La Perla is changing, and for the better.
Opened downtown as a Cubano-style tequileria named La Perla Negra, the revamped La Perla is expanding its menu this week. It’s now a Latin fusion restaurant with new dishes by former gastropub chef Fabián Alvarado.
Yes, the Cuban sandwich is still on the menu. But now it also includes dishes such as a Peruvian aji amarillo pepper chicken sandwich, garlic shrimp, tortilla soup or South American steak churrascos marinated in Peruvian “tiger’s milk” with tamarind soy.
A recent “Taco Tuesday” preview ($9) offered redfish tacos with lime rice and beans. There’s an avocado filled with seared tuna, or a power salad with greens, tuna or chicken and a ginger vinaigrette, leaving room for upgraded dessert apple empanadas or other sweets.
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La Perla also has an improved patio. It still has all the tequilas, mojitos and the housemade sangria, but now also has enough of a menu to bring customers back.
It’s open weekdays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner, Sundays for a brunch menu.
More for Southlake
Two big openings in Southlake this week: Taverna Rossa in Park Village and Redrock Canyon Grill, a casual grill and steakhouse from the same Oklahoma-based chain as Charleston’s.
For more on new Southlake restaurants, see the Wednesday column at dfw.com/eatsbeat.
A new Shack in town
Jambo’s BBQ Shack has worked out problems and now plans to open its third location by May 1 at 1724 W. Division St., Arlington.
The Lovato family, who bought the Jambo’s in Rendon and expanded to a Little Road location, tangled with the city over murals and city code rules at the former Arlington Steak House.
Grapevine gets goose
A Blue Goose Cantina is near opening on Grapevine Mills Circle, the first Tarrant County location for the Dallas favorite; bluegoosecantina.com.