Eats
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 ...



Like the veal panache, the flavors are bold and the fare heavy at Alba’s. Tony Robles

Alba’s, Simply

Forget sleekness and fusion. Quaint and traditional are where it’s at.
JIMMY FOWLER
With so many restaurants striving to be sleek and contemporary in their ambience and food, Alba’s Italian Restaurant stands out for its willingness to be quaint and kitschy. This family-owned establishment off Loop 820 in far...


BFF mixes French/Vietnamese, sushi, and some Korean and Thai — the menu might actually be too big. Tony Robles

BFF!

You’ll be best friends forever after one visit to this pan-Asian bistro.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
BFF Bistro offers an eclectic mix of Asian cuisine while also housing an on-site bakery and — wait for it — a disco lounge. On a recent Saturday afternoon visit, said lounge, near the front of the restaurant, was particular...



Ryan’s has a smoked salmon sammy and house salad — and a cup of Joe — wih your name on it. Or, at least, their name. Lee Chastain

Gourmet Grocer

The Near Southside — finally — gets a deli, the scrumptious Ryan’s.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Siblings Brittany and Hunter Ryan grew up on the West Side, and both graduated from New York’s French Culinary Institute. They’ve spent time as chefs in other restaurants –– Hunter has worked at Eddie V’s Prime Seafoo...


Kebabs like the Kafta (grilled lamb and beef) dominate Saffron Sky’s menu. Tony Robles

The Sky’s the Limit

With a little help, this new Mediterranean eatery could really shine.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In a small strip mall on Donnelly Avenue, a side street in the shadow of Ridglea Theater on the West Side, there’s a welcome sight for fans of Mediterranean cuisine. The neighborhood already has Hedary’s, a Fort Worth insti...