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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...



Siempre Superior

Family-style means good eats on the North Side.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
There are no strangers at La Superior Taco Cantina, only diners who haven’t been introduced to owner Steve Martinez and his extremely friendly crew. If you’re new, Martinez or one of his peeps will hand you samples of whate...


Bite into Chop House Burgers

This little Arlington burger joint specializes in juicy, sloppy delights, including a gut-busting cheeseburger.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The web site for Chop House Burgers describes an idealized place, where a burger is so juicily, sloppily good that it takes “four or five napkins” to get through. And that’s pretty much what’s offered by the new restaur...



Magnolia Motor Lounge Revs Up

Gut-busting he-man fare and an automotive décor define this relatively new West 7th corridor spot.
ANTHONY MARIANI
I just couldn’t do it. I mean, everything was cooked beautifully –– the succulent beef patty topped with melted cheddar, the grilled mushrooms, the fried egg, the strips of chicken-fried applewood-smoked bacon, the slices...


Tex-Mex Shines at The Tavern

A San Angelo father and son bring their brand of Tex-Mex to the Fort.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The recently closed Snookie’s Bar and Grill on South Hulen Street was never a temple of great food, although the place had fabulous deals on alcohol and served food late at night. Still, that part of Hulen doesn’t exactly l...



Atomic Subs, Wings

This UTA-area eatery is a lot more than a college hole in the wall.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
A friend of mine lives close by the University of Texas at Arlington, and she recently told me about her experience at a sandwich shop called Atomic Subs and Wings. She called it a “hole in the wall” place with amazing food...


Rio’s Hits the Spot

This new SoDo bar/restaurant offers superb mini-burgers and Tex-Mex staples even late at night.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
SoDo is short on places for quick lunches and late-night food options. Fortunately, with the arrival of Rio’s Downtown Bar and Grill (and Embargo’s expanded menu), that’s changing. Rio’s (not affiliated with the Rio Mam...