Eats
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...


Belly up to Billy’s Oak Acres’ goodies. Lee Chastain

Billy’s Oak Acres: Open Wide

The ’cue isn’t fancy, just superb, at this newish West Fort Worth joint.
STEVE STEWARD
Given the popularity of a show like Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, it stands to reason that a good way to get people into your restaurant is to combine a low-key vibe with some outrageous dish or fancified take on a classic com...



The reuben may not require a knife and a fork but is delish. Lee Chastain

Good Buzz

If Little Red Wasp is big on one thing, it’s flavor.
JIMMY FOWLER
Food portions at most restaurants are too large as it is, so when an eatery makes a point of promoting its sandwiches as so “huge” they require a knife and fork, all kinds of gluttonous images come to mind –– usually in...


Peanut butter and jelly chicken wings await at Max’s. Lee Chastain

Max’s Is No Dive

This new So7 eatery elevates comfort food to new, succulent heights.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The West 7th corridor has no shortage of laidback, quasi-divey hangouts. There’s Poag Mahone’s, The Abbey, Wired Willy’s, Lola’s, and more. Into nearby So7 comes Max’s Wine Dive, and despite the name, Max’s is no di...



The goodies are tasty — and plentiful — at Thai Papaya Garden. Lee Chastain

Garden of Delights

Thai Papaya Garden does pan-Asian palatably.
JIMMY FOWLER
Proving that “pan-Asian” doesn’t have to be “bland Asian,” the homey little Euless eatery Thai Papaya Garden boasts a large menu of Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Chinese dishes. All your typical soups, noodle and ric...


Good Grub cover design winner and Art Institute student, Cathy Lincoln

Best Of Good Grub 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Late-Night Dining If you can’t find a great bite to eat in this town after midnight, you’re just not looking. This year’s collection of late-night eateries only includes places that are open until at least 2 a.m. on weeke...



Pacific Table’s recent sandwich of the day was the tuna burger with garlic rosemary fries. Lee Chastain

Pacific Table: Surf & Turf

Chef Felipe Armenta’s insistence on bold flavors and fresh ingredients shines through.
LAURIE JAMES
Pacific Table is the second local restaurant from Chef Felipe Armenta, who also owns The Tavern Bar & Grill on South Hulen Street. The two menus are similar, featuring the messy roasted artichokes, meticulously cut shoestri...


Allie’s serves up nontraditional fare such as Cajun pasta. Brian Hutson

Allie Oop

Into the wilds of South Fort Worth comes a zesty new Cajun joint.
EDWARD BROWN
It’s easy to forget, but there’s more to Fort Worth’s food scene than West 7th Street and West Magnolia Avenue. Though South Fort Worth is known primarily for McCart Thrift Center and millions of fast-food joints, the are...