Eats

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...



Brownstone’s Grrl Power

Casey Thompson’s vision of feminine-sexy Southern charm comes to West 7th.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Before her starring turn on America’s Top Chef on Bravo in 2007, Casey Thompson was building her profile by dishing out Asian fusion at Shinsei in Dallas. She had worked her way up to the executive chef spot there after years...


Sprout’s is Delight-pho

In the shadow of Cowboys Stadium, fresh Vietnamese fare flourishes.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Arlington is not short on Vietnamese restaurants. There are several authentic places in South Arlington alone. And then there’s Sprout’s Spring Roll and Pho in North Arlington near Cowboys Stadium. The sleek avocado-and-bro...



Patrizio Takes Flight

A few mishaps aside, the experience at the new West 7th eatery is winning.
LEONARD EUREKA
Patrizio Pizza Pasta and Vino has been a fixture in Dallas’ Highland Park Village for decades. It has a welcoming ambiance, thanks mainly to the walled patio shaded by oak trees and equipped with umbrella-covered tables and o...


Lotsa Verve at Ridglea Jazz Café

The newly opened Westside joint offers soul food and smooth sounds.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The 6000 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard has seen its share of restaurants come and go. The soul food restaurant Ridglea Jazz Café recently opened in the spot previously occupied by Ovation, another soul food joint. Ridglea’s ...



Prime Time for Bailey’s

The mini-chain of high-end steak eateries is cookin’ in West 7th.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
It’s a safe bet that you could make money in Cowtown by opening a high-end steak restaurant. However, there is a question of how necessary another high-end steak restaurant might be, especially since there are several solid l...


Looks Cute, Mi Chula

Despite its chain-y look, Southlake’s Mi Chula is a doll.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Mi Chula’s looks like a chain restaurant. It’s not. But the Southlake restaurant has a familiar feel to it, even if you’ve never been there before –– chalk it up to slick avocado-green and brown paint and brightly col...