Eats
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...



There’s a strong South American influence at work at Sol de Luna. Brian Hutson

Bright Spot

Sol de Luna isn’t your typical fast-food Tex-Mex joint.
EDWARD BROWN
Until it closed a few months ago, Red Cactus was one of the most popular lunch spots in TCUland, offering fresh, cheap, and fast Tex-Mex in a brightly lit, antiseptic, fast food-esque dining room. Despite its popularity, howeve...


The Chuck Norris (left) and “The World’s Best Reuben” are calling you out. Lee Chastain

Beacon Café Takes off

The food is simple, hearty, and tasty at this newish diner.
EDWARD BROWN
For a lot of restaurants, establishing a theme means quirky staff uniforms or décor. Not for the Beacon Café & Country Store. This two-year-old North Fort Worth breakfast and lunch eatery gets its unique charm from its lo...



Everything, including the beef pho, is made from scratch at Miss Saigon II. Adrien P. Maroney

Viet Star

Miss Saigon Café still has some rough spots but is a worthy Westside addition.
LAURIE JAMES
Fort Worth is not short on places for Vietnamese cooking, but you have to go far afield to find the really good stuff. The original Miss Saigon Café in the ’burbs of Hurst obviously fills a need, at least for folks who don...


The Bearded Lady’s L.U.S.T. burger is well named. Brian Hutson

Classy Dame

The Bearded Lady’s menu is a (good) work in progress.
STEVE STEWARD
Remember when bars were just bars? These days, the industry’s lean toward higher-end offerings makes that seem like a quaint idea. Long gone is the time when two tap trees with three run-of-the-mill macrobrews and an import l...



Chicken, sausage, and sliced brisket make a fine plate at the Back Forty Smokehouse. Adrien P. Maroney

’Cue Courage

The Back Forty is counting on quality and service for the long haul.
EDWARD BROWN
Opening a barbecue joint where two others had closed (Cotton Belt Bar-B-Que and Big Barn Bar-B-Que) takes some courage. But with a long menu, good prices, and succulent ’cue, Back Forty Smokehouse may be working its claim her...


Macaluso’s takes a semi-nontraditional approach to Italian cuisine, as this filet with peppercorn sauce and asparagus clearly shows. Adrien P. Maroney

Improving Macaluso’s

The Italian eatery in a seemingly cursed spot seems to have a bright future.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
It’s no secret that one food critic’s treasure is another’s trash. Chow, Baby unreservedly disliked Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant (“Crabby,” April 24, 2013), though probably not without good reason. But thin...