La Onda del Sur

Chow, Baby
Looks like Salvadoran cuisine is the new black – at least for Chow, Baby, who loved everything about La Campiña Salvadoreña (1115 E. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington) when it visited a couple of months ago and is eagerly lookin...

Casual, Classic

Joe’s Italian reopens as Valentina’s, and the menu opens up to new possibilities, especially Greek.
Peter Gorman
The newly opened Valentina’s Grill is the rebirth of Joe’s Italian Restaurant with the same owner, Laurie Cinecio, and chef, Gjergj Delia, serving up, for the most part, the same good if unspectacular family fare. There hav...

One Toe Over the Line

Chow, Baby
Here we launch a new occasional series: Fort Worth Institutions That Chow, Baby Shame-Facedly Confesses It Hadn’t Been to Before.

Four Stars

The restaurant-and-a-movie concept goes upscale but is still down to earth, produced by Metro Cinema + Indigo Grille.
Brian Abrams
The restaurant-slash-movie-theater concept hasn’t really taken off here. To sup-and-screen somewhere other than at our beloved Ridgmar Movie Tavern (comfortable, solid neighborhood grill fare), we Tarrant County folk have to ...

For Les

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby never believed in ghosts until it got one of its own a few months back. As ghosts go, Les is pretty easy to live with; Chow, Baby has never even seen him, as his main activity seems to be haunting the fridge in the m...

Fair Food

Long-time North Texas institution Tolbert’s outdoes Big Tex and the gang 365 days a year.
Jimmy Fowler
Ah, October in North Texas: Ferris wheels, livestock, and an “if you fry it, we’ll try it” attitude toward grub is much on the minds of your friends and neighbors, and Tolbert’s, located in Grapevine’s historic Main S...

My Name Is Chow, Baby

Chow, Baby
Hot off the internet, from a page that contains big Hebrew letters so it must be accurate: “It is customary during the period before Yom Kippur [which begins at sunset Sunday this year] to visit … any person whom on...

Brothers Grim

Dan McGraw
A lot of chain restaurants spend billions of dollars and countless hours on trying to replicate distant and sometimes not-so-distant lands. Razzoo’s sells New Orleans. House of Blues sells Chicago. Olive Garden sells an Itali...

Shiny Happy Eaters

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby likes shiny things but hates Denny’s, so it was glad to see a certain gleaming pre-fab building change ownership a few months ago.

Bore Mi

There’s a lot to love about Mi Cocinita. Killer patio included, this Tex-Mex eatery housed in what used to be a garage apartment is no bigger than a walk-in closet — a little cramped but totally homey. Owners Joe and Virgie...