Eats
All of the seafood was cooked well and tasted great at R.J. Gator’s. Lee Chastain

Floribbean Queen

Stick with the surf options at R.J. Gator’s.
LAURIE JAMES
At one point, R.J. Gator’s was a flourishing Florida-based chain with locations in several states. The concept: “Floribbean” cuisine –– Jamaican lite with Caribbean and Cajun accents plus Tex-Mex. The chain went bankr...


Like all of T.P.R.’s burgers, the jalapeño burger arrives on a Hawaiian roll. Vishal Malhotra

T.P.R. Burger Rules

Though small, this newish joint offers a vast selection of burgers, including one topped with two grilled hot dogs.
EDWARD BROWN
At what point does a burger become, well, something else? Texas Patty Road Burger, or just T.P.R. Burger, offers a vast selection of creative takes on Texas’ favorite no-forks-needed food that often share little more in commo...



The presentation is as beautiful as the flavors at Spice. Brian Hutson

Thai One On, Magnolia

Spice does enough things well but could use a little more of its namesake substance.
LAURIE JAMES
The Thanpaisarnsamut family’s three restaurants (Thailicious, Thai Select, Thai Rice ’n’ Noodle) are usually on the short list for best Thai food in Fort Worth Weekly’s annual Best Of Fort Worth issue. The restaurants s...


The jerk chicken is delicious and only mildly spicy at Stay C’s. Lee Chastain

Stay C’s: Irie Time

This newish Arlington eatery serves up a traditional Jamaican experience.
EDWARD BROWN
It’s a shame Caribbean cuisine is such a rarity here. Jamaican dishes offer an array of flavors as complex as the cultures that have influenced the island nation. Fortunately, the recently opened Stay C’s Jamaican Cuisine &...



Bite City Grill’s diver scallop risotto is a blend of lightness and creaminess. Brian Hutson

Chompin’ at the Bite

A James Beard-awarded Dallas chef takes over a haunted spot with glorious results.
LAURIE JAMES
In the wake of Fort Worth’s booming restaurant scene, it’s to be expected that some restaurants will fail. Over the past four years, the prime corner space at No. 153 in the 2600 block of Montgomery Plaza has turned over th...


Strawberry cheesecake in a cone (center) isn’t all that surprising, but buffalo chicken (left) and pulled pork make a major statement at Epic Cones. Lee Chastain

Epic Cones: Fun and Filling

Pizza, barbecue, and more American faves come in a doughy, hearty cone here.
EDWARD BROWN
American cuisine isn’t known for its original dishes as much as for the repurposing of old ones. Ground beef (hamburgers) and German sausage (hot dogs) weren’t new, but putting them on buns was. In the spirit of this distin...



Plop into a stadium-style seat and loosen your belt at TJ’s. Lee Chastain

TJ’s Sizzles

The deep-fryers see a lot of action at this established Arlington sports bar.
EDWARD BROWN
There’s no denying that TJ’s Catfish and Wings is a sports bar. Nearly every inch of available space is covered in photos of famous players and team logos from all over the country, and there’s a TV — or three — where...


The pies come straight from Cane Rosso’s 900-degree brick oven. Brian Hutson

Cane Rosso: Simple, Traditional

Nobody’s doing pizza like this new eatery, but is it worth it?
LAURIE JAMES
How do you define what makes a good pizza? Do you like yours Chicago-style, deep enough to fill a cast-iron skillet? Thin and floppy? Drenched in sauce or dripping with cheese? At Cane Rosso’s third location, its first in For...



Smartly spiced Tex-Mex goodies, including shrimp skewers, are plentiful at Mariscos la Marea. James Coreas

La Marea’s Got You Covered

Simple and mature palates can rejoice over this new Northside eatery.
JIMMY FOWLER
On a recent late Sunday afternoon visit to the new-ish Mexican seafood eatery La Marea, we discovered children –– everywhere. Sitting in chairs and strollers or playing quietly (or loudly) between tables, tykes seemed to ou...


Hearty plates await at Sansom Park Café. Brian Hutson

Sansom Park Café: Work in Progress

This recently opened eatery serves up humble home-cooking in a comfy atmosphere.
STEVE STEWARD
The Jacksboro Highway, once renowned for its rough-and-tumble casinos and their accompanying cardsharps, gangsters, and ne’er-do-wells, is not exactly a corridor of fine dining. The strip offers plenty of Tex-Mex, burger join...