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hile we are surrounded with construction cranes, bulldozers and orange traffic cones on many streets, the dirt also has been flying in Trinity Park. It’s been a five-year journey for Frank Kent’s Dream Park, the brainchild of Rachael Churchill. She happened upon an all-inclusive playground during a visit to her home state of Wisconsin years ago and marveled that a place existed where children with disabilities played alongside able-bodied kids. Back in Fort Worth, she joined forces with Corrie Watson (her sister-in-law) and Sandy Mesch to formulate plans for such a park in Fort Worth. They had $3 million to raise, so they got busy seeking out corporate and individual donations and sponsorships and raising money with everything from golf tournaments to concerts. They broke ground in early September, working with the city of Fort Worth to use an existing play space in the park. (The existing equipment will be used elsewhere.) In midFebruary, Rachael and her team announced that Dream Park opens After five years, Rachael Churchill and her Dream Park team have made a to the public April 15. special playground a reality. We give you a sneak Photo by Joyce Marshall peek on Page 12. We thought it would be hard to pin down Tokyo Cafe chef Kevin Martinez for an interview. But we managed to get him to sit still at the sushi bar, and, in between bites of nigiri and sips of miso soup, we talked food, work, travel and what it’s like to be the chef at one of the 107’s most beloved neighborhood restaurants. Check out the interview on Page 8. We also dropped in at Carson Hearing Care, where owner Robin Carson brings her foster dogs to help them find new families. And we meet some of her own four-legged family members. Page 22.
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It’s been a bit of a wait but El Bolero Cocina Mexicana quietly opened in mid-February (sister restaurant Pakpao across the street, however, remains in the “future opening” category). While the original shop thrives in the Dallas Design District (another location recently opened in Oak Lawn), the Fort Worth spot serves elevated Mexican dishes such as wagyu beef tacos, salmon poblano, braised barbacoa enchiladas and, at brunch, churro French toast. Don’t miss the addictive thin-and-crispy chips, too, along with a side of guacamole. Renovating the longempty space originally occupied by Tillman’s Roadhouse, El Bolero has cleared out the kitschy Texas look of Tillman’s in favor of cheery chic, with black-and-white tile floors, vivid yellow bar stools, cool cactus wallpaper and lots of upbeat music. The cocktails program is strong, with choices like blood orange-ghost pepper mule; reposadocucumber martini; mango paloma; and a silver tequila punch brightened with blackberry, pineapple, jalapeno and lime. The patio is ready for diners, and windows in the bar open up for an al fresco feel. Open daily for lunch and dinner and for Saturday-Sunday brunch at Crockett Row at West 7th, 2933 Crockett St., elbolero.argconcepts.com. El Bolero’s vibrant interior doesn’t distract us from digging in to dishes such as the smartly presented cochinita pibil. Photos by Meda Kessler
Triple threat: A lounge, a distillery, a patio
Eat, drink, eat some more Look for new/reimagined events and a new, but familiar location as the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival changes things up this year. Get all the info for the April 4-7 event at fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.
Except for Desserts After Dark, all events will be held at the Heart of the Ranch Clearfork. Each will be tented, although there are backup plans in case of truly inclement weather. Also, more seating and tables will be provided, so no camp chairs are allowed.
Tacos + Tequila | 8-10 p.m. April 4 Sip and eat from festival regulars (Del Norte Tacos in Godley) and newcomers (Mesero, Four Sisters) and a surprise entry (Patina Green from McKinney, a familiar and popular stop at past years’ brunch event). Tickets $50
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Main Event | 6:30-9 p.m. April 5 Our choice for the best wine and smorgasbord of samples. If you want to get a taste of Zoli’s Pizza (headed to Fort Worth soon) without driving to Dallas, here’s your chance. Tickets $125, $150 for early admission at 5:30
Desserts After Dark | 9-11 p.m. April 5 This late-night sugar rush remains at Whiskey Ranch. Participants include everyone from candy makers and mixologists to professional pastry chefs and newcomer and vegan specialist Cinnaholic. Tickets $60, $70 for early entry at 8:30 Culinary Corral |11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6 The Rise + Dine event has morphed into the Culinary Corral. Look for brunch-inspired dishes plus a tasting tent, beer garden and corkyard for wine sippers, marketplace for shoppers, and live music. Pasta lovers can partake in a special pop-up including Nonna Tata, Michaels and Piola. Tickets $75
Looking for a new watering hole? Check out Blackland Distillery in The Foundry District off Weisenberger Street. It’s the effort of
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Burgers, Brews + Blues | 6-9 p.m. April 6 Still the most popular event, ticket holders have their choice of sliders from 13 chefs and 22 craft breweries. Don’t miss dessert from Melt Ice Creams. Tickets $70
Markus Kypreos — a former attorney, culinary school graduate and certified sommelier — who is serious about making gin, vodka, bourbon and a rye-based
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whiskey. While the distillery itself takes up a good chunk of the former warehouse, there’s also a cool cocktail lounge with a horseshoe-shaped bar, glam chandelier and cozy seating (think leather and velvet chairs). The patio, which seats about 40, blocks out the view of the industrial street with metal walls and oversize planters. The patio and lounge were designed by architect Philip Newburn. While you’re sipping any of the 10 to 15 specialty cocktails, nibble on charcuterie and snacks from
Ring of Fire: A Next-Level Cookout | 2-4 p.m. April 7 This festival-ending event celebrates cooking with fire, from game to pizza. Smoked meat specialists include Panther City BBQ, Flores Barbecue (a Whitney favorite moving to Fort Worth), Joe Riscky and Black’s Barbecue out of Austin. Swiss Pastry Shop’s Hans Peter Muller is skipping the brunch and burger events this year to flex his smoking skills here. Tickets $65
neighboring Meyer & Sage. Look for a March 20 opening. 2161 Weisenberger St.
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Heim Barbecue: More space, more smokers, more bacon burnt ends Travis and Emma Heim’s second Fort Worth location, in a former VFW hall near the Trinity River, should be fired up in March. The barbecue hot spot in the River District joins Salsa Limón and Lettuce Cook in this growing development along White Settlement Road. Four times the size of the Magnolia Avenue location, the new place has eight smokers, five more than Magnolia. A covered patio and beer garden will feature live music and special events, all the more reason to be thankful for this location’s big parking lot. In other good news, the Heim burger will be a menu staple, along with favorites such as the bacon burnt ends, smoked meats and flavorful sides. Another change from the Magnolia location: They’ll be closed on Mondays. 5333 White Settlement Road, heimbbq.com.
Rogers Roundhouse: You had us at Curly’s Frozen Custard
If frozen strawberry margaritas, blackened shrimp tacos, burgers, Curly’s Frozen Custard and a game of cornhole all in one place sounds like heaven, Rogers Roundhouse is your new hangout. Slated for an April opening in an extensively renovated former HVAC service building on Rogers Road that runs behind University Park Village, the Roundhouse is a
10,000-square-foot bar and grill with patio and backyard. It takes its name from the Davidson Yard train engine repair facility — or roundhouse — just behind the new saloon and eatery. Curly’s is on the dessert menu as its owner, Bourke Harvey, co-owns the Roundhouse with friend and fellow Fort Worthian Tommy Koons. Some 30 beers are in the draft rotation and frozen cocktails include margaritas in changing flavor options and frosé.1616 Rogers Road, rogersroundhouse.com.
The Fermatorium, minus a mural or two, is open for business
The menu is small, but there are plenty of choices for grub at the new brewery: Choose from pizzas, wings and, yes, even salads. Photo by Meda Kessler
Despite a lingering issue with the city over signage (there’s confusion on the difference between a mural and advertising), Deep Ellum Brewing’s Funkytown Fermatorium opened doors as promised on March 1 in a former print shop on University Drive. The Dallas-based brewery will be making exclusive-to-Fort Worth brews on site but don’t miss the signature Local Legend sweet milk stout or Dream Crusher double rye IPA. A wood-burning pizza oven turns out pizzas; beer-friendly appetizers include brisket-laced arancini and plump and juicy wings (Buffalo and lemon-Parmesan are two of the choices). Veggie choices include a beet-goat cheese-pistachio salad and roasted Brussels sprouts. The restaurant’s huge interior offers booth seating on one side with a view of the pizza oven, with bar and counter seating offering views of the TVs. Look for the empty lot to become more parking in the future. Open daily for lunch and dinner at 611 University Drive, 817-873-3322, facebook.com/ deepellumftw.
