Eats

Terra Mediterranean Conquers All

In the new West 7th Street development may be the start of a food empire.
JIMMY FOWLER
If people are still feeling the pinch of a troubled economy, you wouldn’t know it by a visit last Saturday night to the recently opened Terra Mediterranean Grill in the West 7th Street development. A small line formed at the ...


Bar Fight

Longtime restaurateurs are battling school officials over a liquor permit at the former Scampi’s site.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Scampi’s Mediterranean Café was a fixture in the Fairmount area for more than 15 years, a beloved ma-and-pa restaurant in an area full of them. But co-owners David Shaw and Ann Diakis-Shaw thought Scampi’s wouldn’t be Sc...



Reed’s Is All-American

The South Arlington bar and grill offers a lot and does a lot well.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The commercial building just east of Green Oaks Road and Interstate 20 has been cursed by its awkward location. The only access is from the eastbound lanes of a busy frontage road. At least three establishments have come and go...


Garliq Doesn’t Stink

The newly opened family-owned Southlake eatery piles on the flavor.
BY LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Garliq is a newish, family-owned, family-friendly eatery in Southlake. The menu is full of interesting factoids about the herb, which is apparently also considered a vegetable. Unusually, for a cheerfully decorated strip-mall r...



Dig into Rivera’s Mexican

This newish restaurant in Ridgmar Farmers Market serves up delectable Tex-Mex.
JIMMY FOWLER
Rivera’s Mexican Grill & Market, located inside the Ridgmar Farmers Market building across from Ridgmar Mall, was hopping like a roadhouse last Saturday night. Outside, the red-and-white-striped roof and a sign advertisin...


Big On Cooper’s Bar-B-Que

The recently opened Stockyards joint is all about the meat — and then some.
LEONARD CALLAWAY II
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is all about the meat. For real. Located near Billy Bob’s Texas, the recently opened restaurant, with 26,000 square feet, is almost — almost — as massive as the World’s Largest Honky To...



Picosos Paints a Lovely Picture

The Sansom Park-area Mexican restaurant lacks heat but not quality.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Family-owned, off-the-beaten-path Mexican food restaurants have certain admirable traditions to uphold. The food should conjure images of a Mexican grandmother starting from scratch and toiling for hours over a hot stove. The d...


Mandola’s Markets Quality

The new eatery/store Italianizes Arlington Highlands.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Early in the last century, Mandola’s started out as a family-owned market in Houston. And now, about 110 years later, third-generation chef/restaurateur Damian Mandola and his extended family co-own several other Italian join...



BB and Luigi’s: a Grapevine Star

The newly opened restaurant does Italian and steak to perfection.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
BB and Luigi’s Vineyard Steakhouse, near the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, is a newish semi-Italian restaurant in a spot formerly occupied by a full-blooded Italian place. The only difference on paper might be BB and Luigi...


Belly Up to City Pig BBQ

The new Hospital District ’cue joint offers traditional fare and excellent desserts.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
City Pig BBQ’s black-and-orange storefront on 8th Avenue doesn’t look like much. You might drive right past and not realize it’s actually a restaurant, save for the number of cars in the parking lot and the steady foot tr...