Eats
Tina’s tasty tacos are only $1.99 a pop. Lee Chastain

Tina’s Cocina: Mex-Mex

Finally, authentic and affordable Mex-Mex comes to the bustling Near Southside.
LAURIE JAMES
Tina’s Cocina occupies space in one of the few strip malls on West Magnolia Avenue, and owner Juan Solis didn’t spend much of his capital improving the dining room. That’s fine. What comes out of the kitchen is good enoug...


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Feats of Clay

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby used to spend a lot of time at Lambert’s Steak, Seafood, & Whiskey (2731 White Settlement Rd.) and was sad when it closed in March 2012. It was my go-to restaurant bar. I loved the staff, the Texas bric-a-brac,...



Get ready for big flavors in this little shop.

Fork in the Road: Sparks Will Fly

Specializing in sandwiches and craft sodas, this small Arlington eatery delivers on flavor.
EDWARD BROWN Photos by Lee Chastain
Within a five-mile radius of the University of Texas at Arlington is a vast patchwork of ethnic restaurants (Thai, Indian, Chinese, you name it). The area is also now home to Fork in the Road, a small eatery that isn’t ethnic...


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Resolution: Avoid Mount Everest

CHOW, BABY
My New Year’s resolution isn’t going well so far. The plan was to stop eating like a stoned teenager and get my lazy bones on a treadmill every now and again. Apparently my willpower is stuck in 2013, when my goals were to ...



Campisi’s Fort Worth location is in the heart of the West Side. Brian Hutson

Campisi’s: Hits and Misses

The legendary Dallas chain comes to the Fort, serving up some scrumptious a-pizza pie.
LAURIE JAMES
The Campisi family’s restaurants have been a tradition in Dallas since 1946. Over six decades, the enterprise has grown from the flagship eatery on Mockingbird Lane to seven storefronts in the Dallas area. Last year, fourth-g...


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Everything Is Permitted

CHOW, BABY
Warning: Reading this column might trigger serious envy in those with shellfish allergies. Have an EpiPen handy. Chow, Baby is like the William S. Burroughs of mollusks. I’m an insatiable junkie with a penchant for depravity ...



The food comes out fast and furious — and delicious — at Velvet Taco. Lee Chastain

Velvet Taco: Sumptuous

Don’t let its Dallas pedigree turn you off. There’s some delectable eats inside.
STEVE STEWARD
There are probably two reasons you don’t want to eat at Velvet Taco: You’re still sore about its replacing The Gold Standard. And Velvet Taco comes from Dallas. Honestly, both are kind of silly, but if harboring those grudg...


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Flight Plans

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby is into trying new things, both at restaurants and in this column space. With that in mind, I present the first ever “choose your own adventure” column. Just follow the directions and move me like a chess piece i...



Good eats await at The BBQ Ranch. Lee Chastain

Back at the Ranch

In a campground setting, this spacious eatery serves up some mighty ’cue and more.
EDWARD BROWN
While some barbecue joints use décor to create a downhome feel, The BBQ Ranch does it with location. Sitting on five quiet acres just outside Loop 820 in northwest Fort Worth, the Ranch has a campground feel, with loose gravel...


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A Year in the ’Sphere

CHOW, BABY
Another year of stuffing my face has passed, and I’m psyched about what 2014 has in store for my picky palate.  (I’m less enthusiastic about having to remember it’s a new year every time I have to write down the date.) T...