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One of Dallas’s Most Lauded Italian Chefs Has Two New Restaurants in the Works

Plus, a new breakfast cafe heads to North Dallas and more DFW dining intel

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Chef Julian Barsotti, who launched the delivery-only restaurant ‘Ritas & Queso in the midst of the pandemic, will open a brick-and-mortar Tex-Mex spot.
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Nonna owner to open Tex-Mex restaurant in Dallas this fall

Chef Julian Barsotti, who owns some of Dallas’s most beloved Italian restaurants, will open two more new restaurants in the city later this year, including a spot that will pay homage to the city’s Tex-Mex cuisine.

Barsotti, who already runs Nonna, Sprezza, Carbone’s, and Fachini, will switch his focus to Tex-Mex with the opening of Odelay, on Lovers Lane near Inwood Village, the Dallas Morning News reports. The restaurant will expand on the menu of the ghost restaurant Barsotti launched during the pandemic, called ‘Ritas & Queso, and will focus on comfort food like gorditas, cheese enchiladas, and brisket tacos.

Barsotti is also opening another Italian spot, Bacari Tabu, next to Nonna, which will serve pizza and Venetian-style tapas like lamb meatballs, all cooked in a wood-burning over. Both restaurants are expected to open in Fall 2021.

Decadent Chicago breakfast cafe heads to North Dallas

A Chicago-area cafe known for its mile-high piles of pancakes is set to open in Dallas later this summer. Honey Berry Pancakes and Cafe, which was founded in 2019 and has seven location, is set to welcome an eighth at 4520 Frankford Road in North Dallas. The restaurant is known for its decadent scratch-made meals and generous portions, according to Culturemap, including cinnamon roll pancakes with cream cheese frosting, breakfast skillets with a selection of proteins and veggies, and an entire vegan menu. The restaurant also serves up generous lunches. Honey Berry founder Matt Ahmeti also told Culturemap more North Texas locations are in the works, potentially in Plano and Fort Worth.

Boozy popsicles and matcha lemonade land in Frisco

A Florida-based popsicle company has opened its first location outside of the Sunshine State, bringing fruity ice pops and specialty drinks to Frisco.

The Pop Parlor, which was founded in Orlando in 2013, opened at 2552 Stonebrook Parkway on May 15, according to Community Impact. The shop features creative popsicles flavors like cantaloupe-jalapeno-lime, rose lemonade, and mango-cardamom-coconut, as well as espresso and tea drinks, including chai spice made in-house. Boozy popsicles include mango mimosa and reisling-pear. Find more details and a menu here.