Eats
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Send Lots More Lox

CHOW, BABY
While living on the East Coast, Chow, Baby developed an affinity for deli food. But in Fort Worth, for years, when I craved salmon gravlax or a pastrami on rye, my non-chain choices were Carshon’s and, well, that’s it. Luck...


What would make an awesome ending to this barbecue feast at Baker’s? An apricot fried pie. Vishal Malhotra

Pig Out

Superlative ’cue and fried pies make Baker’s Ribs a destination.
EDWARD BROWN
Some food pairings were just meant to be: steak and potatoes, fish and chips, burgers and fries. In Weatherford, Baker’s Ribs has come up with a food combination that’s as unique as it is distinctly Texan: mouthwatering bar...



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Whine and Spirits

CHOW, BABY
The folks at Portofino Italian Grill (6115 Camp Bowie Blvd.) need an exorcist, fast. When you make the decision to open yet another eatery in a location where the ghosts of several other joints are still hovering, the new place...


The Live Oak’s shaved rib-eye sandwich is “terrific all around.” Lee Chastain

In Full Bloom

Though known mostly as a music venue, The Live Oak is also quite the gastropub.
JIMMY FOWLER
Fancy bar grub is already a well-established genre on the local dining scene. But The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge on the Near Southside makes its small upscale menu seem like a well-kept secret, if only because the dining ...



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Moby Empanada

CHOW, BABY
Call me Chow, Baby.  I felt like I was chasing a white whale, but all I wanted to do was try the pork empanadas ($8.95) at Paco & John’s (1116 8th Ave.). I had seen the dish listed a while back on the little chalkboard m...


Funky and chunky: DeVivo’s spaghetti and meatballs keep company with a stuffed artichoke. Lee Chastain

Mangia, ’Burbanites

The DeVivo brothers offer rustic comfort food with style.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Siblings John and Ralph DeVivo have combined skills they honed in previous careers to create the eatery that bears their name. John got his culinary degree and experience the hard way –– starting at El Centro College’s cu...



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F(r)oodian Analysis

CHOW, BABY
There I was on my therapist’s couch, wondering aloud how my unhealthy relationship with food got started. “Most of my fond foodie memories involve a safe place or a time in my life when I was carefree,” I said. “Like wh...


Steak, shrimp, and chicken fajitas are waiting at Flamingo’s. Lee Chastain

Flamingo’s Takes Flight

This newish Northside eatery transcends narrow labels to achieve unique culinary heights.
JIMMY FOWLER
The recently opened Flamingo’s, located on the North Side just south of the Stockyards, specializes in recipes from the area of Acapulco and the state of Guerrero on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The surprise isn’t that the men...



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Foodies in the Movies

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby often sees its life as a movie. Imagine Mystic Pizza if it was told from the food critic’s perspective instead of that of the waitstaff and restaurant owner. I often find myself doing that on Chow, Baby outings: Th...


Elote co-owner Cynthia Loeb has a plate of fresh Tex-Mex and some ’ritas with your name on them. Adrien P. Maroney

Elote Is Elite

This little eatery specializes in semi-healthy Tex-Mex.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The words “gluten-free” and “Tex-Mex” combine in a way that makes your average cowboy grimace. In reality, Mexican cuisine, like most Western regional cuisines, is heavy on green veggies, beans, and corn, all of which l...