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This Spuds for You

Chow, Baby
Sitting in the tiny dining room of Spudwinkles Deli (201 W Rosedale Av, 682-224-1263), the newish potato-focused chain that opened in the space recently abandoned by the ill-fated Sombrero Mexican Food on the still-sketchy side...


The Pig Pizza included crumbled Italian sausage, pancetta, and pepperoni. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Fourth Time’s a Charm

With Cork and Pig Tavern, all the good things about Felipe Armenta’s other restaurants come together in a seamless blend.
LAURIE JAMES
Back in 2010, restaurateur Felipe Armenta duplicated the successful culinary alchemy of his San Angelo-based The Tavern here on South Hulen Street, to good reviews. In the subsequent six years, he’s opened two more originals ...



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.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
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...


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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...



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Mac in Time

Steve Steward
I went to another blue-collar dive in Arlington’s industrial area along Galleria Drive, north of the Six Flags Mall, or Plaza Central as it is currently known. What a treat it is to drive around that place and wonder what wil...


The beef on the alambres was exceptionally tender. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Viva Jalisco!

You’ll find authentic Mexican food in this quirky restaurant on the edge of the North Side.
LAURIE JAMES
The motto of the Mexican state of Jalisco translates to “Jalisco is Mexico.” Among other things, Jalisco claims that mariachis, the sombrero, and tequila all originated in the west coast Mexican state. It’s no surprise th...



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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.

Mexicue

Papa’s Smokehouse and Cantina combines two classic styles into something new.
LAUREN PHILLIPS
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...



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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.
LAURIE JAMES
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...