What’s up with all of these new Dallas-based restaurants setting up shop in Fort Worth? Sure, many years back, we were basically Dallas Lite, with heavy hitters such as Uncle Julio’s, Mi Cocina, Pappadeaux, and too many others to count docking at our ports. But I thought we were past that. There was the promise of the Near Southside’s dedication to indie-only places, people wore shirts that read “Buy Local,” and chef-driven eateries were opening all over town.
A couple of years ago, Campisi’s, Cane Rosso, Velvet Taco, and a few others moved in amid a ton of fanfare. No one really complained that they weren’t Fort Worth-based companies because they all served good food. But now there’s a new glut of Dallas-based interlopers who have come to capitalize on our city’s Tribble-like population growth.
This week’s Eats feature is about one such place, Olivella’s. There are a few more Big D concepts on the way, Avanti Ristorante being the most notable. That’s not even counting the joints that are putting down stakes in some of our tonier ’burbs like Southlake.