Posts Tagged ‘food’
Nha Trang’s Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio was on point. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Vietnamese 101

Nha Trang is a welcome addition to West Magnolia Avenue’s restaurant row.
There was a time when you’d have to drive out to the suburbs to get good Vietnamese food, but that’s thankfully no longer the case. Enough of us have warmed up to the (admittedly tamed) flavors of Southeast Asia that a rest...


Blowing My Cover

Chow, Baby
For the first time ever, I was spotted and unmasked as Chow, Baby while reviewing a restaurant. One of the fun parts of being an anonymous food critic is that I can pretend every dining experience is a secret mission. I take sp...


A New Brew

Chow, Baby
Is there another place in town like Brewed? Sure, you could probably get some food, a pint of beer, a glass of wine, and a specialty coffee drink at any old café. But the hip Near Southside eatery/drinkery seems to take all of...

Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina offers Tex-Mex and barbecue — or both. Photo by Lee Chastain.


Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina combines two classic styles into something new.
Tex-Mex and barbecue are the twin pillars of Texas cuisine, but mixing them together can feel about as wrong as kissing your sister. Foods with that much personality and history behind them just don’t seem like they’d get a...


Pardon Me, Roy Pope …

Chow, Baby
The first time I ever went to Roy Pope Grocery (2300 Merrick St, 817-732-2863) was in 1990-something. I was a senior in high school, and my steady and I decided to make a fancy dinner for our parents as a way to thank them for ...

Ahi Poke Bowl serves immaculately fresh seafood. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Aloha, Poke

Far away from the ocean, a small Arlington restaurant serves up one of Hawaii’s unique dishes.
In almost every cuisine, there’s a dish that’s served raw –– like Italian carpaccio, French steak tartare, Japanese sashimi, and Korean hoedeopbap (usually some kind of white fish). To the list of cuisine for culinary r...


Summer of Love and Medi

Chow, Baby
I walk into Café Medi and make a beeline to a booth in the back to hide and watch the scene. Immediately, it couldn’t have been better. I pass a man in his sixties, standing with a bouquet of red roses. A few seconds later, ...

The West 7th corridor has a new after-bar carb-loading option. Photo by Lee Chastain.

All Hours Pizza

The American Pub serves the lunch and after-bar crowds in West 7th.
The American Pub fills a woefully underrepresented niche as a spot for late-night carb-loading. In addition to its well-stocked bar, the pub intends to be known for its pizza, available by the pan until 2 a.m. nightly, and by t...


Yatai Food Kart: Haute Ramen

Sarah Angle
“How spicy, sir?” Kevin Martinez asks the guy standing in line in front of me. “Sniffles? Crying? Or ‘I don’t like you’?” The customer opts for “sniffles.” And Martinez gets cooking. As sole owner/operator of ...

All of the seafood sang on the Spanish seafood pasta. Photo by Kayla Stigall.

Mercury in Retrograde

Arlington’s gemlike wine bar is full of hits — and misses.
Laurie James
There’s a desolate feel to the now-defunct Shoppes at Brownstone Village, the central Arlington depository of tchotchkes, fancy baby gear, and all-around cute things which closed two years ago. But Mercury Wine Bar & Gril...