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Like the Grave, Bella Italia West Beckons

Chow, Baby
The first time I ever walked into Bella Italia West (5139 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1700), the year was 1990-something, and I was a senior in high school. Even then, it was like eating in God’s waiting room. The crowd was as ...


Mezcale’s serves traditional Tex-Mex cuisine without pretension. Photo by Lee Chastain.

In The Mezcale Tradition

For old-school Tex-Mex, this new arrival is at the head of the class.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
There was a time (and it wasn’t that long ago) when family-run Tex-Mex restaurants were the backbone of Fort Worth’s casual dining scene. These neighborhood eateries were institutions in their own right, handing recipes dow...



The Avoca coffee and chocolate pot de crème was thick and decadent. Photo by Brian Hutson.

DFW Restaurant Week: From Clay to Grace

Chow, Baby
I usually never partake in DFW Restaurant Week. As a reviewer, I try to seek out cuisine that readers can try themselves. Since the Restaurant Week menus are only temporary, and since this is a weekly column, I’ve never seen ...


Horseshoe Hill’s menu features some of Chef Grady Spears’ greatest hits. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Climbing Horseshoe Hill

Chef Grady Spears goes back to his delicious roots.
JOSIE VILLA-SINGLETON
Apart from a couple of spots, the Stockyards isn’t known as a dining destination. Most natives obligingly visit the historic area on the North Side to entertain curious out-of-town guests or do some boot scootin’ at Billy B...



Among the offerings on Vivo 53’s menu, the wood-fired pizza and signature chopped salad get the highest marks. Robert Garner

Viva, La Vivo

Chow, Baby
It struck me as I walked into Vivo 53 (525 Taylor St., 855-216-2378) that this city has quietly built a small but solid stable of upscale pizza restaurants. Not too long ago, the only place you could get pizza outside of Domino...


The date cake alone is worth the trip to Citrus Bistro. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Citrus Bistro Has Some Appeal

This Colleyville bistro shows promise but lacks polish.
Lauren Phillips
DFW Restaurant Week is a great excuse to get off the beaten path and try some places that might not otherwise make it onto your radar. The annual event, presented by Central Market and benefitting the North Texas Food Bank and ...



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Haute Dogs

Chow, Baby
The only thing more American than a good ol’ hot dog is tricking one out like it’s a monster truck. Turning food that was already a little unhealthy into something downright decadent is one of this country’s finest culina...


Gino’s East serves traditional Chicago pizzeria fare in a kitschy setting. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

Gino’s Arlington Style

Though it lacks authentic atmosphere, the food is worth the trip.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
It’s a mystery why anyone who isn’t in the witness protection program would move from Chicago to Arlington. The world-famous pizzeria Gino’s East has gamely made the migration, but the reputation of the place is a double-...



Photo by Lee Chastain.

Moon Over Mash’d

Chow, Baby
When I first heard the name Mash’d, I fantasized about a restaurant constructed entirely of mashed potatoes. I wanted to eat my way out of the place and watch it crumble behind me. Then when I heard the new West 7th eatery wa...


You can order the kibbeh plate with or without the cup of hot chai at Qana Café and Hookah. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Qana Do It

For lunch, dinner, or coffee, this Mediterranean restaurant is terrific.
Kristian Lin
Named after the city where Jesus supposedly worked his first miracle, Qana Café and Hookah doesn’t offer miraculous food. It’s just really good Middle Eastern cuisine, and while its lack of prominent signage and its locati...