If you love to try new restaurants, now's your time. In Fort Worth, new restaurants are opening at a breakneck pace. In this list, we have burgers, barbecue, taco, and Thai, all newly opened.
Here are the 10 hottest new openings for August:
After a location in Garland came and went, BurgerFI tries again to break into North Texas' burger scene, this time with a location in Arlington's new Champion Park development at 1807 N. Collins St. The Florida-based chain is inspired by New York's Shake Shack, and offers similar thin, all-natural Angus patties, dressed with toppings such as fried eggs, barbecue sauce, and onion rings; the veggie burger is made with a quinoa patty. Like Shake Shack, BurgerFI also serves hand-cut fries, hot dogs, and a variety of custards and shakes.
Honey Smoke Pit
Another restaurant takes a stab at the seemingly jinxed spot at Montgomery Plaza, at 2600 W. 7th St., where six others have risen and fallen. This time, it's a BBQ joint. Pitmaster Rodney Lambert, fresh from a stint at also-new Smoky Mae's Pit BBQ in Mansfield, uses an indoor rotisserie smoker to cook brisket, ribs, bologna, and other 'cue staples, served by the pound, on plates, or in sandwiches. There are burgers, too, and lots of sides, including bacon jalapeño mac and cheese. Unlike most 'cue joints, it's table service — female servers are clad, barely, in cut-off shorts and tank tops — and there's a full bar.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
After opening three stores in the Dallas area, Austin's popular "better burger" chain finally makes its way to Fort Worth, where it'll go head to head against many of the burger joints it has inspired, including nearby Rodeo Goat. Located on an end cap spot in the new Left Bank development, at 2300 W. 7th St., Hopdoddy offers burgers made with Angus beef, Akaushi beef, chicken, sushi-grade tuna, turkey, lamb, and black beans. Above average toppings include arugula, brie, and avocado; sauces such as chipotle mayo and honey wasabi are made in-house. Fries are a big deal here; they're of the hand-cut, Kennebec variety and come with sides of truffle aioli or green chile queso. Gotta get a milkshake, too, in a cool flavor like strawberry balsamic or Nutella pretzel.
Los Jimadores Restaurant & Tequila Factory
Second location of this excellent Mexican restaurant — the original is in Bedford — takes over the old Bonanza building in River Oaks, at 4335 River Oaks Blvd. Lunch and dinner options include obligatory enchiladas and fajitas, along with several surprises, like pollo xochitl, comprised of two pan-fried chicken breasts topped with tequila cream sauce and served on a bed of spinach and chipotle mashed potatoes. Weekend breakfast includes tacos made on your choice of corn or flour tortillas, both housemade — a nice touch.
Mason & Dixie
Having outgrown her original spot at the Grapevine Antique Market, Beth Newman recently uprooted her cafe to new digs at 603 S. Main St., in Grapevine's Westwood Center. The menu includes tearoom fare with a bit of flair: a fig panini, a brie grilled cheese sandwich, a Reuben with housemade Sriracha sauce. Weekend brunch brings heavier dishes like chicken and dumplings.
Pandan Thai Street Food
Old Town Burleson gets its first Thai restaurant courtesy of this recently opened spot at 114 S. Main St. An offshoot of the original Pandan Thai in nearby Crowley, this location features a cool build-your-own-noodle bar. Choose a noodle (egg, enoki mushroom, flat, rice, glass or vermicelli), then a broth (curry, clear vegetable, beef or tom kha/tom yum) and a protein (veggie, chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp). The don't-miss dish: loaded basil fries, topped with chicken, onions, Thai basil, and streaks of Sriracha mayo.
Cozy new Italian restaurant at 1125 Davis Blvd. in Southlake comes from New York transplant Nino Rata, who managed restaurants in New York's Little Italy before moving to North Texas. Pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven from Naples and come topped with ingredients such as arugula, zucchini puree, salami, and chili oil. Entrees include housemade pastas; soups and salads; and a handful of seafood dishes, including char-grilled octopus.
The latest branch of the Fort Worth-bred taqueria is now open at 5012 White Settlement Rd. in the up-and-coming River District, where a second location of Heim BBQ will soon rise. The restaurant’s historic Streamline Moderne building was transported last year by truck from its original perch on University Drive. Plans include adding a patio bar, reflecting pool, outdoor stage, and kiddo-friendly activities.
Mom-and-pop spot in Arlington at 1201 W. Arbrook Blvd. is one of the few restaurants in Tarrant County to serve African cuisine. Opened in May by Lola and Malcolm Fajemirokun, the tiny restaurant specializes in dishes closely tied to the couple’s Nigerian homeland: jollof rice (a rice dish made with tomatoes, onions, and cumin); egusi, pounded yam with dried plant seeds; various meat pies; and “puff-puff” — fried, sweet dough balls akin to doughnuts.