Eats
Get ready for big flavors in this little shop.

Fork in the Road: Sparks Will Fly

Specializing in sandwiches and craft sodas, this small Arlington eatery delivers on flavor.
EDWARD BROWN Photos by Lee Chastain
Within a five-mile radius of the University of Texas at Arlington is a vast patchwork of ethnic restaurants (Thai, Indian, Chinese, you name it). The area is also now home to Fork in the Road, a small eatery that isn’t ethnic...


Campisi’s Fort Worth location is in the heart of the West Side. Brian Hutson

Campisi’s: Hits and Misses

The legendary Dallas chain comes to the Fort, serving up some scrumptious a-pizza pie.
LAURIE JAMES
The Campisi family’s restaurants have been a tradition in Dallas since 1946. Over six decades, the enterprise has grown from the flagship eatery on Mockingbird Lane to seven storefronts in the Dallas area. Last year, fourth-g...



The food comes out fast and furious — and delicious — at Velvet Taco. Lee Chastain

Velvet Taco: Sumptuous

Don’t let its Dallas pedigree turn you off. There’s some delectable eats inside.
STEVE STEWARD
There are probably two reasons you don’t want to eat at Velvet Taco: You’re still sore about its replacing The Gold Standard. And Velvet Taco comes from Dallas. Honestly, both are kind of silly, but if harboring those grudg...


Good eats await at The BBQ Ranch. Lee Chastain

Back at the Ranch

In a campground setting, this spacious eatery serves up some mighty ’cue and more.
EDWARD BROWN
While some barbecue joints use décor to create a downhome feel, The BBQ Ranch does it with location. Sitting on five quiet acres just outside Loop 820 in northwest Fort Worth, the Ranch has a campground feel, with loose gravel...



The 7th Street Burger and Eric’s Cheeseburger Salad are just a couple of The Pour House’s funky new offerings. Lee Chastain

The Pour House Reborn

Now with a wall of taps and better food, this West 7th bar/restaurant can compete.
LAURIE JAMES
The Pour House has come a long way. Back when it first opened, in 1995 in Sundance Square, it was a meat-market sports bar that, in addition to cover bands and multiple TVs, also had some pretty decent pub grub. In 2009 owner E...


Treviño’s chicken breast with a guacamole salad and a margarita are callin’ your name. Vishal Malhotra

Tasty Treviño’s

Small and modest, this new restaurant does Mexican creatively.
EDWARD BROWN
Inventive, affordable Mexican food is no longer a rarity in the 817, thanks to places like Paco and John’s, Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen, and a couple other restaurants whose chefs see more in the cuisine than fluffy rice and r...



Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

Looking for the real deal? Point your GPS to Haltom City.
LAURIE JAMES
As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ in Haltom City. This stuff is the real deal. You won’t find egg rolls o...


Sera’s Moroccan stew (right) is accompanied by Calasparra rice with veggies and cheese. And a glass of wine. Lee Chastain

Sera Will Be Good

At the new Park Hill eatery, traditional Spanish tapas leave “usual” behind.
LAURIE JAMES
I got a sense of déjà vu walking into Sera Dining & Wine, the new tapas restaurant in the Park Hill space formerly occupied by Sapristi!, where both Sera owner John Marsh and chef Brandon Hudson worked for years before th...



The Haystack and two-meat plate are well worth a trip to Saginaw. Lee Chastain

All Aboard!

Hop on out to Saginaw for Avondale Station’s superb ’cue.
EDWARD BROWN
It takes a special type of dedication for a restaurant owner to stock his or her menu almost entirely with made-from-scratch items. The decision to use pre-cut versus hand-cut fries or store-bought versus homemade dressing begs...


The ’cue isn’t the only game in town at Old Texas — but it sure is tasty. Lee Chastain

Good Eats in Old Texas

This Burleson grill and bar serves up semi-fancy comfort food for big eaters.
LAURIE JAMES
Old Texas Brewing Co. Grill aims to be the first craft brewery in Johnson County. Unfortunately, Rick and Dena Hazen, the married couple that co-own the place, do not have their license to brew just yet. The Hazens have been wa...