Want to know what Austinite and controversial podcaster Joe Rogan likes to eat? Well, he’s a big fan of Sushi by Scratch, and chefs Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee are holding a pop-up of the restaurant in Dallas that will be open on December 8 and be around indefinitely. Lee promoted that an omakase service was coming to the Adolphus in downtown Dallas by sharing an Instagram reel with Rogan, whose approval is noted all over press releases about the opening, telling fellow imported Texan Elon Musk how great the place is. Lee has also been a guest on Rogan’s show to discuss his food.

The Adolphus’ area managing director, Danny Estevez, explained in a press release that the partnership came about after the hotel noticed that intimate, “speak-easy” style dining experiences have been gaining popularity. Sushi by Scratch in the Adolphus will host ten people per meal, with seating at 5, 7:15, and 9:30 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday. Seventeen courses will be served. Reservations are available now.

If that’s not your omakase cup of tea for whatever reason...

Sushi | Bar Hospitality is now open in the East Quarter (aka downtown but on the Deep Ellum side). This spot offers the same 17-course service with seatings Wednesday through Sunday at 5, 7:15, and 9:30 p.m. with reservations available now. As far as we know, Joe Rogan has yet to comment.

The whole east side of Dallas can’t wait

Birdie’s Eastside, from TJ’s Seafood proprietor Jon Alexis, announced it will open the biggest patio on that side of town on December 13. It will start with happy hour and dinner, to expand service to include lunch and a weekend brunch in 2024. The space has been under construction on the busy Mockingbird Lane for months, renovating the former Luby’s into a family-friendly indoor/outdoor bar and grill. And the outdoors is massive, with a 7,000 square foot turfed patio for the kids and an adjoining resort-style indoor and outdoor patio for the grown-ups.

Update: December 7, 2023: 8:55 a.m.: Alexis contacted us to say the Birdie’s patio is actually 7,000 square feet, not 3,500. His addition of the to that was entirely appropriate.

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