Eats
Steak, shrimp, and chicken fajitas are waiting at Flamingo’s. Lee Chastain

Flamingo’s Takes Flight

This newish Northside eatery transcends narrow labels to achieve unique culinary heights.
JIMMY FOWLER
The recently opened Flamingo’s, located on the North Side just south of the Stockyards, specializes in recipes from the area of Acapulco and the state of Guerrero on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The surprise isn’t that the men...


Elote co-owner Cynthia Loeb has a plate of fresh Tex-Mex and some ’ritas with your name on them. Adrien P. Maroney

Elote Is Elite

This little eatery specializes in semi-healthy Tex-Mex.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The words “gluten-free” and “Tex-Mex” combine in a way that makes your average cowboy grimace. In reality, Mexican cuisine, like most Western regional cuisines, is heavy on green veggies, beans, and corn, all of which l...



The steaks are cut on-site — and then cooked to order, like this bone-in rib-eye. Lee Chastain

Chop House Delights

Despite its kitschiness, this steakhouse is decidedly au courant.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Chef Kenny Mills made himself at home in Arlington with Chop House Burgers, which started as a hole-in-the-wall near University of Texas at Arlington only a couple of years ago. Now Chop House has taken over half of the strip m...


As this blackberry cobbler indicates, dessert at Copper Creek is a hit. Lee Chastain

Rustic Grace

Copper Creek gets decent marks overall but fails at labeling.
EDWARD BROWN
A lot of Tarrant County restaurants claim to be “Texas fine dining,” and a few of them, like Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Lonesome Dove Bistro, and Reata Restaurant, actually make good on it. At other places, the bar isn...



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...