Eats
Plop into a stadium-style seat and loosen your belt at TJ’s. Lee Chastain

TJ’s Sizzles

The deep-fryers see a lot of action at this established Arlington sports bar.
EDWARD BROWN
There’s no denying that TJ’s Catfish and Wings is a sports bar. Nearly every inch of available space is covered in photos of famous players and team logos from all over the country, and there’s a TV — or three — where...


The pies come straight from Cane Rosso’s 900-degree brick oven. Brian Hutson

Cane Rosso: Simple, Traditional

Nobody’s doing pizza like this new eatery, but is it worth it?
LAURIE JAMES
How do you define what makes a good pizza? Do you like yours Chicago-style, deep enough to fill a cast-iron skillet? Thin and floppy? Drenched in sauce or dripping with cheese? At Cane Rosso’s third location, its first in For...



Smartly spiced Tex-Mex goodies, including shrimp skewers, are plentiful at Mariscos la Marea. James Coreas

La Marea’s Got You Covered

Simple and mature palates can rejoice over this new Northside eatery.
JIMMY FOWLER
On a recent late Sunday afternoon visit to the new-ish Mexican seafood eatery La Marea, we discovered children –– everywhere. Sitting in chairs and strollers or playing quietly (or loudly) between tables, tykes seemed to ou...


Hearty plates await at Sansom Park Café. Brian Hutson

Sansom Park Café: Work in Progress

This recently opened eatery serves up humble home-cooking in a comfy atmosphere.
STEVE STEWARD
The Jacksboro Highway, once renowned for its rough-and-tumble casinos and their accompanying cardsharps, gangsters, and ne’er-do-wells, is not exactly a corridor of fine dining. The strip offers plenty of Tex-Mex, burger join...



Chef Jeff Harris offers up some blackened red snapper at AF+B. Vishal Malhotra

AF+B = Upscale Comfort

A farm-to-table ethos results in some spectacular, gigantic flavors (and portions).
LAURIE JAMES
Dallas restaurateur Tristan Simon, founder and CEO of Consilient Hospitality, apparently knows trendy. In addition to five Dallas restaurants, including The Porch and Victor Tango, the company also owns two Fort Worth propertie...


Along with the Sissy Burger, right (with bacon, cheddar cheese, mustard, and mayo, Peace Burger suggests its namesake sandwich, full of “plenty of juicy flavor.” Lee Chastain

Peace Burger: Surf’s Up

More than burgers, this new Grapevine “dive bar” specializes in big food fast.
STEVE STEWARD
When you read the menu at Peace Burger Dive Bar & Grill, the first thing that may come to mind is that this is the kind of food you’d make for a bunch of drunk people at 3 a.m. Peace Burger’s fare, in other words, is a ...



The pizza is semi-fancy and fabulous at Le Snob. Brian Hutson

Pizza Snob: Pies in the Sky

Toppings aren’t everything, as this new near-TCU eatery proves.
STEVE STEWARD
If you accept what’s implied by the signage near Pizza Snob’s front door, putting more than four toppings on your pie is trés gauche. It’s probably even boorish, the pizza-enthusiast equivalent of Homer Simpson yelling a...


Crispy duck wings and chocolate-strawberry Napoleon await at Bird Café. Lee Chastain

Bird Café Takes Wing

Upscale pub grub alights on downtown.
LAURIE JAMES
It’s a glorious time to be a foodie in Fort Worth. The plethora of interesting, innovative restaurants just keeps expanding. The latest is Bird Café, local restaurateur Shannon Wynne’s new eatery and bar. Just walking dist...



As these seared scallops prove, the food is fresh and inventive at Clay Pigeon. Brian Hutson

Clay Pigeon: The Sky’s the Limit

A couple of snafus notwithstanding, this new West 7th area eatery soars.
LAURIE JAMES
The local foodie buzz around Clay Pigeon, the newest everything-made-from-scratch, only-in-season restaurant, is nothing short of ecstatic. In fact, the buzz started before the doors really opened. The restaurant occupies the s...


Tina’s tasty tacos are only $1.99 a pop. Lee Chastain

Tina’s Cocina: Mex-Mex

Finally, authentic and affordable Mex-Mex comes to the bustling Near Southside.
LAURIE JAMES
Tina’s Cocina occupies space in one of the few strip malls on West Magnolia Avenue, and owner Juan Solis didn’t spend much of his capital improving the dining room. That’s fine. What comes out of the kitchen is good enoug...