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2019 Cocktail Trends You'll Want to Know About

As the best sports bar in Dallas, we’ve got a pulse on what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to cocktails, spirits, craft beer, and wine. 

So what can we expect to see in the cocktail industry this year? We’ve scoured the expert lists and taken note of what we’re seeing in-house to bring you our list of expected 2019 cocktail trends


Multi-Sensory Experiences

 We’re seeing an influx in multi-sensory experiences that add to the enjoyment of a cocktail and make it feel more unique. One way bartenders are doing this is with smoked cocktails and spirits. Another is with variations in ice – giant chunks of ice, small shaved ice pieces, and even customized branded ice are taking the scene and adding to the overall cocktail experience.


It’s All About Colors that Pop

 With social media taking over so much of our lives, a trend toward creating cocktails that not only taste great – but look mouthwateringly fantastic too – is a very real thing. Look to see more bright colors, striking garnishes, and interesting glasses take over your local bars and Instagram account alike.

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Drink Your Veggies

Cocktails that infuse vegetables are on the rise, offering healthier alternatives to the sugar laden cocktails of the past. Chefs are seeing more herbs too. Think cucumber, dill, carrots, and even mushroom incorporated into cocktails near you.


 Less Sweet; More Savory

In line with more veggies, expect to see less sweet cocktail offerings. Bartenders are pairing down the cocktails, going back to simpler ingredient lists, made with higher quality ingredients. Bitters are also on the rise, contributing to fresh – and not overly sweet – flavor combinations.



Bartenders nationwide are discussing how to leave a smaller carbon footprint, with sustainability even finding its way into the cocktail discussion. Bartenders are looking for ways to leave less waste and skip wasteful add-ons like straws. 


What do you think? What’s on the horizon for 2019? 


Ready for a drink? Join us at The Nodding Donkey – the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas

The Nodding Donkey Delivers – For Free!

Want to stay in, snuggle up, and watch Hallmark Christmas movies all day?


Or are you more of a “stay in and watch football for hours” kinda person?


Either way – you’re going to need to eat at some point  - and we’ve got some good news for you: The Nodding Donkey offers free delivery! 


No need to leave your home; you can still get the delicious flavors of the best sports bar in Uptown Dallas, all without leaving the couch.


Step #1: Visit our online ordering page.


Our online ordering is powered by Amazon Prime, and the first question it will ask is, “what is your zip code?” We just want to verify that you are within The Nodding Donkey’s delivery zip codes. If you live in and around Uptown Dallas, then you’re good to go. If you live in Plano, you might be out of luck.


Step #2: Pick what you want!


Once you’re signed in, begin looking through our menu and decide what to order. The full menu is available online, and many of our entrees come with a photo so you can see exactly what you are ordering for food delivery in Uptown Dallas. Choose between tasty appetizers, salads, sandwiches, sides, Texican entrees, or burgers. And on the weekends, you can even order brunch delivered straight to your door!


Step #3: Checkout and Wait!


Once you’ve picked all your favorites, simply sit back and wait! We’ll take it from there. You will receive an approximate wait time at checkout, so you know exactly when to expect your food. It will show up hot and ready to be consumed.


So the next time you’re hunkered down at home and have no motivation to get out for food, order lunch, dinner, or brunch from The Nodding Donkey with free delivery every day! 

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Remember Folks – The Nodding Donkey Delivers!

Whether you’re trying to decide what is for dinner on a weeknight or want to order in on game day so you don’t miss any of the action, The Nodding Donkey has you covered with free delivery!


Easy Ordering!


Ordering your favorites from The Nodding Donkey has never been easier! Simply find the link on our website for Free Delivery and you will be transported to our ordering page. Our delivery service is powered by Amazon, and on their site, you’ll see our entire menu – brunch, sandwiches, burgers, starters, entrees, and more – along with pictures so you can make sure it’s what you really want. Just click to add whatever you like, then wait! A friendly delivery person will have your order to you in no time – hot and ready to enjoy.


Are you on the go? You can even get the Amazon Prime Now app and order your food there instead of on the website. Same food, same features, but easy ordering when you aren’t in front of a computer screen.


Absolutely Free Service!


There is really no downside to ordering our free Dallas food delivery from The Nodding Donkey, because it’s just that – FREE! Stay home in your PJs and still enjoy a delicious brunch. We won’t judge! It will be the same price as it you were dining with us.


What Food is Available for Delivery?


As we said earlier, our whole menu is right there for you to peruse. Burgers, Texican entrees, salads, sandwiches, and even sides – all your favorites from the best sports bar in Dallas are waiting for you right there.


So even if you can’t make it into The Nodding Donkey this week, don’t forget about our Free Delivery services that bring The Nodding Donkey’s delicious food to you! Fast, easy, free, and delicious – what more could you want?!

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Simple & Satisfying: Sandwiches at The Nodding Donkey

Sometimes simple is just better. And when it comes to sandwiches, you can’t go wrong with simple, gourmet ingredients prepared to perfection.


Our Executive Chef – Rhett Dukes – believes in the philosophy that gourmet doesn’t need to be stuffy. He keeps it simple, and we love him for it! When it comes to the sandwich menu, don’t expect a run-of-the-mill fast food sandwiches here. What you can expect are top quality ingredients you know and love, prepared with a Texas flare only The Nodding Donkey can create. Here are a few of our favorites:


Most Popular: BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese

When asked what we would order, our servers frequently say “The BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese.” As one recent reviewer said, “the brisket grilled cheese is ahhhmazing!” But don’t take our word for it. Customers can’t get enough of our ooey gooey melted cheddar cheese, paired with tender cuts of brisket, all served on Texas toast.


New Twist on an Old Favorite: Uptown Ham & Cheese

Sure, your moms used to put ham and cheese sandwiches in your school lunches…but she didn’t make a ham and cheese like this! The Nodding Donkey uses home-cured ham, a blend of four artisanal cheeses, and the secret ingredient: poblano-jalapeno jam. The jam just takes the flavor to a whole new level! Served on a brioche bun and a side of fruit or fries, it’s a simple and satisfying lunch.


Best Texican Sandwich: Pulled Pork

The Nodding Donkey is known for blending TexMex and barbeque, creating a whole menu of Texican food that does not disappoint. Our Pulled Pork Sandwich is no different. The perfect blend of sweet and savory, slow roasted pulled pork is infused with sweet molasses, then paired with a tangy homemade coleslaw. The result – Texican perfection.

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What is your favorite sandwich?! Join us for some of the best Dallas sandwiches at your favorite uptown bar and restaurant - The Nodding Donkey Uptown! See you for lunch, dinner, or happy hour.