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News Bites: Jollibee Comes to Dallas and New York-Style Bagels Land in Park Cities

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.
By Jacob Villalobos |
Fast-food spread from Jollibee with a bucket of Chickenjoy fried chicken, mango peach hand pies, and a plate of spaghetti.

Joy for Jollibee: It’s Coming to Upper Greenville

One of the Philippines’ most beloved exports comes in the form of Chickenjoy fried chicken, hot ube-filled pastries, and sweet-sauced spaghetti. Jollibee first arrived in Plano in 2020. After two years of car-packed drive-thru lines, the popular fast-food chain will brings its impossibly crisp-skinned chicken to 4703 Greenville Avenue, a space previously occupied by a Jack in the Box, reports Dallas CultureMap. It’s slated to open sometime mid-summer.

When Jollibee made its North Texas debut, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest. Some two years ago, SideDish editor Rosin Saez wrote about why:

What Jollibee’s arrival really underscores is North Texas’ strong Filipino community. The fast-food chain, with locations in about a dozen states so far, chooses areas where Filipino people reside. According to U.S. Census data, Texas has the third-highest Filipino population behind only California and Hawaii. Outside of fast-food, it’s clear that a Filipino food movement in Dallas and surrounding cities is burgeoning.

For more Filipino flavors, peep the food coming from pop-up and takeout-only operations like UlamBahay (a Hella Lumpia and Bilbao collab), Not Your Lola’s, and, for pastries, there’s The Pandesal Palace.

Scalfani’s Comes Bearing New York-Style Bagels

This week, Chris Scalfani, whose Italian father owns a bagel and sandwich empire in the Northeast, debuted his first Dallas location of Scalfani’s at 6135 Luther Lane. Per Paper City Magazine, the modern bagel shop makes old-fashioned bagels, a smorgasbord of hot and cold sandwiches, and a coffee menu. Expect classic flavor profiles such as sesame, garlic, and everything bagels, plus a few lunch and dinner options that include juicy hamburgers and spicy meatball subs.

Mozzarella Company Gets Its Propers From Food & Wine Magazine

You don’t talk about cheese in this town without mentioning Paula Lambert, the founder of Mozzarella Company. So you shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that the Deep Ellum mozz-slinger was named one of the top 50 cheesemakers in the country by Food & Wine.

“We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year,” Lambert told SideDish. “I’m so proud of this! It’s all due to our devoted and talented cheesemakers.” Lambert and her crew have been molding the best mozzarella around since the early ‘80s, and we hope we get to savor smoky ancho chile caciotta or milky Mexican queso blanco for many more years.

Greg Katz Won’t Quit

According to the Dallas Morning News, Beverly’s owner Greg Katz plans to open a new seafood restaurant in the newly renovated Wier’s Plaza. Greenpoint Seafood and Oyster Bar should open sometime later this year. So far, the menu is far from finished but patrons can expect a small and charming atmosphere with an outdoor patio, such is the Katz way. Katz’ other project, Clifton Club, a lounge not far from Beverly’s on Fitzhugh Avenue, was slated to open at the end of 2021. As with most restaurant remodels and openings, it seems to be taking a bit longer to complete. So maybe 2022 will bring Dallas not one, but two Greg Katz joints—one can dream!

Meat Fight’s Good Barbecue for a Good Cause

Meat Fight, a Dallas nonprofit, is partnering up with local restaurants to give the gift of, well, meat. In an Instagram post, the organization announced that its Valentine’s Day I Heart ‘Cue Boxes were officially on sale. (There are probably just a few left!) Each box includes an assortment of goodies—barbecue, beer, desserts—from local Dallas favorites such as Lockhart Smokehouse, Lakewood Brewing Co., Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Suburban Yacht Club, and more. All the proceeds generated from this fundraiser go directly toward helping people living with multiple sclerosis. Bonus: Each box contains a bit of lingerie for you and your partner’s special night. Psst, it’s sweatpants because you’re going to need something stretchy to make room for all that meat.

Greenville Avenue Goes Vegan

A new vegan fast food restaurant is coming to the dining stretch. Located at 4814 Greenville Avenue, Project Pollo, a growing chain from San Antonio, is opening its first location in the space that was previously occupied by the chain Start, CultureMap Dallas reports. The vegan fast food concept specializes in fried chickenless chicken sandwiches, and is the brainchild of Lucas Brabury. The chicken is a soy-based substitute that can either be fried or grilled. Menu items include a breaded fried chickn sandwich with spicy garlic buffalo sauce, burgers, cheeseburgers, a chikn Caesar wrap, and vegan mac and cheese. After several delays due to COVID and the pesky city of Dallas, Bradbury hopes to have the joint up and running by mid-February. 

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