Eats
Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

Looking for the real deal? Point your GPS to Haltom City.
LAURIE JAMES
As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ in Haltom City. This stuff is the real deal. You won’t find egg rolls o...


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Tony in the ’Hood

CHOW, BABY
It was odd to see Fort Worth’s tiny gayborhood, the area around Pennsylvania and Jennings avenues on the Near Southside, without The Gallery Art Café (609 S. Jennings Ave.). Even though the café has been closed for a few ye...



Sera’s Moroccan stew (right) is accompanied by Calasparra rice with veggies and cheese. And a glass of wine. Lee Chastain

Sera Will Be Good

At the new Park Hill eatery, traditional Spanish tapas leave “usual” behind.
LAURIE JAMES
I got a sense of déjà vu walking into Sera Dining & Wine, the new tapas restaurant in the Park Hill space formerly occupied by Sapristi!, where both Sera owner John Marsh and chef Brandon Hudson worked for years before th...


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Feed a Fever

CHOW, BABY
Lately, Chow, Baby has been spending more time on the couch than in Fort Worth restaurants. It seems like I’ve had the flu for months. Regardless, the last time I levered myself up to check the fridge, it held just one ageles...



The Haystack and two-meat plate are well worth a trip to Saginaw. Lee Chastain

All Aboard!

Hop on out to Saginaw for Avondale Station’s superb ’cue.
EDWARD BROWN
It takes a special type of dedication for a restaurant owner to stock his or her menu almost entirely with made-from-scratch items. The decision to use pre-cut versus hand-cut fries or store-bought versus homemade dressing begs...


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Let the Chef Drive

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby was strolling through the charming new plaza in Sundance Square, pondering the future of our culinary scene. As I looked one way, there was the new Del Frisco’s Grille, flanked by the soon-to-come eatery, Bird’s ...



The ’cue isn’t the only game in town at Old Texas — but it sure is tasty. Lee Chastain

Good Eats in Old Texas

This Burleson grill and bar serves up semi-fancy comfort food for big eaters.
LAURIE JAMES
Old Texas Brewing Co. Grill aims to be the first craft brewery in Johnson County. Unfortunately, Rick and Dena Hazen, the married couple that co-own the place, do not have their license to brew just yet. The Hazens have been wa...


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Present Imperfect

CHOW, BABY
There I was eating my chicken club salad ($13) at Charleston’s (3020 S. Hulen St.) when my teenage server asked a question that ruined the whole experience: “Is everything perfect?” “Well, no,” I thought. “A generic...



Chef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee ChastainChef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee Chastain

Little Lilly’s a Treat

Yet more proof that the West Side is sushi heaven.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
For as long as most folks can remember, there’s been a sushi restaurant in the 6100 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard. Danny Liu worked as a sushi chef at Hui Chuan for years before decamping to Sushi Yoko right up the street. Wh...


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Fred’s: Blazing Saddles

CHOW, BABY
I like to think of the story of Fred’s Texas Café (915 Currie St.) like a dramatic Hollywood movie. For years, the ramshackle burger joint was a culinary beacon in the then-barren West 7th Street area, charming customers wit...