Fort Worth has its share of romantic spots, and sometimes same-old is the way to go. But if you're feeling like your dating game is stale, we have some new places to recommend.
For the February version of Where to Eat, here are five new restaurants to spice up your date night:
Akarii Revolving Sushi
Date night is meant for places like Akarii Revolving Sushi, newly opened in Mansfield at 3341 E. Broad St. More than two dozen varieties of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri are served on a conveyor belt that revolves around the restaurant’s seating area. Grab what you want, make requests via iPads, or order from the regular menu, although where’s the fun in that? Plus, there’s a nice selection of desserts, beers and wine. A second location will open later this year in Fort Worth's Left Bank development at 628 Harrold Street.
Burleson’s new restaurant game goes up a notch with this new spot at 279 West Hidden Creek Pkwy. Chef Eric O’Connor offers tricked-out American dishes in an upbeat, casual setting. The menu includes sandwiches, like a po boy, burger and hot chicken sandwich; salads; and heavy entrees, including an Akaushi strip steak and blackened sea bass. O'Connor also offers a revolving menu that zeroes in on a regional cuisine. Currently he’s spotlighting his Buffalo, N.Y., hometown with dishes such as minestrone soup and a beef on weck sandwich.
Killer views and shared plates — that's date night 101. You can enjoy both at Tim Love’s recently opened Atico, his rooftop restaurant and bar high atop the new Marriott SpringHill Suites in the Stockyards. Nibble on tapas such as lime-garlic Spanish pork tenderloin, ham or brisket croquetas, venison salami flatbread, and grilled oysters, while admiring the killer views of downtown.
A trip to Grapevine always makes for a nice date night, and now there’s a new place in town to try. Chef Ted Reemtsma’s menu is Italian crossed with American, Texana, and elsewhere, with thin-crust pizzas saddled next to dates wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with gorgonzola, and seared pork chops with porcini mushroom sauce. Service is smooth and friendly, and the atmosphere is modern and attractive, with big, comfy red booths and twin patio areas.
Wishbone & Flynt
One of the city’s hottest new restaurants is Stefon Rishel’s long-awaited spot in the booming South Main area, at 334 Bryan Ave. With its low lights, Persian carpets, and warm woods, it’s nice and cozy. The burger is one of the best in the city right now but if that’s too unsexy for date night, try the roasted poblano soup, charred baby octopus, or the bouillabaisse, filled with grouper, shrimp, and crab; it’s perfect for sharing.