Eats
The sandwiches, like this bacon cheeseburger, aren’t fancy, but they are tasty and very wallet-friendly. Brian Hutson

Simple, Effective

Greasy Bend Burgers could use a little more creativity, but the sammies hit the spot.
EDWARD BROWN
If you haven’t visited the Race Street area in a few years, you might not recognize it. The neighborhood has been undergoing a lot of revitalization recently and is now home to a handful of progressive art spaces, chic lofts,...


Along with a Bee’s Knees signature cocktail, R Bar & Grill offers a caesar salad with fried green tomatoes. Lee Chastain

R Bar & Grill: Your Destination

Located in the Arlington Hilton, chef Michael West’s baby is elegant and tasty.
LAURIE JAMES
Over the years, the Arlington Hilton Hotel has been home to several ground-level bars. Most of them, including the late, not-too-lamented September’s Lounge, were known more for cocktails and hookups than food. Enter: baby-fa...



Offerings like the grilled chicken plate with house sage butter, rice pilaf, and veggies prove that there’s more to Dalton’s Corner than foot-high beers. Lee Chastain

Dalton’s Corner: Cradle of Love

A once-popular ’80s hangout comes back with a tasty vengeance.
NICOLE CRITES
Dalton’s Corner in Burleson was once a hot and happenin’ nightspot, attracting teens from all over North Texas by offering dancing, mechanical bull-riding, games, and live music –– at one point, a little band called the...


Ume’s sashimi spring roll awaits. Lee Chastain

Ume: Yummy

The best of both Korean and Japanese cuisines awaits.
LAURIE JAMES
Although there is a plethora of Japanese restaurants in Tarrant County, there aren’t a lot of Korean eateries. Enter: Ume Sushi and Korean BBQ. While political relations between Korea and Japan have historically been testy, t...



All-you-can-eat catfish is part of the allure of Joe’s Coffee Shop. Lee Chastain

Eat (and Drink) at Joe’s

Joe’s Coffee Shop specializes in hearty, American comfort food at reasonable prices.
EDWARD BROWN
Endless cups of strong java and comfort food at affordable prices have made diners popular for decades. Joe’s Coffee Shop offers that experience and more, including all-you-can-eat catfish and a hamburger as big as your head....


Kona Grill’s beef bulgogi tacos and shrimp-and-lobster roll await. Brian Hutson

Shaka Brah

Kona Grill is all over the map, from Hawaii to China, good to bad.
LAURIE JAMES
Kona Grill offers a staggering array of choices, from sushi to satay and bulgogi to a variety of meats augmented with pineapple or macadamia nuts. But Kona is not just a pan-Asian place with a little Hawaiian/Polynesian flair. ...



There are dozens of taco items at Taco Diner, including the citrus- marinated pork tacos al pastor — with grilled pineapple. Brian Hutson

Tranquil Tex-Mex

Excellent service and a gorgeous patio more than make up for Taco Diner’s shortcomings.
LAURIE JAMES
Taco Diner’s foray into Fort Worth is pretty great. The regional chain with locations in Dallas and Southlake has put down stakes in Sundance Square, specifically on the edge of Sundance Square Plaza. The jetted fountains alo...


The BBQ Slaw Chicken Sandwich packs a nice kick.

Brewsters’ Millions

Bold flavors put beer on the back burner at this new West 7th eatery.
STEVE STEWARD, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
As the name implies, the recently opened Brewsters seems to be focused on beer, from the 60 craft drafts on tap to the space’s bottle-and-keg-centric décor. In truth, beer is only half the menu. But with paper towels at each...



There’s a lot to love about this small family-owned eatery. Lee Chastain

All Aboard for Brodard

This Asian express is tiny but packs humongous flavors.
JIMMY FOWLER
The tiny, family-owned Vietnamese eatery Brodard Asian Express & Boba Tea looks as if it could be swallowed up any minute by the hectic retail space it inhabits on a busy section of Cooper Street in South Arlington. Inside,...


All of the seafood was cooked well and tasted great at R.J. Gator’s. Lee Chastain

Floribbean Queen

Stick with the surf options at R.J. Gator’s.
LAURIE JAMES
At one point, R.J. Gator’s was a flourishing Florida-based chain with locations in several states. The concept: “Floribbean” cuisine –– Jamaican lite with Caribbean and Cajun accents plus Tex-Mex. The chain went bankr...