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Somehow, probably by signing up for it, Chow, Baby got on the e-mailing list for the trade rag Nation’s Restaurant News. It’s mostly business-side snooze about boring chains (“Cracker Barrel Net Jumps 14% in 3...


Five Easy Pieces

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1. Latin super-chicken. Guatemala-based Pollo Campero (2830 S.H. 121 at Glade Rd., Euless) is sort of like KFC, except that this chicken is fresh-cooked and delicious: lightly spiced, crispy skin holding in the juices so that e...



Wayward Sage

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Back in, what, 2004, Café Panache in Hurst was one of Chow, Baby’s favorite restaurants, though after five years it doesn’t recall specifically why. Probably had something to do with the food, because when chef Sag...


Gemspotting

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If a taqueria has a taco-plate deal on Wednesdays, you can bet Chow, Baby will stop by on a Thursday to hear all about it. If a homecooking joint prepares their deliciously tender pot roast with cute little carrots and new pota...



Lighten Up

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Some restaurants are inverters: You arrive in a bad mood, and they quickly turn your frown upside down. Some are amplifiers: You arrive in a bad mood, and they straightaway make it infinitely worse. (Personally, Chow, Baby woul...


The Lights Are Much Brighter

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When Fizzi closed down a couple of years ago, there was a vicious rumor circling that T.G.I. Friday’s was interested in the space, at 4th and Commerce streets. Chow, Baby couldn’t get the Thurston Howell III-voiced ...



Bread Upon the Waters

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Chow, Baby was zooming across the Toledo Bend Reservoir back into Texas when a horrible thought dawned: It had forgotten to eat a muffuletta. How did that happen? 


Rising from the Ashes

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Here’s the thing about Donna Albanese of Piola (3700 Mattison Av.): Every time you see her, she’s gotten more beautiful. Yeah, nice for her and all, but the problem is that we’re talking so many orders of beau...



Ahead to the Past

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You ever go to a Fort Worth Institution like West Side Cafe, or Ol’ South, or Paris Coffee Shop – some place that’s been around 25, 50, maybe 300 years – and think about what they must have been like whe...


Hot Type

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Because of the economy, Chow, Baby was nine days late paying its March electric bill ($125.34). Nine days, no big deal, maybe they’ll tack on a few bucks for a late penalty.