Eats
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...



Chef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee ChastainChef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee Chastain

Little Lilly’s a Treat

Yet more proof that the West Side is sushi heaven.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
For as long as most folks can remember, there’s been a sushi restaurant in the 6100 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard. Danny Liu worked as a sushi chef at Hui Chuan for years before decamping to Sushi Yoko right up the street. Wh...


The Lab Rack, a flight of shots, is served in a smoking beaker.

Capacitor in Flux

The Science Lab Bar & Grille is still a work in progress.
STEVE STEWARD photos by Lee Chastain
Back in October, The Food Network’s restaurant rehab/rebranding show On the Rocks visited ailing TCU bar and grill XII (originally Whiskey XII, later XII Whiskey), making it over from a cavernous, purple-painted sports bar in...



Along with a flight of house beers, Zio Carlo offers a mozzarella caprese appetizer (left), a portobello melt with pasta salad, and a scrumptious brie-and-speck pizza.

Zio Carlo: Brewing Flavor

Along with four beers brewed onsite, this Near Southside haunt also serves up some outstanding gourmet pizzas and sandwiches.
EDWARD BROWN Photos by Lee Chastain
The culinary gulf between pubs and restaurants in Fort Worth is narrowing fast, thanks to several new watering holes that also serve great grub. On the Near Southside, Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub takes it a step further by offe...


Students at T.A. Sims Elementary School tend their garden. Lee Chastain

Farm to (Fancy) Table

REAL School Gardens isn’t just about helping students eat well.
LAURIE JAMES
Say the words “school garden,” and the image conjured up is likely that of untended greens growing behind a chain link fence in a dilapidated corner of a schoolyard. But for kids whose schools participate in REAL School Gar...