Eats

Celio’s Scores

This family-owned and family-friendly joint in Keller does Chicago-style pie superbly.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Pizza crust can inspire as much debate as barbecue sauce or fried chicken. Regional geography plays a critical role in crust preference: Specifically, do you prefer thin, New York-style fold-over crust or the deep-dish Chicago ...


Sushi and Hibachi at Sake

Out in Mansfield is a place for some primo Japanese cooking.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
If you’d asked anyone living around Mansfield a decade ago if the town had a traditional Japanese restaurant, you might have been laughed at. Oh, how times have changed. Sake Hibachi Sushi & Bar is one of a few sushi join...



Still a Fiesta

This Southside Tex-Mex staple stays simple, fresh, and tasty.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Very few things are like they used to be. Everything changes, and “everything” includes menus at favorite restaurants. But not at Fiesta. The traditional Southside Tex-Mex eatery does things much as it did when it opened 33...


Off to Palio’s

With locations in Mansfield and Fort Worth, this Italian pizza joint caters to health nuts and the gluten intolerant.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
In the northwestern Italian city of Siena, the Palio is a twice-yearly horse race with religious connotations. In the North Texas cities of Mansfield and Fort Worth, Palio’s is a pizza joint with some unusual features. The fa...



Rooster, Delaney’s Work

Though heavy on kitsch, both bar/restaurants deliver.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Is there a spate of new bars that happen to have good eats? Or is this phenomenon really a spate of new restaurants conveniently doubling as bars? Fort Worth is home to a few taverns boasting better-than-usual bar fare: 8.0 in ...


Overflowing Up North

Along with new housing, the area is bustling with new eateries.
ANTHONY MARIANI
North Fort Worth is a boomtown. Seemingly every other week, another new restaurant, pizza joint, fro-yo, or smoothie place pops up. Surprisingly, a majority of them are ma-and-pa establishments. Just in the past couple of month...



Rock Bottom’s Up

A new TCU-area bar and grill rocks the no-frills fare.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
On Bluebonnet Circle in the space formerly occupied by Ocean Rock, a popular seafood restaurant, comes Rock Bottom Bar and Grill. The menu is heavy on fish (mostly shrimp, catfish, and tilapia) but has enough other stuff (salad...


Boo-Ray’s Ragin’ Cajun

Straight from the Crescent City to your belly, Boo-Ray’s does Looziana right.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Louisiana cooking isn’t completely foreign to Fort Worth, but restaurants specializing in Cajun cuisine here can probably be counted on one hand. All of them also involve someone of Looziana background. Add one to that short ...



Hidden Treats at Salsa Limón

In La Gran Plaza is one man’s answer to the lack of “high-quality taquerias” in town.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Just up the escalator from the main entrance of La Gran Plaza is what has to be the most unusual food court of any mall in Fort Worth. You won’t find a Chick-fil-A or an Orange Julius or any of the other staples of mall cuisi...


Finger-lickin’ Texas Style Chicken and Seafood

New Southside joint gives pleasant meaning to the term “greasy spoon.”
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
In the shadow of the Hospital District, Rosedale Street just east of I-35 offers a veritable coop of fried chicken places. Clearly the hospitals didn’t spring up around the eateries, so it must be that restaurants that dish o...