Eats
Part izakaya, part ramen house, Hanabi is all delicious.

Let’s Go Bowling

Tasty fare and great service make Hanabi Ramen and Izakaya a destination.
EDWARD BROWN W/ PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
Fans of Japanese cuisine may already be familiar with the term izakaya: a casual bar that also serves food. It’s the kind of place that might be popular after work. At Hanabi Ramen and Izakaya, though, the concept has been ex...


The presentation is as dazzling as (most of) the food here. Lee Chastain

Spinning 24 Plates

Though not everything is perfect, a lot is at this new Magnolia spot.
LAURIE JAMES
There are a lot of ways to describe 24 Plates Tapas Bar & Restaurant: chef-driven, independent, outstanding, trendy. The new eatery has blossomed in the corner space on West Magnolia Avenue that once housed W.F. Lawrence Fi...



Your first course, the salad bar, could be an entire gourmet meal on its own.

Rafain: Meat on Sticks

Come hungry and with lots of time to spare.
LAURIE JAMES W/ PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON
In the words of Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse, lunch and dinner are “a three-course Brazilian feast.” Similar to other all-you-can-meat restaurants, the Dallas-based chain’s newest location, this one in the West 7th Street ...


The sandwiches, like this bacon cheeseburger, aren’t fancy, but they are tasty and very wallet-friendly. Brian Hutson

Simple, Effective

Greasy Bend Burgers could use a little more creativity, but the sammies hit the spot.
EDWARD BROWN
If you haven’t visited the Race Street area in a few years, you might not recognize it. The neighborhood has been undergoing a lot of revitalization recently and is now home to a handful of progressive art spaces, chic lofts,...



Along with a Bee’s Knees signature cocktail, R Bar & Grill offers a caesar salad with fried green tomatoes. Lee Chastain

R Bar & Grill: Your Destination

Located in the Arlington Hilton, chef Michael West’s baby is elegant and tasty.
LAURIE JAMES
Over the years, the Arlington Hilton Hotel has been home to several ground-level bars. Most of them, including the late, not-too-lamented September’s Lounge, were known more for cocktails and hookups than food. Enter: baby-fa...


Offerings like the grilled chicken plate with house sage butter, rice pilaf, and veggies prove that there’s more to Dalton’s Corner than foot-high beers. Lee Chastain

Dalton’s Corner: Cradle of Love

A once-popular ’80s hangout comes back with a tasty vengeance.
NICOLE CRITES
Dalton’s Corner in Burleson was once a hot and happenin’ nightspot, attracting teens from all over North Texas by offering dancing, mechanical bull-riding, games, and live music –– at one point, a little band called the...



Ume’s sashimi spring roll awaits. Lee Chastain

Ume: Yummy

The best of both Korean and Japanese cuisines awaits.
LAURIE JAMES
Although there is a plethora of Japanese restaurants in Tarrant County, there aren’t a lot of Korean eateries. Enter: Ume Sushi and Korean BBQ. While political relations between Korea and Japan have historically been testy, t...


All-you-can-eat catfish is part of the allure of Joe’s Coffee Shop. Lee Chastain

Eat (and Drink) at Joe’s

Joe’s Coffee Shop specializes in hearty, American comfort food at reasonable prices.
EDWARD BROWN
Endless cups of strong java and comfort food at affordable prices have made diners popular for decades. Joe’s Coffee Shop offers that experience and more, including all-you-can-eat catfish and a hamburger as big as your head....



Kona Grill’s beef bulgogi tacos and shrimp-and-lobster roll await. Brian Hutson

Shaka Brah

Kona Grill is all over the map, from Hawaii to China, good to bad.
LAURIE JAMES
Kona Grill offers a staggering array of choices, from sushi to satay and bulgogi to a variety of meats augmented with pineapple or macadamia nuts. But Kona is not just a pan-Asian place with a little Hawaiian/Polynesian flair. ...


There are dozens of taco items at Taco Diner, including the citrus- marinated pork tacos al pastor — with grilled pineapple. Brian Hutson

Tranquil Tex-Mex

Excellent service and a gorgeous patio more than make up for Taco Diner’s shortcomings.
LAURIE JAMES
Taco Diner’s foray into Fort Worth is pretty great. The regional chain with locations in Dallas and Southlake has put down stakes in Sundance Square, specifically on the edge of Sundance Square Plaza. The jetted fountains alo...