The Dallas Dish – Alberto Lombardi opens his new spot in Frisco and Hattie B’s debuts in Texas


I2 unprecedented years have passed since Enjoy your meal named Dallas on Restaurant City of the Year 2019. But even during a pandemic, our city’s food scene has persevered. With the sheer number of recent openings (especially at Deep Ellum, Bishop Arts and Downtown), it’s easy to forget that many in the industry are still struggling, but Texas restaurants have been innovative to provide the comfort food – and cocktails – we need. Now it’s time to look forward to Dallas restaurant news.

From exciting openings to unfortunate closings (as well as any other food news we might find appropriate), The Dallas Dish is your weekly helper of indispensable local food news.

The latest Lombardi concept is an authentic upscale Italian restaurant offering several unique cocktails and wines. (Courtesy)

Alberto Lombardi is bringing his namesake restaurant, Lombardi Cucina Italiana, to The Star in Frisco.

To celebrate his 45th anniversary as a restaurateur, Albert Lombardi (Taverna, Bistro 31, Toulouse) has opened a new eponymous restaurant at Frisco’s The Star. Called Lombardi Cucina Italiana, the new spot serves authentic Italian cuisine in a modern atmosphere. The interior features Italian marble, Venetian chandeliers and olive trees. The drink menu ranges from world wines to signature cocktails (including an Aniversario Martini with vodka, lemon zest vermouth, and Lombardi olive oil). And of course, homemade pasta is an integral part of the menu, as well as branzino, veal parmesan, octopus, etc.

Dallas Community Beer
Community Beer Co. moves into a massive new two-story dining hall. (Courtesy of Community Beer)

Community Beer Co. opens its new two-story brewing paradise in Pegasus Park.

Almost a year ago, we announced that Dallas’ beloved brewery Community Beer Co. would move into a new 70,000 square foot space on Inspiration Drive. After a long wait, beer heaven has finally opened its doors at Pegasus Park. The new facility includes a restaurant, an outdoor Biergarten, a concert hall and a two-story bar.

Hattie B's Dallas Restaurant News
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken brings authentic Nashville-style hot chicken to Deep Ellum. (Courtesy)

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken debuts at Deep Ellum this Wednesday.

Another Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant has come to Dallas, but this one is in fact based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hattie B’s opens its first Texas location in Deep Ellum on Wednesday, bringing its beloved hot chicken offerings, sandwiches and more to the neighborhood. You can choose your heat level – options range from Southern (No Heat) to Shut The Cluck Up!!! (Engraving Notice). The place also offers Dirty Bird fries, seasoned fries with chili macaroni and cheese, and tender dark meat bites topped with back sauce.

A location in Houston will then arrive in 2023.


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