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Jose Chef Anastacia Quinones’s New Ghost Kitchen Is Now Serving Succulent Roast Chicken

Plus, a new takeout-only eatery takes over Khao Noodle Shop and more DFW dining intel

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Khao Noodle Shop will soon become a takeout-only restaurant called Khao Gang
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Khao Noodle Shop to reopen as takeout-only Khao Gang

Khao Noodle Shop, which announced a temporary closure last week in an attempt to regroup amidst the pandemic, will reopen as a new takeout-only restaurant called Khao Gang, according to Dallas Morning News. Chef Donny Sirisavath, who twice closed his restaurant as juggling takeout service put pressure on his staff, was adamant that Khao Noodle House was never prepared to be a takeout restaurant.

This transition, he tells the News, will allow Khao to continue serve Laotian food, but with a focus on more carryout-friendly dishes like curry and rice, soups and stews as opposed to noodles. Khao Gang will open in February in the same location as Khao Noodle House, 4812 Bryan Street.

José chef Anastacia Quinones launches new ghost kitchen Provecho Pollos

José, the modern Mexican restaurant on Lovers Lane, has launching a new ghost kitchen that focuses on whole roasted chicken and Mexican soups. Provecho Pollos was inspired by chef Anastacia Quinones’s work during the Dallas Safe at Home order, in which staff at José prepared meals for Feed the Front Lines while at the same time cooking takeout food from José’s menu. That showed Quinones that it was possible to have two restaurants operating at once in the same kitchen.

Provecho Pollos serves whole and half chickens brined, marinated and roasted over 72 hours, alongside Mexican vegetable soup stuffed with potatoes, squash, corn and carrots. The restaurant also serves up pork belly charro beans, fresh salsas, churros and arroz con leche. Orders can be placed via the ghost kitchen’s website or by calling 214-891-5673.

Halal hot chicken lands in Northwest Dallas

North Dallasites will soon have a new late-night destination for ultra-hot, halal, Nashville-style fried chicken. S&J’s Hot Chick, at 2201 West Northwest Highway, Suite 120, is slated to open in February, and when it does, it’ll be slinging hot chicken until the wee hours of 4 a.m.

The new joint includes some impressive names from the Dallas restaurant scene, according to CultureMap. It is founded by the minds behind Deep Ellum halal restaurant Big Guys Chicken and Rice, and includes chef Nathan Black, formerly of Southern restaurant Pink Magnolia.

When it opens, S&J will offer six types of sandwiches, including a fish sandwich an a vegan option made with mushrooms. S&J is just the latest hot chicken spot to open in Dallas — the dish continues to be one of the metroplex’s biggest trends.

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