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HG Sply Co.’s chicken legs are perfectly crisped. Photo by Steve Steward.

Paleolicious

HG Sply Co. serves a fresh, fast, upscale take on man’s prehistoric diet.
Steve Steward
If you’ve never heard of the “paleo diet,” or your dashboard is so covered with Whataburger wrappers that any kind of “diet” sounds like a joke in need of a punchline, “paleo” is a cooking and eating routine that ...


The Thai Boat Noodle Soup is one of the many traditional offerings you won’t find at a westernized Thai eatery. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Utterly Charming

This new Haltom City Thai eatery’s devotion to tradition and excellent service stand out.
LAURIE JAMES
Thai Charm Cuisine sits in a Haltom City strip mall that is home to a group of ethnic restaurants. Over the last two decades, many different Vietnamese, boba tea, and Thai joints (and a now-defunct Asian supermarket) have made ...



Oni Ramen serves upscale noodles until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Photo courtesy of Oni Ramen.

Demonic Noodles

Oni Ramen brings Texas heat to Japanese cuisine.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Chances are your relationship with ramen was forged back in your college days, when the cheap and easy meals were synonymous with the make-believe poverty of campus life. Or, perhaps you lost your way a bit and became acquainte...


The lomo saltado was a traditional stir-fry that bowed to Peru’s Asian heritage. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Post-Columbian Eats

Peru Gourmet stands out, albeit in an uncrowded field.
LAURIE JAMES
When it comes to food from South America, most diners don’t usually meander beyond Central American/Salvadoran fare –– if they ever make it past the multiple varieties of regional Mexican cuisine available locally. So hav...



The vegetable samosas at Namaste were served with a tamarind chutney. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Himalicious

Namaste is a hidden Nepalese gem worth finding.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
One hopes to avoid hackneyed phrases like “diamond in the rough” when describing hidden gems in the restaurant business, but the cliché fits Namaste like a glove. Inside the abandoned shell of an old Sonic drive-in, in the...


The Caprese grilled cheese oozed with mozzarella. Photo by Nancy Farrar.

Praise Cheeses

LAURIE JAMES
Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? Grain & Dairy Gourmet Grilled Cheese owner Josh Rogers has parlayed what he sees as the general public’s desire for home-style comfort food into a cute little sandwich sh...



The Bentley’s house hot dog and the Bent-Mi both pack a lot of spice. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dog Heaven

Bentley’s’ ambitious take on a few comfort classics fits right in on the Near Southside.
Lauren Phillips
If you can remember the days when the only hot dog to be found on West Magnolia Avenue came from BJ Keefer’s, the street’s newest restaurant may cause you to reflect on how far the area has come. Bentley’s’ triple conce...


The Pig Pizza included crumbled Italian sausage, pancetta, and pepperoni. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Fourth Time’s a Charm

With Cork and Pig Tavern, all the good things about Felipe Armenta’s other restaurants come together in a seamless blend.
LAURIE JAMES
Back in 2010, restaurateur Felipe Armenta duplicated the successful culinary alchemy of his San Angelo-based The Tavern here on South Hulen Street, to good reviews. In the subsequent six years, he’s opened two more originals ...



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...