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Flight Plans

CHOW, BABY
Chow, Baby is into trying new things, both at restaurants and in this column space. With that in mind, I present the first ever “choose your own adventure” column. Just follow the directions and move me like a chess piece i...


Good eats await at The BBQ Ranch. Lee Chastain

Back at the Ranch

In a campground setting, this spacious eatery serves up some mighty ’cue and more.
EDWARD BROWN
While some barbecue joints use décor to create a downhome feel, The BBQ Ranch does it with location. Sitting on five quiet acres just outside Loop 820 in northwest Fort Worth, the Ranch has a campground feel, with loose gravel...



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A Year in the ’Sphere

CHOW, BABY
Another year of stuffing my face has passed, and I’m psyched about what 2014 has in store for my picky palate.  (I’m less enthusiastic about having to remember it’s a new year every time I have to write down the date.) T...


The 7th Street Burger and Eric’s Cheeseburger Salad are just a couple of The Pour House’s funky new offerings. Lee Chastain

The Pour House Reborn

Now with a wall of taps and better food, this West 7th bar/restaurant can compete.
LAURIE JAMES
The Pour House has come a long way. Back when it first opened, in 1995 in Sundance Square, it was a meat-market sports bar that, in addition to cover bands and multiple TVs, also had some pretty decent pub grub. In 2009 owner E...



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Duckling Roasting on an Open Fire

CHOW, BABY
For the first time ever, Chow, Baby this year will be serving up Christmas dinner for the family. Just to be clear, I have no intention of cooking a thing. My plan is to go to area restaurants, buy my favorite dishes, and prese...


Treviño’s chicken breast with a guacamole salad and a margarita are callin’ your name. Vishal Malhotra

Tasty Treviño’s

Small and modest, this new restaurant does Mexican creatively.
EDWARD BROWN
Inventive, affordable Mexican food is no longer a rarity in the 817, thanks to places like Paco and John’s, Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen, and a couple other restaurants whose chefs see more in the cuisine than fluffy rice and r...



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Fridge v. Frigid World

CHOW, BABY
All ice and no leaving the apartment makes Chow, Baby a dull food critic. All ice and no leaving the apartment … I went a little crazy last week. The icepocalypse was tough on me, not because I got cabin fever, but because my...


Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

Looking for the real deal? Point your GPS to Haltom City.
LAURIE JAMES
As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ in Haltom City. This stuff is the real deal. You won’t find egg rolls o...



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Tony in the ’Hood

CHOW, BABY
It was odd to see Fort Worth’s tiny gayborhood, the area around Pennsylvania and Jennings avenues on the Near Southside, without The Gallery Art Café (609 S. Jennings Ave.). Even though the café has been closed for a few ye...


Sera’s Moroccan stew (right) is accompanied by Calasparra rice with veggies and cheese. And a glass of wine. Lee Chastain

Sera Will Be Good

At the new Park Hill eatery, traditional Spanish tapas leave “usual” behind.
LAURIE JAMES
I got a sense of déjà vu walking into Sera Dining & Wine, the new tapas restaurant in the Park Hill space formerly occupied by Sapristi!, where both Sera owner John Marsh and chef Brandon Hudson worked for years before th...