Sunny-side Up in Sundance
Known for generous portions and a wide-ranging menu, Yolk, a Chicago-based breakfast and lunch diner, will open its second Texas location this month. Set to take over the former Cowtown Diner space in Sundance Square, the casual eatery will open early, at 6 a.m., on weekdays and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will cook up stick-to-your-ribs breakfast specialties like five-egg omelets, breakfast skillets and egg combos served with everything from skirt steak to salmon. Non-egg dishes include a variety of French toasts, crepes, oatmeal and quinoa bowls. Lunch is just as hearty. Burgers come on a pretzel bun, and pot roast sandwiches are topped with melted Swiss cheese. Plan to visit hungry and take home leftovers, or go with a partner who’s willing to split a dish. 305 Main St., Fort Worth, www.eatyolk.com.
A Winning Combination
Add Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza & Beer to the lengthy list of pizza possibilities in Southlake. Set to open late this month in Southlake’s chic new shopping strip center Park Village, the eatery has already established a following at its original location in Plano. Rustic thin-crust pies are baked in a stone-fired oven and feature hometown ingredients, such as smoked brisket and bacon from Hamm’s Meat Market in McKinney, tomatoes from Lemley’s Produce & Plant Farm in Canton and Italian sausage from Dallas chef Brian Luscher, who collaborated on the menu. There’ll also be craft cocktails, including the Rossa mule and the Rossarita made with orange and lemon juices, and craft brews, too — about two dozen on tap and more by the bottle or can. Save room for the restaurant’s rich and decadent desserts — think salted caramel bread pudding or the deep-dish chocolate chip cookie — both served piping hot with Plano-based Henry’s vanilla bean ice cream. 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, www.tavernarossa.com.
Let Them Eat Cupcakes
Although aspiring singer-songwriter Gigi Butler moved to Nashville to follow her dream of becoming a star, she came from a long line of bakers and was destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She opened Gigi’s Cupcakes in Nashville in 2008, and soon lines formed out the door. Today, there are nearly 100 locations in 23 states, and Tarrant County will open its first this month in Southlake’s Park Village. Aside from creative cupcake flavors like Kentucky bourbon pie and coconut caramel, the shop also sells mini cheesecakes, frosting-stuffed cookies and breakfast breads including banana nut and blueberry streusel. There are gluten-free and sugar-free varieties, too. Flavors will change daily and by the season. 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, www.gigiscupcakesusa.com.
Whole Foods Market has partnered with Kedem Food Products, a manufacturer and distributor of kosher foods, to offer dozens of new and exclusive offerings just in time for Passover. New items include the first-ever kosher fair trade coffee from Florida-based The Chosen Bean, Glicks gluten-free salted chocolate macaroons, juices imported from Israel and new gluten-free, ancient grain matzo. Shoppers will also find several new products by Gefen, an established name in kosher food products, including couscous, crackers, herbs, spices and gluten-free snacks. Also new to the store is the nation’s first biodynamic grape juice, three years in the making through a form of alternative agriculture involving a spiritual, ethical and ecological approach. 4801 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 817-918-3821, and 801 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, 817-461-9362. www.wholefoodsmarket.com.
From Rimini, With Love
Inspired by the roadside food carts and markets of the Italian seaside community of Rimini, Piada Italian Street Food will open its first Tarrant County location at Alliance Town Center on April 1. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain was founded in 2010 by restaurateur Chris Doody, who made several trips to Rimini to research, and indulge in, Italian wrap sandwiches called piadinas or piadas. Similar to burritos and made with flatbread warmed on a cast-iron skillet, the wraps are constructed in front of the customer and filled with ingredients such as cured meats, salmon and calamari, and finished with various dressings and toppings. Chopped salads, pasta bowls and tascas — small Italian sandwiches made with thin crust dough — are also customizable. Register to dine free during the restaurant’s pre-opening VIP week at www.mypiada.com/alliance. 3300 Heritage Trace Parkway, Fort Worth, www.mypiada.com.
A Life of Pie
Friends-turned-business partners Pat and Kim Murray and Seth and Katie Hensarling, all big fans of sweets, noticed pie shops are scarce in Northeast Tarrant County, so they sought a franchise they could bring to the area. An Internet search led them to Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, an up-and-coming Knoxville-based bakery known for Southern classics such as mile-high meringues, buttermilk, pecan and apple pies. “Pat and I flew to Knoxville to learn more,” says Kim Murray. “From our very first taste, we were dreaming of what our shop would look like and where it would be located.” The team chose Colleyville for its small-town feel and strong sense of community, Murray says, adding that they made the right choice based on the level of excitement from residents thus far. “All of our pies are handmade and baked fresh on-site every day using time-honored recipes passed down from the franchise founders’ grandmothers.” Expect a late March or early April opening and don’t miss the Cloud 9, which offers a mini pie gently mixed with a scoop of ice cream. “Every bite has the cool creaminess of the ice cream, the sweetness of the filling and the buttery goodness of the pie crust,” she says. 4712 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, 682-233-2614, www.buttermilkskypie.com.
Tom + Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup concept born in a food tent in a public square in Cincinnati, is opening its first Tarrant County location this month in far north Fort Worth. The chain is known for getting its start from an investment on the TV show Shark Tank and for its grilled cheese donuts, including exotic varieties like blueberry with ham and brie and smoked gouda with caramelized banana. Less adventurous menu items include build-your-own grilled cheese sandwiches, salads with grilled cheese croutons and three varieties of tomato soup: classic, creamy and chunky. 8901 Tehama Ridge Parkway, Fort Worth, 817-847-7635, www.tomandchee.com.
Black Walnut Café opened a location in Colleyville last month, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Established in 2002, the Woodlands-based fast-casual chain is known for its almost overwhelmingly expansive menu, which includes everything from breakfast enchiladas and lobster tacos to pot roast grilled cheese sandwiches and New Orleans crawfish, shrimp and sausage pasta. Expect counter service, but also wine sold by the glass, draft beer and a menu of cocktails. 1205 Church St., Colleyville, 682-235-5100, www.blackwalnutcafe.com.
Shannon Brewing Co.’s newest brew is on tap in time for St. Patrick’s Day toasts. The Irish Cream Ale is “a complex start with wonderful fruit aromas reminiscent of apricot and pears,” says sales manager Scott Nichols. It’s available at the brewery and everywhere else Shannon beers are sold. The brewery is extending its hours to 2-10 p.m. on March 19 for its St. Patrick’s Day party with music from noon to 5 p.m., food trucks and a few surprise kegs from previous limited-release brews. 818 N. Main St., Keller, 817-337-9892, http://shannonbrewing.com.
FW Market + Table will host a beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 23 featuring craft brews from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company paired with five courses by executive chef Kalen Morgenstern. The playful menu includes a cheese board, shrimp corn dogs, confit chicken wings, pork with spaetzle and mac and cheese, and a cherry vanilla beer float. $65. 2933 Crockett St., Fort Worth, 817-850-9255, www.fwmarketandtable.com.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, which got its start as simply Old Chicago in Boulder, Colo., in 1976, has opened a far north Fort Worth location in the Presidio Junction shopping center. Now owned by CraftWorks Restaurants, the popular chain features the Windy City’s famed deep-dish style pie as well as a thin-crust option. Other menu items include pepperoni rolls, Italian nachos, burgers, salads and craft-your-own calzones. 8933 North Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-847-7170, www.oldchicago.com.