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Mot Hai Ba Is Apparently Dallas’s New Celebrity Dining Hotspot

Aziz Ansari hits the East Dallas fave, plus more Dallas dining intel

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— While in town to perform at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre, comedian Aziz Ansari became the second celebrity to hit East Dallas Vietnamese restaurant Mot Hai Ba in a week. Just days after Kanye West visited the restaurant, chef Peja Krstic posted a selfie of himself with Ansari and his crew over the weekend, noting that the comic and his entourage were the “nicest people ever.” Ansari is, of course, a noted dining enthusiast, as demonstrated in his Netflix show Master of None, and is currently on a comeback tour across the country after being accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. [EaterWire]

— In an interview with Dallas Observer dining critic Brian Reinhart, chef Matt McCallister says that his new restaurant Homewood is set to debut sometime in late 2018 or early 2019. The chef is currently hard at work on the follow-up to award-winning restaurant FT33, which McCallister describes as a “neighborhood restaurant” that will make everything from hot sauce to pasta and chili flakes on site. [Dallas Observer]

— Smoothie bowl shop Rush Bowls will open its third DFW location at The Star in Frisco. According to a press release, the shop is set to debut in January 2019 in the retail development outside the massive Dallas Cowboys headquarters, between Warren Parkway and Cowboys Way. This location joins a recently-opened outpost of the chain at Mockingbird Station, and a second in Flower Mound. [EaterWire]