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News Bites: Handcrafted Ice Cream Arrives in Lakewood and Monica’s Mex-Tex Cantina Closes

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.
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Behold, a small scoop of Parlor's Handcrafted Ice Cream that packs big, decadent flavor. Courtesy Parlor’s Handcrafted Ice Creams

You Scream, We All Scream

…for Parlor’s Ice Cream in Lakewood. Dallas CultureMap reports husband and wife duo, Kellie Conant and Brandon Stoll, are bringing their handcrafted frozen dessert to Hillside Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road. In 2020, we wrote about Parlor’s hyperlocal ingredient ethos and lush flavors which were, at the time, served from their scoop cart:

“The cookies and cream has a raft of homemade Oreos nestled into every scoop, and the salted caramel is devastating in its salty richness. A scoop of the seasonal apple pie yields a lush, cinnamon ice cream studded with thickets of crust and filling. Take a lick. Silky and dreamy, the mound melts—the way the best homemade ice cream does.”

Now, the couple and SMU alumni have a scoop shop all their own at 6465 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 465.

Not So Greene Pastures

Monica Greene’s restaurant in the Cedars closed this month. And we are quite sad. Dallas CultureMap published a nicely done recap of the evolution of Monica’s Mex-Tex Cantina, which originally opened in 2019. But Greene had been a leader in Mexican cuisine long before then, as noted in our March 2022 cover story, “Long Live Mex-Mex,”

Lest we think that the focus on regional Mexican cuisine happened quickly, in the time it takes to puff a fresh tortilla on the comal, it is worth a reminder that Mexico City–born restaurateur Monica Greene sowed the seeds more than a decade ago. She made a name for herself opening institutions that were ahead of their time: at Aca y Alla, smoldering red walls were theatrical; at Ciudad, duck flautas lured diners.

—Eve Hill-Agnus

It’s Just a Little Crush

From Dallas Morning News comes word that CrushCraft Thai has moved ever so slightly to a new location a stone’s throw from its original spot in Uptown. The move is prompted by the full redevelopment happening at what’s called the Quadrangle. “CrushCraft is one of the only eateries that developer Stream Realty invited to stay and relocate during the Quadrangle’s renovation. Dream Cafe closed in 2021 after 33 years and moved to a new location. Ginger Man Pub was bulldozed. TNT/Tacos and Tequila closed in late 2021,” per DMN. Hey, all the better for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives fans to get the drunken noodles and green curry as seen on the Guy Fieri’s rerun episodes.

Blondes Have More Fun

…in Cowtown. Dallas’ perma-busy bar Bottle Blonde is opening a location in Fort Worth. The 9,000-square-foot venue will open in the West 7th Street District near Rodeo Goat on March 24 if the booze is ready to flow.

No Soup for You

If you’ve noticed that the Corner Bakery in Preston Center Plaza has been closed, here’s why. It seems to be an unfolding situation, but the gist is that the bakery has been locked out by its landlord since March 14.

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