It remains never a dull moment on the Fort Worth dining front, with lots of big, very big openings on the horizon for 2019. Restaurants coming soon include spicy hot chicken, Asian, steak, and a new location of a glossy chain from Canada.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
The Ice Cream Place, one of the best ice cream shops in the DFW area, is now settled in its new digs at 1959 W. Southlake Blvd. — right across the parking lot from its former location at 1957 W. Southlake Blvd., where it's been since 2008. The shop has a unique ice cream which is 14 percent butterfat — richer than supermarket brands, but lower than the 16 percent you find in super-premium brands like Häagen-Dazs. They took over a corner that was previously occupied by a short-term sushi spot called Sushi Go and was previously a Subway. It's not only larger, it's also easier to see from the road.
Rule the Roost, a Nashville hot chicken concept originally from California, is opening a restaurant on the west side of Fort Worth in Westworth Village Plaza, located on Alta Mere Drive and Fairway Drive. Rule the Roost specializes in spicy fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, mac & cheese, and cole slaw. The original location was in a food court, but they're switching to stand-alone locations, with one location opening in Las Vegas and two locations in Texas. At Westworth Plaza, they'll join a Panera that's already open, and a Dairy Queen which is coming soon.
Dunkin', formerly Dunkin' Donuts, is opening a location in North Richland Hills at North Tarrant Marketplace, the shopping center at North Tarrant Parkway and Precinct Line Road. There are currently two locations in Fort Worth, plus locations in Haltom City, Colleyville, and Southlake. It'll open in the summer.
Speaking of Dunkin', they have two new protein-packed Dunkin' Bowls available through June 25. The Egg White Bowl has egg whites, spinach, potatoes, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions. Sausage Scramble Bowl has scrambled eggs, sausage, cheddar jack cheese, peppers, and onions. The bowls capitalize on the success of Dunkin's Power Breakfast Sandwich launched earlier in 2019, which has been extended due to popular demand.
Hoffbrau Steaks is opening a location in Benbrook, at 8501 Benbrook Blvd. at the southeast corner of I-20, with an estimated date of spring 2019. "Benbrook is a welcoming community, and is ideally situated between our Fort Worth and Granbury locations,” says owner/operator Aron Fogiel in a release. "We are excited to offer our brand to this area of southwest Tarrant County, and look forward to sharing our tried-and-true recipes, along with the popular Premium Angus Beef we introduced to our menu last year." The chain was founded in 1978 and has locations in Dallas' West End, Fort Worth, Granbury, Haltom City, and Amarillo.
Char'd Kitchen, the Mansfield fast-casual Asian restaurant, is opening a second location, this time in Far North Fort Worth, at 8901 Tehama Ridge Pkwy. Char'd is the independent spot run by the Doan family of Fort Worth, featuring build-your-own bowls of Korean, Japanese, and Thai food, from red curry chicken to poke to bibimbap, which you can personalize with additional veggies and proteins. They're taking over a location that was originally home to a Tom + Chee grilled cheese restaurant. A similar concept called Texan Melts took it over, but they closed as well. Char'd will open sometime this summer.
Moxie's Grill & Bar, the glossy Canadian sports-bar restaurant that's been settling in Texas, is opening its first location in Tarrant County, in Southlake's Town Square. Owned by Tom Gaglardi, proprietor of the Dallas Stars, Moxie's made its Texas debut in 2016 when it opened in Uptown Dallas. A second location opened in Houston in early 2018, and a third opened in Plano in September 2018. Moxie's menu highlights include sushi cones with tempura shrimp, fresh avocado, pea shoots, nori crisps, and sesame chili ponzu; red Thai curry bowl with stir-fried veggies, jasmine rice, and curry-buttered naan; and potstickers. Main dishes include Prime steaks, blackened mahi mahi, and the popular chipotle mango chicken. The Southlake location will open at 1460 Main St., in the former Cafe Express space, in fall 2019.
Pei Wei has a new customizable Bento Box for $10, plus a new house-made cauliflower rice. You choose your rice from white, brown, or cauliflower; sushi from spicy tuna, mango California, teriyaki crunch, or wasabi crunch; appetizer from crab wonton or chicken potstickers; and choice of miso side salad or edamame.
Burger King will add the Impossible Burger to its menu at all locations, following a successful test run in St. Louis in April. The Impossible burger contains soy protein, potato protein, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and heme, and is being hailed for its convincing meat-like taste and appearance. BK incorporated the Impossible Burger in a vegetarian version of its signature Whopper, and said it went "exceedingly well." The Impossible Burger and a competing plant-based burger called the Beyond Burger have been such a big success that they've become hard to get.
Houlihan's has a limited-time spring menu that features lighter-fared, veggie-forward plates including tuna poke nachos, shrimp pasta, kale salad with quinoa, 8-ounce bavette steak with cauliflower mash and roasted cauliflower, seared salmon pesto on spaghetti squash ‘noodles,’ giant peanut butter cup, and vanilla bean cheesecake. Two new flavored mule drinks include pineapple, watermelon, or traditional.
Velvet Taco has released its schedule of weekly taco specials through June 18. Now you can plan ahead. May 1-7 is mango-and-agave-dipped coconut fried chicken with mango slaw and "jerki-churri" sauce. May 8-14 is grilled salmon Baja. May 15-21 is harissa-braised lamb, with shakshuka sauce, potatoes, feta, quail egg, and mint. May 22-28 is chicken fried oysters with watermelon and celery root slaw, Brussel sprouts, and pickled watermelon rind. May 29-June 4 is pulled pork with chipotle BBQ sauce. June 5-11 is Dungeness crab cake. June 12-18 is potato & paneer cheese hash with tahini sauce, cilantro mango salsa, and garbanzo beans.
El Pollo Loco has two new tostadas: a new street corn tostada with the flavors and energy of authentic Los Angeles street corn, featuring sweet summer corn, queso fresco, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken, and creamy cilantro dressing; and a chicken & avocado tostada made with queso fresco, avocado, pinto beans, Mexican rice, lettuce, and fire-grilled chicken.
Starbucks is bringing back three Frappuccino flavors: S’mores, Mocha Cookie Crumble, and Caramel Ribbon Crunch. They also have two Refreshers beverages: the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, a fruity and refreshing combination of real fruit juice with sweet mango and Dragonfruit flavors, with ice and diced dragonfruit; and the Dragon Drink, which is a Mango Dragonfruit Refresher combined with creamy coconutmilk. There's a new Salted Cream Cold Foam Brew, because everything must be salted. New food items include a crisp grilled cheese with a three-cheese blend on toasted sourdough, and a Baja black bean veggie wrap with black beans, salsa slaw, and mixed veggies in a tortilla wrap, with a side of raw veggies and dip.
Styrofoam bans are in the works in several states. Maryland, Maine, Colorado, Oregon, and New Jersey among those vying to pass first-in-the-nation policy, with various bills that would ban restaurants, grocery stores, food carts, and other food vendors from selling prepared food in polystyrene containers.