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Nha Trang’s Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio was on point. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Vietnamese 101

Nha Trang is a welcome addition to West Magnolia Avenue’s restaurant row.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
There was a time when you’d have to drive out to the suburbs to get good Vietnamese food, but that’s thankfully no longer the case. Enough of us have warmed up to the (admittedly tamed) flavors of Southeast Asia that a rest...


The beef on the alambres was exceptionally tender. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Viva Jalisco!

You’ll find authentic Mexican food in this quirky restaurant on the edge of the North Side.
LAURIE JAMES
The motto of the Mexican state of Jalisco translates to “Jalisco is Mexico.” Among other things, Jalisco claims that mariachis, the sombrero, and tequila all originated in the west coast Mexican state. It’s no surprise th...



Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina offers Tex-Mex and barbecue — or both. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Mexicue

Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina combines two classic styles into something new.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Tex-Mex and barbecue are the twin pillars of Texas cuisine, but mixing them together can feel about as wrong as kissing your sister. Foods with that much personality and history behind them just don’t seem like they’d get a...


Ahi Poke Bowl serves immaculately fresh seafood. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Aloha, Poke

Far away from the ocean, a small Arlington restaurant serves up one of Hawaii’s unique dishes.
LAURIE JAMES
In almost every cuisine, there’s a dish that’s served raw –– like Italian carpaccio, French steak tartare, Japanese sashimi, and Korean hoedeopbap (usually some kind of white fish). To the list of cuisine for culinary r...



The West 7th corridor has a new after-bar carb-loading option. Photo by Lee Chastain.

All Hours Pizza

The American Pub serves the lunch and after-bar crowds in West 7th.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
The American Pub fills a woefully underrepresented niche as a spot for late-night carb-loading. In addition to its well-stocked bar, the pub intends to be known for its pizza, available by the pan until 2 a.m. nightly, and by t...


All of the seafood sang on the Spanish seafood pasta. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Mercury in Retrograde

Arlington’s gemlike wine bar is full of hits — and misses.
Laurie James
There’s a desolate feel to the now-defunct Shoppes at Brownstone Village, the central Arlington depository of tchotchkes, fancy baby gear, and all-around cute things which closed two years ago. But Mercury Wine Bar & Gril...



The loaded baked potato at Kipz is buzzworthy. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Welcome Back, Kipz BBQ

Off East Rosedale is a real-deal joint with little frills but lots of thrills.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Kipz BBQ is back. The unassuming smokehouse off East Rosedale has come and gone, and come and gone again, since first opening more than 10 years ago. Each incarnation has garnered accolades from local barbecue connoisseurs crav...


So-Cal Tacos is another food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar success story.

So-Cal Meets NTX

This mid-cities taco joint brings a Cali-twist to a crowded field.
Laurie James
You know this story: guy makes tacos and sells them out of a food truck before eventually (in this case, about three years later) working that into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Owner Scott Wooley’s So-Cal Tacos stands out f...



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Staying the Courses

Avanti Ristorante brings its elegant Italian to Fort Worth.
BY LAUREN PHILLIPS
A block or so back from Sundance Square, on the quiet pedestrian plaza between the City Place towers, sits Fort Worth’s own Avanti Ristorante. For more than a quarter-century, Dallas’s original Avanti has anchored Uptown fr...


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No Yolk

Move over locals, there’s a new urban diner in town.
Laurie James
If you’ve lived in or worked around downtown Fort Worth for at least a decade, you may feel nostalgic when a new restaurant opens –– odds are good the new joint is built on the metaphorical gravesite of someplace you used...