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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...



Zoë’s Kitchen Cooks

For quick, fresh, inherently healthful Mediterranean food, Zoë’s Kitchen delivers.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The philosophy of the Birmingham, Ala.-based Zoë’s Kitchen chain is fairly simple: fresh food favoring the Mediterranean diet (heavy on veggies, plant-based protein, and fish) delivered in sensible portions. This hard-to-arg...


Foodways Texas Launches

The nonprofit organization devoted to Texas food holds a Fort Worth fund-raiser.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Chefs are usually focused on very temporary creations, food that will be gone within the hour (if not sooner). But on Sunday, several Fort Worth celebrity chefs will be cooking for posterity.  



Dazzling Fireside Pies

This locally owned chain’s new West 7th location is popular, for good reason.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
There are plenty of restaurants in the West 7th Street corridor, so when my party of five walked into Fireside Pies to be told there was a 20-minute wait, we were a little surprised. Sure, it was a Friday night, but there are, ...


Super Foodies

Most local restaurants are psyched for Super Bowl XLV — but not all.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The estimated thousands of hungry football fans arriving in North Texas for Super Bowl XLV this week will provide an excuse for local restaurants to get all gussied up, kind of like the three host cities are doing with their st...



Elegance at Istanbul Grill

This little Middle Eastern establishment is an oasis in bustling South Arlington.
JIMMY FOWLER
Istanbul Grill sits in a tiny storefront space all but hidden in the middle of the overcrowded metropolis of shopping centers that is South Cooper Street in Arlington. It’s clear when you step through the doors, though, that ...


Hot Tub’s is a Front

You’ll find neither hot tub nor grotto here, just surprisingly tasty and borderline upscale cuisine.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Hot Tub’s Back Porch Grotto is a new restaurant that features neither a hot tub nor a grotto, although you’ll find a lovely cedar bar area and back porch that, on the right kind of evening, might be magical. Not too long ag...