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In mid-September, Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie opened in Allen. The menu offers sweet crepes and savory galettes (such as The Frogg made with honey-baked ham, asparagus, Gruyere, truffle oil and Boursin cream sauce), salads and appetizers including charcuterie, a leek and wild mushroom tartlet, and mussels steamed in white wine. Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie, 832 Market St., Allen, TX 75013, 469-342-6881.
Motor City Coney Island has opened in Dallas. The restaurant specializes in Greek food and Detroit-style Coney Island Hot Dogs, which are topped with chili, onions and mustard. Motor City Coney Island, 1300 Main St., Dallas, TX 75202, 214-760-0000.
Chef Jason Boso, founder of "gourmet" burger chain Twisted Root Burger Co., is launching a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant called Tacos & Avocados, which will focus on gourmet tacos, avocado dishes, frozen margaritas and paletas. Tacos will include one with ribeye steak, bacon-onion marmalade, and blue cheese, plus a fresh-fish taco of the week. Avocado dishes will be personal-sized and available with everything from jalapenos, tomatillos and pumpkin seeds. Eight tequila-infused frozen margaritas will include such novel flavors as ginger-peach and watermelon-mint. Paleta flavors will run from exotics like mango with chile pepper to more traditional fresh fruit popsicles such as coconut, watermelon and grape. Tacos & Avocados will replace Boso's Cowboy Chow restaurant in Roanoke, with an opening slated for September. Tacos & Avocados, 101 S. Oak St., Roanoke, TX 76262, 817-491-4442.

News Bytes

A Farm-to-table Event Presented by Fort Worth Chefs
F2T Fort Worth, a farm-to-table event presented by Fort Worth chefs Lanny Lancarte, Molly McCook and Jon Bonnell, takes place at The Heart of the Ranch at Clear Fork on October 7. Guests will enjoy a view of the Fort Worth skyline previously enjoyed only by shorthorn cattle from the shade of the original Trinity River Forest canopy. McCook is co-owner and executive chef at Ellerbe Fine Foods, the farm-to-table restaurant and market in Fort Worth's Near Southside; Lancarte is chef-owner of the chic Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana in the Cultural District, and a member of the family that owns Fort Worth's landmark Mexican restaurant Joe T. Garcia's; and Bonnell owns Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth, and is known as one of the foremost experts on fine wild game and Texas cuisine. The menu will include skewed lobster bites, venison with green-chile cheese grits, peach baklava and dark-chocolate goat's milk cheesecake with bruleed banana. The $150 ticket price includes a four-course meal plus wines, complimentary valet parking and gratuity. There will also be a VIP Champagne and hors d'oeuvre reception where attendees can sample small bites and chat with the chefs prior to the dinner. The VIP Champagne reception begins at 6 p.m.; gates will open to the public at 6:30; and dinner will be served promptly at 7 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by Bonnie & Nick Norris Band.

Chef Shuffle

Brad Phillips has been appointed executive chef of Asador Brad Phillips has been appointed executive chef of Asador, the contemporary Texas and Latin American restaurant located in the Renaissance Hotel Dallas. Phillips will oversee the culinary direction of the restaurant and manage day-to-day operations. He's already begun creating seasonal dishes using local cheeses from Dallas Mozzarella Company and Hudspeth Farms. New items include grilled flat-iron steak with smoked Gouda au gratin, and seared cobia with pumpkin puree. Phillips comes to Asador after serving as executive chef at The Brasserie in Grand Cayman, where he used fresh vegetables culled from the in-house organic garden. Asador, Renaissance Hotel Dallas, 2222 Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207, 214-267-4815.


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Tom Colicchio's Craft Dallas, located in the W Dallas-Victory hotel, closed in mid-September. It will be replaced by Cook Hall, a "global gastropub" from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Craft Dallas, W Dallas–Victory, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Ste. 100, Dallas, TX 75219, no phone.

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