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Zippy’s All-American Comfort

The nearly decade-old classic downtown diner is finding its niche in a new part of town.
BY SOHANA IRENE KUTUB
In a cozy corner at North Main and 20th streets near the Stockyards sits Zippy’s All-American Grill, a no-nonsense restaurant that was located downtown for nearly a decade. In an area oversaturated with Mex-Mex and Tex-Mex op...


Saviano’s: Real Italian?

You’ve never had Italian food until you’ve had Saviano’s – Italian grandmothers aside.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Saviano’s proclaims, “If you ain’t had Saviano’s, you ain’t had Italian.” Grammatical issues aside, that’s a bold statement. But the new downtown restaurant has the goods to back it up.



Bite into Hammerhead Sushi

Though sushi is the thing at this sleek TCU-area establishment, pan-Asian offerings abound.
JIMMY FOWLER
Nestled somewhat discreetly across from The Aardvark on West Berry Street near TCU, the recently opened Hammerhead Sushi is laid-back but also aiming to be something a little more than just a college joint. Tan walls with black...


Cross Eddie Deen’s

This barbecue stalwart’s new Arlington operation delivers the goods.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Eddie Deen’s Crossroads, in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium, isn’t actually located near a crossroads. Unless, of course, you consider the intersection of Overpriced Parking and Horrible Traffic to be some kind of junction. T...



Café Brazil: Trad Diner Goodness

Dozens of coffees and a 200-plus-item menu make this new TCU-area diner a hot spot.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Café Brazil is not one of those churrascarias, where sultry, gaucho-clad waiters serve meat from large sticks. The distinction is important. This Fort Worth diner on West Berry Street in the spot formerly occupied by Los Vaque...


Viet-Joe Cajun

This little eatery by UTA does Cajun and Vietnamese pretty well.
JIMMY FOWLER
The Vietnamese owners of Cajun Café on Cooper Street near UTA had another location nearby on Pioneer Parkway. A few months ago, the owners sold it to new proprietors who recently remodeled and reopened the space as Joe Cajun. ...



Loosen Up at Buck n’ Loons

This venerable Arlington eatery still offers some hearty American fare.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
“Never trust a skinny cook.” That old saying seems to be the motto at Arlington’s Buck n’ Loons, and, although I didn’t actually see the cook when my family ate dinner there on a weeknight, I could sort of tell by the...


Jesus BBQ: Bless You

This nigh-historic Southside diner has been slinging succulent CFS, barbecue, and Tex-Mex since 1970.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Jesus BBQ is a perfect metaphor for what’s going on in the area around South Main Street and Rosedale Avenue. The little diner is nestled between a giant factory and what appears to be a halfway house but is also about a bloc...



Shaw’s Burgers, Shakes, and More

This new BYOB eatery is another strong entry in Near Southside’s restaurant row.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
It’s been no secret that David Shaw and Ann Diakas-Shaw, co-owners of Shaw’s Burgers and Shakes on the Near South Side, have had a little difficulty opening their new joint (see: “Bar Fight,” May 26, 2010). Shaw’s ope...


Rocking Sea Siam

This longstanding Thai eatery isn’t fancy, just fabulous.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Lucky, lucky people in North Fort Worth: You’re in easy reach of several superb family-owned, family-friendly, out-of-the-ordinary restaurants, including Celio’s, Two Brothers Bistro, MK’s Sushi, Oyster Ranch, and OC Burg...