Summer is here and you can taste it on the menus at restaurants around Fort Worth. In other dining news, there's a sad closure, but also an exciting opening.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Rio Mambo, the mostly Tarrant County Tex-Mex chain, has closed its location in Addison. The restaurant opened on Belt Line Road in October 2015 in a small shopping center where they wowed locals with their salsa and tortilla soup. Rio Mambo launched in 2001 and has locations in Burleson, Fort Worth, Arlington, Colleyville, Weatherford, and DFW Airport.
Swad Indian and Nepalese is an exciting new Indian restaurant in north Fort Worth, at 8333 Sohi Dr., in the SoHi development at Park Vista and North Tarrant Parkway. Entrees are an affordable $8 to $12, and locals are loving the moderate prices and big portions. Classics such as chicken tikka and lamb biryani are getting high marks.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse in Fort Worth is now offering its "Prime Pair" menu daily, previously available on Sundays only. You get steakhouse favorites such as New York strip, filet, château mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach, paired with a jumbo lump crab cake, for $59, a fraction of the usual cost.
Chef Blythe's Southern Bistro has a new menu of barbecue plates with smoked brisket, baby back ribs, sausage, pulled pork, bacon burnt ends, and chicken. They've also introduced a new smoked and fried chicken plate. "Yep, you heard right, the flavors of smoked and fried chicken all bundled into one," chef Blythe says.
Rush Bowls has signed three leases to bring its meals-in-a-bowl with fruit, vegetables, granola, proteins, and other ingredients. Opening in summer 2018 are Dallas at 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., and Flower Mound at 2400 Lakeside Pkwy. A Keller location will open at 242 Rufe Snow Dr. in the fall.
Creamistry, the California-based chain specializing in liquid nitrogen ice cream, will open in The Colony at 5733 SH 121 on July 2, with a grand opening celebration on July 7. Creamistry also has limited-edition flavors that include honeycomb toffee, lemon cookie, and oranges 'n' cream.
Pinstack, the dining-entertainment destination, has new monthly specials for July including watermelon-barbecue chicken wings, tomato and white bean soup, the Impossible plant-based burger, and a surf-and-turf with flat iron steak, shrimp, goat cheese-mashed potatoes, and asparagus.
Yogurtland has three new flavors, including their first ever light ice cream, for a limited time: Butter Pecan light ice cream, blue raspberry sorbet flavored with Jolly Rancher, and Cookies and Crème Smores frozen yogurt.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill at Toyota Music Factory has new items on its brunch menu, including berry waffle, spicy fried chicken and waffles, Greek yogurt chia bowl, salmon cake benedict, and avocado toast.
Del Frisco's Grille has a revitalized brunch and cocktail menu with 10 new chef-driven dishes, including Nonna's pan cinnamon rolls topped with bourbon-espresso caramel sauce, lemon-ricotta pancakes, greens and grains bowl, smoked salmon tower, and short rib hash. Their brunch is Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am-3 pm. They also have a new cocktail program with a spicy bloody Mary, a watermelon frozé with Jean-luc Colombo Rosé, and "crack coffee" with chai and cinnamon whip.
Cow Tipping Creamery has launched a "boozy shake" collaboration with Cane Rosso, which combines Cow Tipping Creamery's soft serve and toppings with Cane Rosso's cocktails. Piña cow-lada has blue curacao, pineapple juice, rum, whipped cream, and gold sprinkles; cookie shake has rum, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, whipped cream, and cookie butter drizzle. They're $12.
Starbucks has a new mango-dragonfruit refresher drink, with pieces of real red-fleshed dragon fruit. You can get it in a creamier version with coconutmilk instead of water.
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this report.