Eats

Double Chens

Though this classic Chinese buffet may argue otherwise, fill up at your waistline’s peril.
Jimmy Fowler
With the current public health crusade against chubbiness, it’s only a matter of time before that quintessential American institution – the Chinese buffet – earns the same sordid reputation as a Prohibition-er...


Batter Up the Bayou

The fried Cajun delights come on furiously but not fast at Mary’s.
Peter Gorman
Out on East Belknap Street, past Little Vietnam, is an odd little restaurant in a freestanding single-story building that’s previously been home to a Long John Silver’s and a Mason Chicken & Sea Food, among oth...



(Really) Big Night

Mamma Mia is content to let you stuff yourself with its splendid Italian fare.
Jimmy Fowler
The holiday tree still sits in the middle of Mamma Mia Italian Grill & Pizza, not far from the huge stone fountain with the angel pouring water from a pitcher atop its head.


Happy Days

From the good folks behind the dearly departed 7th Street Station Grill comes M&O, a diner in the best sense of the term.
Peter Gorman
Daniel Badillo and his wife Rose know how to run a restaurant.



Dive In

Don’s Seafood isn’t really concerned with your other New Year’s resolutions, just the one that says “Save money.”
Jimmy Fowler
It seems that Dan’s Seafood, a scrappy little neighborhood joint just north of I-20, is determined to make you break at least one of your New Year’s resolutions, specifically the one that says cut back on fried fast...


Tough but Sweet

Soul-food joint Jan’s is a tasty oasis in a ravaged neighborhood.
Peter Gorman
Around the intersection of East Allen Avenue and Mississippi Street is the heart of what may be one of Fort Worth’s toughest neighborhoods, Stop-Six.



J-Walk on Down

As every city, county, and federal worker downtown probably knows, the grub at this tiny eatery is a steal.
Peter Gorman
Any diner with a menu that ranges from omelets to burgers and from Chinese food to Thai specialties has got to be suspect. The scope seems simply too wide for any restaurant to keep ingredients fresh.


Turn-a-lot

Even road construction can’t stop Portofino’s operatic highs.
Jimmy Fowler
There’s a tall, twinkling Christmas tree in the middle of the dimly lit dining room of Portofino Ristorante in Arlington.



The Great Light North

Out on Western Center, Skillman Wok is the place for hearty, healthful Asian fare.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Now’s definitely not the time to get all calorie-conscious. ’Tis the season to be jolly, and by “jolly,” we mean “fat” and/or “pleasantly plump.”


Fairy Tail

Almost too-good-to-be-true combos of powerful flavors lurk inside the Swanky Shack.
Jimmy Fowler
Inquiring minds want to know: Where’s the newest place to gather for weekend coffee klatches, leisurely breakfasts, handmade sandwiches, and a homey atmosphere that percolates with the same positive, renaissance vibe shared b...