Roy Pope Grocery
Lola’s Local Farmers Market
The 6 Street bar known as Lola’s Trailer Park returns this spring with its second-Sunday farmers market. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll find produce, local honey and more, along with guest vendors. 2735 5th St., find it on Facebook @LolasSaloon. th
The new location of Heim Barbecue offers more of everything: food, space, parking. Photo by Ralph Lauer
Happiness on a bun.
It’s no secret that Roy Pope grills up one of the best burgers in town. Now you can have one of their cheeseburgers for dinner. The grocer now stays open later with the deli serving until 6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call ahead if you’re in a hurry. 2300 Merrick St., 817-732-2863, roypopegrocery.com.
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Kona closes, Stirr steps in
Crockett Row at West 7th gets its first true breakfast spot later this spring with the opening of the Fort Worth edition of Toasted Coffee + Kitchen, a Dallas favorite on Lower Greenville since 2016. The coffeehouse and bar serves artisanal toasts and other all-day breakfast items including Avo-Ca-Damn, starring avocado slices and Sriracha sauce; and All-Day B.A.E., freshly baked rye toast topped with a black bean spread, bacon, eggs and queso fresco. (All breads are baked in-house.) Lunch includes hefty sandwiches such as peppered turkey topped with roasted raspberry chipotle sauce, arugula, havarti cheese and avocado, and a Reuben with Swiss, saeurkraut and horseradish pickles. Rounding out the menu are salads, soups and desserts. You’ll also find gluten-free, paleo and vegan options. Beverages include coffee, of course, plus cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Adult drinks include mimosas, bloody marys, Moscow mules and old fashioneds along with beer and wine. Look for a May-June opening in the former Crockett Row Climate space at 2972 Crockett St. Learn more at toasted.coffee.
Kona Grill closed its doors in late February, and the announcement was made shortly thereafter that Dallasbased Stirr is taking its spot. Offering lunch, dinner, a latenight menu and weekend brunch, Stirr defines itself as “refined, yet casual.” Expect an extensive cocktail program and a revamp of the space, including the upstairs patio. An opening date has not yet been announced. 3028 Crockett St., stirrdallas.com.
Breakfast, but also so much more
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Toasted’s Mozza Mia served with red wine. Photo courtesy of Toasted
A preliminary design of the Byers Avenue boutique hotel Rendering courtesy of Bennett Benner Partners
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• Developers of an Arlington Heights boutique hotel won support for a zoning change from City Council early in March, and now additional planning begins in earnest. Business partners Jonathan Morris and Allen Mederos, both residents of Arlington Heights, unveiled preliminary plans for the 19-room project late last year after purchasing the old Southwest Carbonic Dry Ice building on Byers Avenue, a block west of Montgomery Street. Morris and Mederos are working closely with the architectural firm Bennett Benner Partners to dot their i’s, cross their t’s and make their vision work for them as
well as the neighborhood. Plans are to keep a portion of the concrete building, which is on a sloped lot. Off-street parking is included in the design. Mederos owns real estate investment properties, including a few in the 107; Morris owns and operates Fort Worth Barber Shop on Lovell Avenue and The Lathery on Carroll Street. • The signage makes it official as Hilton’s Home2 Suites construction continues at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and University Drive. While the property is still not listed on the company’s website, the fence wrapping offers a rendering of the extended-stay hotel.
Austin’s Milk + Honey wants to make Fort Worth feel good Milk + Honey, the Austin-based clean-beauty company, set its sites on Fort Worth for its fifth Texas location. M+H spa founder Alissa Bayer looked to former ranchland in Fort Worth for the 7,800-square-foot spa in The Shops at Clearfork, which is larger than the Austin flagship, with 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs and four manicure and pedicure stations. The space features the brand’s trademark modern, minimalist aesthetic, with pops of color
in the lobby and retail area. Expect white oak accents and white walls in the “very intentional” space: “It’s soothing to your nervous system,” according to Bayer. “All of our locations, they evolve,” she says. “I want them to look more like siblings than identical twins.” Target opening date is late March-early April. The spa is located between Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Kate Weiser Chocolate at The Shops at Clearfork, 5176 Marathon Ave., milkandhoneyspa.com.
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FROM TOKYO CAFE TO TOKYO, JAPAN, CHEF KEVIN MARTINEZ DOES HIS BEST TO HAVE FUN AND MAKE GOOD FOOD.
I By Meda Kessler
A Tokyo Cafe dinner special of tender smoked pork belly with lightly sauteed sugar snap peas, baby carrots and sweet cherry tomatoes with pickled shallots. Kevin garnishes the dish with chopped cilantro stems.
Kevin wears rubber bracelets and pins from charity events he has worked. His nickname, Kmart, started when he was in high school.
Photos by Ron Jenkins
t’s Sunday, typically a closed day for Tokyo Cafe. But there’s a big steel smoker in the parking lot, which is filling up fast for a special pop-up dinner. A “Private Event” sign on the front door is there to ward off restaurant customers. Inside, chef Kevin Martinez plucks a sample of smoked beef cheek off a big sheet pan with a gloved hand. He smiles and says, “This is going to be fun.” It’s a three-letter word Kevin uses a lot. The 33-year-old still manages to find the happy side to a business where 18-hour days are the norm. His sunny attitude and his work ethic have made him popular for the 10 years he has been at Tokyo and with fellow chefs who have leaned on him for support, advice and help. Kevin was born in Denton, but his food roots run south to Mexico, where his grandmother made tortillas and topped them with grilled onions, avocado and a tomatillo salsa (this would be his last-meal request, by the way). Early in his career, he sharpened his knives and honed his cooking skills locally in the hospitality industry. He was working at the now closed Cafe Nutt in Granbury when he spotted a Craigslist posting for a chef job at Tokyo Cafe. Jarry Ho, who owns Tokyo along with his wife, Mary, had listed the job. “We were losing our head chef
and, honestly, didn’t have many candidates. Kevin’s strength at that time was American food with an occasional Asian twist. I told him we wanted Asian food with an American twist.” He was hired and encouraged to read books, explore Asian cooking and immerse himself in the culture. He joined the Fort Worth Japanese Society to learn more about traditional dishes. “There was a lot of trial and error in the beginning,” Kevin admits. “You learn a lot about yourself when you’re in charge of the kitchen.” In June 2014, everything changed when extensive damage from a kitchen fire closed the restaurant. Months went by as the Hos were busy opening Cannon Chinese Kitchen along with dealing with post-fire issues at Tokyo. They kept Kevin on the payroll as long as possible before funds became scarce. “I really thought about moving,” Kevin says. “Tokyo was the only place I wanted to work.” And then he spotted a faded treasure in a River Oaks salvage yard. “It was a lemonade stand, but I saw immediately what it could become.” Yatai Food Kart was born. His original plan was to name it “Skew,” as he planned to offer only grilled skewers of meat and vegetables. But Yatai morphed into a mobile 76107magazine.com
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FROM TOKYO CAFE TO TOKYO, JAPAN, CHEF KEVIN MARTINEZ DOES HIS BEST TO HAVE FUN AND MAKE GOOD FOOD. street-food cart. “Running a food truck humbles you pretty quickly,” says Kevin, who remembers getting to the Velvet Box parking lot around 11:30 p.m. for his first service of ramen and a rice bowl. “Thank goodness for the service industry. I texted all my restaurant-worker friends to come and eat.” To pay for Yatai food and maintenance, he helped out in local kitchens — more than 30 by his count — on an asneeded basis. There were good days and bad, with happy customers willing to wait in line along with blown tires and mechanical difficulties. Jarry supported Kevin and his mobile experiment. “I was excited for him. Kevin has an active mind, and it was good for him to stay busy.” Jarry also knew he didn’t want to reopen Tokyo without Kevin. “We have different personalities,” he says with a knowing smile. “He’s outgoing; I’m reserved. But we have similar values, especially when it comes to the restaurant. It’s about how we treat people, how we manage our staff.” Tokyo Cafe reopened in October 2016. They got an unexpected welcome from old customers — and new ones. “We were slammed for what felt like a year and a half,” says Kevin. “Yatai sat parked, because it was all about the restaurant.” But the food cart had become sort of a test kitchen, and Kevin introduced some new dishes with Jarry’s blessing. The Tokyokonomiyaki, a savory pancake topped with bonito flakes, and the tempura Brussels sprouts served with white soy are both Yatai experiments. “Kevin will show me a new dish knowing that I’ll ask if the dish can be made with consistency and if it involves a new ingredient, if that item can be used in another dish,” says Jarry. It’s why pork belly can be found in several menu offerings. “I now have a smoker at Tokyo, so that’s given me some new options to cook the same ingredient in different ways,” says Kevin. “It’s exciting to make some dishes that have more an Asian bistro feel.” Last year saw more changes as Kevin worked to slow down his restaurant schedule to spend time with his wife and two sons and to take care of himself. He also had a bit of a health scare that landed him in the hospital. “I’m eating better and have lost
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33 pounds.” Travel has become a priority, as he soon will be headed back to Japan, where his first trip to the city of Tokyo ended with Kevin hosting a pop-up at a small restaurant and quickly making new friends. “You know it’s a good trip when you’re on the street in this huge city and someone yells out ‘Hey, Kevin!’ ” On his list? “Singapore, for the
Trevor Sales of Brix Barbecue and Kevin prep their Eastmeets-West menu for a Sunday pop-up at Tokyo Cafe. Sales made a kimchi slaw and Kevin made the potato salad to accompany the slow-smoked beef cheek and duck fat tortillas, beans, chicken wings and pickled vegetables.
