Delicious notes: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream opened its first store in Dallas; Reopening of the Dolce Riviera

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is now open in the West Village. (photo courtesy)

Tasty Notes is a roundup of food and restaurant news including specials, local food news, dining events and more across the region.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream sets up shop in West Village

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the nationally recognized brand known for its made-from-scratch dairy and vegan ice cream opened last Saturday in the West Village at 3699 McKinney Avenue, located on the south side of the complex between Kendra Scott and Hugo’s. The store provided all-day, $1 scoops with exclusive Van Leeuwen-branded swag to its first 100 customers.

Celebrated with its unfussy spirit and use of simple, high-quality ingredients, Van Leeuwen is manufactured and distributed in Brooklyn, New York, where the company started in 2008 as an ice cream truck. With more than 30 flavors of ice cream, including vegan options, Van Leeuwen has grown into stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia with a Dallas location soon opening as a 30 store. Pints ​​of Van Leeuwen can also be ordered online and can be found at Grocery stores such as Texas Central Market and HEB.

“Dallas has been on our radar for quite some time and we are thrilled that we are on the verge of officially being part of this iconic city in Texas,” said Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder and CEO of Van Leeuwen in a press release. Expand it and Dallas has been at the top of our list because of its friendly, diverse community that focuses on food. Bringing goodness to our customers in Dallas is a key component of what inspires our service, and we’re excited to be part of the West Village.”

In the tradition of creating a limited edition and exclusive flavor for every new ice cream shop, Van Leeuwen will debut Strawberry Margarita, made with Ego Tequila, a Fort Worth-based women-owned tequila brand. Visitors can enjoy a cocktail-inspired flavor at the West Village location while supplies run out.

In addition to scoops of ice cream, Van Leeuwen will also offer ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, sundaes and milkshakes with a variety of toppings available, such as hot fudge and homemade whipped cream. The store will also reveal four special flavors each season that are available in store for a limited time.
Van Leeuwen’s West Village location Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to midnight. Tweet embed

Atìpico will open next June

Atipico menu items (Courtesy photo)

atypicalThe restaurant, which “constantly adapts to different lifestyles with a menu of creative dishes that is constantly evolving,” is set to open its doors in June at The Union Dallas. This Mexico City-inspired restaurant will open its first US location in Dallas with the goal of serving meals, bringing the community together and satisfying diverse dietary preferences.

The restaurant aims to expand and enhance atypical culinary experiences by adhering to its motto: “Be original + stay different”. Creatively reinventing international cuisine, Atìpico’s menu is constantly changing with traditional, keto, vegan, and gluten-free options, among other things. Putting a spin on the classics is Atìpico’s style and their premiere location in Dallas will add a unique dining experience to the local dining scene.

The Dolce Riviera reopens in the Dallas-Harewood area

Dolce Riviera. (photo courtesy)

Sweet Riviera It officially opened its doors again Thursday in the Harwood area. The establishment introduces new and classic menu items to coastal Italian cuisine with a modern twist.

Under the guidance of chef Taylor Kearney, classic menu items such as Burrata, Spaghetti Pomodoro, Porterhouse Bistecca alla Fiorentina, and Branzino are making a comeback. New menu items include Gnocchi al Genovese, Tagliatelle Nero di Sepia, Seared Kampachi and Meatballs.

Dolce Riviera has also incorporated a new concept called The Parlor at Dolce Riviera. It will double as a fine Harwood area fast food venue by day and transform into an intimate cocktail lounge at night. In the evening, The Parlor will serve up its own cocktail menu with signature drinks such as Smoky Parlor Old Fashioned, Prim and Proper Martini, and Italian 75 Aperitif.

The Dolce Riviera is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday at 5 pm with brunch served on Saturday and Sunday at 10 am. The Parlor is open for breakfast Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and open for cocktails Wednesday through Sunday at 5 p.m.

Sfereco offers $10 lunch specials

Sfereco lunch specials. (photo courtesy)

Severico Now offering a quick lunch special, which includes two slices of cheese or a pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, and a soft drink for $10. Pizzas are constantly prepared to keep it fresh and hot and move quickly to reduce the wait time typical of the lunch rush in Dallas. The special is good from 11 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday.

At the Lewisville and River Walk locations in Sfereco, the Express Lunch Special includes 10-inch cheese or pepperoni pizza, Caesar salad, and a soft drink for $10.

This special is available for indoor or outdoor dining.

National Food Days

National Wine Day, which this year takes place on Wednesday, May 25th, celebrates all different wines on one special day. Cantina Laredo locations in Frisco and Addison will celebrate wine Wednesday with half-price wine by the bottle from 4-7 p.m. in the dining room and at the bar.

List News

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill Hosts Ziata Wine Dinner

culinary team Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill He created a five-course dinner featuring seafood favorites paired with a Ziata wine hosted by chef Ryan Oruch and wine pioneer Karen Cakebread.

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill is located in LakeSide Market near the intersection of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway. Sea Breeze features a full fish market displaying a variety of fresh and wild seafood from around the planet, as well as a Chef at Home tray featuring prepared foods.

