Chef David Hollister has opened three restaurants over the last few months. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dagwood’s Does West 7th

Chef David Hollister takes his hearty fare to the swanky entertainment district.
If you’ve made it out to Ridgmar to visit Dagwood’s Grinders and Growlers, you already know Chef David Hollister can build a pretty good sandwich and tell you how to wash it down. Now with Dagwood’s Fire Grill Tap bringin...


Brunch Anxiety

Chow, Baby
I must be really spoiled. Or maybe worrying about the brunch menus of two places that just replaced their chefs is the way I cope with the chaos and misery of life. My therapist may call that displacement, but someone’s got t...

Tacos la Banqueta serves tacos and a squash blossom quesadilla frita. Photo by Lee Chastain.

On the DF

Go to Tacos la Banqueta for the food, not the atmosphere.
Kristian Lin
The Spanish word banqueta means “sidewalk,” and the sign outside Tacos La Banqueta reads “Puro DF,” which signals that the cuisine is purely in the style of Mexico’s Distrito Federal, or Mexico City. The capital has a...


Postpartum Party

Chow, Baby
Someone very close to Chow, Baby is pregnant, and it’s really cramping her style. Don’t get me wrong, I admire the discipline it takes to abstain from booze, certain types of fish, caffeine, and pretty much everything fun i...


Growling is for Stomachs

Chow, Baby
What is it about beer and wine snobs that irritates me so? I mean, I’m a wine person, but I don’t stick my whole face into a glass of vino and sniff like I’m huffing paint. I don’t swirl the juice around, raise it above...

Everything made in-house at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen was a treat. Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Tale of Two Polanco’s

The food is great at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen, except when it’s poured from a box.
It was a slow, lazy Sunday evening when my guests and I pulled up to Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen in southeast Arlington. The joint was so empty that we worried it might be closed, but our server warmly welcomed us. We were seat...


Food Network Nominees

Chow, Baby
I get so much e-mail from national PR people who have never read my column, I can barely hit delete fast enough. But recently, I received a press release from The Food Network asking me to spread the word about an open casting ...


Nicky D’s Delights

A fun and quirky atmosphere is only part of the dining experience at Nicky D’s.
The word “mishmash” comes to mind when pulling up to Nicky D’s. For one, the ranch-style building has a bright red sheet metal roof. A defunct fuel dispenser indicates that the space was once a gas station, and a large ha...


Whatever Will Be

Chow, Baby
The Fort Worth restaurant biz is a cruel villain sitting in a swivel chair stroking a hairless cat. It gets in the right lane at a traffic light and doesn’t turn. It flushes the toilet while you’re in the shower. And what...

“Market + Table is cram-packed with so many under-realized concepts.” Photo by Brian Hutson.

A Cluttered Market

Market + Table is a jack of all trades, master of none.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on at Fort Worth’s new Market + Table. The West 7th eatery is cram-packed with so many under-realized concepts it can make your head spin. There is a coffee bar, a juice bar, an...