News Bites: Knife burgers are back and a South African steakhouse is coming to the Design District


Knife Steakhouse relaunches lunch as Knife Burger

Located at The Highland Dallas near Mockingbird and Central Expressway, chef John Tesar has reopened his Knife Steakhouse during lunchtime as Knife Burger.

New additions to the menu include a melted patty, a 44 Farms hot dog and what it calls a Knuckle Sandwich, which features lobster shank meat with garlic aioli on a hoagie.

Knife’s classic burgers are still here: the Ozersky, named after the late food writer, with American cheese and red onion on a soft white bun; Double Ozersky, with double the cheese and patties; The Magic, with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and onion on an English muffin; Chilli cheese, with a chilli cheese spread, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, on a spongy white bun; Beef Cheek, which features truffle mayonnaise on a spongy white bun; and The Rib, or short rib, collard greens and horseradish mayonnaise on a white bun. A few simple steaks are on the menu, such as rib-eye tenderloin and bone, as are salads.

Shutdown Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mo’ Bettahs prepares to make waves in Plano

The Hawaiian Food Chain Mo’Bettahs will open its first Texas location at 1801 Preston Road in Plano.

Expect plated lunches with a choice of meat – grilled chicken or teriyaki steak, kalua pig, chicken pulehu, chicken katsu or shrimp tempura – plus the signature macaroni salad and steamed rice . The Utah-based chain opened the first of six locations in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bountiful in 2008. It is expected to open in Plano in March.

Hunan Express will reopen near SMU as Cafe Hunan

Cafe Hunan will soon be the reincarnated version of the Hunan Express, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The restaurant originally operated as Hunan Express in a small stall near the Ritz Carlton in Uptown, where the News says it has attracted notable locals like Chief Dean Fearing. It closed in 2012 following rent increases. For the past decade, the only place customers could eat Hunan Express food was at a stand inside the UT Southwestern food court. Owner Mark Carey decided it was time to get the experience out of the medical district and put it near SMU.

Carey described the menu as “not really overly complicated”, serving dishes like Mongolian beef, orange beef, variations of lo mien, crispy chicken salad and hand-rolled spring rolls. Peking duck pancakes are also interesting.

Wits Steakhouse offers South African-inspired dishes in the Dallas Design District

The South African-inspired Wits Steakhouse has officially replaced the closed Oak fine dining restaurant in the Design District, according to paper town. Named after the nickname of the University of the Witwatersrand, where owner Richard Ellman’s mother attended college, the hall has been gutted and redesigned. Expect black walls and lots of gold, a nod to the Witwatersrand gold rush that helped establish Johannesburg as the capital.

Wits serves a variety of classic steakhouse menu items, from sushi to Tomahawk steak. (Diners can choose from a variety of sauces, like peri-peri and chimichurri, as toppings for the nine cuts of steak.) Entrees are mostly decadent: giant crab cake, pork belly mac, and calamari. . Main course meats, which include New Zealand rack of lamb, Berkshire pork chop and dashi-dusted salmon, are grilled over a wood fire. Finish your meal with homemade moon pies or South African fudge.


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