If you're a morning person, this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has you in mind. It's loaded with tidbits about breakfast, brunch, and everything in between. There's new breakfast restaurants, new breakfast menus, and a little coffee news for good measure. It seems hard to believe we could find more new breakfast options barely days after we posted our recent Tastemaker Awards roundup of new breakfast places, and yet here we are, talking about breakfast again.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth dining news:
Dayne's Craft Barbecue and Lola's Fort Worth are relocating to 2000 W. Berry St. According to a Facebook post, Dayne's Craft Barbecue will finish out the month of May at 2735 W. 5th St. (where they are now), then will close the first two weeks of June, then reopen for business on June 17. "No one is closing; we are just moving," their post says. "We hope to continue seeing our favorite familiar faces, and look forward to some new ones as we enter this new exciting chapter with the amazing Lola’s crew."
Rush Bowls, a healthy "bowls" concept from Colorado, is opening a location in Southlake, at 1151 E. Southlake Blvd. in late May. Rush is a fast-casual restaurant chain known for healthy meals in a bowl, made with nuts, fruit, yogurt, and granola. They entered the DFW market in 2018, and currently have three in the area. This will be the fourth and according to a release, is being opened by franchisees Mike and April Fuchs.
Mango's is a breakfast and brunch concept which now has two locations: Keller, at 900 S. Main St. #305, and the original in Southlake, at 2750 E. Southlake Blvd. #140. Their menu includes omelets, benedicts, and so-called healthy starters such as an egg white omelet, an avocado stuffed with egg whites & turkey sausage, and avocado toast. OK that last one is healthy. There's also breakfast tacos, skillets, waffles, chicken & waffles, fried chicken, salads, burgers, melts, and wraps.
Lone Spur Cafe is a breakfast-and-lunch chain based in Prescott, Arizona that's expanding to DFW suburbs with locations now open in Bedford, Denton, and Allen. They do breakfast and lunch, with "cowboy food, great cowboy service, and genuine cowboy charm." They also love mounting animal heads and other body parts. Allen has a dead bear pelt on the wall, and their Facebook page posted a video of a horse marching with the painful "walking" gait produced when trainers apply caustic substances to the horses' hooves, a practice now outlawed. The menu features egg dishes plus chicken-fried steak, burgers, and ribeye steaks. The Denton Record Chronicle says they're also opening locations in Grapevine, the Stockyards in Fort Worth, and McKinney.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery, the breakfast-and-lunch chain with robust brunch action, will launch a new menu on May 19 with Parmesan-Panko Crab Cake Benedict, Burrata & Prosciutto Toast, Monte Cristo Brioche French Toast, Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, and more.
Bark Tacos & Smoke is a fun new mobile pop-up barbecue concept from chef Blythe Bridges, formerly of Chef Blythe's Southern Bistro, known for her homey Southern food. She's branching out, expanding her repertoire into other popular cuisines such as smoked meats and tacos including buzzy dishes like birria tacos. She's doing catering and events such as the brunch at Rancho Loma Vineyards this Sunday, May 22.
Salad and Go, the salad chain, is opening three new locations in North Texas, including one in Fort Worth on Summer Creek Drive, along with a location in Sachse and Dallas at Midway & Trinity. Salad and Go does salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soup, lemonades, iced tea, and cold brew, in generous portions for cheap.
Wildwood Grill, the popular locally-owned Southern-themed chain with two locations, is ready to make it three. They're opening a location at the CityLine Market in Richardson, which they expect to open in June. Owners Dave & Mary Garner quit the corporate world to open the first Wildwood Grill in Southlake in 2009, then opened in Garland in 2017. They've become known not only for steaks cooked over oak and hickory, along with burgers, whiskey, and beer, but also for being a neighborhood- and family-friendly place with reliable food and doting service.
Lazy Dog Restaurant and its virtual concept, Jolene's Wings & Beer has a lineup of new menu items launching May 18: Street Corn Fries topped with mozzarella, tajín-lime sauce, charred sweet corn, tomatoes, queso blanco, and cilantro; and Spacedust Wings tossed in a combination of orange, Szechuan peppercorn, and chile spices.
Le Gourmet Baking, a DFW-based company that does iced shortbread cookies, has added Williams-Sonoma to the places that sell their cookies online. Founded by Dallas entrepreneur Becky Nelson in 2012, Le Gourmet does a nontraditional cookie that's thick, soft, and cake-like. Can you call that a shortbread? It surely fits Dallas tastes since Dallas recoils from anything hard or crisp. Williams-Sonoma is selling three varieties — graduation cookies, patriotic, and Father's Day — $60 for a dozen.
Modern Market, the excellently affordable fast-casual concept with five DFW locations, has brought back its cult classic Street Corn Pizza topped with Mexican-style street corn on a cheddar cream sauce with mozzarella, fresh jalapeño, chile powder, smoked crema, and cotija cheese. Like an elotes pizza, see. It's part of a new set of dishes for summer that include chile steak sandwich, supremo pizza, seared ahi salad, and kale Caesar side salad, although why you couldn't get two kale Caesar side salads and call it a main salad, I have no idea.
Rusty Taco has a new Southern Fried Chicken Taco with fried chicken, diced dill pickles, BBQ honey mustard, and slaw. The pickles and mustard are new, as is a Rusty Tango margarita with a sangria swirl.
Luna Grill has two new wraps: hearty and comforting Mediterranean Chicken Wrap with kale medley, chickpea salad, and feta in a multigrain lavash; and the crunchy refreshing Apple Walnut Chicken Wrap with candied walnuts, apple slices, gorgonzola, cranberries, kale medley, and pomegranate dressing in a multigrain lavash. Priced at $10.49.
Melting Pot has a new Best Fondue Friends Forever three-course menu of cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue, starting at $35. A four-course version for $47 includes an entrée. An enhanced selection of dippers includes prosciutto, pretzel bread, seasonal veggies & fruit, macarons, Oreo-dusted marshmallows, and fresh fruit. Shareable Sips is a new menu of cocktails such as Pink Crush, with New Amsterdam Pink Whitney Vodka and La Marca Prosecco.
Starbucks has debuted two new year-round items: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, featuring Cold Brew topped with chocolate cream cold-foam and sweetened with vanilla syrup. They say that the combination of coffee and chocolate, along with the malt flavor in the chocolate cream cold foam, is designed to evoke a chocolate malted milkshake or that last bit of melted chocolate ice cream on a warm summer day. There's also a Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar, combining coconut, oatmeal, and mini white chocolate chips, topped with lime frosting, white icing, and coconut shavings. Frappuccino flavors these days include Caramel Ribbon Crunch and Mocha Cookie Crumble.