Eats
Everything, including the beef pho, is made from scratch at Miss Saigon II. Adrien P. Maroney

Viet Star

Miss Saigon Café still has some rough spots but is a worthy Westside addition.
LAURIE JAMES
Fort Worth is not short on places for Vietnamese cooking, but you have to go far afield to find the really good stuff. The original Miss Saigon Café in the ’burbs of Hurst obviously fills a need, at least for folks who don...


chow

I’d Like to Devour You — But Not at the Table

CHOW, BABY
There I was, sitting in the tiny dining room of Benito’s Taqueria (1904 Hemphill St.) — not to be confused with Benito’s Mexican Cuisine on Magnolia — and two people outside were all over each other. I’m not talking a...



The Bearded Lady’s L.U.S.T. burger is well named. Brian Hutson

Classy Dame

The Bearded Lady’s menu is a (good) work in progress.
STEVE STEWARD
Remember when bars were just bars? These days, the industry’s lean toward higher-end offerings makes that seem like a quaint idea. Long gone is the time when two tap trees with three run-of-the-mill macrobrews and an import l...


Chicken, sausage, and sliced brisket make a fine plate at the Back Forty Smokehouse. Adrien P. Maroney

’Cue Courage

The Back Forty is counting on quality and service for the long haul.
EDWARD BROWN
Opening a barbecue joint where two others had closed (Cotton Belt Bar-B-Que and Big Barn Bar-B-Que) takes some courage. But with a long menu, good prices, and succulent ’cue, Back Forty Smokehouse may be working its claim her...



cbphoto

Pump Up the Pacific

CHOW BABY
As my mother often says, I was born early and that’s the last time that ever happened. I was meeting a friend for lunch at Pacific Table (1600 S. University Dr., Ste. 601), Fort Worth’s newest seafood eatery, set in the for...


chowbaby7.31

Can Buy Me Love … at Dinner

CHOW, BABY
As a child of divorced parents, Chow, Baby benefited from some unhealthy parental competition growing up. Apparently, the contest for favorite parent is still raging. Last week, both Chow, Mere and Chow, Daddy took me out for d...



Macaluso’s takes a semi-nontraditional approach to Italian cuisine, as this filet with peppercorn sauce and asparagus clearly shows. Adrien P. Maroney

Improving Macaluso’s

The Italian eatery in a seemingly cursed spot seems to have a bright future.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
It’s no secret that one food critic’s treasure is another’s trash. Chow, Baby unreservedly disliked Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant (“Crabby,” April 24, 2013), though probably not without good reason. But thin...


chow

Fo’ the Love of Pho

CHOW, BABY
A friend of mine made the outrageous assertion that all pho — the popular Vietnamese meat soup — pretty much tastes the same. That’s a bit like saying all hamburgers are created equal or if you’ve had one steak you’ve...



Brickhouse’s hot wings and grilled pork chops might make you shake shake shake your booty. Adrien P Maroney

Mighty Mightay

Arlington’s Brickhouse Lounge is more than just quality soul food.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Walk into Brickhouse Lounge, and that riff and verse from the 1970s song by The Commodores will float into your head. You know the one: “She’s mighty-mightay, just lettin’ it all hang out.” Actually, there’s a good ch...


Fred's will be expanding into the space formerly occupied by The Oui Lounge and The Love Shack. Photo courtesy of City Data.

Oui Lounge to Be Fred’s Texas TCU

ANTHONY MARIANI
Fred’s, according to a press release sent earlier today, will expand into the space formerly occupied by The Love Shack and Oui Lounge on Bluebonnet Circle near TCU. Fred’s Texas TCU will be the third restaurant bearing the...