Stir It Up

Now that Beto’s American and Caribbean Cuisine is here in town, the craze over Red Stripe beer is finally starting to make sense. As a social lubricant, the Jamaican export is merely so-so. It has a skunky aftertaste, and a s...

Bar Sinister

Chow, Baby
Cachonga’s (4255 Camp Bowie Blvd.) reopened a couple of weeks ago after a few dark days of internal strife, and Chow, Baby is mostly glad. The food is as skillfully prepared as ever, though Cachonga’s subhead, ̶...


For such a tiny place, Lieu’s menu may be the biggest and most exotic in town.
Jimmy Fowler
Given that many aficionados of Vietnamese food love the cuisine’s caffeine-spiky iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk, it was only a matter of time before someone opened a coffeehouse and pho shop — pho being the entic...

Kissing the Pink

Chow, Baby
Hoo, Chow, Baby is glad that for once it looked around before it leapt. Last week it was all set to proclaim that the cheeseburger it’d had at Miller’s Bar while vacationing in beautiful Dearborn, Mich., was the bes...

Keg Stand-Out

Cowtown’s first upscale brew pub offers exceptional American cuisine and unique beer in a comfy atmosphere.
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery is exactly what its name suggests: a place that brews its own beer and serves food. But don’t think for a second that the cuisine is anything less than gourmet or that the ambiance is picni...

Research in Motion

Chow, Baby
Oh, the places Chow, Baby has been! And the foodstuffs it devoured! Chow, Baby’s summer research tour – 49 eateries in 10 days, a personal best – yielded plenty of useful and hence tax-deductible info.

Eurotazza Coffeehouse

Not far fromone of the 800-lb. gorilla of caffeine’s new joints is a small, wonderful indie coffeehouse
As one famous episode of South Park pointed out, it’s easy to bash Starbucks, and sipping an independent competitor’s brew does not necessarily equal moral virtue. Starbucks is clearly doing something right — millions of ...

Bull’s Eye

Next to a quaint gas station northwest of downtown, Il Toro churns out hearty, inexpensive Italian fare.
Dan McGraw
The guy behind the cash register at Il Toro Café — the same guy who tells you the specials, takes your order, fetches the drinks and food, makes sure the bread basket is always full, and hovers quietly throughout the dining ...

Taverna on the Square

Chow, Baby
Here’s how a good manager-type does it: First of all, she’s constantly scanning the room, so she notices when seated-long-ago customers start getting fidgety. She brings water over herself and offers to take the cus...

Lost in Translation

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s command of other languages is pretty much restricted to meal ordering, and that only if the dish names don’t have verbs.