It’s cozy inside the Yatai Food Kart. With limited space, he also serves a limited menu, including a bento box, below.
food, of course.” In the meantime, Yatai has been making a few appearances. “I served 150 at a Rahr event recently; that was nuts.” He continues to pick and choose collaborative popup events, including one with Brix Barbecue and a cocktail-driven dinner at The Basement Lounge in the Ridglea neighborhood (“this is something that will force me to grow as a chef”). He and Tokyo Cafe are hosting the second Mac Attack, a March 24 charity macaroni-and-cheese cookoff featuring 18 local chefs. Expect a diverse lineup, from Fred’s Cafe to the Petroleum Club. (Go to Tokyo’s website for ticket availability.) It’s a testament to the fact that as a chef, Kevin always has played well with others. It’s no surprise to see his colleagues — Fort Worth’s Tim Love, Jason Harper of Trio New American Cuisine in Colleyville or the Classic at Roanoke’s Charles Youts — dining in the restaurant. But it’s the couple whose Kevin made time for a trip to a fish parents ate there and who now market in Tokyo to check out the goods. bring their kids who are most Photos courtesy of Kevin Martinez important. It’s the regulars who were there the first day of the reopening and those who embrace both the classic beef bowl and a 45-minute wait for dinner. “I’ve come to understand that no matter what else I do, it comes back to Tokyo Cafe. We are, and always will be, a neighborhood restaurant.”
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THE DETAILS Tokyo Cafe Open for lunch and dinner six days a week. 5121 Pershing Ave., 817-737-8568, tokyocafefw.net. Follow Yatai Food Kart on Facebook @yataifw for events. 76107magazine.com
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Frank Kentâ€™s Dream Park is a wish come true for Rachael Churchill, seated, and board members Sandy Mesch and Corrie Watson. It was named by Rachaelâ€™s husband, Will Churchill, and Corrie, his sister, in honor of their great-grandfather.
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From the use of bright colors to the special equipment designed to be used by children of all abilities, Frank Kent’s Dream Park aims to make playtime a reality for everyone. BY LAURA SAMUEL MEYN PHOTOS BY JOYCE MARSHALL
While winter turned the landscape brown and the trees barren, a colorful oasis has appeared in recent months in Trinity Park. Despite cold, rain and mud, workers labored to bring Frank Kent’s Dream Park to life for its April 15 debut as one of Texas’ biggest inclusive playgrounds. Dream Park, which has been in the works for the past five years, is filled with equipment in cheerful colors of turquoise, orange and lime green and includes 57,000 square feet of fenced play area and green spaces. The design goes far beyond Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, with wheelchair-friendly rubber surfacing and ramps. Those things make it easier for children of all abilities to access the slides, swings, climbing features, musical elements,
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interactive panels and more. “When we talk about inclusive playgrounds, it’s not just mobility issues,” adds Churchill. “If a child with a cochlear implant goes down a plastic slide, [the device] can short out from static electricity. We have a roller slide that allows children with these implants to go down safely. And that same slide is great for kids with sensory issues.” Parents and caregivers will appreciate the extra-wide sidewalks and new parking lots, too.
The treehouse not only features a face, but offers multiple levels with ladders and slides. The gear panel promotes the development of motor skills and more.
Dream Park organizer Rachael Churchill says that the new playground will be given to the city of Fort Worth in mid-April, with a ribbon-cutting event planned for June. To fund the park fully by private donations, the board has held numerous benefits over the past five years. Sponsorships are still available as the board works toward securing the final $50,000 of its $3.11 million goal. To reach Dream Park, which replaced an old playground, enter Trinity Park from the main entrance on University Drive and head north until you see it on the left; for more information or to donate, go to dreamparkfw.org.
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The playground equipment is not your typical swings and slides. A yellow shade structure, above, towers over the SwiggleKnots Bridge, with suspended ball knots and discs for climbing. The Swiggle Stix bridge invites kids to step from pod to pod, improving balance and sharpening depth perception. Instruments like musical chimes and drums, left, inspire visitors to get creative. The colorful Pour-inPlace rubber surfacing is seamless, durable and slip-resistant, making it easy for wheelchairs and walkers to navigate.
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heck home mortgage rates and get approved online in just minutes with Guaranteed Rate’s digital mortgage technology. Jaylee Baker Greenway, branch manager, says the convenience of finding loan options, the lowest monthly payment, lowest interest rate or the right loan terms, all from your favorite chair at home, makes Guaranteed Rate the mortgage company of choice for today’s homebuyer.
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The benefits of technology is one of the reasons Jaylee came on board with Guaranteed Rate almost two years ago. Guaranteed Rate provides its customers with the support of a national company and the value of local community relationships. Jaylee and her team value how simple, easy, fast and secure Guaranteed Rate’s technology is and she is always looking for ways to make the mortgage process easier for her clients. The market is everchanging and working with experts can save you money and time! Jaylee and her team will answer questions and guide you through the loan process, giving superior customer service, a hallmark of Guaranteed Rate’s commitment to customers. Whether you are interested in purchasing, refinancing or pre-qualifying, just go to rate.com/jayleebaker and click the green button to get started with the easiest loan process you’ve ever experienced.
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rom artful macaw straw clutches to breathtaking hand-beaded earrings by Mignonne Gavigan, Lola + Lina jewelry boutique has everything to make your spring and summer inspired, bright and beautiful. If you’ve been yearning for accessories by designers that are hard or impossible to find in Fort Worth, sigh no more. Oscar de la Renta,
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Lele Sadoughi, Sachin & Babi, Serpui, Bounkit, Oliphant and more are in this one-stop fashion destination, located on Camp Bowie just down from Winslow’s Wine Cafe. Sisters-in-law Lauren Perkins and Carolyn Osborne opened the boutique in November. Price points from $45 to $500 mean you will find something perfect for your taste, ranging from simple, elegant to boho. Be sure not to miss the mascot earrings and wear them to show your school spirit! Lola + Lina has gorgeous silk scarves, statement casual clothing, and gift cards, they also offers brides premier accessories to bring sparkle to their special day. Come in and browse the creme of the crop of spring and summer fashion trends. Mention seeing us in 76107 magazine and receive 15 percent off your in-store purchase.
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Texas Ballet Theater
TBT has announced its new season, including the return of Crash next February, but artistic director Ben Stevenson is closing out the year strong. Check out Four Last Songs, Twilight & Esmeralda and L, March 29-31, and the family-friendly Pinocchio, May 24-26. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, 877-828-9200, texasballettheater.org.
Anne Vallayer-Coster, Still Life with Mackerel, 1787, oil on canvas Gift of Sid R. Bass in honor of Kay and Ben Fortson Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum
The Wonder Woman costume worn by Gal Gadot in the 2017 Warner Bros. film is on loan to the museum from 2018 Cowgirl Honoree Camilla Naprous. Below, Jon Snow’s saddle from Game of Thrones also is on exhibit. Photos by Ron Jenkins
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
After extensive renovations, the museum reopened March 9. Upstairs, now known as the Kit Moncrief Galleries, features new and newly displayed exhibits as part of the “It’s Never Just a Horse” exhibition celebrating not only the magnificent beasts but the women, past and present, who helped shape the West. Expect lots of user-friendly technology along with the display of a native American dress and Dale Evan’s typewriter. As part of the celebration, the museum will stay open late the third Friday of each month through Dec. 20 for cowgirl cocktails, 5-7 p.m. Find ticket prices and more information on the website. 1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475, cowgirl.net.
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Kimbell Art Museum, Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org Still Life With Mackerel See the Kimbell’s newest acquisition by Anne-Vallayer Coster. The French artist was one of the most talented still-life painters of the 18th century, known for her ability to imitate nature and capture detail and color.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org FOCUS: Analia Saban The LA-based artist explores scientific ideas while taking traditional art materials to new places in her innovative pieces, as seen in her “Draped Marble” series and her piece featuring the geometric patterns of computer circuits. March 30-May 12.
