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New pop-up at Desert Racer is slinging poke and Mission-style burritos
Burrito Jamz ’03, a new pop-up restaurant in the backyard at Desert Racer, is slinging two styles of burritos stuffed with everything form ahi tuna to taco salad. The pop-up is a “side hustle” of Vantina, the first pop-up installed in the bar’s patio after Desert Racer was forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside Vantina’s Baja California-inspired dishes like crispy tacos and tuna poke, Burrito Jamz ’03 will serve poke-style burritos filled with ahi tuna, blackened fish and fried shrimp, The restaurant will also offer a menu of Mission-style burritos, including bacon cheeseburger, pork shoulder adobada and taco salad. Burrito Jamz ’03 is available for dine-in or pick-up on Tuesday nights only beginning at 4 p.m.
Fort Worth now has a Back to the Future-themed bar
There’s a giant mural of Doc Emmett Brown on the wall, a retro 1950s-themed jukebox, and a bunch of ’80s arcade games inside McFly’s Pub, a new Back to the Future-themed bar at 6104 Lt. Jg Barnett Road, the Dallas Morning News reports. The bar is the work of Casey Smith, who also opened the underground music venue, art gallery, and party house the Where House in Fort Worth a decade ago.
The Morning News reports that the ’50s-themed bar, located near the Naval Air Station, has a “Chili’s meets an episode of Hoarders vibe,” and features BTTF-inspired cocktails like the Gigawatt Shot, with blue Curacao, tequila and Malibu rum; and the Great Scott, Johnny Walker Black with simple syrup, orange juice, lemons, and limes. Smith initially planned to open the bar in June, but was sidelined by the coronavirus shutdown. For now, he’s offering cocktails to go. Movie fans will have to wait for a date sometime in the future to enjoy the bar’s interior.
Zapp Kitchen’s Lao and Thai Food adds two new locations
Zaap Kitchen Lao & Thai Street Eats, the two-for-one Greenville Avenue restaurant, is growing, reports CultureMap. The restaurant is opening two new locations, one in Fort Worth, opening in West Bend sometime later this fall, and one at Fitzhugh Plaza, the newly renovated center in East Dallas. The Fitzhugh location is expected to open in September.
Zapp Kitchen first opened on Greenville in 2018 with the goal of bringing Laotian cuisine, alongside Thai street eats, to the neighborhood. In June they opened a second takeout-focused location in East Dallas’s Casa Linda Plaza.