Eats

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.



The Chains of … Freedom?

By yielding to that cruel mistress, a whole new world opened up.
ANTHONY MARIANI
From the perspective of a foodie partial to ma-and-pa joints, my new North Fort Worth neighborhood didn’t look too promising.


Feeling the Pinch

Don’t expect higher food prices to affect the quality of fare at three of your local faves, just maybe portion sizes.
DAN MCGRAW
We’ve all experienced the rise in food prices during the past year: 50 cents more for a gallon of milk, eggs up by about 30 percent, another extra quarter for that loaf of bread. Chicken and beef, according to the feds, a...



Slow Your Roll

… and your salads, and your sandwiches, and everything else fresh, healthful, and tasty at Veria Natural Café.
JIMMY FOWLER
Sitting along the north side of I-20 in Arlington at Matlock Street, Arlington Highlands has been quaintly described as a “shopping center,” which is a considerable understatement.


Baptism of Sauce

Don’t let the casual digs fool you: Mama E’s barbecue is a lot more accomplished, and experimental, than you’d think.
Jimmy Fowler
There’s something cool about an independent business opening in a building that used to house a chain restaurant: good ol’ American entrepreneurship trumping monolithic corporate chow.



Hit, um, Brix

A new restaurant on South Hulen might make you a believer in pizza and … wine.
JIMMY FOWLER
The dark wood tables and booths at Brix Pizza and Wine Bar are surrounded by a single line of tall, imposing wine bottles.


Simple, Italian

Located off the beaten path, Margie’s Original Italian Kitchen should be a mecca for foodies of all stripes.
Peter Gorman
Who would ever have guessed that a free-standing building at the very west end of Camp Bowie Boulevard with a sign outside advertising “Indoor Plumbing” would house one of the best Italian restaurants in Fort Worth?...