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New openings and spring menus freshen this Fort Worth restaurant news

New openings and spring menus freshen this Fort Worth restaurant news

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Fresh dishes from Flower Child, opening soon. Courtesy of Flower Child

This roundup of Fort Worth dining news has exciting openings on the way, new brunch offerings, generous new happy hours, new seasonal spring menus, and a special limited-edition sauce from a fast-food giant.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

Red Crab Restaurant is a new seafood boil spot opening at 3840 NE Loop 820, at Beach St. in the space previously occupied by Redneck Heaven. Now headquartered in North Carolina, Red Crab was founded in 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida, and has 50-plus locations including Florida and the Midwest, with six in Texas — three in the Houston area and three in DFW, in Addison, Garland, and Arlington which is also coming soon. They specialize in shellfish seafood boils featuring crab, lobster tails, shrimp, crawfish, clams, and mussels, plus fried fish and po'boys. They just signed a lease and are anticipated to open this summer.

Flower Child, the cheerful, hippie-ish restaurant from Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts, will open its first restaurant in Fort Worth at University Park Village, on April 12. It's at 1616 S. University Dr., #301, IE the former McKinley's Bakery and Cafe, which closed in September 2020. Flower Child debuted in the DFW area in 2017 when it opened its first location at Dallas' Inwood Village.While the menu includes steak, chicken, and salmon, it's noted for having a wider-than-usual range of options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. Popular dishes include the Mother Earth bowl, a mixture of ancient grains, fire-roasted sweet potatoes with miso marmalade, portobello mushroom, fresh avocado, cucumber relish, pistachio pesto, an arugula and sprout salad, red pepper miso vinaigrette, and hemp seeds.

Blue Butterfly Cafe is a new fast-casual cafe with espresso bar offering gluten-free, sugar free, and organic baked goods, sourdough bread, pizza and more, opening in the former Olivella's Pizza space at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., #240. It's affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama, a Tennessee-based cookbook enterprise that also sells various no-carb baking mixes and other special-diet products. Blue Butterfly Cafe will be their first franchised cafe, and according to their Facebook page will offer not only food but a place to hang out, an art wall for selfies, and a Montessori-style kids play area. They won't be opening until summer but on April 11 are hosting a meet & greet with the two sisters who founded Trim Healthy Mama, with a lottery to determine who gets in.

Fred's Texas Cafe has a new weekend brunch from newly appointed chef Fabian Alvarado who, along with owner Quincy Wallace and general manager Cliff Whaley, has created a menu featuring specialties such as chicken fried steak, breakfast tacos, quail eggs, and smothered biscuits. The brunch will be offered Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am-2 pm, and Fred's regular menu will also be served.

Pizza Verde, the acclaimed plant-based pizzeria in Fort Worth, has debuted a generous new happy hour, Mondays-Thursdays from 4-7 pm, featuring $8 margherita and arugula pizzas; $2 off select appetizers (including bruschetta with house-made almond mozzarella, tomatoes marinated in balsamic vinegar, garlic & basil, and freshly grilled, buttery bread), $2 off certain salads, $2 off beer and wine by the glass, and 25 percent off bottles of wine. They recently created a gluten-free cauliflower crust as an alternative to their regular, extremely-amazing crust made with delicious gluten. They say the cauliflower crust has "a great herby flavor" and is an easy swap for their gluten intolerant friends. Pizza Verde is open for dinner, plus lunch on Friday-Saturday-Sunday, and was chosen as a nominee for Best New Restaurant in CultureMap's 2022 Tastemaker Awards.

Salad and Go is opening two new locations: 6900 Blue Mound Rd. in Fort Worth opens on April 1 (although their website says it's opening in "winter 2022"), plus Farmers Branch on 13005 Josey Ln. which opened on March 28. Their website shows 13 locations in the DFW area, open or on the way.

WWE Smackadillas is WWE-themed delivery concept in town through April 11, part of a mountain of hype they're trying to generate for WrestleMania 38, which takes place April 2-3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. It's quesadillas in flavors such as chicken & ranch, onion rings & Swiss cheese, avocado with onion & chiles, and a pizza quesadilla with tomatoes & mozzarella cheese sticks. It's available via DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub and is through Nextbite, the company that does George Lopez Tacos and HotBox by Wiz Khalifa, among others.

Bacchus Kitchen + Bar in downtown Grapevine has a new spring menu from chef Juan Pablo Silva, featuring Bombas (crispy potatoes stuffed with veal ragu), veal osso buco so much veal, lemon oregano chicken with an olive relish, cavatappi pasta with guanciale in pomodoro sauce, honey roasted carrots with pine nuts, mushrooms with sherry, and blistered shishitos.

Fish City Grill and Half Shells have two April Chalkboard Specials: Blackened red snapper Lafayette with crab, broccolini, white rice, spinach, and beurre blanc for $29; Cajun crawfish & shrimp tacos with Andouille sausage, corn, lettuce, cilantro, chipotle tartar, and red beans & rice for $15.

Bonefish Grill has a new seasonal menu, featuring Caprese dip (mozzarella, parmesan, shrimp, tomatoes, served with bread), shrimp skewers, tempura-style battered crispy cod, panko shrimp, salmon Caprese with gnocchi, and carrot lava cake, featuring a molten cream cheese center.

Taco Cabana has two new items: Taco Cabana Breakfast Bowls come with potatoes, refried beans, eggs, queso, pico de gallo and choice of chorizo for $3.79, bacon for $3.99, or TC’s new country sausage for $3.29. Breakfast Bowls are available at all Texas locations, during breakfast hours. Queso Blanco Enchiladas feature a new queso sauce, a blend of Monterey Jack and white American cheese which can be ordered over any enchilada option.

SusieCakes has Easter sweets through April 17 that include lemon cake, easter wreath cake, bunny cake, carrot cupcakes, bunny cupcakes, happy easter cupcakes, a cupcake decorating kit, frosted sugar cookie peeps, frosted sugar cookie platter with peeps, and bunny cookies. Order online.

La Madeleine has launched a seasonal bakery menu with refreshing lemon and lime flavors that includes Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Lemon White Chocolate Chunk Cookie, Key Lime Cheesecake, and Lemon Blueberry Danish.

McDonald's has a limited-edition Szechuan Sauce, available with any Chicken McNuggets order. Fans can purchase up to five a la carte packets on the App. This is only the fourth time Szechuan has appeared on McDonald’s menu since it first launched in 1998. McDonald’s is bringing the sauce back with limited-edition golden foil packets in five different designs that, lined up, spell Szechuan.

Rob's Backstage Popcorn, a specialty popcorn with a unique recipe that's a collaboration between Jonas Brothers Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas and The Naked Market, is now available at Walmart stores and on walmart.com. The popcorn has a salty-sweet-savory flavor and became a backstage snack on the Jonas Brothers' 2019 Happiness Begins Tour. In 2021, it became available on EatRobs.com, and now Walmart.

Velvet Taco has launched an online Velvet Merch store, featuring branded T-shirts, stickers, backpacks etc, with prices ranging from $2.50 for stickers to $60 for computer bags.