Super Foodies

Most local restaurants are psyched for Super Bowl XLV — but not all.
The estimated thousands of hungry football fans arriving in North Texas for Super Bowl XLV this week will provide an excuse for local restaurants to get all gussied up, kind of like the three host cities are doing with their st...

Elegance at Istanbul Grill

This little Middle Eastern establishment is an oasis in bustling South Arlington.
Istanbul Grill sits in a tiny storefront space all but hidden in the middle of the overcrowded metropolis of shopping centers that is South Cooper Street in Arlington. It’s clear when you step through the doors, though, that ...

Hot Tub’s is a Front

You’ll find neither hot tub nor grotto here, just surprisingly tasty and borderline upscale cuisine.
Hot Tub’s Back Porch Grotto is a new restaurant that features neither a hot tub nor a grotto, although you’ll find a lovely cedar bar area and back porch that, on the right kind of evening, might be magical. Not too long ag...

Siempre Superior

Family-style means good eats on the North Side.
There are no strangers at La Superior Taco Cantina, only diners who haven’t been introduced to owner Steve Martinez and his extremely friendly crew. If you’re new, Martinez or one of his peeps will hand you samples of whate...

Bite into Chop House Burgers

This little Arlington burger joint specializes in juicy, sloppy delights, including a gut-busting cheeseburger.
The web site for Chop House Burgers describes an idealized place, where a burger is so juicily, sloppily good that it takes “four or five napkins” to get through. And that’s pretty much what’s offered by the new restaur...

Magnolia Motor Lounge Revs Up

Gut-busting he-man fare and an automotive décor define this relatively new West 7th corridor spot.
I just couldn’t do it. I mean, everything was cooked beautifully –– the succulent beef patty topped with melted cheddar, the grilled mushrooms, the fried egg, the strips of chicken-fried applewood-smoked bacon, the slices...

Tex-Mex Shines at The Tavern

A San Angelo father and son bring their brand of Tex-Mex to the Fort.
The recently closed Snookie’s Bar and Grill on South Hulen Street was never a temple of great food, although the place had fabulous deals on alcohol and served food late at night. Still, that part of Hulen doesn’t exactly l...

Atomic Subs, Wings

This UTA-area eatery is a lot more than a college hole in the wall.
A friend of mine lives close by the University of Texas at Arlington, and she recently told me about her experience at a sandwich shop called Atomic Subs and Wings. She called it a “hole in the wall” place with amazing food...

Rio’s Hits the Spot

This new SoDo bar/restaurant offers superb mini-burgers and Tex-Mex staples even late at night.
SoDo is short on places for quick lunches and late-night food options. Fortunately, with the arrival of Rio’s Downtown Bar and Grill (and Embargo’s expanded menu), that’s changing. Rio’s (not affiliated with the Rio Mam...

Find La Media Naranja

This taqueria/dessert shop specializes in scrumptious tortas, fresh-squeezed juices, and breakfast.
The Spanish phrase “la media naranja” has a couple of different meanings. It’s a slangy term of endearment for a romantic partner, as in “my better half.” But it also translates literally as “half of the orange,” ...