* Max’s Wine Dive has named the exec chef who’ll be in charge of the kitchen at the upcoming SO7 locale: Stefon Rischel. This’ll be the fifth Max’s, best known for fried chicken, wine and tons of Instagrams showing people devouring both. It’s scheduled to open later this month, next to Barcadia.
* Don’t you wish there was a place to get a burger in the W. 7th area? Aside from Rodeo Goat, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Brownstone, Magnolia Motor Lounge, Lucky Strike, Bar Louie, Reservoir, Wendy’s and In-and-Out, there just isn’t anywhere to get a burger over there, is there? Thank heavens – Brewsters Burger Bar is on the way!
* Dallas food media has been all over Little Lilly Sushi lately. A week after making Eater Dallas’ Fort Worth “Heatmap” again, Scott Reitz from the Dallas Observer tried out LL’s natto. Then came a four-star review from Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner. She wrote that chef Jesus Garcia, “probably makes the best sushi rolls in North Texas.” Good for Garcia. He deserves the kudos.
* Other reviews this week: DFW.com’s Anna Caplan takes down the new Deluxe Bar & Grille and Andrew Marton blesses Pandan Thai Kitchen in Crowley. DFW.com’s ongoing Burger Battle got ugly when one of the places was busted for stuffing the virtual reader’s choice ballot box.
* Lousy week for FW restaurants last week – three places closed. If you’re in the market for restaurant equipment, kitchenware or what’s left of their groceries, one of the closing restos, Ryan’s Fine Grocer & Delicatessen, is having a going-away sale this weekend, starting today at noon.
* Downtown’s Capital Grille recently added a build-your-own-lunch option. You get one of each: soup or salad, entree and a side, for $18. Choices include cauliflower soup, lobster roll, parmesan truffle fries, clam chowder and dry-aged sirloin. Lunch hours are Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm.
* Cowtown Farmer’s Market is now setting up every Thursday from 3-7pm at the UNT Health Science Building in the Cultural District.
* According to its Facebook page, The Live Oak is introducing a new lunch menu next Tuesday. I called to see what’s going to be on it – I don’t need the whole menu, just one or two items to list here and maybe get some people excited and/or interested. “I really have no idea,” said the young lady who answered the phone. Menu area on website says, “coming soon.”
* Newly opened Pacific Table will launch Saturday and Sunday brunch on Aug. 10, said an in-the-know manager. Last week, Pacific Table offered a short and tweet preview of said menu in a Twitter message to Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy: “Look for corn beef hash, eggs benedict with lobster.”
* Looks like it’ll be another few days until Trevino’s Mexican Comida opens on Montgomery Street. The resto is now shooting for the second or third week of August.