Eats
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...


Stop by India Café for the masala wraps. Vishal Malhotra

Bollywouldn’t

Except for India Café’s outstanding masala wraps, there’s not much here.
ZACK SHLACHTER
Recently, on one of my customary library crawls, I passed an Indian restaurant on the corner of a strip mall in Watauga. Alternately intrigued and suspicious, I looked up India Café online from the safety of the nearest bookca...



You’ll need a knife and fork to get at Mojo’s pulled pork burrito. Bonnie Mays

Mojo’s Working

Tex-Mex and barbecue in Burleson? In one place? Yep.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Mojo’s Tex Mex Smokehouse is a pint-sized mom-and-pop place –– actually, it’s a cousin-and-cousin place. Cousins Barry and Terry Hodges own the restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Burleson where Bodacious Barbecue used ...


The portions are massive at Foni’s, as the Katsu Chicken (left) and Loco Moco indicate. Lee Chastain

Aloha, Foni’s

Eating at this Hawaiian grill is no luau, but it offers some bang for the buck.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Foni’s Island Grill, a year-old Hawaiian food joint tucked into a small suite at the end of a divey strip mall in Euless, should post a sign above its entrance: “Abandon all hope for greens, all vegetarians who enter here....



Veggies get grilled at Takara. Tony Robles

Neighborhood Hibachi

Quality Japanese fare isn’t all Takara’s selling.
STEVE STEWARD
I had a bunch of errands to run the other day, and they all sort of fell in an order that led me north of Loop 820 into the hinterlands of North Richland Hills. That’s probably the best explanation of why I sat down to eat al...


A live blue crab crawls up to say hello to a crabcake of his fallen brothers, surrounded by pan-seared red snapper, Alaskan king crab, jumbo snow crab claws, and an Electric Blue Martini. Tony Robles

Blu Waters

Sophistication and flavor are on tap at the new Blu Crab.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Victor Nguyen, Eric Nguyen, and Henry Pham, proprietors of The Blu Crab Seafood House & Bar, picked an interesting nest for their fledgling restaurant. The new joint occupies the space on Camp Bowie Boulevard where Café As...