Good thing the food is colorful at Opa! Photo by Lee Chastain.

Working Opa!

This Mediterranean café has some bright spots, and they’re all on the plates.
You’ll want to bring a friend along when you dine at Opa! Mediterranean Café­. The cutest, most charming, personable friend you can find. Ambiance at the new West 7th Street corridor eatery is not provided. The restaurant i...


War and Cheesecake

Chow, Baby
I was sitting in the dining room of The Cheesecake Factory (455 Commerce St., 817-348-0810) along with 200,000 other diners when I became paralyzed by its vastness. The place itself could house an aircraft carrier, and its 21-p...

The seared Asian tuna is fresh and bright at the Grille. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Cluttered Del Frisco’s Grille

This splendid downtown restaurant doesn’t need any glitter to shine.
Lauren Phillips
On a fine, warm day in June, it’s hard to imagine a more pleasant setting for a friendly business luncheon than the bright, breezy patio of Del Frisco’s Grille. Located on the east side of Sundance Square’s shiny newish p...

Amanda served the apple empanadas for dessert at La Perla Negra.

Pearl of Downtown

La Perla Negra reinvents bar food for tequila and a healthier customer.
Kristian Lin
We all know what bar food is. Burgers, pizza, wings, and other heavy, greasy, salty fare to keep you from getting drunk too quickly on your mass-market beer. La Perla Negra has a different idea. The downtown Fort Worth establis...


Camp Bowie Rises, Shines

Chow, Baby
The competition for breakfast dollars just ratcheted up at the Village at Camp Bowie (6115 Camp Bowie Blvd.). The venerable Lunch Box (Ste. 236, 817-738-2181) recently started a small but solid and affordable breakfast service,...

Imponente Pizza & Pasta serves up its namesake pie. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Ristorante Medio

Imponente Pizza & Pasta fails to live up to the translation of its name.
Kristian Lin
Imponente Pizza & Pasta took some finding. This Italian restaurant is located in a huge shopping center at the northwest corner of Jacksboro Highway and Loop 820. There’s a sign pointing motorists to its location, but it...


Taste of Europe — and Russia

Chow, Baby
Since taking over this column (it will be four years next week), I’ve touted Arlington as the best bang-for-buck food town in Tarrant County. Sure, it’s growing at the pace of the Game of Thrones opening sequence, and price...


Eat, Pray, Eat Some More

Chow, Baby
The Foodie Gods wanted me to have burgers. I don’t question the wisdom of the deities, nor do I understand their mysterious ways. But when the gods speak to me directly, which they do about six times a day, I listen and follo...


Firing Cannon Chinese Kitchen

Flavors explode at this Near Southside traditional eatery.
Edward Brown
Cannon Chinese Kitchen proprietors Jarry and Mary Ho have had more than their share of successes and setbacks. In June 2014, an accidental fire forced the temporary closing of the duo’s first restaurant, the popular Tokyo Caf...

Campestre Chula Vista

Campestre: Just like Grandma’s Mex-Mex

Chow, Baby
What’s going on with all of my favorite Mexican joints playing musical chairs? Salsa Fuego (3500 Alta Mere Dr.) recently moved into a new space. The Star-Telegram reported that the owners of Paco & John’s (1116 8th Ave....