In this segment of Fort Worth dining news, Tarrant County scores many new restaurants with openings that include a steakhouse, tacos, fried chicken, ramen, sushi, and pizza.
Here's what's new in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, the Houston-based steakhouse chain, has opened its first location in Tarrant County, at 2400 W. Highway 114 in Grapevine. The restaurant seats 400, with four private dining rooms, and features sweeping sight-lines throughout the main dining room, that include views of the chefs working in the kitchen. Founded in 1979, Perry's features Prime beef and tableside carving presentations, including a pork chop that measures seven fingers high. Their inhouse Bar 79 offers an extensive wine list, craft beer, cocktails, live music, and a patio. Perry’s has two other area locations in Uptown Dallas and in Frisco; Grapevine is the 11th restaurant in Texas and 14th overall.
La Zona is a new dual concept that just opened at 1264 W. Magnolia Ave. from the owners of Americado. La Zona is an entire area that encompasses two separate buildings: Hotel Madrid and Saint Sofia. Hotel Madrid offers cocktails, beer, and pizza; Saint Sofia offers coffee, churros, and churro ice cream sandwiches.
Torchy's Tacos, the popular taco chain, has opened its second Fort Worth location on 5030 S. Hulen St., in the Hulen Ridge Shopping Center between Overton Ridge Boulevard and South Drive West. Customer favorites such as the Baja shrimp taco and green chile queso will be available, along with a special taco of the month. In February, it's coconut-battered shrimp, bacon, green chiles, and habanero peach jam on a flour tortilla. The store has a separate side entrance for pick-up and to-go orders. Torchy's started in 2006 with a mobile trailer in Austin; there are now more than 50 locations in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.
Super Chix has opened its location in the Near Southside neighborhood at 1217 8th St., serving breaded and grilled chicken sandwiches, fries, and frozen custard. To celebrate its opening, it's doing giveaways during the first week, such as free fries, chicken tenders, custard shakes, and fried pickles.
Piranha Killer Ramen is a new spinoff of Piranha Killer Sushi, the Fort Worth chain owned by chef Kenzo Tran. Conceived by Tran and partnering chef Dien Nguyen, it is newly open in the former Piranha Killer Sushi location in Arlington Highlands. The menu has eight ramen options, plus Japanese izakaya small plates including chicken yakitori skewers.
Saikou Sushi & Ramen is a new Asian restaurant at 8825 Tehama Ridge Pkwy. at the Presidio Towne Crossing center, serving ramen, sushi, and starters such as charred shishito peppers and beef tataki. The restaurant is from the owners of Noodles at Boba Tea House — which has two locations on Beach Street and at Alliance Town Square — and Boba Tea House in Fort Worth.
Cicis has a new-ish create-your-own personal pizza. Any guest who purchases a buffet can order a custom pizza with up to four toppings at no extra charge. The personal pizzas start with a traditional 9-inch crust or flatbread and can be topped with choice of sauce from options that include red pizza sauce, alfredo, Buffalo, honey BBQ, zesty ranch, mac & cheese, or spinach alfredo. The pizza is ready in 10 minutes. The offer is limited to one personal pizza per person, for dine-in only.
Top Round Roast Beef has opened at Toyota Music Factory in Irving with roast beef sandwiches, fried chicken sandwiches, ice cream custard, and curly fries. Sandwich options include beef & cheese, beef with horseradish and caraway, and beef with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and ranch. Fries are fried in 100 percent beef fat and can be ordered curly, cheesy, "dirty," or with gravy. Vegetarian options include grilled cheese, a veggie sandwich, kale slaw, and salad. Breakfast is served daily from 8-10:30 am including combos such as roast beef and egg on a bagel. Roast beef for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Lost Cajun, a family-friendly restaurant focused on Cajun food and hospitality, has opened in Mansfield, at 1530 E. Debbie Ln. Founded by Louisiana native Raymond "Griff" Griffin, The Lost Cajun serves traditional Cajun fare with a down-home atmosphere and Southern hospitality-style service. The menu includes gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, lobster bisque, jambalaya, and beignets.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria has opened a location at the Toyota Music Factory, where it's serving pizza, calzones, antipasto, salads, New York-style cheesecake, and a full bar with cocktails, craft beer, and a robust wine list, including its own signature Mille Gradi red blend, produced by Rocca delle Macìe winery in Tuscany, Italy. Grimaldi's is famous for its thin-crust pizza, coal-burning ovens, red-and-white tablecloths, and black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn, where it originated. Irving is the 7th location in DFW and the 17th in Texas. An additional location is opening at the Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth in spring 2018.
TGI Fridays has new fire-grilled meats, part of plan to execute a complete overhaul of its menu front-to-back by the end of 2018. Choices include a 6-ounce center-cut sirloin seasoned with a hickory smoked sea salt, topped with parmesan butter; half-rack of Fridays big ribs; dragon-glazed salmon filet brushed with sweet and spicy Korean BBQ sauce; two skewers of three large jumbo shrimp, wrapped in bacon; and an improved parmesan-crusted chicken topped with white poblano queso.
Taco Cabana is executing a plan to reinvigorate its menu, starting with the debut of loaded grilled shrimp tacos. They're available in three flavors, featuring shrimp seasoned with fajita spice and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Rancho is topped with jalapeño ranch. Diabla is drizzled with spicy chipotle diabla sauce and topped with jalapeño-pickled red onions and queso fresco. Pina is topped with a new pineapple pico de gallo salsa. Guests can purchase their favorite for $2.99 or mix-and-match any three tacos for $7.99.
Fuzzy's Taco Shop has a new limited-edition shrimp dippers dish, consisting of a basket of crispy shrimp with mango-habanero and honey-chipotle sauce, for $5.99, available until March 11.
La Madeleine the Frenchy bready chain, has introduced a new soup, or as they call it, "soupe": French lentil, a savory roasted vegetable stock soup with lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, kale, onions and celery.
Baskin-Robbins is testing a trendy new item and Fort Worth is among the first few places to get to try it. The product: ice cream cupcakes, and Fort Worth has them exclusively for the month of February. Baskin-Robbins' ice cream cupcakes feature chocolate or white cupcakes filled with a choice of vanilla, chocolate, or Oreo ice cream; topped with buttercream; and decorated with festive quins. The ice cream cupcakes are customizable, with a guest's favorite flavor or the February Flavor of the Month, which is "Cannoli Be With You," made with mascarpone-flavored ice cream, chocolate chips, cannoli shell pieces, and roasted pistachios. Grab-and-go six-packs of the ice cream cupcakes are $16.