The event opens with a cocktail hour and will feature a limited number of seats for social distancing. Reservations are required by visiting the restaurant’s website. Due to space limitations, Sea Breeze asks guests to stick to a full table. A five-course meal is $135 per person, excluding taxes and gratuities. Details below are within meal plans.

Wine dinner menu:

Crispy sea bass

Stonefruit sauce, passion fruit oil drizzle, grapefruit essence

2020 Sauvignon Blanc

Seared scallops with ginger

Lychee espuma, kumquat jam, kaffir lime leaf oil, spiced almond

2018 rams chardonnay

Grilled halibut

Green garlic spaetzle, stewed maitake mushrooms, cream of pine nuts

2019 Russian Pinot Noir River

surf and grass

Grilled Monkfish Medals, Roasted New York Strip, Pomme Souffle, English Pea Puree

2017 Meteor Cabernet Sauvignon

Salted apple galette with butter

Bourbon Whipped Maple Cream

Old-fashioned Amador smoked cinnamon

The new scout site for Flower Mound features a new menu

The new Boy Scouts location on River Walk in Central Park, Flower Mound’s newest dining and entertainment area, opened Friday. Scout, which has its flagship location in the historic Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas, joins the MX Kitchen & Lounge of Primo’s, Sfereco, River Walk Chapel, and Reception Hall that have already opened on site.

The new Scout menu is a departure from the original menu with items like Bison Meatloaf Patty Melt, Pork Belly “Scooby Snack” and Braised Short Rib Stroganoff as well as more sports bar fare.

Here’s a look at Scout’s Flower Mound listing:


  • Idaho Potato Chips & Dips – French Onion, Beer Cheese, Jalapeno Ranch
  • Chicken Wings – Choose buffalo, sweet bourbon, jerk, or garlic parmesan. Choose six, twelve or twenty
  • French fries – pimento beer queso, chili, bacon, jalapeno, cilantro, sour cream
  • Pork Belly “Scooby Snacks” – Sweet and Spicy Hot Sauce, Texas Ketchup
  • Buttermilk Chicken Tenders – Choose buffalo, sweet bourbon, jerk, or garlic parmesan. Choose six, a dozen, or twenty

healthy and energetic

  • Southwestern Scouts – Pepper Jack Cheese, Roasted Corn & Black Bean Sauce, Crispy Tortilla Slices, Honey Lemon Vinegar, Chipotle Ranch. [add grilled chicken +4, herb peppered beef +6, grilled shrimp +7, grilled salmon +6]
  • Mediterranean salad – pepperoncini, kalamata olives, red onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, oregano vinegar. [add grilled chicken +4, herb peppered beef +6, grilled shrimp +7, grilled salmon +6]
  • Texas Beef Chili – Crispy tortilla strips, shredded cheese, red onion, sour cream, fresh cilantro.

Sandwiches and burgers Served with regular sweet potato or waffle

  • Scout’s Roasted Turkey Club – Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Pepper Jack Cheese, Mayonnaise, Whole Grain Toast
  • Bison Meatloaf Patty Melt – Havarti Cheese, Grilled Onion, Texas Toast
  • Grilled Teriyaki Tuna – Pickled Cabbage Ginger & Pickled Brussels Sprouts
  • Butter Chicken Dough – Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Scout Sauce
  • Grilled Cheese Fork and Knife – Beef Short Rib, Homemade Pimento Cheese, Buttered Texas Toast
  • Tildogger Burger 1lb – Fresh Ground Beef, Aged Vermont Cheddar, Hickory Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. Scout burger – American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, home pickles

Pillar provisions

  • Atlantic Cod Fish & Chips – Crispy French Fries, Lemon Aioli
  • Citrus-glazed BBQ Salmon – German Red Potato Salad, Blue Cheese and Pecan Salad
  • Black Creole Shrimp – Linguine Pasta, Spring Onion, Andouille Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, Cajun Cream Sauce.
  • Steak Frites – 10 ounces Beef Steak, Homemade Herb Butter, Potato Parmesan Truffle
  • Braised Short Rib Stroganoff – Roasted Mushroom, Butter Egg Noodles, Fresh Herb Sour Cream


  • Authentic Margherita
  • Imported pepperoni
  • BBQ Chicken – Red Onion, Goat Cheese & Fresh Herbs

sides – on request

  • German red potato salad
  • buffalo brussels cabbage
  • Blue cheese and pecan slaw
  • Waffle Sweet Potato Fries
  • Crisp


  • Double chocolate brownie sundae – hot fudge, cream, cocoa granules
  • 10 inch Carrot Cake Tower – Cream Cheese Frosting, Toasted Pecans
  • Warm Bourbon Pecan Tart – Fresh Caramel & Cold Whisk
  • Fried Apple Bread Pudding – Cream of English, Cinnamon Roasted Banana

Meal plans:

May 14: Allen Food + Wine Walk, noon at The Village.

May 17: Mexican Bartenders Contest against Tantio Tequila, 6 p.m. at Vidorra Dallas.

May 23: Ziata Wine Dinner with Cocktail Hour at 6pm, dinner at 7pm at Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill. Reservation required.

Written by Rich Lopez

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