July is the time to celebrate all that is summer, from ice cream and peaches to barbecues and the beach. While Dallas is landlocked, one downtown hotel is bringing a beachfront experience to its rooftop bar this week. There’s also a social ice cream class, brisket smoking lessons, chef-prepared vegetarian dinners, and a peach festival worth the drive. Finally, don’t miss a quick food truck tour of one of the popular Chicago restaurants appearing at DFW this week.
Tuesday 5 July
Cajun Fried Fat Tuesdays at Razzoo’s Cajun
It’s Mardi Gras all summer at Razzoo’s on Tuesdays from the new Cajun Fried Fat. From July 5 through September 4, the Bayou-inspired restaurant will offer festive specials, including fried Cajun steak and Cajun fried chicken, for $10 each. Wash down the spice with $5 frozen Hurrycanes, $5 Mardi Ritas, and $5 for 22 ounces of select local beer. Tuesday specials are good at all Razzoo locations.
Wednesday 6th July
The Hamptons at the Henry
Escape to the beach without leaving Dallas with this pop-up experience inspired by The Henry’s Hamptons. The Uptown hotel will transform its rooftop bar into a refreshing beachfront retreat serving cocktails and coast-inspired food. Specials include New England lobster rolls with salt and vinegar chips and jumbo crab cakes with toasted corn salad. Sip like a socialite with the South Hamptons Sangria made with guava, pineapple, lemon, brandy and white wine; and Lavish Pina Colada made with two types of rum. The popup will last until September 5th. And welcome to book.
Friday July 8
Vegetarian Tiki Loco Dinner from Chef Justin Box
Deep Ellum cantina hosts a fine-dining vegan-style dinner prepared by Chef Justin Box, featuring four courses plus cocktails and mocktails for purchase. Dinner will include Texas sweet corn chowder topped with lemon marshmallow fluff and Thai basil crumbs; smoked mushroom toast with sauteed chili and wild chimichurri herbs; Roasted beet risotto with cashews coated with paprika and local farm greens; and Dulce de Leche cake with charred pineapple, cinnamon stick and raspberry compote. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $60. Reservations are required, with a $25 deposit, and are non-refundable. Book here.
Saturday 9th July
Grand Opening of Summer Moon Coffee at Midway Hollow
The Austin-based coffee shop — known for its Texas oak roasted beans and sweet cream “Moon Milk” — will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location with plenty of gifts. Visit for a free cup of brewed coffee (while supplies last), and if you’re one of the first 50 customers, you’ll also get a free gift bag. There’s also a free sweepstakes to enter one of three prizes: a one-year goody coffee supply gold ticket, a Summer Moon gift card, and a prize package with Summer Moon merchandise and coffee. Note that the draw will take place at noon, but you do not need to be present to win. The grand opening will run from 7am to 12pm.
The 37th Annual Parker County Peach Festival
It’s ways out of Dallas, but it’s well worth the trip. The traditions of historic downtown Weatherford are back in a peachy way. Last year, 40,000 attended this one-day event, and this year there will be more to explore in an expanded space with no less than 200 booths featuring artisanal goods, crafts and delicious food. Go for all things peach, including peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach tea, and juicy peaches from the barrel. The event will run from 8am-4pm, and tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.
Social ice cream in the central market
Beat the heat at Central Market stores with cold ice cream samples. Customers can peruse the store for stations with milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, churro ice cream bowls, root beer floats, Vietnamese coffee with ice cream, and even breakfast ice cream. Shoppers can also take advantage of 25 percent off all ice cream and 20 percent off all cones and toppings, July 6-12. The social party will take place in all Central Market stores from 2-4pm.
Sunday 10 July
Brisket U at Manhattan Project Beer Company
Backyard Pitmasters connoisseurs will host the famous roasting class at the Dallas brewery. Novices and professionals alike will learn the techniques of smoking brisket from start to finish. Students will learn about the types of drilling, choosing the right cut, and how to prune, massage, choose wood, smoke profiles, fire management, timing, and properly chop when they are finished. The class is priced at $89 per person and will operate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday 11 July
Portillo Beef Colonial Tour
Before opening in the fall at the Grandscape development in The Colony, Portillo Restaurant sends a delicious preview to Texas via a mobile food truck. Dubbed the Beef Bus, the chain’s hot dog restaurant in Chicago has made several appearances in North Texas, beginning with a stop near its futuristic scene on July 11. To bring the cult favorite restaurant to DFW. The menu will include the famous Chicago-style hot dog served with mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, tomatoes, kosher pickles and sports peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. The menu will also include Italian beef sandwiches and Polish sausages. The Beef Bus will be available from 1:30 to 5 pm.