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Martin House launches Bloody Mary-flavored beer
Martin House, the Fort Worth brewery known for its delicious sours and creative collaboration with Best Maid Pickles, is adding a new beer to its lineup, CultureMap reports. Best Maid Bloody Mary Pickle Beer is essentially a michelada in a can — a combination of beer, tomato juice and other spices. The release comes on the heels of August’s special release, a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-flavored beer called Fiery Crunchy Cheese Bois.
Martin House was already known for its fruity, sour beers, like Salty Lady Gose and True Love Raspberry Sour, when it partnered with the Fort Worth-based pickle giant in 2019 for the Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer. Other beers in the Best Maid collab include a Spicy Pickle Beer, which was released in January. The Best Maid Bloody Mary Pickle Beer will be available in stores over the next few weeks.
New Hawaiian “plate lunch” restaurant now delivering Dole Whips out of Garland
Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, a new ghost kitchen in Garland, is now offering Hawaiian-style “plate lunches” and delicious Dole Whips for delivery. The Hawaiian plate lunch is the island’s take on the typical Southern meat and three sides meal, consisting of sides like rice, macaroni salad, and a choice of proteins. At Hawaiian Bros, that includes teriyaki chicken, luau pork, stir-fried veggies and more. The restaurant also serves the infamous Dole Whip, the pineapple-flavored soft serve snack made famous by Disneyland.
The restaurant was first founded in Missouri and has locations in Austin, Kansas City and Chicago. The restaurant’s owners, brothers Cameron and Tyler McNie, told the Dallas Morning News that they eventually hope to open several brick-and-mortars in the DFW area.
Chef Nick Badovinus launches two new pop-ups
Nick Badovinus, whose company Flavorhook Restaurant Group operates Greenville Avenue’s Desert Racer and steakhouses Neighborhood Services and Town Hearth, has announced two more additions to his experimental series of pop-up restaurants.
Fajita Monster will operate out of Neighborhood Services, serving up chile con carne Frito pies, taco salads and build-your-own fajita kits. Solid Gold Fried Chicken, at Montlake Cut, will offer whole and half fried birds, chicken and biscuits, and popcorn chicken salad, alongside Arnold Palmer pints spiked with sweet tea vodka.
Earlier this month, Badovinus spoke to Eater about how his series of pop-ups had helped him weather the pandemic, saying “This is actually a great time to do some things that are different, things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do when you’re trying to serve a busy dining room.”
Both restaurants will offer pickup and delivery Tuesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 P.M.