Chow, Baby Schaden-fried

Chow, Baby
I couldn’t help but feel guilty as I sat in the massive dining room of Chop House Burgers (2230 Park Row Dr., 817-459-3700). I was gripping one of the strip mall eatery’s admittedly delicious namesake burgers like it was a ...

Ferrari’s’ beautifully presented Italian fare harks back to classic fine dining. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

High-Octane Italian

Ferrari’s Italian Villa and Chop House doesn’t skimp on portions or charm.
There is something admirably gutsy about naming your restaurant after the world’s most recognized high-performance automobile. That kind of bravado sets expectations that simply wouldn’t be there if the place was named, say...

Art by Natalie Ibarra

Good Grub

Fort Worth Weekly
Mexican Breakfast Critic’s choice:  La Tortilandia, 1112 W Berry St The massive size of the inexpensive breakfast burritos ($3.25) at La Tortilandia may limit their portability, so have a forklift ready if you plan on taking...


The West 7th Vortex

Chow, Baby
Restaurants come and go. That’s just the nature of the business. I’ve worked in and have written about the biz long enough to know not to get too attached to a place. But every once in awhile I’m taken aback when I hear t...

This California roll is one of the sushi entrées at Pan Asia Cuisine. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

Too Big a Pan?

Some gems can be found amid the plethora of choices at Pan Asia Cuisine.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none.” That’s always the danger with a restaurant that serves pan-Asian fare. So it is with Pan Asia Cuisine, an emporium that opened at a busy corner of Camp...

Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 S University Dr, FW. 817-336-0311.

You Can’t Go Home (Fries) Again

Chow, Baby
After college, I spent a lot of time trying to unlearn some things from the bottom of a rocks glass in local taverns. When the bars closed, there was really only one option for after-hours dining: Ol’ South Pancake House (150...

Local Foods Kitchen specializes in fresh, organic, locally sourced takeout. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Go Local, Go Home

Local Foods Kitchen brings elevated takeout to town.
Local Foods Kitchen 4548 Hartwood Dr, FW. 817-238-3464. 7:30am–7:30pm Mon-Sat. All major credit cards accepted.   Local Foods Kitchen’s location doesn’t stand out like other restaurants on the southern stretch of Hul...


Like the Grave, Bella Italia West Beckons

Chow, Baby
The first time I ever walked into Bella Italia West (5139 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1700), the year was 1990-something, and I was a senior in high school. Even then, it was like eating in God’s waiting room. The crowd was as ...

Mezcale’s serves traditional Tex-Mex cuisine without pretension. Photo by Lee Chastain.

In The Mezcale Tradition

For old-school Tex-Mex, this new arrival is at the head of the class.
There was a time (and it wasn’t that long ago) when family-run Tex-Mex restaurants were the backbone of Fort Worth’s casual dining scene. These neighborhood eateries were institutions in their own right, handing recipes dow...

The Avoca coffee and chocolate pot de crème was thick and decadent. Photo by Brian Hutson.

DFW Restaurant Week: From Clay to Grace

Chow, Baby
I usually never partake in DFW Restaurant Week. As a reviewer, I try to seek out cuisine that readers can try themselves. Since the Restaurant Week menus are only temporary, and since this is a weekly column, I’ve never seen ...