Fort Worth's Vickery Cafe has a grand new sibling in Haslet. Called Texan Diner, it's a completely-from-scratch restaurant open long hours: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, except for Sundays, when the restaurant will close at 3 pm.
Texan Diner comes from chef Curtis James, who also owns Vickery Cafe in Fort Worth, which does a similar slice of authentic Texas cuisine. The new restaurant has been in "friends and family" mode for the past few days but will open officially on August 23.
It's going into a new building in Haslet, at US Route 287 and Avondale-Haslet Road, next to Sonic. Amenities include a patio and a bar, and, as an homage to Haslet, the decor features photos of local monuments and landmarks.
James got his start in the fine-dining world before taking over Vickery Cafe. He's been featured on Good Morning Texas and won best-of awards from Fort Worth Weekly. He aims to put a gourmet twist on traditional favorites and do a playful take on desserts for breakfast.
Texan Diner will use fresh ingredients only, make its own house bread, and brine and smoke its own meats.
According to a spokeswoman, the menu is similar to Vickery Cafe, where chef Bradford Spradley currently presides, except that Vickery Cafe serves only breakfast and lunch. Texan Cafe will have dinner too. "And those dinner options are a little different, with items such as salmon and steak," she says.
Breakfast specials include Cajun- and Mexican-themed dishes such as migas; huevos rancheros; and a Creole scramble with eggs, vegetables, and Cajun spices, served with Andouille sausage and jalapeño corn cakes.
There are Benedicts, corned-beef hash with potatoes and two eggs, a breakfast Monte Cristo, numerous kinds of pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
Lunch and dinner options include salads; sandwiches; chicken-fried steak; meatloaf; and burgers, including one topped with chili. From the "chuck wagon," there's an "old-fashioned" 9-ounce house-ground hamburger steak topped with grilled onions and Shiner Bock brown gravy for $11; and a house-brined half-chicken glazed with a sweet and spicy Rabbit Hole Brewery Rapture reduction for $12.
There's also a big selection of sides: garlic mashed potatoes, mashed yams, spinach, green beans, mac and cheese, fries, and onion rings.
"It'll be a lot like Vickery Cafe, but a little less 'diner,'" the spokeswoman says.