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The Chef Empires

Chow, Baby
A couple of weeks ago, at the Fort Worth Weekly’s inaugural Celebrity Chili Cook-Off, I ran into an old friend. Gabriel Ochoa is now the chef at the scandalously underrated Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar (5003 Colleyvi...


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Penny Pinching at Taco Heads

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I’ve never felt more like my grandpa than on my recent trip to the shiny, new brick-and-mortar location of Taco Heads (1812 Montgomery St., 817-615-9899). “I’m not paying $4.25 for a taco,” I thought, knowing full well ...



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Black Market Timeshare

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I don’t know why more restaurants don’t do timeshares. Occupying the same building seems to be working pretty well for Nonna Tata and Black Market Bakery & Café (1400 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-223-6909), the newly opened l...


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Market + Table = Good

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I still can’t really explain the convoluted concept behind FW Market + Table (2933 Crockett St., 817-850-9255), but I can tell you that I had an excellent dinner there recently. The staff couldn’t really explain what was go...



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West 7th: Same Ol’, New Ol’

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Is it just me, or is the same bar/grill opening over and over in West 7th? I was sad to learn that Trinity River Tap House was closing –– its last day of business was on Valentine’s Day –– but I can’t help but feel ...


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Native Grub

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I’ve driven by Las Pericas (915 E. Northside Dr., 817-332-5997) 1,000 times and thought, “That is probably right up my alley.” The small, boxy taqueria looks the part of an inviting dive gem. Finally, after my 1,001st dri...



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Recommending Revolver

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It’s a funny thing. I’ve lived in Fort Worth most of my life, was a chef/server for a decade, and I’ve been part-time food critic going on five years now. And still, every time someone asks me for a restaurant recommendat...


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Special Delivery

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Many years ago, I was managing a tiny eatery in Arlington. We were constantly at war with our distributors over the times of our food deliveries. They would regularly show up right in the middle of our lunch rush, so someone wo...



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Lottery Loser

Chow, Baby
I didn’t win the Powerball, which is probably fine since I would almost assuredly be one of those people who squander the money on frivolous stuff. Sure, I’d end up broke and dead in a few years after overdosing on Easy Che...


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Snap to It

Chow, Baby
I’m not sure why I assumed Snappy Salads (6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste 120, 817-616-6016) was a ladies-who-lunch spot. After all, the Dallas-based chain’s marketing slogan is “So good, even guys like our salads.” But, for...