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Laurie Barker James

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Like everything at First Chinese BBQ, the Hong Kong-style fried squid with rice is hyper-traditional. Vishal Malhotra

First Chinese BBQ: Authentic Flavor

As with many ethnic cuisines, most local Chinese restaurants offer fare that’s been tamed for Western taste buds and preferences. Not First Chinese BBQ...
Sera’s Moroccan stew (right) is accompanied by Calasparra rice with veggies and cheese. And a glass of wine. Lee Chastain

Sera Will Be Good

I got a sense of déjà vu walking into Sera Dining & Wine, the new tapas restaurant in the Park Hill space formerly occupied...
The ’cue isn’t the only game in town at Old Texas — but it sure is tasty. Lee Chastain

Good Eats in Old Texas

Old Texas Brewing Co. Grill aims to be the first craft brewery in Johnson County. Unfortunately, Rick and Dena Hazen, the married couple that...
Chef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee ChastainChef Garcia’s signature Edo Roll features spicy tuna pan-seared and dusted with assorted spices, asparagus, and avocado topped with yuzu sauce and served with greens and honey- miso dressing. Lee Chastain

Little Lilly’s a Treat

For as long as most folks can remember, there’s been a sushi restaurant in the 6100 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard. Danny Liu worked...
Students at T.A. Sims Elementary School tend their garden. Lee Chastain

Farm to (Fancy) Table

Say the words “school garden,” and the image conjured up is likely that of untended greens growing behind a chain link fence in a...
Peanut butter and jelly chicken wings await at Max’s. Lee Chastain

Max’s Is No Dive

The West 7th corridor has no shortage of laidback, quasi-divey hangouts. There’s Poag Mahone’s, The Abbey, Wired Willy’s, Lola’s, and more. Into nearby So7...
Pacific Table’s recent sandwich of the day was the tuna burger with garlic rosemary fries. Lee Chastain

Pacific Table: Surf & Turf

Pacific Table is the second local restaurant from Chef Felipe Armenta, who also owns The Tavern Bar & Grill on South Hulen Street. The...
Everything, including the beef pho, is made from scratch at Miss Saigon II. Adrien P. Maroney

Viet Star

Fort Worth is not short on places for Vietnamese cooking, but you have to go far afield to find the really good stuff. The...
Brickhouse’s hot wings and grilled pork chops might make you shake shake shake your booty. Adrien P Maroney

Mighty Mightay

Walk into Brickhouse Lounge, and that riff and verse from the 1970s song by The Commodores will float into your head. You know the...
Funky and chunky: DeVivo’s spaghetti and meatballs keep company with a stuffed artichoke. Lee Chastain

Mangia, ’Burbanites

Siblings John and Ralph DeVivo have combined skills they honed in previous careers to create the eatery that bears their name. John got his...