Eats
Z’s Salad Trio (center), roast beef hoagie, and chicken salad sandwich — with fresh lemon and key-lime tarts — make for an appealing invitation. Lee Chastain

B Side for Z’s

The FWCAC café makes an excellent beachhead in the Hospital District.
JIMMY FOWLER
For more than three years now Z’s Café, located in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, has been a purveyor of fast, friendly, high-quality lunches for the Cultural District crowd. Owner and chef Janet Z. Capua, who also op...


Aventino's

Mangia at Aventino’s

Aventino’s 2.0 is comfortable and classy, and the Italian fare traditional and tasty.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
In early January, one local chef was out promoting a new restaurant via Facebook. The thing is: It wasn’t his restaurant. Jon Bonnell, whose eponymously named eatery is a Fort Worth institution, was unabashedly cheering the r...



Catfish Sam’s does catfish right — along with hush puppies and fried pickles. Tony Robles

Take the Bait

Arlington institution Catfish Sam’s lacks variety but not flavor.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Catfish Sam’s smacks of style so down-home you wonder if its namesake offerings were caught by noodling — you know, that hillbilly tradition in which ballsy rural “fishermen” plunge their arms into murky depths to retri...


Next Stop? Cancun

This eatery might not look like much, but its Tex-Mex is up there with the best.
STEVE STEWARD
If a pawnshop is enough to scare you away from a neighborhood, you might never work up the courage to walk through the door of Cancun Restaurant, on the south side of Camp Bowie West. And that would be a shame.



Air Oink

The pluses outweigh the minuses at Flying Pig Pit BBQ and Tavern.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The Flying Pig Pit BBQ and Tavern’s address in Mansfield is on Matlock Road, but really the joint is just off Country Club Road in a little strip mall. This is important, because your satellite navigational device is likely t...


Momma Mia!

This quaint eatery serves up four-star Italian cuisine at two-star prices.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Passersby on Belknap Street may look at Momma Mia’s aged outer brickwork and shrug the joint off as just another cheap Italian bistro knockoff that serves oily pizza and stale subs. On the outside, it might as well be a Sbarro.



Uneven Sushi Domo

Though mostly great, this newish Arlington restaurant still hits some snags.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Sushi Domo Bar & Grill is tucked into a corner of a strip mall across from one of Arlington’s three hospitals. There are few restaurants nearby other than fast food, so this pretty, new-ish sushi restaurant is a welcome o...


Little Germany: Big Flavors

This hole-in-the-wall just north of downtown is much more than just sausage.
STEVE STEWARD
There’s this Tim Allen bit from the early ’90s where he disparages German food thusly: “If you can’t shove it into an animal casing, you don’t eat it.” And then he makes pig noises. In Germany, obviously, saying an ...



’Cue Up Soda Springs

This barbecue joint in White Settlement is friendly but not memorable.
STEVE STEWARD
The town of White Settlement might still be living down its 2009 opportunity to change its name to something less racially charged. However, the little west-o’-Fort Worth ville is still a homey place. A culinary mecca? Hardly...


Nice to Eat You

Have your “toppings” stuffed into your burger patty at Hi, My Name Is Eat.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
If a burger joint is to set itself apart from all others in a crowded field, it needs a little shtick. In Keller, Hello, My Name Is Eat has honed in on a pretty darn good one: Like Patty Shack Burgers in Grand Prairie, My Name ...