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Olive Oil in Coffee? Starbucks’ Oleato Has Hit DFW

That plus the Twin Peaks expansion and H-E-B’s smart shop comes to town in your A.M. intel

A wooden platter on a marble counter holds a shot of espresso and a bowl of olive oil.
Starbucks Oleato infuses its arabica coffee with Partanna extra virgin olive oil for this drink.
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

The drink that Self magazine notes is making a lot of people’s bodies “wake up” (maybe too much), and that Eater says has pushed olive oil to “jump the shark” has made its way to Dallas — and Fort Worth, Plano, and Arlington, along with a whole bunch of cities in Texas.

The Oleato infuses Starbucks’ arabica coffee with Partanna extra virgin olive oil. The reviews online have been hit or miss, with the New Yorker calling it “terrible” and Grub Street saying it isn’t “explicitly good, it is arguably the most creative drink that Starbucks is offering across this entire line.”

But for the curious who want to try it, locals can now order an Oleato latte made with Starbucks blonde espresso roast steamed oat milk, an Oleato iced shaken espresso, or an Oleato golden foam cold brew. Check the store locator to find the Starbucks serving olive oil-infused coffee nearest you. And don’t forget that Starbucks engages in union-busting tactics nationwide and has been found in court to have illegally fired workers for organizing unions.

H-E-B brings Joe V’s to Dallas

First, the bad news: there are still no plans to open an H-E-B in Dallas. But some good news reported by D magazine is that the chain is bringing two Joe V’s to East and South Dallas. Joe V’s carries fewer than 10,000 items, including those beloved Central Market and H-E-B store brands, plus a self-service bakery, meat, and seafood departments. Perhaps most importantly, it will carry freshly made tortillas.

These will be the first Joe V’s stores outside of Houston, and they are expected to open in the spring of 2025.

Twin Peaks Is Going Public

It may seem inexplicable that in the year of our lord 2023, a breastaurant chain from Dallas is having a moment. But, FAT Brands, which acquired the locally-born Twin Peaks in 2021, announced it is pursuing an initial public offering for the brand. Yes, that means we will all be able to buy stock and own our little piece of Twin Peaks, which recently opened its 100th location, according to a press release. Thanks to a robust franchising program, it plans to double that number in the coming years.

No word from the company on if it plans to make entry to its restaurants 18 and up to comply with the recently-passed Texas regulation that fines businesses for sexually explicit performances, including the wearing of “accessories or prosthetics that exaggerate male or female sexual characteristics.” Guess it’s still unclear what that means for push-up bras.