Fort Worth has a fun new beer garden serving burgers and a Texas-style Philly cheesesteak. Later in 2019, we'll have a new grocery downtown.
In other hot dining news, there are new spring menus everywhere, and unique new froyo flavors.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Rogers RoundHouse is a newly opened American beer garden, at 1616 Rogers Rd., in a former air-conditioning warehouse business. It features a Tex-Mex and classic American menu with a Wagyu beef burger, chicken nuggets, shakes featuring Curly's Frozen Custard, and brunch with chicken and waffles, and biscuits and gravy. One of their most unique and popular menu items is the Texas Philly with Wagyu beef, grilled onions and peppers, and queso. It has a big selection of beers on tap, a handsome rustic wood interior, colorful murals highlighting Fort Worth and Texas, loads of TVs, and live music.
Neighbor's House Grocery is a new grocery with lunch counter opening in downtown Fort Worth, at 501 W. Sixth St., on the ground floor of the newly remodeled First on 7th tower. It will also feature a lunch counter and juice bar, and is set to open "later this year."
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill has introduced a spring menu with dishes that include dragon roll sushi with tempura shrimp, grilled artichoke with crispy onion strings, bison burger with bacon jam and Muenster cheese on toasted ciabbata, and Chilean seabass with vegetables and parmesan couscous. Falafel salad bowl has quinoa tabbouleh, arugula, spinach, feta, Kalamata olives, cucumber, pear tomato, red peppers, pickled onions, fried garbanzo beans, crispy falafel, tzatziki sauce, and tahini-harissa dressing. Spanish-style seafood paella has shrimp, salmon, mussels, sausage, asparagus, chicken, saffron rice, and shrimp stick. The new dessert is a strawberry rhubarb & white chocolate cheesecake. New craft cocktails include Aperol Spritzer and Pendleton Brown Derby.
Texas de Brazil has added two seasonal dishes: grilled shrimp and passion fruit mousse. They'll be available from April through June.
Bar Louie, the neighborhood gastrobar chain, is expanding its location at Toyota Music Factory by 3,000 square feet. It's the second Toyota Music Factory tenant to expand: Gloria's Latin Cuisine also enlarged their restaurant.
Rusty Taco, which has now transformed all of its locations from the short-lived R Taco to the original Rusty Taco name, has new tacos including fried chicken taco three ways and smoked BBQ brisket taco, plus three limited-time, seasonal items: migas taco, a side of fried jalapenos, and pineapple honey margarita. There are a dozen locations in the area, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Mesquite, and Grand Prairie.
Pei Wei is continuing its promise of making its menu "clean" of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives by 2020 and has three new dishes, which brings the total of Pei Wei clean-label dishes to six. Fried rice has steamed white meat chicken, scallions, egg, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, and carrots. There's also the same dish but with "cauliflower fried rice." Mongolian steak has grass-fed steak with mushrooms, scallions, and garlic in soy sauce. Additional dishes will be released until the entire menu is completely clean.
Dunkin' has incorporated Peeps, the Easter marshmallow treat, into new limited-edition items: Peeps Marshmallow flavored coffee and espresso drinks, and a Peeps doughnut is topped with a yellow chick. Other new menu items include chocolate-cherry cold brew, sweet sriracha bacon breakfast sandwich, iced tea lemonade, and frozen lemonade.
Yumilicious the self-serve frozen-yogurt chain, has launched Black Velvet, a bold new flavor that's a rich and nutty black sesame yogurt. Stores will feature large 3-inch Oreo cookie wafers and edible gold star toppings, which they say will "make it extra special" (and by "special," they obviously mean instagrammable).
Yogurtland, the self-serve frozen-yogurt chain, has teamed with Knott’s Berry Farm with a new flavor called Boysenberry Pie, inspired by Knott’s most popular dessert. The flavor boasts the jammy richness and sweet-tart taste of boysenberries with hints of pie crust.