611 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (more locations here). Her menu includes fluffy vegan pancakes, vegan breakfast tacos, and burgers and vegan bowls made with all organic ingredients. Nevels is among a growing cohort of Black Dallasites in the local vegan food scene. To learn more, you can also read this short D Magazine profile of Nevels here.

Gordon Ramsey Comes to Las Colinas

In a big move for the Big D, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has decided to move his restaurant headquarters to Texas. From the forthcoming Las Colinas headquarters, the British chef will put Dallas CEO Norman Abdallah in charge of launching 18 restaurants across America in 2022, reports the Dallas Morning News. There’s potential for fish and chips, as well as other concepts, in our near future. The Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen host has even enlisted Dallas chefs Michelle Tribble and Christina Wilson to create new menus. 

White Rhino Coffee Buzzes Up The National

After a few delays, the White Rhino in downtown Dallas is officially open for business. Celebrating their new location at 1401 Elm Street, the coffee shop gave away 300 holiday tumblers yesterday and you better believe this food reporter snagged one on his lunch break. Enjoy their iconic latte menu or try one of their new winter drink options such as the Ano Nuevo Horchata, Yuletide Latte, or Vixen Spritz. 

Texas Comedians Try a New Act in the Restaurant Business

Husband and wife comedian duo T.K. Matterson and Kara Kimbrough aim to create a revolutionary dining concept, TK’s, in the old Public School 972 spot at 14854 Montfort Drive. The couple will move away from the usual comedy club experience and instead bring a place for “great comedy, incredible food, and personalized customer service, all delivered with a winning sense of humor,” Matterson promises in a press release. 

Opening on New Year’s Eve, TK’s will have an elevated American menu that will include fresh fish and grilled meats, a bar with wine and craft cocktails, and, naturally, a showroom. So, not entirely flipping the comedy club genre on its head.

The grand opening will consist of a special three-course meal, a DJ, a champagne toast at midnight, and of course, comedy. Even if you miss the NYE bash, there will be a pajama party on New Year’s Day complete with all your favorite breakfast carbs, live music, and a complimentary mimosa for those who come dressed appropriately. You can purchase tickets here.

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