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Present Imperfect

CHOW, BABY
There I was eating my chicken club salad ($13) at Charleston’s (3020 S. Hulen St.) when my teenage server asked a question that ruined the whole experience: “Is everything perfect?” “Well, no,” I thought. “A generic...


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Fred’s: Blazing Saddles

CHOW, BABY
I like to think of the story of Fred’s Texas Café (915 Currie St.) like a dramatic Hollywood movie. For years, the ramshackle burger joint was a culinary beacon in the then-barren West 7th Street area, charming customers wit...



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Tacos to Ease the Pain

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Chow, Baby was sad when La Media Naranja (961 W. Magnolia Ave.) closed its doors earlier this year. The tiny taqueria/juice bar was never that busy, perhaps because the building is set back from the road and thus failed to attr...


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Eat, Pray, Watch

CHOW, BABY
It was a bad idea to go see the movie Gravity at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St.). The drive-in is great, but a movie like that needs a more cinematic setting — and one that can’t be ruined by some jerks blaring Tejano ...



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For Mature Audiences

CHOW, BABY
The fact that I don’t have children has never stopped me from judging parents who can’t control their brood in public. I was at Los Paisanos (1446 N. Main St.), enjoying what I consider the best caldo de pollo ($6.99) in th...


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Miracles of Loaves and (Raw) Fishes

CHOW, BABY
I didn’t realize there was anyone left on the planet who won’t eat sushi. As it turns out, these misguided people are everywhere: my mother, my editor, my stepsister, just to name a few. There I was thinking sushi was like ...



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Cracking Open a Mystery

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Every year around this time, Lucile’s Stateside Bistro (4700 Camp Bowie Blvd.) celebrates the fanciest member of the crustacean family with a month-long event it calls Lobsterama. The occasion holds special significance for a...


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Southern-Fried Nirvana

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My pal was pouring his heart out to me as we sat at Max’s Wine Dive (2421 W 7th St, Ste 109), the new wine bar/comfort-food eatery in the So7 development, about to have brunch. He’s happily in love, and that’s all he coul...



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Otra Vez

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The first time I visited Enchiladas Olé (901 N. Sylvania Ave.), a semi-new Tex-Mex place on the East Side, my server came on a little strong — and by strong I mean he practically tried to convince my guest and me to upgrade ...


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Comfort Me with Snark

CHOW, BABY
In the ’90s, I and every other night owl in Fort Worth had one haven to head for after bar-thirty: the Ol’ South Pancake House (1509 S. University Dr.). I didn’t go there for the mediocre food, the seemingly endless proce...