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Carolina Galvan-Rodriguez, who helped open Mi Cocina and founded After All Restaurant Group, is at it again. The restaurant group is launching Carolina's Mexican Cuisine at two locations, the first at 3950 Rosemead Parkway in North Dallas, and the second in Plano. Carolina's fuses the new with tradition, describing itself as "Hacienda-Chic." Signature specialties include dishes prepared "al gusto" (as you like), in addition to brisket tacos, ceviche and sopes. Carolina's is equipped with a huge patio to enjoy its over 30 beers on tap, and is already making a splash with it's signature margarita, "La Bomba." Carolina's Mexican Cuisine, Hyatt Regency, 3950 Rosemead Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287, phone not available yet.
Wolfgang Puck's local restaurant Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck offers 360-degree views, 50 floors high in the Dallas skyline. Located in Reunion Tower, the name comes from its high standing 560 feet atop the downtown Dallas scene. The grand, window-lined space combines the contemporary with classic warm tones, marrying the two in zen-fashioned harmony. The  restaurant treats guests to eagle-eye views of the entire cityscape with a 55-minute room rotation, adding to the unique dining experience. Executive chef Sara Johannes garners her inspired cuisine from Puck's other fine-dining concepts such as Spago Beverly Hills, Chinois on Main and CUT. The menu features modern Asian dishes, with more than 400 labels of wine and a dozen or so brands of sake to compliment them. Some of the specialties include spicy tuna tartare, crispy lobster and shrimp spring rolls, wok-fried whole sea bass, miso-sake glazed black cod and Kobe beef short ribs. With three levels of service the restaurant also features two bars, one facing outward that rotates and a luminescent glass bar that is stationary. The soaring dining destination underwent a 46 million dollar renovation, achieving the impossible---adding a new star to the Texas sky. Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun. Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Hyatt Regency, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX 75202, 214-741-5560.
We have heard a lot about the revitalization of Deep Ellum, a standing favorite local nighttime hot spot and live music haven. The eclectically hip locale is becoming known for more than roof-top parties and amp-heavy guitar riffs, thanks in part to the addition of restaurants like Lemongrass Asian Bistro. Open in late April, co-owners Khoa Nguyen and Nancy Patterson just held the grand opening in June to showcase their refined Vietnamese cuisine in addition to celebrating the Deep Ellum community. Executive chef Tuyet Davis also returns to the former East Wind location, to reincarnate the space with a fresh, exciting menu and fine dining atmosphere. House specialties include grilled steak spring rolls, sushi and flat rice noodle dishes. Located across from the popular music venue Club Dada and art venue Kettle Art, perhaps its most desirable designation is the restaurant's free parking lot (a rare commodity in venue-heavy Deep Ellum). Lemongrass Asian Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, and features an outdoor patio.  Perhaps inspired by DART's Greenline that promises to increase visitor traffic to the area, we hope Lemongrass is only the beginning of new and interesting additions to über-eclectic community. Lemongrass Asian Bistro, 2711 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226, 214-745-0001.

News Bytes

The Covey Restaurant & Brewery Proves to Be a Big Winner
The Covey trumpets five top awards in this year's International Beer Competition, organized and run by the L.A. County Fair. Judges are credentialed by the Beer Judge Certification Program, and winning brews are compared to similar styles in each category as determined by Brewers Association guidelines. The judging was held in May 2009, and open to any licensed brewery or brew pub. The Covey Restaurant & Brewery in Fort Worth generated a lot of accolades at this year's competition, taking the gold for its Scotch Ale Brew. it also garnered two silver awards for Belgian specialty and smoke-flavored ales and two bronze awards for its Texas wheat and Vienna lager entries. "The recognition confirms the brewpub's place as a true creator of world-class beer right here in Fort Worth," says brew master Jamie Fulton. Lunch & Dinner Daily. The Covey Restaurant & Brewery, Hyatt Regency, 3010 S. HulenS St., Fort Worth, TX 76109, 817.731.7933.

Chef Shuffle

Reata Restaurant names Juan Rodriguez as new executive chef. Rodriguez joined the Reata team in March of 2007, all the while being groomed to take his position at the kitchen helm. The 27-year-old has an impressive resumé, having worked under Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge fame and Tim Love at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. Responsible for creating some of the restaurant's popular menu favorites, he has hinted at upcoming changes, including more prime meats and fresh fish selections. Reata, located in the heart of Sundance Square, boastes four stories that include a rooftop bar and dining patio. Reata Restaurant, 310 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102, 817-336-1009.


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