Eats

“Bait” and Switch

Laurie Barker James
My sister’s a sushi freak. Even when I mocked her and said I would never eat what most people consider to be bait, she persisted.


Veinticuatro!

Laurie Barker James
Restaurants come and go, and in Southwest Arlington, the turnover is especially pronounced.



A Hit

Jimmy Fowler
Every ethnic group has its stereotypes. Some people take umbrage at these clichés. Other folks use them to their advantage.


V for Victory

Laurie Barker James
The Vault Mediterranean restaurant has been “coming soon” to the Tower Building in downtown Fort Worth for months. When I learned that the owner was French restaurateur Jean Michel Sakouhi and that the chef was Gabr...



Red Tex-Mex

Jorge’s may play to conservative palates, but if it ain’t broke …
Peter Gorman
I’m not a big fan of Tex-Mex the way it’s commonly prepared in the chains or in the more high-traffic ma-and-pa restaurants here.


Options

Super Bowl Buffet has a lot to offer in both Asian and Westernized fare.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Late one Friday afternoon, out on a seemingly endless stretch of 820 – are we in Hurst? East Fort Worth? – my flesh-and-blood payload began to complain, “We’re hunnnnngry.” In my family’s def...



Mature, Not Old

No Frills Grill & Sports Bar in Arlington has aged quite gracefully.
Laurie Barker James
Back in the 1990s, No Frills Grill & Sports Bar was a tiny, smoky bar in the southwest Arlington shopping center anchored by an AMC Loews movie theater.


Starry Eyed

Zodiac is a gem of a place inside Neiman Marcus in Ridgmar Mall, for lunching ladies and foodies alike.
Laurie Barker James
I always assumed that only “ladies who lunch” frequented Zodiac, the café inside Neiman Marcus at Ridgmar Mall.



No Bones About It

Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it TBones’ barbecue eatery delivers superb versions of the staples and soul food.
Laurie Barker James
TBones Mississippi Style BBQ was born in the back of owner Terry Coleman’s catering truck.


Classic Beauty

George’s Specialty Foods is small but powerful in the Greek cuisine department — and also has some swank cachet.
JIMMY FOWLER
The joint isn’t much to look at, sitting like an outpost along a barren stretch of White Settlement Road, with only a city bus stop across the street for companionship.