Spring Gallery Night
The Fort Worth Art Dealers Association’s twice-a-year shindig has galleries and other venues throwing open their doors all afternoon and evening. Mingle with other art lovers, sip some wine here and there, and, best of all, take in a huge variety of art. Most venues are open noon-9 p.m. March 30; fwada.com. Download a brochure on the FWDA website or pick up a brochure (with map) at your favorite gallery to get started. Here are some rewarding spots to visit: • Botanical Research Four Waiting, Leslie Shiels, oil, 36 inches by 36 inches Institute of Texas (BRIT) Photo courtesy of Galerie Kornye West presents The Collector’s Show curated by Galerie Kornye West. Works from 24 painters from across the U.S. make up the exhibit, which includes landscapes, still-lifes and more. Get a preview at kornyewest.com. 4-9 p.m. 1700 University Drive, 817-332-4441, brit.org. • Carter Bowden Antiques hosts a solo exhibition of 25 Texas and New Mexico landscape paintings by Randy Bacon, the former Fort Worth advertising executive who now lives in Abilene. 4704 Bryce Ave. • The Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s regional show was juried by Bill Campbell of William Campbell Contemporary Art, and features artists from a five-state region. Look for everything from mixed media to oils to digital art. It also will utilize the veranda for the evening event; cross your fingers for good weather. 1300 Gendy St., fwcac.org. • William Campbell Contemporary Art features works on paper by Texas artist Stephen Daly. 4935 Byers Ave., williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215 The Tragedy of King Richard The Second England’s vain and weak leader is the subject of this production by London’s National Theatre Live. Simon Russell Beale stars as the man who sends his country into disarray. 2 and 7 p.m. April 17 and 1 p.m. April 20. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit amphibianstage.com.
Screenings are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Photo by Helen Sloan/SMPSP/ 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, Bleecker Street themodern.org/films. • Arctic Stranded in the Arctic after a plane crash, a man must decide whether to hunker down in his makeshift camp or set off on a risky trek through the unknown. March 22-24. • The Search for General Tso Part of the Movies That Matter series, filmmakers travel from Shanghai to the American Midwest sleuthing out the origins of the ubiquitous Chinese-American dish. April 4.
National Theatre Live/Amphibian Stage Productions
Mads Mikkelsen stars as a pilot who is stuck in a very cold place.
Magnolia at the Modern
Amphibian Stage Productions
120 S. Main St., 817-923-3012, amphibianstage.com Aparna Nancherla The actor and comedian brings her sometimes dry, sometimes existential humor to the Amphibian stage as part of the theater group’s ongoing comedy series. She’s featured on Comedy Central’s show Corporate and season two of The Standups on Netflix. April 2-6. Simon Russell Beale, left, and Joseph Mydell in a modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
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506 Main St., 817-338-4411, jubileetheatre.org Bubbling Brown Sugar A Tony-nominated musical revue takes the audience back to the nightclub entertainments of the Harlem Renaissance and talents like Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Billie Holiday. It’ll be an ideal showcase of the talents at Jubilee Theatre, too. March 22-April 28.
3101 W. Lancaster Ave., 817-332-2272, casamanana.org Jason Bishop: The Illusionist This popular performer makes a cute little dog named Gizmo disappear, along with other acts of illusion — from card tricks to levitation — that make you ask: How does he do that? March 22-April 7.
Meroë Khalia Adeeb as Clara in Porgy and Bess.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre,1300 Gendy St., fwcac.org Waiting for Godot FWCAC steps back into the theater game with its production of the classic by Samuel Beckett. March 21-31.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild
Photo Karli Cadel, The Glimmerglass Festival
Fort Worth Opera Festival Jason Bishop and Gizmo Photo by Matt Bishop
Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre,1300 Gendy St., stolenshakespeareguild.com The Secret Garden The 1911 novel, a children’s classic, is a tale of forgiveness set in a magic garden. This production is set to music by composer Lucy Simon with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman (’Night Mother). April 12-28.
This year’s festival includes Porgy and Bess, with spectacular new stage scenery and iconic music. April 26, 28, 30; and El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (The Past Is Never Finished), the story of a forbidden relationship between a European landowner’s son and an indigenous Mexican girl, May 10-12. Both are at Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets. At the more intimate stage at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, check out the world premiere of Companionship by composer-librettist Rachel J. Peters. The dark comedy is set around a baker in pursuit of making the perfect baguette when one unruly loaf suddenly comes to life. May 1, 3, 5. Tickets, 817-731-0726 or fwopera.org. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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FESTIVALS MAIN St. Arts Festival
Downtown Fort Worth morphs into a 27-block sea of
Fort Worth’s Ariel Davis is showing in the Emerging Artists section with a body of work she calls “Women Solo.”
artist tents, music stages, kid zone, food and beverage vendors and people for this annual event. A juried festival, only 1 in 7 who apply is selected. The diverse lineup of 223 artists includes everyone from jewelry Floridian William Kidd’s textural ceramics are inspired by nature.
Images courtesy of the artists
Emerging Artists section, which includes local talent. There’s also live music, from country to swing bands. Headliners include Reckless Kelly and Jason Eady. New this year is the “Hear Fort Worth” stage, which spotlights local musicians and singers. A revamped children’s area includes a new maker zone to allow kids to get creative and an art fair featuring work from students in grades 6-12. Fuel up at the various food courts, and look for the return of the “Wine Experience” and “Craft Brew Pavilion.” April 11-14. Entry to the event is free; everything you need to know is at mainstreetartsfest.org.
Lanterns in the Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden hosts a two-month event featuring 20 sets of sizable, colorful Chinese lanterns, each a complex confection made from silk and steel and illuminated with multiple lights. The structures are set throughout the gardens, making an evening stroll even more appealing. Open 6-10 p.m. through March 31, and 7-11 p.m. April 4May 12 (except for blackout dates April 27 and May 2-5). 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-392-5510. Information and advance tickets at fwbg.com. In April, check out the one-day Water Lantern Festival, which invites you to decorate a simple paper float with your design, then launch it on the Trinity River (all lanterns will be retrieved at the end; this is promoted as a leave-no-trace, sustainable event). Food trucks and music are on tap, too. 3:309:30 p.m. April 6. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., 817-698-0700. Tickets and information available at waterlanternfestival.com/fortworth.php.
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3101 W. Lancaster Ave., 817-332-2272, casamanana.org
Carole J. Bufford
Scroll through the website to get a preview and plan your visit. Don’t miss the
Casa Mañana/Reid Cabaret Theatre
Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. This two-day outdoor music extravaganza draws a diverse crowd to see the lineup of regional and national bands and musicians with Fort Worth superstar Leon Bridges as the closing-night headliner. All the action takes place on two outdoor stages; vendors are plentiful throughout the grounds. The Modern Art Museum extends its hours as part of the music/art celebration. Go to fortressfestival.com for tickets and more information. Ticket sales end March 31. April 27-28.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Lanterns in the Garden, a two-month display, in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden
You Don’t Own Me: The Fearless Females of the 1960’s Carole J. Bufford performs all the classics you love from the iconic female vocalists of the time, including Cher, Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and Jeannie C. Riley. April 10-13.
Cliburn at the Modern: Broadway
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org My Favorite Things: An All-Piano Lovefest of Beloved Broadway Songs Some of the Cliburn’s favorite pianists play selections from the Great American Songbook. 2 p.m. March 23; cliburn.org.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org • Jurassic Park in Concert Steven Spielberg’s original dinosaur romp is projected in HD above the stage as the orchestra plays John Williams’ score live. March 22-24. • Bachstravaganza Note that this one is not at Bass Hall: The orchestra moves to Arborlawn United Methodist Church for a concert stuffed with music by J.S. Bach. Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads, and a community chorus and principal cellist Allan Steele also are featured. 5001 Briarhaven Road. March 29.
A Little Love
Robin Carson opens her business to rescue dogs looking for second chances. Some have found a permanent place in her home and heart. By Meda Kessler
Photos by Ralph Lauer
“Our foster dog is in.” Customers need only glance at the neatly printed blue and white sign on the door at Carson Hearing Care to know that they might be greeted by a little four-footed guest. In the past two years, Robin Carson, doctor of audiology and owner of the Camp Bowie Boulevard clinic, has fostered and adopted out 26 small dogs for Saving Hope, a local rescue organization. That’s 26 dogs rescued from the streets and from large-intake groups such as the Humane Society of North Texas and the city shelter. That’s 26 dogs that went home with Carson in the evening to be loved on and cared for by her and her family. Being able to take your dog (foster or otherwise) to work is easy when
Perci, above, and Adele, the white Chihuahua mix, below, found permanent homes with Robin Carson, owner of Carson Hearing Care. Robin has helped find homes for more than 25 dogs by fostering them and taking them to work to give them more exposure to potential adopters.
