Eats
The Lab Rack, a flight of shots, is served in a smoking beaker.

Capacitor in Flux

The Science Lab Bar & Grille is still a work in progress.
STEVE STEWARD photos by Lee Chastain
Back in October, The Food Network’s restaurant rehab/rebranding show On the Rocks visited ailing TCU bar and grill XII (originally Whiskey XII, later XII Whiskey), making it over from a cavernous, purple-painted sports bar in...


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Tacos to Ease the Pain

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby was sad when La Media Naranja (961 W. Magnolia Ave.) closed its doors earlier this year. The tiny taqueria/juice bar was never that busy, perhaps because the building is set back from the road and thus failed to attr...



Along with a flight of house beers, Zio Carlo offers a mozzarella caprese appetizer (left), a portobello melt with pasta salad, and a scrumptious brie-and-speck pizza.

Zio Carlo: Brewing Flavor

Along with four beers brewed onsite, this Near Southside haunt also serves up some outstanding gourmet pizzas and sandwiches.
EDWARD BROWN Photos by Lee Chastain
The culinary gulf between pubs and restaurants in Fort Worth is narrowing fast, thanks to several new watering holes that also serve great grub. On the Near Southside, Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub takes it a step further by offe...


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Eat, Pray, Watch

CHOW, BABY
It was a bad idea to go see the movie Gravity at the Coyote Drive-In (223 NE 4th St.). The drive-in is great, but a movie like that needs a more cinematic setting — and one that can’t be ruined by some jerks blaring Tejano ...



Students at T.A. Sims Elementary School tend their garden. Lee Chastain

Farm to (Fancy) Table

REAL School Gardens isn’t just about helping students eat well.
LAURIE JAMES
Say the words “school garden,” and the image conjured up is likely that of untended greens growing behind a chain link fence in a dilapidated corner of a schoolyard. But for kids whose schools participate in REAL School Gar...


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For Mature Audiences

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The fact that I don’t have children has never stopped me from judging parents who can’t control their brood in public. I was at Los Paisanos (1446 N. Main St.), enjoying what I consider the best caldo de pollo ($6.99) in th...



Belly up to Billy’s Oak Acres’ goodies. Lee Chastain

Billy’s Oak Acres: Open Wide

The ’cue isn’t fancy, just superb, at this newish West Fort Worth joint.
STEVE STEWARD
Given the popularity of a show like Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, it stands to reason that a good way to get people into your restaurant is to combine a low-key vibe with some outrageous dish or fancified take on a classic com...


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Miracles of Loaves and (Raw) Fishes

CHOW, BABY
I didn’t realize there was anyone left on the planet who won’t eat sushi. As it turns out, these misguided people are everywhere: my mother, my editor, my stepsister, just to name a few. There I was thinking sushi was like ...



The reuben may not require a knife and a fork but is delish. Lee Chastain

Good Buzz

If Little Red Wasp is big on one thing, it’s flavor.
JIMMY FOWLER
Food portions at most restaurants are too large as it is, so when an eatery makes a point of promoting its sandwiches as so “huge” they require a knife and fork, all kinds of gluttonous images come to mind –– usually in...


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Cracking Open a Mystery

CHOW, BABY
Every year around this time, Lucile’s Stateside Bistro (4700 Camp Bowie Blvd.) celebrates the fanciest member of the crustacean family with a month-long event it calls Lobsterama. The occasion holds special significance for a...