A Week in Restaurant News -- And Not All Is Super Bowl-Related

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It was touch-and-go for a while, but it seems like In-N-Out Burger may finally be sprouting in North Texas. While we continue to wait patiently, Dallas is whipping itself into a Super Bowl frenzy. Read on.

City of Ate
Even in the middle of winter, Brownstone still turns out stunningly tasty Brussels sprouts and other vegetable dishes. So it's a shame that both Brownstone's scallops and staff are disappointing.

B.B.Bop's offers rice bowls loaded with delicious meats and fresh vegetables for a great price. It's up to you if you want to drown it all at their self-serve sauce bar. Alice Laussade says that you do.

While NorthPark just lost a slice of casual American dining in the closing of T.G.I. Fridays, the company is keeping its head up. James A. Keith reports there are plans to open up 20 new locations in the Middle East over the next five years.

Even though I think it sounds awesome, Nick Rallo is skeptical about boxes of frozen pizza with cookie dough or Wyngz. He thinks it may be a gateway combination.

The odds are pretty low, but should the Super Bowl happen to go into overtime, Papa Johns will reward its Papa Points members with enough points for a free pizza. Members may redeem their points the day after the Super Bowl...should their systems be ready for anything after polishing off 500 chicken wings and 9 gallons of dip.

A judge was sent to the hospital after sampling a plastic spoonful of something with capsaicin extract. If you can't stand the heat...ban the extract.

Dallas Morning News
Leslie Brenner finds that while La Fiorentina serves enjoyable food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the plates are overpriced and under-imagined.

The Ranch at Las Colinas also put on a fairly good show. Its boldly flavored, Texas-size portions earned three stars from Brenner.

Eats Blog
Dallas is feeling Super Bowl fever big-time. Celebrity chefs are putting on one-night specials as part of the Super Supper series. Kim Pierce provides the details.

It seems to be the season for "re-concepting." Loft 610 is morphing into Social 121, and plays to serve "eloquently" plated comfort food. Loft 610 will close after service on January 29. Social 121 is expected to open in early March.

Side Dish
Sarah Reiss reports that RA Sushi is rolling out four new, er, rolls. The variety includes rolls with tempura, nuts or fruit.

Green Room's slippery opening date is still in the shadows. Nancy Nichols reports Joel Harloff, a Green Room chef, now has a position at Le Cordon Bleu College.

Singing a tune slightly different tune from most bloggers, Nichols doesn't think the Super Bowl will be a big deal for most Dallas restaurants. She makes a good point: What locals are going to eat out when they think the restaurants are flooded with out-of-towners? And how many of those out-of-towners are making the pilgrimage because they're dying to try Dallas' best kept secrets?

Pegasus News
While some restaurants and hotels have been booked for months, other Dallas eateries are praying for a Super Bowl miracle, says Teresa Gubbins. Some restaurants still have plenty of open tables on the Friday and Saturday before the Super Bowl, so here's hoping anti-planning foot traffic will wander in.

Gubbins says she see signs that Dallas is on the upswing. Several fine restaurants are slated to open in the next few months.

Critic's Guide
Saint Ann Restaurant might have a dream location, gleaming woodwork and a swanky patio, but none of it means much if the kitchen is sub-par and lazy. Or if the chicken is hairy, as Hanna Raskin discovered a few weeks ago.

In a rare unicorn-esque sighting, a sign boasting the location of a new In-N-Out Burger was spotted on Preston.



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