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Adele and Perci also have a big “brother.” Pierre, adopted years ago from a Weatherford shelter, was already part of the Carson pack.
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you own the business. Carson opened her clinic in 2013, expanding the office and her staff over the past six years. She credits (or blames, she says with a smile) her kids for introducing her to the world of animal rescue, which for them started with a mother cat and kittens. “My daughters introduced me to the mom of some of their friends,” says Carson. That mom is Lauren Meekins Anton, one of the forces behind The Saving Hope Foundation. The nonprofit was launched in August 2012 by Fort Worth philanthropist
Kit Moncrief, her daughters and a dedicated board of directors. Its aim then and now was to reduce the number of unwanted animals by promoting spaying and neutering, to provide education and resources, and to find homes for those animals that do end up in shelters. Anton has become one of the most active members, routinely fostering dogs and recruiting others to do the same. Carson is now committed to the cause and has found her business to be the perfect way to find little dogs new homes. “Most of our clients are older, as are our foster pups, although we have taken in a puppy or two. It’s a perfect way to make introductions.” 24 March-April 2019 76107magazine.com
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Adele strikes a pose near a hearing aid display. Carson warns that dogs are as fond of them as they are of chew toys due to the scent of ear wax.
Over the years, she has donated several thousands of dollars to causes such as Saving Hope and Meals on Wheels by donating proceeds of battery sales. The office also sets up an angel tree for a local nursing home and collects gifts for the residents. But homeless animals have become a very personal cause. She and her family adopted Pierre, a standard poodle, from a rescue group in Weatherford more than 12 years ago. And Carson became what is known as a “foster fail” when she adopted both Perci, 6, a black Chihuahua mix, and Adele, 3, also a Chi mix, within 10 days
of each other in 2018. (Adele’s five puppies were adopted out through Saving Hope.) “Perci and Adele stole my heart. She and Perci were soul sisers and needed each other,” says Carson. While Pierre is a homebody, Perci and Adele make occasional office visits if Carson is between foster dogs. “People have come to expect dogs in the office,” says Carson. And for Chico, Wendy, Belle, Louis, Misty, Penny, a one-eyed little dog named Picasso and others, the office has been the place to find new homes and second chances.
THE DETAILS Carson Hearing Care 5104 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-717-7999, carsonhearing.com. Follow it on Facebook @carsonhearing.care to see the lucky pups in the office at any given time. To learn more about Saving Hope, go to saving-hope.org. Special events Carson is hosting a pet adoption event along with Saving Hope 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6 in the office parking lot. Austin’s Underdawg food truck will be there, plus cotton candy, popcorn and other treats.
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he Kitchen Source provides premier custom design and remodeling services for kitchens, baths and outdoor living spaces. A family-owned company in business 29 years, The Kitchen Source works with architects, interior designers, builders and homeowners to provide turnkey service that focuses on selecting quality products that will stand the test of time. The Kitchen Source teams puts a combined 300 years of experience to work for clients, giving expert guidance for every project. They take
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ownership from beginning to end to ensure clients experience nothing less than complete satisfaction. The Kitchen Source carries Wood-Mode and Brookhaven cabinets and Subzero, Wolf and Miele appliances. There are nine talented designers on staff, ready to create the look and feel clients dream about, whether the project is small or large. Their goal is to create an aesthetically pleasing living space that will provide enjoyment for years to come. The Kitchen Source has showrooms in Fort Worth and Dallas and is excited to announce the new Southlake location. “Clients are an extension of our family,” says Jennifer Johns, the third generation in the business. “We are here because of them, to provide the services they need.”
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yle Gill, founder and CEO, is expanding Prime Realty Group into Fort Worth, providing real estate services to include residential and commercial property sales and leasing. Kyle brings more than 15 years of market knowledge and real estate expertise to helping clients reach their property goals. A TCU graduate with a B.A. in finance with an emphasis in real estate, Kyle has grown Prime Realty’s brokerage services in markets
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throughout Texas. Prime Realty seeks to expand its established commercial and residential divisions offering quality service for clients and real estate agents in the DFW area and beyond. Kyle has built Prime Realty on integrity and professionalism, bringing a cooperative spirit to negotiations. He also encourages the win-win philosophy among Prime Realty agents. “I wanted to build a culture within the organization that provided people an opportunity to be successful in their business while providing first-class customer service,” Kyle says. A full-service agency, Prime Realty is based in Fort Worth with offices in Aledo and Corpus Christi. Contact your local Prime Realty office today to see what sets them apart in the real estate industry.
with mary rogers
Reading and more: Breaking bread (or naan), expanding horizons at book club
s the publishing industry strives to find and celebrate authors from a variety of backgrounds, book clubs are just as eager to read works by authentic voices from the melting pot that is America. The one I attend is no different. We meet from 4 to 6 p.m. once a month from September to May. We don’t have dinner, but we do have treats. We recently read The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani, selected by Jan Kehoe, our host and discussion leader for the afternoon. She offered naan, the Indian flatbread, with hummus; dates; and almond cookies before we got down to the business of discussing the book. This is the story of a young reporter, crushed by grief, who travels to her ancestral home in India to attend to some family business. She meets her grandmother’s faithful servant, who takes a few days to tell her the family story, which is brimming with secrets. The young woman learns about passion, too, and superstitions. There’s the weight of culture to unpack, and there’s devotion to duty to examine. As each day brings new information and insights, she begins to find herself again. She also begins to see and accept that these forces have shaped her life and that of her mother as well. Maybe to know all really is to forgive all. Readers who enjoyed Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton will enjoy this one, too.
A royal tale of love
Author Karen Harper has penned a bit of historical fiction that’s sure to entertain Downton Abbey fans. American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt came out in late February. It’s the story of a real-life American heiress forced
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by her mother into a loveless marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Never mind that she loves another, she understands the contract completely. She’s to produce “an heir and a spare” quickly. Arriving at her wedding in tears, the woman shoulders her responsibilities and the long list of duties that come with her title. Even as she tries to do what is expected, she won’t completely relinquish her sense of independence. She charms everyone who comes into her circle, including the famous Winston Churchill, as she launches an unrelenting battle for women’s right to vote and determines to forge her own happiness with another.
Meet the authors
Local authors Michelle McKee Marlow and her sister-in-law, Cynthia Marlow, have planned a book signing and playtime from 10 a.m. to noon March 30 in front of the Will Rogers statue at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Expect doughnuts, laughter, readings from R is the Roughest Sound and a performance by the Moos Brothers. It’s all part of a dream come true for Michelle, as she found a way to reconnect with writing, a passion that first caught her imagination during her college days at TCU. She became a speech pathologist devoted to helping kids who struggled to be understood because of their speech. Last year, the busy mother of three boys and enthusiastic community volunteer produced S is the Most Delicious Sound, the first in a series of books aimed at helping children master troublesome sounds. Now she has teamed with her sister-in-law Cynthia, also a speech professional, to turn out R is the Roughest Sound. This one is about Reagan, who wants to show Ruby, the heifer she has raised, at the stock show. But Reagan can’t make the R sound. Ruby comes out Wuby. Will the judges laugh when Reagan talks about Ruby, or can the little girl master the R sound in time? Illustrations for the series are by local artist Megan Skeels. Find the books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Mascot Books, mascotbooks.com. Mary Rogers is a Fort Worth-based freelance writer. Contact her at email@example.com.
