Restaurant roundup: Chocolate-dipped paletas, boxed lunches, absinthe

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CocoAndré Chocolatier now has frozen treats. The chocolate shop offers MaxFrut paletas, which contain 70-130 calories when ordered plain. Or they can be dipped in chocolate, and who cares how many calories that has?

Norma’s Cafe now offers boxed meals to feed six-eight people. The boxes come with an assortment of brisket sliders, chicken tenders, side dishes and a whole meringue pie for $50. The first 45 people who order the boxed meals will receive a Norma’s insulated reusable bag.

Five of the 12 restaurant’s on food critic Leslie Brenner’s “Hot List ” are in Oak Cliff: Stock and Barrel, Lucia, Boulevardier, Lockhart Smokehouse and Bolsa.

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Construction has begun on Kessler Park Eating House, the new restaurant from the owners of Jonathon’s.

The new absinthe bar is open at Driftwood, and Zagat reviewed it.

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