Southside Hoagies

This Near Southside veteran offers just enough surprises to remedy chain burnout.
With the Near South Side’s recent emergence as a hip destination, you’ve got to wonder how many people remember the area anchored by Magnolia Avenue before the boom. Not so long ago, the Chat Room Pub and Benito’s restaur...

Become a Lotus Eater

Lotus Café’s Eastern fusion works more often than not.
The area north of I-20 and Little Road in Arlington isn’t exactly known as a destination for exotic non-chain restaurants. That’s why Lotus Café is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Though the food may not be the mos...

High Five for Pie Five

The fast/good pizza concept takes root in the Fort.
It’s not hard to find good pizza in Fort Worth, but it is hard to find it fast. Your options are basically limited to heat-lamped lunch buffets and Pizza Hut’s greasy cheese wheels. Pie Five Pizza Co., Pizza Inn’s new fas...

Chancy Hacienda San Miguel

Opening now may be risky, but this West 7th eatery might have the goods to thrive.
There’s some winnowing out going on in that hot West 7th Street corridor — Delaney’s Irish Pub and So7 Bistro are gone. But that hasn’t kept Dallas-rooted restaurant companies from sending up new shoots in the area. A f...

Buffalo Cantina Heats Up

The latest adventure from Chef Paul Willis is Tex-Mex fusion — and a hit.
Chef Paul Willis has his fingerprints all over some of the area’s most popular restaurants, including Fuzzy’s Tacos,  Yucatan Taco Stand, and the now-defunct Pedro’s Trailer Park. Willis sells a simple package these ...

Grilling at Riva Mediterranean

This recently opened Arlington eatery offers Italian and Middle Eastern fare that’s hearty but not overly filling.
Italian food for lunch isn’t for everyone — all those carbs can make napping seem so much more alluring than work. But Riva Mediterranean Grill, which recently opened in an Arlington strip mall, has some solid Italian and M...

Jack’s Porch Swings

Though billed as a sports bar, Jack’s Porch is more of a bistro, offering semi-upscale fare.
Jack’s Porch advertises itself as an “American Sports Grill.” Yes, the menu is full of traditional “American” stand-bys (burgers, fries, wings), and the walls are covered in flat-screen TVs. But Jack’s is in Southla...

Hey, Good Lookin’

There are a lot of nicely decorated eateries in town: some way more so than others.
Sometimes when you go out to eat, you don’t care what the joint looks like. Other times, the surroundings are part of the joy of the meal — low lighting and a romantic ambiance for date nights, good background music and fun...

So Long, and Thanks for All the Chicken-Fried

Chow, Baby and Christy Goldfinch
Everybody breathe a sigh of relief: This is my very last Chow, Baby column ever.

Ted E’s Burgers: More

Slinging specialty burgers in the heart of suburbia is a win for Ted E’s.
The sprawling suburbs and outlying areas of North Fort Worth haven’t been historically known as exciting culinary hubs. The restaurant landscape is dominated by national and regional chains. And all those fast food joints. It...