This is a partial list of restaurants in the 107 area. All listings are published on a space-available basis. Some fast-food and chain restaurants have been omitted. $ ($0-$10), $$ ($10-$20), $$$ ($20-$30), $$$$ ($30-$40), $$$$$ ($50-$60) AMERICAN/SOUTHERN ••••••••••••••••••••• America Gardens There’s a 10,000-square-foot patio, and the scratch kitchen turns out everything from lobster rolls to burgers. The beverage menu includes everything from craft cocktails to draft beer to canned wine. ($$) 2833 Morton St., 817-439-9660, americagardensusa.com Butler’s Cabinet This deli and market from chef Joshua Harmon serves up interesting sandwich combos with locally made bread, scratch-made condiments and side dishes. There’s also a coffee bar, plus pastries and cheeses for sale. ($$) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com The Buffet Restaurant Choose from a rotating menu of soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and desserts inside the Kimbell Art Museum. Open daily for lunch and on Friday nights for dinner. ($$) 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org Buttons Southern comfort-food favorites including Sunday brunch. Enjoy the live music as well as the food. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4701 West Freeway, Suite 100, 817-735-4900, buttonsrestaurant.com Café Modern This sophisticated restaurant — open weekdays for lunch, Fridays for dinner and brunch on Sundays — inside the Modern Art Museum overlooks the museum’s serene reflecting pool. The menu focuses on local and seasonal fare. ($$$) 3200 Darnell St., 817-840-2157, themodern.org/cafe Clay Pigeon Food & Drink The small menu features dishes using the best-quality seasonal ingredients, be it a specialty flatbread or a house-made pasta. And the desserts are not to be missed. ($$$) 2731 White Settlement Road, 817-882-8065, claypigeonfd.com Cork & Pig Tavern This concept from chef Felipe Armenta Jr. (The Tavern, Pacific Table and Press Cafe) offers a mix of everything from wood-fired pizzas to substantial salads. Lively cocktails keep the mixologists busy. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2869 Crockett St., 817-759-9280, corkandpig.com
Daybreak Cafe & Grill This cozy diner is known for its affordable breakfasts; enjoy burgers and sandwiches at lunch. Dine in or drive through if you’re in a rush. ($) 2720 White Settlement Road, 817-335-0805 East Hampton Sandwich Co. Filling sandwiches (all can be served as a salad, too) plus burgers. Don’t miss the fried chicken sandwich or the seasonal lobster roll. Wine and beer also available. ($$) WestBend, 1605 S. University Drive, 817-887-9928, ehsandwich.com First Watch They had us with the pot of coffee left on the table during breakfast. Look for a varied menu of pancakes, egg dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus lots of healthy options. ($) Village at Camp Bowie, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 280, 817-731-3447, firstwatch.com Fred’s Texas Cafe Get a signature Fredburger and a schooner of cold beer inside or on the covered patio. The chickenfried steak is a winner, too, and be sure and check out the blackboard specials. ($) 915 Currie St., 817-332-0083, fredstexascafe.com Gardens Restaurant Located at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, it’s a worthy stop for nicely priced salads, sandwiches and entrees. Wine and cocktails also available, as is Sunday brunch. ($) 3220 Rock Springs Road, 817-731-2547, gardensrestaurantandcatering.com HG Sply Co. There’s something for everyone all set in a light-filled location near the Trinity River with one of the most inviting patios in town. Don’t miss the bar menu with its cold-pressed juices and infused liquors for specialty cocktails, local craft beers, wines and more. ($$) 1621 River Run, Suite 176, 682-730-6070, hgsplyco.com Jazz Cafe This eclectic, cozy eatery serves up sandwiches and Greek specialties such as hummus and tabouli for lunch and breakfast on weekends. ($) 2504 Montgomery St., 817-737-0043 Lucile’s Stateside Bistro From blackboard specials to the catch of the day, dine in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Brunch is served on weekends. ($$) 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-4761, lucilesstatesidebistro.com
Mash’d The cocktail menu is built around moonshine and there’s a wide-ranging menu of shareable appetizers, burgers and complete entrees for lunch, dinner and brunch. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2948 Crockett St., 817-882-6723, mashd.com Michaels Cuisine A Fort Worth favorite offers its contemporary ranch cuisine at lunch and dinner with the addition of a Saturday brunch. A bar menu emphasizes more casual fare. ($$$) 3413 W. 7th St., 817-877-3413, michaelscuisine.com Montgomery Street Cafe Go for a hearty breakfast or a chicken-fried steak lunch. Friendly service keep folks coming back. ($) 2000 Montgomery St., 817-731-8033 Ol’ South Pancake House Open 24 hours a day, choose from German pancakes for breakfast to heartier fare for lunch and dinner. The people-watching is free. ($) 1509 S. University Drive, 817-336-0311, olsouthpancakehouse.com Press Waffle Co. Go for sweet (peanut butter, bananas, honey and bacon crumbles) or savory (Black Forest ham, smoked turkey, cheese and blackberry jam), all made to order. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Righteous Foods This natural-foods cafe and bar focuses on healthy eating — with an emphasis on greens and grains — for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. The bar offers a lively blend of concoctions, alcohol or not. ($$$) 3405 W. 7th St., 817-850-9996, eatrighteously.com The Secret Garden Restaurant Located inside Montgomery Street Antique Mall, this lunch spot offers salads, including a chicken Waldorf, plus soups, sandwiches and desserts. “High Tea” is by reservation only. ($) 2601 Montgomery St., 817-763-9787, montgomerystreetantiques.com Vickery Cafe This breakfast-lunch spot is hopping thanks to stellar early-morning fare and rotating lunch specials such as blackened catfish and smothered pork chops. ($) 4120 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-731-9933, vickerycafe.com
ASIAN/SUSHI ••••••••••••••••••••• Aina Poke Co. Feel virtuous with a meal of marinated sushi-grade salmon or tuna customized with everything from sliced watermelon radishes and pickled ginger to crispy rice pearls and avocado. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Blue Sushi Sake Grill Enjoy classic sushi, specialty rolls and a selection of hot plates in a sleek interior. Specials, make it a popular happy hour spot. ($$) 3131 W. 7th St., 817-332-2583, bluesushisakegrill.com Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya Choose from the ramen menu or enjoy lighter bites of grilled meats and veggies, dumplings, tempura and salads. ($) 3204 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 106, 817-420-6703 Hatsuyuki Hand rolls are the star, but don’t miss the chalkboard specials. Service is polite, and the space is spare but comfortable. ($$) 907 Foch St., 817-720-5330 Oni Ramen Enjoy classic tonkotsu ramen with its rich pork broth along with specialty items such as the Oni Reaper. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2801 W. 7th St., 817-882-6554, oniramen.com Pan Asia Cuisine With a menu that offers simple and affordable Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes, you’ll need several trips to find your favorites. ($) 5913 Donnelly Ave., 817-615-9188, panasiacuisinefortworth.com Pho District Chef Kenzo Tran offers his take on Vietnamese “street food,” including pho, rice pancakes and banh mi. Full bar including sake. ($$) So7, 2401 W. 7th St., Suite 117, 817-862-9988, phodistrict.com Pho Noodle & Grill Steaming bowls of the Vietnamese noodle soup are the specialty at this family-friendly spot. ($) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 214, 817-737-3111, phonoodleandgrill.com Sushi Axiom Signature rolls plus other Asian specialties are served in a sleek environment. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-877-3331; 4625 Donnelly Ave., 817-735-9100
Szechuan Expect filling portions of American-Chinese food at this popular spot, in business for more than 30 years. ($) 5712 Locke Ave., 817-738-7300 Thailicious Choose from curries, noodles and classic Thai dishes at lunch and dinner in a serene atmosphere. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 206, 817-737-8111, lovethailicious.com Thai Terrace Enjoy well-prepared Thai specialties — curries, noodles, soups, salads — at lunch and dinner in a simple setting. ($$) 4220 W. Vickery Ave., 817-377-2652 Tokyo Cafe The food and service match its cool interiors. Opt for the standby beef bowl or try the brisket-stuffed bao buns, fish and chips or bento boxes. ($$) 5121 Pershing Ave., 817-737-8568, tokyocafefw.net Tuk Tuk Thai Lunch and dinner with everything from curries and Thai fried rice to soups. BYOB, free delivery in limited area. ($) 3431 W. 7th St., 817-332-3339 Zenna Thai & Japanese This minichain in the busy entertainment district off Lancaster Avenue offers everything from bento boxes to sushi with latenighters its target crowd. ($$) 3001 Bledsoe St., 682-250-7230, zennarestaurant.com BAKERIES/DELIS/ DESSERTS/ ••••••••••••••••••••• Blue Bonnet Bakery Along with baked goods and specialty cakes, visit the updated ’20s-era church for breakfast or lunch. ($) 4705 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-4233, bluebonnetbakery.com Feastivities Choose ready-to-heat meals, add a slice of cake or cookies, and dinner’s ready (sign up for the weekly email to see what’s cooking). ($) 3637 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-377-3011, feastivitiesinc.com Gigi’s Cupcakes Brownies, cheesecake and cookies also are available. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com
