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Twinkie-ling

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
My buddy, a farm kid, loves catfish, but his teenage son and I were leery as we headed to Circle S Catfish Grill in north Fort Worth — neither of us is a huge catfish fan. Fortunately, the menu at the family-owned restaur...


A Little Sharp on the Cool Key

Chow, Baby
You knew this would happen – that all year long, every time Chow, Baby spotted a new cupcakerie or pear-and-brisket dish, it would crow “I called that! In my New Year’s predictions column, I said that would ha...



There’s a lot to love about Truluck’s

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The sprawling megaplex of the Southlake Town Center’s shops and restaurants would be easy to dismiss as chain-filled and yuppified. Except, I sheepishly admit, I enjoy walking around and shopping there. On one trip, I not...


There, There, Cher

Chow, Baby
No matter how old you are, there still comes that special kind of bad day when you just want your mommy – or more specifically, your mommy’s cooking. Personalized comfort food. Unfortunately for Chow, Baby’s b...



Suite!

KEN SHIMAMOTO
I’m the world’s worst Japanese person. If I didn’t play in a band with a Japanophile, I would never have eaten sushi, the food that my mother would labor all night long to prepare for special occasions and tha...


The Fire Is So Delightful

Chow, Baby
Jeez, everybody gets so freaked out about the “wind chill factor.” That’s all Chow, Baby heard last week: “Ooh, it’s only 14 degrees outside – with the wind chill factor.” “ItR...



Tillman’s: Haute Ranch Cuisine

JIMMY FOWLER
A campy chuckwagon vibe permeates the recently opened Tillman’s Roadhouse, as if Liberace were the proprietor and all of the kitchen help French culinary school grads. In reality, Sara Tillman is a co-owner, and chef Dan ...


Lucky at Lunch

Chow, Baby
“And with diners cutting back on pricey dinners, we’ll see more lunch deals at expensive restaurants.” That was cut from an early draft of last week’s trends column, because Chow, Baby thought it merited...



Facelift

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Think about the Fort Worth dining scene over the past two decades. More than likely, at least one of your favorite restaurants has been a casualty of the economy or of changing tastes. Over that time, Café Aspen’s tables...


Cross My Palm with a Fried Egg

Chow, Baby
It’s a near-mandate that a writer’s end-of-year column has to be on one of three topics, each a cinch to whip out so we can leave early to be with our real or imagined families. For “The Year’s Top 10,&#...