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.

Off the Track

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby couldn’t quite make sense of Jack’s Off the Wall, the new casual-hangout bar slash gourmet restaurant slash live-music venue that took over the Pedro’s Trailer Park space at 2731 White Settlement Rd...

Say Ahhh

Chow, Baby
Dr. Sugar Police has gotten much crankier over the years that Chow, Baby’s been seeing him for annual-or-so physicals. Old motto: “If you keep eating like that, you’re going to get diabetes.” New motto: ...

Flower of the South

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby’s master plan for the Austin-ification of Magnolia Avenue is coming along nicely. This is the plan whereby Chow, Baby does no actual work itself (like all of Chow, Baby’s plans), but merely through hard w...

They Call It Mellow Mushroom

Chow, Baby
Sure, Chow, Baby is tempted to over-analogize Mellow Mushroom, the Atlanta-based pizza chain that recently opened a Fort Worth branch (3455 Bluebonnet Circle), with Donovan’s flower-power 1967 hit “Mellow Yellow....

Cold Fusion

Chow, Baby
Chow, Baby would have to be heavily bribed to go to a place self-described as “Northeast Arlington’s ultra-contemporary restaurant lounge,” and that’s pretty much what happened.

The Belknap Zone

Chow, Baby
Most of Haltom City is in a time warp – Exhibit A: Peggie & Ivy’s Old South – but there must be a flux beam trained directly on Vietnam Plaza (4045 E. Belknap St.).

Stuffed to the Gills

Chow, Baby
The problem with sushi is – well, the main problem is that it’s expensive, but a related problem is that it’s hard to know how much to order.