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J.Rae’s Bakery This cheerful bakery offers cupcakes, artfully decorated cookies and cheesecakes. Don’t miss the house-made toffee. ($) 935 Foch St., 817-332-0090, jraes.com McKinley’s Fine Bakery A convenient stop for shoppers to grab a bite or get a sweet treat, this bakery also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. ($) University Park Village, 1616 S. University Drive, Suite 301, 817-332-3242, mckinleysbakery.com Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundt cakes are available in several flavors and sizes, ranging from bite-size “Bundtinis” to cake tiers. Special orders welcome. ($$) 4603 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-989-2253, nothingbundtcakes.com Panera Bread Panera’s fast-casual concept — with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings along with free Wi-Fi — makes it a busy spot. ($) 1700 S. University Drive, 817-870-1959, panerabread.com Pearl Snap Kolaches Choose from cinnamon rolls, sausage/ sharp cheddar/jalapeno rolls, or classic cream cheese or fruit-filled kolaches. Full breakfast menu plus classic thin-patty burgers on kolache buns available at lunch. A second location (pastries and coffee only) is open off Hulen. ($) 4006 White Settlement Road, 817-233-8899; 2743 S. Hulen St., 817-400-0095; pskolaches.com Roy Pope Grocery Independently owned and family run, this grocer serves prepared foods to go along with hot lunches that include meatloaf, fried chicken and burgers. ($) 2300 Merrick St., 817-732-2863, roypopegrocery.com Sweet Sammie’s Fresh-baked cookies — from peanut butter to oatmeal toffee — sandwich your choice of Blue Bell ice cream at this popular dessert stop; brownie bowls, milkshakes and malts also available. ($) Crockett Row at West 7th, 825 Currie St., 817-332-0022, sweetsammies.com Swiss Pastry Shop SPS offers cooked-to-order breakfasts and Avoca coffee; lunch includes specialty burgers along with soups, salads and deli sandwiches. Get something to go — pie, cake, pastries — from the dairy case before you leave. ($) 3936 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-732-5661, swisspastryonline.com Unrefined Bakery Find tasty gluten-free baked goods that are 100 percent soy-free, 99 percent corn- and dairy-free, and 80 percent egg-free. ($) 3250 Hulen St., Suite 130, 972-467-2494, unrefinedbakery.com
Val’s Cheesecakes The individually packaged desserts are a labor of love in memory of the owner’s mother, who died from breast cancer. They’re also really good. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com 85°C Bakery Cafe Serve yourself Asian- or European-style pastries, both sweet and savory, or take home bags of milk toast or mini loaves of brioche. ($) Left Bank, 628 Harrold St., 817-882-8585, 85cbakerycafe.com BARBECUE ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Angelo’s Traditional barbecue is available to go or for in-house dining. Popular items include dinners, which now include corn on the cob, green beans, and mac and cheese. ($$) 2533 White Settlement Road, 817-332-0357, angelosbbq.com Barrel & Bones Craft Bar and Smokehouse Choose from brisket to pulled pork to smoked chicken along with bbq-friendly sides. Appetizers are just as filling. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-720-3443, barrelandbones.com Not Just Q Get your fill of brisket, chicken, ribs, pulled pork and other smoked meats along with some quality sides. ($$) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Railhead Smokehouse BBQ Barbecue and ice-cold schooners of beer are the specialties here, both popular with the legions of regulars. Dine inside or get barbecue to go. ($) 2900 Montgomery St., 817-738-9808, railheadsmokehouse.com Woodshed Smokehouse Smoked and slow-cooked meats take center stage, although veggie lovers will find a lot to like. The people- and pupfriendly patio also is a big draw. ($$) 3201 Riverfront Drive, 817-877-4545, woodshedsmokehouse.com BURGERS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Kincaid’s Hamburgers This former corner grocer is best known for its half-pound burgers, crispy onion rings and old-fashioned appeal. Get a shake for dessert. ($) 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-732-2881, kincaidshamburgers.com Knife Burger Dallas chef John Tesar’s simple burgers, including a veggie version, are spot-on, as are the fries. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com
COFFEE, ETC. ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Ampersand This hybrid coffeeshop/cocktail bar serves a varied menu of java and tea during the day. Starting at 8 p.m., enjoy coffee-based cocktails. ($) 3009 Bledsoe St., 682-240-6831, ampersandfw.com Avoca Coffee Sip on everything from cold brews to one of the best espressos in town. Add a bagel or locally made pastry. Buy beans to take home. ($) 835 Foch St., 817-878-4249, avocacoffee.com Craftwork Coffee Co. Part coworking oﬃce, part coffee shop, this intimate space offers fresh brews — Americanos, lattes, cortados, etc. — using a rotating mix of carefully selected beans. A second location in the 107, which also includes coworking oﬃces, is located in The Foundry District. ($) 4731 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-737-4169; The Foundry District, 2700 Weisenberger St., 817-717-3725; craftcoffeeco.com FRENCH ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Paris 7th This cozy bistro from the owners of SaintEmilion manages to maintain its intimate feel but gains a tres chic atmosphere and sleek interior design. Enjoy the same classic menu and a prix-fixe deal for two. Call for reservations. ($$$$) 3324 W. 7th St., 817-489-5300, paris7th.com Saint-Emilion A Westside favorite makes over its menu and the interior. More casual in feel and taste, it’s a cozy place to enjoy dinner or a simple meal of cheese and wine. ($$$) 3617 W. 7th St., 817-737-2781, saint-emilionrestaurant.com GERMAN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Little Germany Enjoy traditional dishes in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. ($$) 703 N. Henderson St., 682-224-2601, littlegermanyfortworth.com
INDIAN/ETHIOPIAN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bombay Grill Traditional Indian dishes are the specialty here, with numerous vegetarian selections. A popular lunch buffet offers classics such as chicken tikka masala. ($) 4625 Donnelly Ave., 817-377-9395, bombaygrillindiantx.com Samson’s Enjoy Ethiopian food at lunch and dinner in a small but inviting space. Try a sampler plate to get started and don’t miss the special coffee service. BYOB. ($) 4307 Camp Bowie Blvd., 214-966-4847 ITALIAN/PIZZA ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Abe Froman of Fort Worth From pizzas to calzones, savor the fillings — from pepperoni to pear-mincemeatricotta — along with the wonderfully soft but chewy crust from Fort Worth chef Victor Villarreal. ($$) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Aventino’s Italian Restaurant Cozy with friendly service, enjoy Italian favorites including baked ziti, eggplant Parmigiana (off menu), veal Florentine, salmon fettuccine and manicotti. ($$) 5800 Lovell Ave., 817-570-7940, aventinos.com Bella Italia Along with Italian specialties, enjoy exotic fare such as antelope and buffalo. Sit at the bar for a more intimate experience. ($$$) 5139 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1700 Campisi’s We go for the pizza, although there are a lot of options worth exploring: Parmigianas, crab claws, lasagna, scampis. Or get a “take and bake” pie, and cook it at home. ($$) 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-916-4561, campisis.us Fireside Pies Substantial salads plus pastas, wood-fired pizzas and specialty drinks are hits at this lively restaurant with a loyal following. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2949 Crockett St., 817-769-3590, firesidepies.com Fortuna This casual Italian spot on Camp Bowie serves traditional baked pastas along with chicken, fish, veal and pasta. ($$) 5837 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-737-4469 Mama’s Pizza Enjoy the thin-crust, East Coast-style pizza made to order as well as a daily lunch buffet. ($$) 5800 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-6262, mamaspizzas.net Milano’s Ristorante Choose among hearty entrees such as chicken Florentine or opt for calzones, pizza or pasta. ($$) 3416 W. 7th St., 817-332-5226, milanosristorante.com Olivella’s Look for Neapolitan pizza, house-made cheese, Italian specialties and more. The patio features a retractable roof, making it useable year-round. ($$) 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-439-7676, olivellas.com
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M&O Station Grill Signature burgers — from classic styles to hefty numbers stuffed with blue cheese — are the go-to items at this family-owned cafe, although salads and sandwiches also are an option. ($) The Foundry District, 200 Carroll St., 817-882-8020, bestburgersfortworth.com Rodeo Goat Ice House Freshly ground beef patties topped with imaginative ingredients keep this popular restaurant packed at lunch and dinner. Long tables are meant for sharing, and the outdoor patio is shaded. ($) 2836 Bledsoe St., 817-877-4628, rodeogoat.com Tommy’s Hamburger Grill This family-friendly spot is known for its classic burgers, served since 1983. Don’t miss the catfish dinner or the club sandwich for a change of pace. ($) 5228 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-569-1111, tommyshamburgergrill.net
