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Growling is for Stomachs

Chow, Baby
What is it about beer and wine snobs that irritates me so? I mean, I’m a wine person, but I don’t stick my whole face into a glass of vino and sniff like I’m huffing paint. I don’t swirl the juice around, raise it above...


Everything made in-house at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen was a treat. Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Tale of Two Polanco’s

The food is great at Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen, except when it’s poured from a box.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
It was a slow, lazy Sunday evening when my guests and I pulled up to Polanco’s Mexican Kitchen in southeast Arlington. The joint was so empty that we worried it might be closed, but our server warmly welcomed us. We were seat...



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Food Network Nominees

Chow, Baby
I get so much e-mail from national PR people who have never read my column, I can barely hit delete fast enough. But recently, I received a press release from The Food Network asking me to spread the word about an open casting ...


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Nicky D’s Delights

A fun and quirky atmosphere is only part of the dining experience at Nicky D’s.
EDWARD BROWN
The word “mishmash” comes to mind when pulling up to Nicky D’s. For one, the ranch-style building has a bright red sheet metal roof. A defunct fuel dispenser indicates that the space was once a gas station, and a large ha...



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Whatever Will Be

Chow, Baby
The Fort Worth restaurant biz is a cruel villain sitting in a swivel chair stroking a hairless cat. It gets in the right lane at a traffic light and doesn’t turn. It flushes the toilet while you’re in the shower. And what...


“Market + Table is cram-packed with so many under-realized concepts.” Photo by Brian Hutson.

A Cluttered Market

Market + Table is a jack of all trades, master of none.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
It’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on at Fort Worth’s new Market + Table. The West 7th eatery is cram-packed with so many under-realized concepts it can make your head spin. There is a coffee bar, a juice bar, an...



The sushi at AMC Grapevine Mills is standard-issue, but the entrées are great. Photo by Lee Chastain.

A Great Sequel

AMC Grapevine Mills’ new menu is a remake that’s better than the original.
Kristian Lin
  I spend lots of time at AMC Grapevine Mills watching movies that don’t play anywhere else in North Texas. Occasionally, I wind up eating there between features, so I noticed immediately when the theater revamped its me...


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The Quest for Eggsellence

Chow, Baby
Sometimes you just want a badass egg salad sandwich. At least I occasionally do. But Fort Worth isn’t exactly New York. You can’t just walk down to the local deli and find a well-seasoned, perfectly creamy egg salad on rye....



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Chicken-Fried Redemption

Chow, Baby
When sports writers use the word “enigmatic” to describe an athlete, that’s usually code for someone who had the world by the cajones but continually, inexplicably made career-damaging mistakes. I’ve heard that word use...


Dagwood’s uses “hen eggs” in several dishes. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Dagwood’s Roars

Though it may be trendy, this sandwich shop delivers.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
The concept at Dagwood’s Grinders and Growlers is straightforward: a chef-driven sandwich menu with craft beer to wash it down. The friendly servers will also be glad to bottle your grog to go. Sexy brown-glass “growlers”...