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There’s not a deli in Fort Worth that makes a better Reuben than Varsity Tavern. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Trying to Make Varsity

Can this new West 7th gastropub set itself apart from the field?
LAURIE JAMES
Brian Franzman, the chef of Fort Worth’s three-week-old Varsity Tavern, also developed the menus at J. Black’s Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge in Austin and Houston. It’s apparent that Fort Worth’s new sports bar/gastrop...


The Dive’s Roc-A-Fella oysters were sweet and tender. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Dive on In

Chef Josh Rangel’s new eatery is not your average fish fry.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Perched on the edge of the traffic circle at Camp Bowie Boulevard and Alta Mere Drive is an unassuming little building with a better-than-average pedigree: It’s the former home of Charlie’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and, mor...



If you overcook your own food at Jin Korean BBQ, you can always go back for more. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Cook it Yourself

An unconventional Arlington eatery scores points for flavor and volume
LAURIE JAMES
Jin Korean BBQ is tucked into a strip mall on one of the busier parts of Cooper Street in Arlington. But once you’re inside, you’d swear you could see the cook-it-yourself restaurant from space. There’s more neon lining t...


The Sadie and the Jambo Texan sandwich are two of the Arlington eatery’s signature dishes.  Photo by Lee Chastain.

Feats of Meat

All of Jambo’s BBQ Shack’s comes from the kitchen.
Lauren Phillips
I experienced a kind of dejected longing while waiting in line at Jambo’s BBQ Shack. I watched forlornly as the servers weaved through the packed dining room carrying the kitchen’s two signature monstrosities: the Sadie, a ...



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Brazos BBQ Song

This Cresson gem is worth the trip.
Peter Gorman
In the world of destination food joints, most gas stations don’t cut it. But there are exceptions. Chef Point Cafe in Watauga serves up some fine cuisine inside of a Conoco. Tiger Farms Market on Wilshire Boulevard in Burleso...


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New Old Soul

Rosako’s offers a unique take on traditional Southern soul food
Lauren Phillips
Rosako Bailey is a man who loves to cook. You can see it when his eyes light up talking about his vegetable sides. You might hear it in his conspiratorial whisper as he tells you about the signature twist he applies to his clas...



Photo by Lee Chastain.

Oh, Snappy!

On its way to conquering the world, this Dallas salad chain stops in Fort Worth.
Kristian Lin
I have a leg up when it comes to reviewing Snappy Salads. I’ve been eating at one of its Dallas locations for years. The one at the NorthPark Mall food court is perfect for dining before a movie screening at the theater a few...


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Grasping for Common Ground

The new TCU-area eatery has a split personality.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
There have always been enough beer dives and burger joints around the intersection of West Berry Street and University Drive, ground zero for the TCU non-Greek social scene. What has been conspicuously absent has been a hip, sl...



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World Soul

The Library Café combines international flavors with classic soul food.
LAURIE JAMES
The area around East Fort Worth near interstates 820 and 30 isn’t known for being a hotbed of healthy, scratch-made cuisine. The Library Café, tucked in a corner of the strip mall anchored by The Potter’s House of Fort Wor...


Chef David Hollister has opened three restaurants over the last few months. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dagwood’s Does West 7th

Chef David Hollister takes his hearty fare to the swanky entertainment district.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
If you’ve made it out to Ridgmar to visit Dagwood’s Grinders and Growlers, you already know Chef David Hollister can build a pretty good sandwich and tell you how to wash it down. Now with Dagwood’s Fire Grill Tap bringin...