Eats
Expect a lot of Midwestern charm at Maid-Rite in Arlington. Tony Robles

Aeee, Maid-Rite

With a few exceptions, this throwback Midwestern diner gets a thumbs-up.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The Maid-Rite Diner chain originated in 1926, when an Iowa butcher invented a super-secret spice recipe and applied it to ground beef to create a loose-meat sandwich. At least that’s what the back of Maid-Rite’s menu says. ...


The Tower is elegant, its fare full of flair. Lee Chastain

Down to The Tower

In the heart of Sundance Square comes a haute comfort-food “gastropub.”
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The Tower Restaurant and Speakeasy occupies the same location on the corner of 4th and Taylor streets downtown where The Vault Mediterranean Restaurant flamed out a couple of years ago. The new eatery is owned by the same folks...



Pretty much everything is authentic and scrumptious at Thailicious. Chase Martinez

Now that’s Thailicious

This new Hulen/I-30 eatery has all the authentic goods.
JIMMY FOWLER
Although the new Thailicious restaurant sits, theoretically, at the southwest corner of Hulen Street and I-30, it’s barely visible from either busy thoroughfare: The eatery is wedged between a bank and a yogurt shop at the ba...


Fried fish and jambalaya are staples at Damian’s. Jesus A. Robles

Damian’s Got Soul

This nondescript eatery is serving up big downhome soul/comfort food.
JIMMY FOWLER
The window sign at Damian’s Cajun Soul Café says closing time is 4 p.m., but that’s not quite accurate. This family-owned comfort-food spot actually shuts down as soon as it runs out of food, which happened to be around 2 ...



This, ladies and gentlemen, is the SandBurg. Come hungry Chase Martinez

SandBurg’s vs. Belt Buckles

This decadent Burleson joint gets just about everything right.
ALEX TYLER
A new joint has just upped the ante on burgers in Burleson. And if you don’t like burgers, SandBurg’s gourmet sandwiches are pretty special too –– as long as you’re not worried about calories. In a building formerly o...


You won’t leave Hemphill’s hungry. Tony Robles

Dive into Hemphill’s

Know what the Near Southsiders know — HR is the real greasy-spoon deal.
MATTHEW McGOWAN
Every neighborhood needs a cheap greasy spoon for folks with more hangover than money, the sort of place where the only things that don’t come deep-fried are the plastic tablecloths. Fortunately for Near Southsiders, there ar...



An assortment of scrumptious rolls awaits you at Ninja’s sushi buffet. Chase Martinez

Ninja Rules

Ninja Sushi & Grill isn’t your average Asian buffet.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
At first glance, Ninja Sushi & Grill, located just south of The Parks at Arlington mall, looks like any Asian buffet joint. There are hot stations of endless soup, noodles, gyoza, and tempura items and several long buffet t...


Tang’s Pacific Bistro offers ninja chips, a beef ramen bowl, a California roll, and sesame chicken. Lee Chastain

Pacific Tang

Nothing’s hoity-toity about this small local chain, but everything’s solid.
MATTHEW McGOWAN
In any category of ethnic food, places that hew to their original tradition are usually better bets than the Americanized versions of same. But sometimes, ethnic and Americanized can be a good combo — as with Tang’s Pacific...



Green chile lasagna (front), Venezuelan paella (left), Caribbean shrimp salad — and a Leenero — beckon you to Mijo’s Fusion. Tony Robles

Fusion by Mijo’s

This new joint brightens up the Near South Side.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
To the ultra-trendy Near South Side and the space formerly occupied by Junsuree Thai House comes Mijo’s Fusion, the youngest, prettiest sister in the Mijo’s family of Tex-Mex restaurants. For 15 years, the original location...


EATS

Flashy Tokyo Samurai

Glimpse hibachi done right at this Colleyville standout.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Let’s face it. Hibachi joints have become a cliché. These strip-mall fixtures, with their round-robin seating, lamely punning chefs, and overpriced fish dishes have really overstayed their welcome, right? Most of them? Maybe...