Posts Tagged ‘Cocktails’

Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

Nerdlings, I have found a new place for you, called @nerdvana.food+spirits. It’s a fabulous gamer’s paradise/coffee shop/bar in Frisco across from the Toyota Stadium on Main Street, with craft beers and cocktails and, last but not least, upscale food. As they say, a place outside the norm.

Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch | TheDallasDiva.com

There are gaming booths to sit in and play pretty much whatever you want, but I went retro, played Mario Kart and sadly came in 8th place. So I consoled myself with some delicious cocktails. Frisco Restaurant and Gaming Hub Brings on Brunch | TheDallasDiva.com The Java Mana (right) has an energy drink and some mana, vodka, coffee and, according to the menu, a bit of sorcery. It’s a pretty strong drink, and I was wired for hours but, hey — it’s brunch! My guest had @nerdvana’s seasonal martini, a peppermint potion that tasted like Christmas; the restaurant changes the flavor of this drink every few months. In addition to these specialties, the restaurant offers brunch classics like mimosas and bloody Marys. You can sip and sit at the bar and play games on larger screens.

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Uptown Dallas Adds Fogo de Chao to Its Mix

By Kelli McClain, Contributor

I recently had the opportunity to visit Fogo de Chão in Uptown Dallas, the newest outpost (and second in Dallas) in the upscale Brazilian chain known for an extensive market bar and all-you-can-eat meat that is carved tableside.

Fogo de Chao Opens New Uptown Dallas Restaurant | TheDallasDiva.com

I grabbed some friends, and we headed over to McKinney Avenue, the hotbed of shops, clubs and lounges ideal for checking out before or after Fogo. Thank goodness you can valet at the steakhouse!

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Dallas Restaurant Baboush Sets The Mediterranean Mood

By Chris Roclevitch, Contributor

You might miss Baboush, the Lebanese and Moroccan restaurant tucked comfortably between Cork Wine Bar and Sushi Zushi, because it is, at first, nothing out of the ordinary. But once you open the door and cross the threshold into the dimly lit space, your senses are sent directly into overload.

Take a Culinary Magic Carpet Ride at Dallas Restaurant Baboush | TheDallasDiva.com

The decor at this Dallas restaurant is phenomenal as authentic Moroccan lanterns cascade from the ceiling and provide just enough light to set the mood. The Moroccan tiles in the bar area add that subtle yet familiar vision of what we think of as quintessential Morocco. But what hits you the most is the aroma that billows out from the kitchen, where all of the magic happens.

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Beto & Son Promises Next-Generation Mexican Fare

By Chris Roclevitch, Contributor

Right across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge sits the crown jewel that is Trinity Groves, a great place to meet friends and take family for stunning views of the Dallas skyline and grab some serious grub. Just last month, a new Mexican restaurant landed in some prime real estate (previously Kitchen LTO) there. Welcome to Dallas, Beto & Son!

Beto and Son Brings Next-Gen Mex to Dallas | TheDallasDiva.com

The restaurant is the brainchild of Julian Rodarte and his father Beto. Julian is a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is the youngest restaurateur in Dallas, at the age of 23 years old. Meanwhile, Beto Rodarte is the unsung hero of many of Trinity Grove’s owner Phil Romano’s Nacho Mama’s branches, along with developing many of the signature dishes at Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Beto & Son offers familiar Mexican dishes with a modern twist to go along with a bar program that offers fresh margaritas, juices and flavors of Mexico.

Let’s take a look at some of the offerings that Beto & Son will whip up for its guests.

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Cocktail-Centric Dallas Fundraiser Gets a Revamp

Last fall, I had a BLAST being a part of the Trigger’s Toys cocktail extravaganza, a fundraising event that united dozens of bartenders from around Texas to set up pop-up bars throughout Henry’s Majestic and whip up outstanding drinks all night long … for charity, of course!

Dallas Cocktail Fundraiser Gets a Revamp | TheDallasDiva.com

As much fun as that event was, the former Fantasy Bar Draft is getting a big revamp this year, with a new name but the same charitable focus. The Ultimate Cocktail Experience is, like last year, raising money for Trigger’s Toys — an organization that brings joy and toys to kids in treatment hospitals — but this time, the party will take place outdoors, and bartender teams have been assigned region-focused pop-up bar concepts to bring to life on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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