Eats

Let’s Hear It For the Boy

Chef Keith Hicks introduces the West Side to the novel concept of upscale soul food.
BRIAN ABRAMS
couple of years ago, almost as soon as Keith Hicks began cheffing at Cachonga’s, the place went from ho-hum to wow.


A Triumph

Liners Throwback Café is half motorcycle showroom, half bar/restaurant, and all good.
Peter Gorman
On first glance, it seems odd: a restaurant/biker bar in the rear of a building, with a motorcycle showroom and shop up front. But it’s a combination that works surprisingly well in the capable hands of Leslie Liner, who has ...



Old World, Old School

Long-time ma-and-pa pizza joint Corky’s opts for substance over style.
Jimmy Fowler
In the urban pizza wars, will there ever be a resolution? New York vs. Chicago-style, thick vs. thin, the Huts vs. the Inns — the skirmishes are many, the field is stained with marinara sauce, and we all refuse to budge on wh...


Casual, Classic

Joe’s Italian reopens as Valentina’s, and the menu opens up to new possibilities, especially Greek.
Peter Gorman
The newly opened Valentina’s Grill is the rebirth of Joe’s Italian Restaurant with the same owner, Laurie Cinecio, and chef, Gjergj Delia, serving up, for the most part, the same good if unspectacular family fare. There hav...



Four Stars

The restaurant-and-a-movie concept goes upscale but is still down to earth, produced by Metro Cinema + Indigo Grille.
Brian Abrams
The restaurant-slash-movie-theater concept hasn’t really taken off here. To sup-and-screen somewhere other than at our beloved Ridgmar Movie Tavern (comfortable, solid neighborhood grill fare), we Tarrant County folk have to ...


Fair Food

Long-time North Texas institution Tolbert’s outdoes Big Tex and the gang 365 days a year.
Jimmy Fowler
Ah, October in North Texas: Ferris wheels, livestock, and an “if you fry it, we’ll try it” attitude toward grub is much on the minds of your friends and neighbors, and Tolbert’s, located in Grapevine’s historic Main S...



Brothers Grim

Dan McGraw
A lot of chain restaurants spend billions of dollars and countless hours on trying to replicate distant and sometimes not-so-distant lands. Razzoo’s sells New Orleans. House of Blues sells Chicago. Olive Garden sells an Itali...


Bore Mi

BRIAN ABRAMS
There’s a lot to love about Mi Cocinita. Killer patio included, this Tex-Mex eatery housed in what used to be a garage apartment is no bigger than a walk-in closet — a little cramped but totally homey. Owners Joe and Virgie...



Great Escape

BRIAN ABRAMS
The West Side is full of Euro-influenced bistros: La Piazza, Escargot, Saint-Emilion, Bella West. Thing is, they’re all a little — how you say? — snooty as all get-out.


Soul in Six

BRIAN ABRAMS
Drew Thomas first opened his greasy spoon almost 20 years ago, in Forest Hill, where his smothered pork chops and spicy fried catfish were enjoyed by the locals but not by enough of them to support the business. He moved west, ...