Eats
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...


“A high-quality mess”: Orchid City’s Downtown Burger. Lee Chastain

Viet-La.

Craving Asian-Cajun fare? Orchid City’s got you covered.
JIMMY FOWLER
The concept of an “Asian-Cajun” fusion restaurant may sound unusual to some people, but it really shouldn’t: Louisiana has a huge population of Asian-American citizens, especially from southeast countries like Vietnam. Bu...



Chef Jen Williams and her friendly staff at Magnolia Cheese Co. will make you feel at home. Adrien P. Maroney

Cheesy Magnolia

The flavors are varied and abundant at this new Near Southside stop.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Magnolia Cheese Co., tucked into the corner of West Magnolia and 5th avenues on the Near Southside, is easy to miss if you’re driving by. The cheese shop/eatery’s motto, according to the menu, is “Cheese, wine, learn, and...


The raw oysters are firm and tasty at Texas Pit Oyster Bar. Chase Martinez

Texas Pit: Bottom Highs

Lofty flavor abounds in catfish and mollusks.
ANTHONY MARIANI
There aren’t many places around here to go for raw oysters. J&J’s Oyster Bar in the Cultural District and Big Fish in Grapevine are the only two that readily come to mind. Landlocked Fort Worth isn’t as far as you can...



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...