Eats

Caribbean Dreamin’

Bubba Bahamas is kind of like its predecessor, the underrated crab shack Shrimpers, but minus the fried, spicy, fishy excellence.
Brian Abrams
Bubba Bahamas is the reincarnation of Shrimpers Seafood Grille, a casual crab shack that gave nearby seafood institution J&J Oyster Bar a run for its money and sometimes, especially in the oyster and specialty salad depart...


Keefin’ On

A new version of a Southside bistro starts with a bang.
Peter Gorman
Take one of the prettiest spaces in the beautiful Southside Historic District, near downtown. Paint it burnished red with black highlights. Leave plenty of 100-year-old wooden beams exposed. Put bright, copper-colored, stamped ...



Soul Brother No. 1

A hearty, homecookin’ diner still lives up to its namesake’s reputation — and then some.
Jimmy Fowler
In Fort Worth’s Soul Food Central block, the area near the intersection of Horne Street and Camp Bowie Boulevard, Mama Lou’s Country Kitchen is the young chick of the pack.


Salva-Tex

North Texas restaurateur Gloria Fuentes finally reaches the Fort.
Jimmy Fowler
A decade ago, people in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff could say, “Ooh, I’m really craving a pupusa right now” and not get slapped.



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...