This edition of Fort Worth restaurant news includes some fun openings, a resuscitation, and lots of new menus for spring.
Here's the latest restaurant news in Fort Worth:
Boba Chicken is a new spot in Southlake specializing in two major food groups: Korean-style BBQ chicken wings and boba tea drinks. The menu includes wings with a variety of sauces, and teas, including classic milk teas and fruity slushies, either of which can be spruced up with boba or jellies. The menu also features popcorn chicken, French fries, sweet potato fries, cheese nuggets, onion rings, fried mushrooms, and pickled radish. Located at 2801 E. Southlake Blvd. #100, Boba chicken is from Chuck Lo, who also owns Pokeworks, next door. It's in the former Beanvoy Coffee Lounge, which closed in 2022 after two years.
Clown Hamburgers, a longtime burger staple in Haltom City at 5020 Stanley-Keller Rd., has been taken over by a new team: Cody Medford, who grew up in the restaurant business, and whose mother Renee Medford and grandparents own Dixie House. Clown originally opened in 1959 and was beloved by locals during the '60s and '70s for its burgers. They're doing Angus burgers and fries, but take cash only (they have an ATM machine on-site).
Chip'd, a food truck that specializes in "hot cookie nachos," has expanded into a storefront at 2430 Forest Park Blvd., in the former Black Rooster Bakery space near TCU. Cookie nachos consist of warm cookies adorned with various toppings such as chopped PB cups, mini M&M’s, chopped nuts, and chopped Heath Bars in creations such as the Loaded Pretzel Chip'd Nacho featuring cookies topped with salted caramel and crushed pretzels. They'll continue to operate the truck in neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and private events.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub has a new spring menu available through June 18 which includes Spicy Moroccan Meatballs, blackened salmon Caesar salad, Wagyu burger with prosciutto, caramelized onions, white cheddar, & arugula, lemon pepper shrimp with cilantro jasmine rice and asparagus, smoked chicken enchilada stack, and chocolate three-layer cake.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery has launched a new spring menu featuring innovative breakfast riffs such as Love You E’Lote Breakfast Pasta (with bell pepper, asparagus, corn, egg, cheese), Habanero Pork Belly Breakfast Fried Rice, Veggie Breakfast Tacos (with scrambled eggs, portobello mushroom, red bell pepper, and cauliflower), Double Bacon Sandwich (with bacon and pork belly, egg, and arugula), and a Kale & Avocado Quinoa Bowl. New beverages include Spicy Kimchi Bloody, Chamomile Bourbon Palmer, Summer Sangarita, blackberry mint limeade, and strawberry lavender lemonade.
Newk's Eatery has new dishes for spring: cranberry & almond chicken salads sandwich on Parisian bread, pesto pasta chicken Caesar salad, lobster bisque, and coconut nut cake. They'll be available through June 21.
El Pollo Loco is bringing back shredded beef birria for a second year, beginning April 20 in three entrée choices: Birria Crunchy Taco, Birria Grilled Burrito, and Birria Overstuffed Quesadilla, paired with a consommé dipping sauce and tortilla chips.
Golden Chick is bringing back the Big & Wicked Chicken Sandwich, an extension of its Wicked chicken creations, which have evolved from regional products to limited-time offerings. It's available through June 18.
Freebirds World Burrito has brought back smoked brisket, available in any entrée, burrito, bowl, salad and more at all 63 locations across Texas while supplies lasts. The brisket is smoked for 16 hours.
Taco Cabana has brought back Carne Asada, available in a three-pack of street tacos plate for $8.49 or a combo featuring chips & queso and drink; or in a Carne Asada Cabana Bowl with rice, refried beans, lettuce, monterey jack & cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. It's available through mid-June.
Bonchon, the Korean fried chicken chain, has two new comfort food items: Loaded Bulgogi Fries topped with sliced marinated steak, mozzarella cheese, and spicy mayo drizzle; and Korean Donuts, also known as Kkwabaegi (kwa-bag-gee) - soft, fluffy, twisted cruller-like treats coated with cinnamon and sugar. It's $5 for two doughnuts, plus another $ for a side of Sweet Cream Dipping Sauce.
Tiff's Treats is bringing their Snickerdoodle Cookie Cupcake, a collaboration with Sprinkles Cupcakes, to Dallas. The dessert mashup is a cinnamon cupcake with a Tiff’s snickerdoodle cookie crust, topped with cinnamon frosting, cinnamon sugar dust, and a mini Snickerdoodle cookie. The confection was initially introduced in Austin, and will be available through May.
Red Mango, the froyo chain, has a new lineup of toppings available through June 30: salty almonds, Easter Peeps marshmallow candies, Mango Boba bubbles, Tajin and Chili Chamoy gummy bears, and Green Apple Boba.
McDonald’s is making its Big Mac sauce available for the first time, but it's only available via the McDonald's app. This creamy, tangy, slightly sweet sauce can be requested with any order of Chicken McNuggets or ordered a la carte to pair with other McDonald’s menu items. It'll be available starting April 27 in little plastic "dip cups" done in a blue & silver packaging inspired by the 1968-era Big Mac sandwich wrapping.
Chick-fil-A has two new bottled sauces – Barbecue Sauce and Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce – headed to retail shelves nationwide. They also have a new 11-piece sauce-themed merchandise line including tote bag, bucket hat, T-shirt, water bottle, saucy sneakers, etc. Everyone wants to sell swag.
Fall Creek Vineyards is releasing 2021 Lescalo Rosé, a new low-alcohol, low-calorie wine with 9.8 percent alcohol by volume, made with a blend of Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo grapes grown in Texas. It's the second Lescalo release joining Lescalo Chenin Blanc introduced in 2020. Market analyst firm IWSR has forecast sales of lower-alcohol still wine to grow approximately 27 percent from 2021 to 2025.
Pepsico has launched a program to help 10 Hispanic-owned food and beverage brands that includes a $20,000 grant and a six-month mentorship program. Candidates should apply
online; the deadline is May 15.
Cici’s Pizza made the list of Pizza Marketplace’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list recognizing 25 executives and 75 brands during the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Cici’s Pizza placed first on the top marketing campaigns list for its new look with the Endless Pizzabilities campaign and president Jeff Hetsel was named a top executive.