Welcome to those with an appetite, just in time for the July edition of Where to Eat, our monthly roundup listing the very best places to eat right now.
Fort Worth continues to experience an onslaught of new restaurants, ranging from barbecue to pizza to more barbecue. There's always room for more barbecue. Downtown gets a new quick option and one of Fort Worth's most famous chefs has rolled out something new.
Here's where to eat in Fort Worth right now:
Ashim's Hibachi Grill
Sophisticated yet casual little restaurant at 424 Taylor St., right down the block from Hoya Korean Kitchen, is ready to feed the downtown crowd fast. An extensive menu includes bento boxes, poke bowls, dumplings, tempura, fried rice, and sushi, at affordable prices. The atmosphere is cheery and bright, with fun music and colored stools lined up at a black granite sushi bar. They're a great quick lunch or dinner option and are also open late on weekends for the night-owl crowd.
Black Cat Pizza
Long-awaited pizzeria comes from Jamie Fernandez, former chef at 44Bootlegger, who was doing a temporary pizza pop-up after-hours at Stir Crazy Baked Goods on Magnolia Avenue. He's now set up at 401 Bryan Ave., next door to Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe (they share a parking lot), where his standout pizzas are baked in a brick oven, available whole and by the slice, ranging from prototypical pies such as pepperoni, to creative toppings such as arugula, kale, almonds, and pepitas. He's also doing sandwiches such as the hero with jamón serrano, soppressata, finocchiona salami, and provolone.
Derek Allan's Texas BBQ
After running a popular food truck in the Grapevine area, Derek Allan and his wife Brittany persevered through obstacles to make their BBQ dreams come true. Taking over the old Paco & John's space, they're serving Central Texas-style barbecue with a menu includes Wagyu brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, turkey, sandwiches, and an array of sides that include pinto beans and potato salad. They take an artisan approach to everything they do, including building their own smoking pits and using all wood to achieve the highly desirable smoke ring.
Patriotic Pig was launched as a BBQ-themed catering business by an Army veteran and his wife, with a mission to give back to the veteran community. They've grown from caterer to food truck to brick and mortar restaurant at 3900 Rufe Snow Dr. in North Richland Hills, where they're serving all your classics: brisket, ribs, turkey, sausage, mac & cheese, green beans with bacon, coleslaw, and potato salad, plus pecan pie, key lime pie, and banana pudding for dessert. They're only open Thursdays-Saturdays and like many BBQ places, once they run out, they're done.
New restaurant taking over the old Celebrity Cafe & Bakery space in Colleyville specializes in breakfast, lunch, and brunch. They serve unique twists on American classics such as Oreo pancakes, shrimp & grits, eggs benedict, salads, and sandwiches. They do decadent pancakes piled high with fruit and other toppings, such as strawberry cheesecake pancakes, with cream cheese sauce, sliced strawberries, and crumbled graham crackers.