The lomo saltado was a traditional stir-fry that bowed to Peru’s Asian heritage. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Post-Columbian Eats

Peru Gourmet stands out, albeit in an uncrowded field.
When it comes to food from South America, most diners don’t usually meander beyond Central American/Salvadoran fare –– if they ever make it past the multiple varieties of regional Mexican cuisine available locally. So hav...

The vegetable samosas at Namaste were served with a tamarind chutney. Photo by Lee Chastain.


Namaste is a hidden Nepalese gem worth finding.
One hopes to avoid hackneyed phrases like “diamond in the rough” when describing hidden gems in the restaurant business, but the cliché fits Namaste like a glove. Inside the abandoned shell of an old Sonic drive-in, in the...

The Caprese grilled cheese oozed with mozzarella. Photo by Nancy Farrar.

Praise Cheeses

Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? Grain & Dairy Gourmet Grilled Cheese owner Josh Rogers has parlayed what he sees as the general public’s desire for home-style comfort food into a cute little sandwich sh...

The Bentley’s house hot dog and the Bent-Mi both pack a lot of spice. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dog Heaven

Bentley’s’ ambitious take on a few comfort classics fits right in on the Near Southside.
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If you can remember the days when the only hot dog to be found on West Magnolia Avenue came from BJ Keefer’s, the street’s newest restaurant may cause you to reflect on how far the area has come. Bentley’s’ triple conce...

The Pig Pizza included crumbled Italian sausage, pancetta, and pepperoni. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Fourth Time’s a Charm

With Cork and Pig Tavern, all the good things about Felipe Armenta’s other restaurants come together in a seamless blend.
Back in 2010, restaurateur Felipe Armenta duplicated the successful culinary alchemy of his San Angelo-based The Tavern here on South Hulen Street, to good reviews. In the subsequent six years, he’s opened two more originals ...

Nha Trang’s Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio was on point. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Vietnamese 101

Nha Trang is a welcome addition to West Magnolia Avenue’s restaurant row.
There was a time when you’d have to drive out to the suburbs to get good Vietnamese food, but that’s thankfully no longer the case. Enough of us have warmed up to the (admittedly tamed) flavors of Southeast Asia that a rest...

The beef on the alambres was exceptionally tender. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Viva Jalisco!

You’ll find authentic Mexican food in this quirky restaurant on the edge of the North Side.
The motto of the Mexican state of Jalisco translates to “Jalisco is Mexico.” Among other things, Jalisco claims that mariachis, the sombrero, and tequila all originated in the west coast Mexican state. It’s no surprise th...

Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina offers Tex-Mex and barbecue — or both. Photo by Lee Chastain.


Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina combines two classic styles into something new.
Tex-Mex and barbecue are the twin pillars of Texas cuisine, but mixing them together can feel about as wrong as kissing your sister. Foods with that much personality and history behind them just don’t seem like they’d get a...

Ahi Poke Bowl serves immaculately fresh seafood. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Aloha, Poke

Far away from the ocean, a small Arlington restaurant serves up one of Hawaii’s unique dishes.
In almost every cuisine, there’s a dish that’s served raw –– like Italian carpaccio, French steak tartare, Japanese sashimi, and Korean hoedeopbap (usually some kind of white fish). To the list of cuisine for culinary r...

The West 7th corridor has a new after-bar carb-loading option. Photo by Lee Chastain.

All Hours Pizza

The American Pub serves the lunch and after-bar crowds in West 7th.
The American Pub fills a woefully underrepresented niche as a spot for late-night carb-loading. In addition to its well-stocked bar, the pub intends to be known for its pizza, available by the pan until 2 a.m. nightly, and by t...