Eats
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...


The headlining Bronson Burger, the Yard Bird, and some rings and wings are the stars at Bronson Rock. Lee Chastain

Rocking the Grill

Keller’s Bronson Rock sets the standard for open-flame burgers and more.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
The most recent restaurant/bar to open along Keller’s Main Street, Bronson Rock Burgers and Beer fits right in among the drag’s string of locally owned burger, barbecue, and beer joints. The two-month-old standalone sits wi...



The carne asada is just one of Cumino’s specialties. Tony Robles

Fresh Cumino’s

This newish Arlington Mexican joint is fast but not fast-food.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Owned and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Art and Elisa Juarez, Cumino’s Tacos Frescos ys Mas is a welcome dose of freshness and authenticity in the Chainsville known as Arlington –– even though Chainsville has l...


Monty's Corner

Horne A-Plenty

A Dallas chef’s first Fort eatery, Monty’s Corner, is sinfully good.
JIMMY FOWLER
Shawn Horne might just be the Paula Deen of North Texas chefs. Horne earned raves for his fat-and-carb-laced chow at Dallas restaurants such as Horne & Dekker and Kitchen 1924. Perusing the menu of Monty’s Corner, his fir...



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.