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Oni Ramen serves upscale noodles until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Photo courtesy of Oni Ramen.

Demonic Noodles

Oni Ramen brings Texas heat to Japanese cuisine.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
Chances are your relationship with ramen was forged back in your college days, when the cheap and easy meals were synonymous with the make-believe poverty of campus life. Or, perhaps you lost your way a bit and became acquainte...


The Pig Pizza included crumbled Italian sausage, pancetta, and pepperoni. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Resistant to Change

Chow, Baby
The big news in the Fort Worth foodie-verse is that Waters: Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine (2901 Crockett St, 817-984-1110) is moving out of the West 7th development and headed to Sundance Square. I can’t say I blame the Bonnell...



The lomo saltado was a traditional stir-fry that bowed to Peru’s Asian heritage. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Post-Columbian Eats

Peru Gourmet stands out, albeit in an uncrowded field.
LAURIE JAMES
When it comes to food from South America, most diners don’t usually meander beyond Central American/Salvadoran fare –– if they ever make it past the multiple varieties of regional Mexican cuisine available locally. So hav...


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The Cool Get Cooler

Chow, Baby
Is anyone else getting bored with the positive energy radiating from the Near Southside? OK, West Magnolia Avenue, we get it. You have great restaurants and bars. There is actual public art on display. The buildings and houses ...



The vegetable samosas at Namaste were served with a tamarind chutney. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Himalicious

Namaste is a hidden Nepalese gem worth finding.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
One hopes to avoid hackneyed phrases like “diamond in the rough” when describing hidden gems in the restaurant business, but the cliché fits Namaste like a glove. Inside the abandoned shell of an old Sonic drive-in, in the...


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Feats of Meats

Chow, Baby
There’s an art to eating the Jambo Texan at Jambo’s BBQ Shack (1724 W Division Rd, Arlington, 817-275-7881). The six-layered goliath is a sandwich only by the strictest definition –– kind of like the way an ocean liner ...



The Caprese grilled cheese oozed with mozzarella. Photo by Nancy Farrar.

Praise Cheeses

LAURIE JAMES
Who doesn’t like a good grilled cheese sandwich? Grain & Dairy Gourmet Grilled Cheese owner Josh Rogers has parlayed what he sees as the general public’s desire for home-style comfort food into a cute little sandwich sh...


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Blazing a Worn Path

Chow, Baby
I shouldn’t blame Siri for my lack of direction. I got seriously lost earlier this week trying to find Blaze Pizza (5925 Convair Dr, 817-731-5069). The week-old chain is set inside the Waterside Shopping Center near all of th...



The Bentley’s house hot dog and the Bent-Mi both pack a lot of spice. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dog Heaven

Bentley’s’ ambitious take on a few comfort classics fits right in on the Near Southside.
Lauren Phillips
If you can remember the days when the only hot dog to be found on West Magnolia Avenue came from BJ Keefer’s, the street’s newest restaurant may cause you to reflect on how far the area has come. Bentley’s’ triple conce...


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This Spuds for You

Chow, Baby
Sitting in the tiny dining room of Spudwinkles Deli (201 W Rosedale Av, 682-224-1263), the newish potato-focused chain that opened in the space recently abandoned by the ill-fated Sombrero Mexican Food on the still-sketchy side...