Eats

Siempre Superior

Family-style means good eats on the North Side.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
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.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
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.
ANTHONY MARIANI
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.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
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.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
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.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
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.
JIMMY FOWLER
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,” ...


So7 Bistro: C’est Magnifique

French flavors abound in Jean Michel Sakouhi’s latest endeavor.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Over the past decade, French restaurateur Jean Michel Sakouhi has pushed French and Mediterranean flavors on Cowtown, first with The Balcony, then with the recently departed Vault. His new So7 Bistro quietly has  occupied ...



Saljo’s: More Than Pizza

Though specializing in Italian, Saljo’s Pizza offers a little bit of everything.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Saljo’s Pizza sits in what used to be Tony’s Restaurant, an Italian eatery that held up this corner of a strip mall in Pantego for more than a decade. Sal Kolic, who was born in Montenegro, across the Adriatic Sea from Ital...


Two Brothers for Excellent Greek

This recently opened restaurant in North Fort Worth is full of high points.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Two Brothers Bistro is located so far north in Fort Worth that it’s almost in Keller. The new restaurant looks predictably sleek, with a gorgeous bay window allowing the place to flood with sunlight, elegant brown and cream w...