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This is a partial list of restaurants in the 107 area. All listings are published on a space-available basis. Some fast-food and chain restaurants have been omitted. $ ($0-$10), $$ ($10-$20), $$$ ($20-$30), $$$$ ($30-$40), $$$$$ ($50-$60) Piola Located in a quaint house in the Cultural District, Piola offers classic Italian and Italian-influenced fare. Patio dining also is available. ($$) 3700 Mattison Ave., 817-989-0007, fwpiola.com Ristorante La Piazza Italian cuisine is prepared with finesse and served in a fine-dining setting. La Piazza offers dinner only and enforces a dress code. ($$$$) 2930 Bledsoe St., 817-334-0000, lapiazzafw.com Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza Pick your own toppings or select from one of the signature wood-fired pies. Takeout, delivery and in-house dining with bar. ($$) 5716 Locke Ave., 817-731-4466, roccosfortworth.com Slice City Pizza Tucked between Nékter Juice Bar and Lawrence’s, Slice City serves up generous wedges of hand-tossed pizza along with calzones, spinach rolls, pepperoni rolls, salads and other finger food. ($) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, 817-562-7581 MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Opa! Mediterranean Café Opt for a lamb-beef gyro or a souvlaki platter, featuring grilled round steak. ($) 2708 W. 7th St., 817-334-0888 Shawarma Bar Choose from tender chicken, lamb or falafel and customize wraps or bowls with your choice of veggies, hummus and rice. Sides include baba ghanoush and over-roasted potatoes. ($) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Terra Mediterranean Grill The lunch buffet more than satisfies (and draws a big crowd). Dinner offers a la carte items and more leisurely dining. Brunch offered Saturday and Sunday. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2973 Crockett St., 817-744-7485, terramedgrill.com MEXICAN/LATIN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Blue Mesa Grill Sample Southwestern-inspired dishes like blue corn enchiladas along with grilled specialties. Sunday brunch includes not only Tex-Mex favorites but Belgian waffles and a dessert bar. ($$) 612 Carroll St., 817-332-6372, bluemesagrill.com
Bartaco With locations from Connecticut to Texas, this fast-casual chain serves up corn tortillas topped with roasted duck to tempura-battered cod. Nontaco options include a tasty gazpacho and tuna poke; the popular bowls use steamed brown rice instead of white. The patio hops when the weather’s good. ($) WestBend, 1701 River Run, Suite 183, 817-663-8226, bartaco.com Chimy’s This casual Tex-Mex spot is famous for the “Gut Rocket,” a chimichanga served with a side of queso, and potent margaritas. ($) 1053 Foch St., 817-348-8888, chimys.com Chuy’s This Austin export brings its Tex-Mex dishes along with kitschy, fun decor. ($$) So7, 2401 W. 7th St., 817-332-2489, chuys.com EB2 Get your Mexican fix with tacos, customized elotes and other Mexican street food at this kiosk run by Dallas chef Justin Box. ($$) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, Foodhallatcrockettrow.com Gloria’s Drawing from Salvadoran and Tex-Mex flavors, dishes range from pupusas and plantains to seafood and enchiladas. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 175, 817-332-8800, gloriasrestaurants.com La Familia The Tex-Mex menu features bountiful dishes such as fajitas, nachos, tacos, chile relleno and enchiladas. ($$) 841 Foch St., 817-870-2002, lafamilia-fw.com Mexican Inn Cafe Tex-Mex combos include stone-ground corn tortillas, chips and salsa. ($) 5716 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-1126, mexicaninncafe.com Mi Cocina Mexican Grill Enjoy Tex-Mex dishes with flair in the busy two-story dining room or enclosed outdoor patio. Lighter options include spinach enchiladas and substantial salads. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 100, 817-569-1444, micocinarestaurants.com
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Mi Cocula This restaurant draws heavily from surrounding neighborhoods for good reason: the ceviche, the brisket tacos, the pork shank and more traditional Mexican dishes are top-notch. ($$) 6550 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-708-2895 Original Mexican Eats Cafe Homestyle, traditional Tex-Mex specialties and a full bar attract a loyal crowd. Patio dining also available. ($$) 4713 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-6226, originalmexicaneatscafe.com R Taco Get street-style tacos, breakfast tacos all day and taco bowls at this fast-casual chain. Margaritas, tequila, beer and sangria are on the menu, too. ($) 3206 Winthrop Ave., 817-349-0850, rtacos.com Taco Heads This lively spot is small but has a spacious outdoor patio that’s covered when necessary. Get your taco fix morning, noon and night but check out the elotes, quesadillas and guacamole with chips. ($) 1812 Montgomery St., 817-615-9899, tacoheads.com Uncle Julio’s Popular dishes include fajitas, bacon-wrapped shrimp and enchiladas. Eat in the spacious dining room or on the patio. ($$) 5301 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-2777, unclejulios.com Velvet Taco Global flavors and interesting combinations distinguish the tacos at this hip spot with indoor and patio seating. The elotes and rotisserie chicken (get it to go from the handy takeout window on Carroll as a Monday special) are tasty options, too. ($) 2700 W. 7th St., 817-887-9810, velvettacofw.com SALADS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Snappy Salads The menu is big: salads, wraps, soups, baked potatoes. We suggest looking at the selections online before you go. Two locations available in the 107. ($) 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 120, 817-616-6016; 1664 S. University Drive, 817-618-7627; snappysalads.com
SEAFOOD ••••••••••••••••••••• The Blu Crab Seafood House & Bar From the raw bar to seasonal boils to grilled entrees, enjoy a varied menu at this casual spot. ($$) 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 104, 817-763-8585, theblucrab.com Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill This seafood concept took over part of the space now home to Barrel & Bones, and offers all your New Orleans favorites, from crawfish po’boys to chargrilled oysters. Casual atmosphere, occasional live music. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-720-3444, bourbonstreetoysters.com The Dock Dive into the amply stuffed lobster or crab roll with a bowl of chowder on the side. Don’t miss the house crab chips. ($$) Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St., 817-885-7331, foodhallatcrockettrow.com Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Seafood and premium steaks plus a lively bar scene keep this a go-to spot in the Cultural District. ($$$$) 3100 W. 7th St., 817-336-8000, eddiev.com Flying Fish If it swims in water, it’s on the menu. Choose from grilled or fried along with seafood boils and raw oysters. The salads are substantial and the sides varied. The atmosphere is casual seafood shack. ($$) 2913 Montgomery St., 817-989-2277, flyingfishinthe.net J&J Oyster Bar Enjoy fresh oysters, gumbo, fried seafood, peel-and-eat shrimp and po’boys at this Fort Worth icon. ($$) 612 University Drive, 817-335-2756, jandjoysterbar.com Pacific Table The menu is sophisticated but approachable with everything from fish to a hearty cheeseburger to a quinoa salad. The Key lime pie is one of the best in town. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. ($$$) University Park Village, 1600 S. University Drive, Suite 601, 817-887-9995, pacifictableftworth.com Zeke’s Fish & Chips This no-frills spot has been serving baskets of fried seafood for 45-plus years. For dessert, don’t miss the brownies. ($$) 5920 Curzon Ave., 817-731-3321, zekesfishandchips.net
STEAKS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Buffalo West Enjoy a solid menu of steaks with veggies and your choice of starch on the side. There are plenty of filling favorites, too, including a Blue Zone menu. ($$) 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. West, 817-732-2371, buffalowestfw.com Hoffbrau Steaks Best known for its steaks, the menu also includes the popular fried pickles, burgers, soups and salads. ($$) 1712 S. University Drive, 817-870-1952, hoffbrausteaks.com Silver Fox Steakhouse Choose from steaks in addition to well-prepared seafood, chicken and lamb dishes. The bar is a popular option for drinks and dinner. ($$$$) 1651 S. University Drive, 817-332-9060, silverfoxcafe.com WINE BARS/PUBS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bar Louie Small plates and entrees accompany cocktails, beer and wine at this popular late-night spot. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2973 W. 7th St., 817-566-9933, barlouieamerica.com Social House Fort Worth This gastropub goes beyond brew-friendly fare, with happy hour specials and Sunday brunch served until 4 p.m. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 840 Currie St., 817-820-1510, socialhousefortworth.com Winslow’s Wine Cafe Enjoy small bites, entrees and desserts along with a solid selection of wine and beer. Brunch served on Sundays. Dine inside or on the popular patio. Parking is limited so use the valet. ($$) 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-546-6843, winslowswinecafe.com World of Beer Simple but filling tavern fare — with a rotating menu of craft beer, wine and specialty spirits — draws drinkers and diners inside and to a spacious patio. ($$) Museum Place, 3252 W. 7th St., 682-708-7021, worldofbeer.com
With spring’s fits and starts, it has been an entertaining couple of months for backyard bird-watching. While the berry-filled shrubs are part of nature’s smorgasbord, we keep the feeders filled, despite the squirrels’ best efforts to empty them. It’s one way to ensure daily visits from our winged friends. Photos by Ralph Lauer
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