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News Bites: Knife Burgers Are Back and a South African Steakhouse Lands in the Design District

Chef John Tesar is selling burgers from Knife at lunch.
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Money on The Hoof: Tesar was storing more than $100,000 worth of meat for five restaurants when dining rooms shuttered in March. Elizabeth Lavin

Knife Steakhouse Relaunches Lunch as Knife Burger

Located at The Highland Dallas hotel off Mockingbird and Central Expressway, chef John Tesar has reopened his Knife Steakhouse during the lunch hour as Knife Burger.

New additions to the menu include a patty melt, a 44 Farms hot dog, and what he’s calling a Knuckle Sandwich, which includes lobster knuckle meat with garlic aioli on a hoagie.

Knife’s classic burgers are all still here: The Ozersky, named after the late food writer, with American cheese and red onion on a squishy white bun; Double Ozersky, with double the cheese and patties; The Magic, with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion on an English muffin; Pimento Cheese, with a spread of pimento cheese, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, on a squishy white bun; Beef Cheek, which includes truffle mayo on a squishy white bun; and The Rib, or short rib, collard greens, and horseradish mayo on a white bun. A few simple steaks are on the menu—like a filet and a bone-in-ribeye—as are salads.

Stop in Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mo’ Bettahs Prepares to Make Waves in Plano 

The Hawaiian food chain Mo’ Bettahs will open its first Texas location at 1801 Preston Road in Plano.

Expect plate lunches with a choice of meat—grilled teriyaki chicken or steak, kalua pig, pulehu chicken, katsu chicken, or shrimp tempura—along with the brand’s macaroni salad and steamed rice. The Utah-based chain opened the first of six locations in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bountiful in 2008. It is set to open in Plano this March.

Hunan Express to Reopen Near SMU as Cafe Hunan 

Cafe Hunan will soon be the reincarnated version of Hunan Express, according to the Dallas Morning News 

The restaurant originally operated as Hunan Express in a small stall near the Ritz Carlton in Uptown, where the News says it attracted such notable locals as chef Dean Fearing. It closed in 2012 following rent hikes. For the last decade, the only place customers could eat food from Hunan Express was at a stand inside UT Southwestern’s food court. Owner Mark Carey decided it was time to bring the experience out of the Medical District and put it near SMU.

Carey described the menu to be “not really overcomplicated,” serving dishes like Mongolian beef, orange beef, variations of lo mien, crispy chicken salad, and hand-rolled spring rolls. The Peking duck pancakes sound interesting, too.

Wits Steakhouse brings South African-Inspired Dishes to the Dallas Design District 

The South African-inspired Wits Steakhouse has officially replaced the shuttered fine dining spot Oak in the Design District, according to Paper City. Named for the nickname of the University of Witwatersrand, where owner Richard Ellman’s mother attended college, the room has been gutted and redesigned. Expect black walls and lots of gold, a nod to the Witwatersrand Gold Rush that helped establish the capital city of Johannesburg.

Wits serves a variety of classic steakhouse menu items, from sushi to Tomahawk steak. (Diners can select from a variety of sauces, like peri-peri and chimichurri, as toppers for the nine cuts of steak.) The starters are mostly decadent: jumbo crab cake, pork belly mac, and calamari. Meats for the main courses—which include a New Zealand lamb rack, a Berkshire pork chop, and dashi-dusted salmon—are grilled over a wood fire. End your meal with homemade moon pies or South African fudge.

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