Eats
Don Mario’s serves up their Ultimate Fajitas (left) and a platter of catfish and shrimp. Lee Chastain

Lighter Delights

Don Mario’s piles on the flavor instead of the weight.
JIMMY FOWLER
Even diehard fans of traditional Mexican cuisine will admit the fare tends to be too heavy while also being light on flavor. It’s as if the goal of a typical plate of enchiladas was merely to fill up your stomach rather than ...


Waters’ ceviche trio, with shrimp, striped bass, and ahi tuna, awaits. Adrien P. Maroney

Ocean Breeze

Bonnell’s Waters is a dazzling if occasionally uneven experience.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
While non-local foodies probably equate our little hamlet with Tim Love, locals know that Mr. Love Shack is far from the only game in town. Since 2001 Jon Bonnell has been wowing palates across the globe with his gourmet rustic...



The Flame takes on shrimp scampi — lookin’ good. Lee Chastain

Burnin’ Love

Euless institution The Flame Steakhouse is great for some beef and a shot.
STEVE STEWARD
Honestly, unless you’re talking about a brand-new bar clinging to the trend of chef-driven cuisine served alongside artisanal cocktails and craft beers, there’s usually not a lot to get excited over when a watering hole off...


Enchiladas Olé is a contemporary take on traditional Tex-Mex. Adrien P. Maroney

Say Olé!

The gourmet sauces are the real stars of this little Mexican eatery.
JIMMY FOWLER
It takes a lot of courage to open a restaurant. It takes courage plus confidence to open an enchilada joint in a neighborhood east of downtown Fort Worth that’s already full of taquerias, tortillerias, and other traditional M...



The grips come packed and ready at Grip Mediterranean. Lee Chastain

Mediterranean Stronghold

With the tasty Grip, the Channa brothers expand their mini-empire.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Adam and Jalal Channa have created a local mini restaurant empire — first with Dallas’ Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, then with Fort Worth’s Terra Mediterranean Grill, which has additional locations in Dallas and Irving. N...


You’ll be tempted to wolf down Lizzano’s Chicken Jerusalem, but take your time. Tony Robles

Lizzano’s: A Family Fave

Skip the Olive Garden next time you’re looking for filling, casual Italian fare.
STEVE STEWARD
Most people have their favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, whether it’s a roadside barbecue shack, a gas-station taqueria, or the family-owned Italian dining room in the strip mall down the block. Sometimes these places kno...



Café Bella serves up chicken rollatini wih veggies in a pink sauce. Vishal Malhotra

That’s Amore

The Italian fare isn’t fancy but is still fabulous at Café Bella.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Café Bella is a little off the beaten path, out in the wilds of TCUland, but the ma-and-pa restaurant has been serving Italian food for the better part of a decade. Not at all fancy, it doesn’t pretend to be anything other t...


The Tex-Mex is copious and mostly memorable at Casa Rita’s Lee Chastain

Homing in on Casa Rita’s

Not all Tex-Mex is created equal.
STEVE STEWARD
Let’s be honest: When you name your favorite Tex-Mex place, are you really voting for the food or out of loyalty to some combination of tradition, ambiance, and service? The tacos, burritos, and enchiladas at most run-of-the-...



Tribeca owner Sage Sakiri serves up smoked foie gras with a grape and apple salad. Lee Chastain

Tri It

Tribeca Americana Bistro & Lounge is a blockbuster in Colleyville.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
If you’ve lived in Tarrant County for any length of time, you likely remember when Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst seemed to be the edge of the Earth. My, how times have changed. Colleyville and nearby Gr...


You can order your tacos “trashy,” which means “with Torchy’s delectable queso.” Do it. Tony Robles

Light My Fire

Torchy’s Tacos hits the spot ­ — most of the time.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Some new places just seem like they’ve been around forever. Take Rodeo Goat in the West 7th Street corridor. It’s been open only a couple of months, but it’s already a citywide go-to spot. The same could be said of a few ...