Eats

Heart, Smart, Hearty

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Fernandez Café has occupied its spot on West Vickery Boulevard since 1992 and is one of the few truly family-owned establishments in the area. Betty Fernandez Ruiz came to work for her brother Abraham when the restaurant opene...


Once or Twice Is Good for the Soul

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby had an honorable childhood nickname, a tribute to its courageous mutiny against the social and personal-grooming mandates of the time: “Rat’s Nest.” This was before Aveda Anti-Humectant was invented...



Leisure, Class

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Chef Luan “Louie” Duraku paid his dues in various North Texas restaurants, hoping eventually for his own place, a room large enough to let customers dine in leisurely European style and not worry about overstaying t...


Once or Twice Is Good for the Soul

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby had an honorable childhood nickname, a tribute to its courageous mutiny against the social and personal-grooming mandates of the time: “Rat’s Nest.” This was before Aveda Anti-Humectant was invented...



Another Cup of Joe

Chow, Baby
So Chow, Baby has this old college buddy, Joe. You met him in this space a few years back when he stopped off in the Fort on his way to spending New Year’s in Barcelona (Spain), on assignment as a travel writer for the Bo...


‘Tego-Mex

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Pantego is probably best known as the home of the late, lamented “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot and as a city of speed traps that’s completely surrounded by Arlington. What it’s generally not considered is a hu...



Another Cup of Joe

Chow, Baby
So Chow, Baby has this old college buddy, Joe. You met him in this space a few years back when he stopped off in the Fort on his way to spending New Year’s in Barcelona (Spain), on assignment as a travel writer for the Bo...


’Tego-Mex

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Pantego is probably best known as the home of the late, lamented “Dimebag” Darrell Abbot and as a city of speed traps that’s completely surrounded by Arlington. What it’s generally not considered is a hu...



Thick Sammies for Thin Times

Chow, Baby
You know who really liked last week’s tortas report, the one wherein Chow, Baby ate happily all week for a measly $22.50? Other than its hardcore cheapo readers, of course, the ones who grouse whenever Chow, Baby has lamb...


Italian Treasure

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
La Gondola sits in the same Mansfield strip mall as the sublime Blue Mint and the exceptional Simply Burgers. If you favor Asian over Italian, you may have all but ignored the small restaurant with the sherbet-colored décor. W...