Eats
Sophistication and comfort combine to make Red Door Bistro a destination. Adrien P. Maroney

Swinging High

From the folks behind Piola comes the elegant Red Door Bistro.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Donna Albanese is betting that Fort Worth’s general lack of Mediterranean food and lack of family-owned eats on South Hulen Street will combine to make her new venture a success. Located in a strip mall with a parking lot sha...


The food is comfort-style but semi-gourmet at Southern Breeze. Courtesy Southern Breeze Market Café

Keller Rose

Southern Breeze upgrades home-style.
ALEX TYLER
Located inside a historic house in Old Town Keller, Southern Breeze Market Café has a wide front porch, rustic hardwood floors, and a view of the kitchen from the foyer. Charming? Definitely. For the most part, the café will ...



Frankie’s All-Star sampler is a great way to dive into the diverse menu. Tony Robles

Yo, Frankie’s

Mostly homemade items separate this sports bar from its competitors.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill tries hard to meet the needs of every single sports fan in the 817. You can eat, drink, and watch any kind of sport you can think of –– Frankie’s has too many large-screen televisions to c...


Bamboo does more than pho and spring rolls, including this turmeric-marinated catfish with traditional fixins. Chase Martinez

Spring Roll Mecca

Bamboo Pho offers 15 variations on the Vietnamese staple — and more.
JIMMY FOWLER
Here’s the bad news about Bamboo Pho & Spring Rolls, the Vietnamese eatery just north of I-20 in Arlington: The service was spotty on a recent Saturday afternoon. The place seemed understaffed for a moderately sized weeke...



As the Cheese Fries Surprise indicates, Rodeo Goat is less a bar and more of a gourmet comfort-food gem. Willex Tindell

Get To The Goat

Best burger? Rodeo Goat’s got a claim.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Rodeo Goat features 59 beers in bottles or on tap. So Rodeo Goat’s a bar, right? Well, the new West 7th Street venture also specializes in burgers — the menu lists 14 — and a handful of appetizers and desserts. And three ...


Los Paisanos’ chicken enchiladas are simple and tasty. Chase Martinez

Northside High

Los Paisanos does things the old-fashioned Mexican way.
JIMMY FOWLER
There are (at least) two businesses in Fort Worth with the name “Los Paisanos.” One rents charter buses at I-35 and East Seminary Drive. The other is a restaurant and taqueria in the old Los Alamos space near the Rose Marin...



It may not capture a purist’s heart, but Bayou Jack’s Cajun fare sure is tasty. Vishal Malhotra

So7, So Cajun

Amid apartments and Mexican joints, up pops tasty Bayou Jack’s.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill is a small restaurant wedged into a West 7th street location between apartment complexes, more apartment complexes, and a location of the Mexican-food chain Chuy’s. In fact, if you call Jack’s for...


Brewed’s main focus is a big selection of beer and coffee — but the food is also pretty fine. Willex Tindell

Newly Brewed

This eclectic Near Southside gastropub has quickly found its groove.
JIMMY FOWLER
Brewed opened last month on the Near Southside on a stretch of West Magnolia Avenue between Hot Damn, Tamales! and Yucatan Taco Stand, and from the start, the place seemed to struggle with being all things to all people: coffee...



The setting is pretty for Turkish fare. Chase Martinez

A Whole New World

The eats are delectable but not plentiful at newcomer Flying Carpet Café.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Flying Carpet Café is an extension of a Turkish rug shop, located in a small, renovated log cabin-looking house just off Magnolia Avenue on the Near Southside. Inside, beautiful Turkish rugs line the walls and, in some areas, ...


Pop’s keeps a clear focus on burgers, but the sides are no afterthought. Lee Chastain

New Digs, Same Pop’s

Pop’s Burgers & Grill elevates sports-bar fare to new heights.
JIMMY FOWLER
As most regulars already know, Pop’s Burgers & Grill moved earlier this year from Benbrook Highway to Trail Lake Drive near I-20. Rest assured, though, that owner Russell House is still a big Horned Frogs fan and has made...