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News Bites: Famous Chicago Dogs and Texas Food Festivals

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.
Courtesy Portillo’s

Hot Diggity Dogs 

Chicago or The Colony? Pretty soon we won’t be able to tell the difference thanks to Portillo’s which will bring its iconic Chicago-style street food to the Grandscape Complex this fall. According to Dallas Culture Map, Portillo’s is mainly known for legendary hot dogs, but the food options don’t stop there. This forthcoming casual restaurant is all about variety: Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, char-broiled burgers, Barnelli’s pasta, salads, and more.

Portillo’s earned a place on Jalopnik’s “Best Drive-Thru Restaurants in America” list, so we wouldn’t be surprised if it has a line of cars down the street upon the restaurant’s grand opening later this year.

More Food Festivals Come Back in 2022

The Fort Worth Food Festival is back and better than ever. From March 31 through April 3, head to Funky Town for its food and wine event that hasn’t been around for the last two years, according to a press release. The four-day festival will feature over 100 wines for guests to taste in addition to various events featuring tacos, brunch and barbecue. Needless to say, whatever food you’re craving, the Fort Worth Wine and Food Festival has got you covered. From Fort Worth favorite chef Tuan Pham of Four Sisters – A Taste of Vietnam to Houston’s lauded chef Chris Shepard of Underbelly Hospitality. Get your tickets, which range from $50 to $195 per event, here.

Austin’s Hot Luck Fest returns in May with some familiar hot Dallas chefs in attendance. Chefs Misti Norris, Donny Sirisavath, John Tesar will pop up throughout the weekend.

Tacos With Soul

On February 22, Soulful Tacos officially opened on the corner of Marsh Lane and Trinity Mills, reported the Dallas Observer. Soulful Tacos, Farthest North Dallas’ latest Black-owned eatery, serves up tacos such as the Puff Daddy (deep fried in a corn shell), Erk and Jerk Taco (Caribbean-spiced chicken), Barbecue Hennessy Pulled Pork Taco (cognac-infused pulled pork), and Off the Hook Taco (fried catfish or shrimp). Sides at Soulful Tacos include a hefty nacho plate, fries, cream corn, rice and refried beans.  

Should you pay Soulful Tacos a visit, there will be a display of music videos from a state-of-the-art entertainment system inspired by Black culture. The musical elements are intended to represent Black artists throughout the decades. Legendary music with a side of tacos? Sign us up.