Holiday at home
Like every holiday since the pandemic began, Independence Day will look very different this year. There’ll be no mass gatherings for fireworks displays, no festivals, no in-person concerts, and no one out and about without donning a mask now that wearing one is required inside Tarrant County businesses.
But the holiday itself isn’t canceled, and many restaurants are offering fun 4th of July-themed menus for curbside pick-up, perfect for socially-distant picnics and small home gatherings with family. Featured dishes run the gamut for classic American Independence Day fare, from ready-to-grill burgers and smoked brisket to fried chicken and mixed berry pie. Check the order deadlines and plan for July 3 or 4 pick-up.
The 62 year-old barbecue joint on White Settlement Road is selling family-style meals to-go that serve up to eight people. Choose from two packages: one with turkey, brisket, and sausage; and one with ribs, brisket, and sausage. Each comes with two sides, which range from beans, cole slaw, and potato salad to mac and cheese, green beans, and corn on the cob. Call for pricing. Meals may be ordered same day. Angelo’s will be open 11 am-3 pm on July 4.
Blue Mesa Grill
Just in time for holiday weekend poolside lounging, the Dallas-based Southwest cuisine chain has launched its Picnics & Poolside To Go packages. The Latin Chicken Picnic ($15 per person) comes with spiced grilled chicken and pineapple mango salsa, grilled corn, jicama slaw, and poblano ranch potato salad. The Poolside Snacking package ($14 per person) comes with queso, guac, black bean taquitos, barbecue pork taquitos, wings and steak tortilla rolls. Both packages come with rainbow chips and salsas, fresh fruit skewers and brownie bites. There’s a minimum of eight servings per order. Add frozen or rocks blue margaritas by the quart ($20) or gallon ($50). If dining inside (or waiting on an order for pick-up), don’t miss the red, white and blue margarita ($5), available July 3-5.
Let the barbecue pros do the tedious pit-smoking this holiday weekend. Order by 9 pm July 1 to pick up a whole-smoked brisket ($95, feeds up to 12) or a whole rack of spare ribs ($28) from this South Fort Worth barbecue stand. Note that pick-up is from 10 am to noon on July 4 at the “SmokeStream,” Brix airstream located at 218 Bryan Ave.
The Butcher Shop at B&B
July is National Grilling Month, and the upscale butcher shop in the Shops at Clearfork is offering four summer grilling packages in time for the holiday. They range from the Family Grill package ($55) with Wagyu burger patties, Wagyu hot dogs, thick-cut bacon, and Hill Country sausage to the King of the Grill package ($475), which includes 10 different prime and Wagyu steaks, a 40-ounce prime long bone, and everything in the Family Grill package. There’s also a picnic basket package ($149) with cheese, fruit, prosciutto, chocolates, and choice of wine. Order with 24-hour notice. Need a grill? B&B can provide that, too. The portable indoor Otto Grill ($999) by Otto Wilde Grillers cooks steaks in just three minutes at temps up to 1,500 degrees. It’s available in the butcher shop. B&B Butchers & Restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner service on July 4.
Ellerbe Fine Foods
While the restaurant will be closed July 3-5, Ellerbe Fine Foods is taking orders now for July 4 fried chicken meals to-go. The package includes 12 mixed pieces of Paw Paw’s rib rub brined fried chicken, a pint of cornbread salad, a pint of potato salad, a pint of baked beans, a half-pint of pickled veggies, and enough mixed berry cobbler to feed four. Orders are $70 (or $45 for just the sides) and must be placed by 4 pm July 1 for curbside pick-up on July 3.
The downtown fine dining destination is offering a 4th of July grill pack with all the fixings. It comes with house-ground tenderloin burger patties, cheddar-stuffed kielbasa with cherry mustard, poppy seed buns, thick-cut Tillamook cheddar slices, heirloom tomatoes, baby gem lettuce, Texas sweet onions, house-made Thousand Island dressing, bread and butter pickles, and potato salad. The package is $80 to feed four and $40 to feed two. There are steak and cocktail kits available, too. Order by July 1 for pick-up on July 3.
Get a taste of Fort Worth with Reata’s Fort Worth 4th grill package, which is loaded with locally sourced products. The $50 deal serves four and comes with four eight-ounce house-ground tenderloin patties, buns from Pearl Snap Kolaches, Best Maid pickles, tortilla chips and Mrs. Renfro’s salsa, a six-inch cherry and berry pie from Sweet Lucy’s Pies, and an assorted six-pack of Rahr & Sons brew. Add $40 per each additional package. Order by 5 pm July 2 for pick-up between 4 pm July 3 and 4.
Silver Fox Steakhouse
The steakhouse’s backyard burger kit is enough to feed four to six hungry folks. The $50 pack includes six half-pound Angus beef burger patties with all the typical burger toppings, aged cheddar, sesame seed buns, burger seasoning, and even a half-dozen fresh-baked cookies. Order now for pick-up through July 3.
Nosh and sip rosé all day on July 4 with a special three-meal package from this Near Southside market and culinary studio. The “Rosé All Day” package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two ($98) and the option to add four bottles of rose ($60) paired by the folks at Cadillac Wines. Enjoy sourdough waffles with lavender whipped cream and breakfast meatballs; blackened chicken salad; afternoon “pool-time” snacks including ricotta, prosciutto, and sourdough crisps; and a Mediterranean dinner of shrimp, beef, and lamb gyro with accompaniments. Order now for pick-up July 3.
The busy chef is offering an easy Chill & Grill kit, with options for fancy add-ons. For $35 the package includes four eight-ounce house-ground burger patties, potato rolls, Roma tomatoes, shredded lettuce, four corn cobs and Love’s signature steak rub. Customers can add a variety of wild game sausages ($8 for four) and margarita kits ($40, serves six), including the popular jalapeño cucumber margarita. Order now for pick-up on July 2 or 3 at Love’s North Main Street test kitchen. Delivery is also available.
Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse
The flashy Pan Latin restaurant located inside the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel reopened just one week ago and is offering a multicourse prix-fixe dinner for dine-in or pick-up. The three-course option ($55) comes with choice of salad, choice of ribeye, New York strip, filet mignon, barbecue chicken or New Zealand lamb chops for the entree, and either tres leches cake or sopapillas for dessert. Or choose the four-course option ($68) with an added side. The dinner is available July 3 and July 4. Catch a live stream view of Fort Worth’s Fourth fireworks show on the restaurant’s flat screens if dining in.