Eats
Toni’s fried catfish is heaven on a plate. Tony Robles

Soul Kitchen

Hits and misses define the Southern-flavored Toni’s dining experience.
MATTHEW MCGOWAN
Some joints you just root for. You walk in whistling, thinking that either this place offers lip-licking tasties or, dang, it’s just another reminder of how cutthroat the family-owned restaurant racket can be. Here today. Gon...


The Winnebago bar provides a quirky backdrop for some of Twisted Root’s signature items, including the Dirk Diggler Dog (front). Lee Chastain

Pretzel Logic

Twisted Root serves up scrumptious burgers with a silly smile.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Twisted Root Burger Company was started by Jason Boso after he did what most service industry folk fantasize about doing to a hard-to-please customer. Boso spouted off, apparently in a big way, and got fired. But that led Boso,...



Beneath this unassuming marquee is a gateway to some successful Thai fare. Chase Martinez

Thai in Bloom

Though mostly tasty, Thai Orchid is still far from Haltom City supremacy.
JIMMY FOWLER
The atmosphere inside Thai Orchid in a small Haltom City strip mall is a little rough around the edges. On a recent weekday dinner visit, clear plastic sheets covered the white tablecloths, and each of the multiple wall-mounted...


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...