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Big BBQ switchup tops this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news
This roundup of Fort Worth dining news has plenty of big news: big openings in the world of BBQ, desserts, and top chefs. There's also new menus and new lunch at an award-winning pizzeria.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Toro Toro, the Pan-Latin restaurant from Richard Sandoval Hospitality, has a new Latin Lite menu being served through September 5 including Radish Summer Soup with grilled sourdough toast, Grilled Cauliflower with kimchi salad, and a Mango Raspado dessert with pineapple-coconut compote served over hibiscus tapioca. Drinks include the Sol de Verano with rum, the El Jardin with botanical gin, and the Palmera with reposado tequila, coconut, cointreau and lime.
La Onda from chef Victor Villareal has a new menu with dishes such as oysters, ceviche of the week, seafood charcuterie board, shrimp with tiger sauce, beef or pork with guava BBQ sauce, pollo verde, and last but not least, a whole roasted fish with salsas & tortillas, available weekends only.
Jon's Grille is a fresh new concept from chef Jon Bonnell's Bonnell Restaurant Group, opening soon in the heart of TCU at 2905 W. Berry St., in the former Aardvark space. It'll feature craft burgers and BBQ with meat raised on the Bonnell Ranch, along with a Texas tapwall and a Texas-themed craft cocktail menu. They're now taking applications online or at their sister restaurant, Buffalo Bros TCU at 3015 S. University Dr.
Pizza Verde, the award-winning pizzeria on the west side of Fort Worth, has introduced new lunch hours. They'll be open for lunch Tuesday-Thursday, serving salads and pizzas, everything packed to go for your convenience, although you're welcome to still dine in. They're doing this to make lunch available but with a limited menu and limited service style, since there'll only be two people working those shifts. Monday is dinner only from 4-9 pm, but wheee, the rest of the week, it's pizza all day if you want it: Tuesday-Thursday 11 am-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm.
Hurtado Barbecue continues their world domination, with their first location in Fort Worth, in the Southside neighborhood, taking over the space currently occupied by Derek Allen's Texas Barbecue, at 1116 8th Ave., which closed in June. Hurtado started out as a food truck, then opened a location in downtown Arlington in 2020, then in June 2022 opened a location in Little Elm. Hurtado does brisket, ribs, pulled pork, plus sides with a Tex-Mex influence such as Hatch chile mac & cheese. They also have a food stand at the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field. They hope to open the Fort Worth location in the fall.
Dayne's Craft Barbecue is moving. They're currently located at 9812 Camp Bowie W. Blvd., with a trailer and an adjacent dining room, but are moving into a brick & mortar space in the same shopping center, at 9840 Camp Bowie W. Blvd., a former granite countertop store that will become their permanent location, where they anticipate opening by the end of 2022.
Frios Gourmet Pops is a new mobile frozen dessert brand that has ridden into south Arlington with a colorful tie-dye van and gourmet frozen treats from local franchisees Funmi and Olu Oredope. The duo hope to serve the South Arlington area as many of their fellow Nigerian-American community members are located there, and they want to stay connected to their friends and neighbors through the love of pops.
Balkan Garden Bistro is a new eastern European restaurant opening in Grapevine at 2140 Hall Johnson Rd. #118, in the former ZuRoma Sicilian Kitchen space, slated to open in the fall. According to owner Elvis Ramovic, the restaurant will feature items from the Balkans, similar to Mediterranean dishes but with a twist.
Cowboy Chicken is expanding Smackbird, its delivery and pick-up-only ghost kitchen specializing in Nashville hot chicken tenders and sandwiches, which the wood-fired rotisserie chicken chain operates out of its existing restaurants. The menu includes a chicken sandwich topped with mac & cheese, a tender meal, and sides such as mac & cheese and coleslaw.
Jane in Southlake is now serving brunch every day, starting at 9 am Monday-Saturday and at 10 am on Sunday, with brunch, coffee, and cocktails. They encourage you to host your weekday meetings while sipping a latte and having breakfast, or catching up with friends over mimosas and chicken & waffle sliders. The menu includes tacos, avocado toast, chia pudding, mezze board, and more, and they've added summer cocktails such as Watermelon Hibiscus Mule, Tropical Margarita, Empress' spritz. with lavender and Mumm Rose. Jane is not the first to perpetrate the concept of a weekday brunch, and obviously they can call it whatever they want, but isn't the essence of brunch a weekend thing? Where you're definitely not hosting your meetings. You're day-drinking.
Copeland's of New Orleans Southlake, at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square hotel, has released a new brunch menu with Copeland's signature Cajun twist, including shrimp & grits, benedicts, chicken & waffles, plus a smoked bacon bloody Mary. Did you know that the whole "I love bacon" thing was actually a stealthy campaign financed by the pork industry?
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is offering a "Four Courses, Four Choices" special for $44, available for dine-in only, Monday-Thursday from 4-10 pm, with options such as oysters, pork chop bites, seafood stuffed mushrooms, wedge, Caesar, field greens, artichoke-potato-leek soup, Perry's famous pork chop, salmon, brick chicken, vegan skillet chopped steak, or a 6-ounce filet mignon. Desserts include orange vanilla cream cheesecake, flourless chocolate cake, chocolate crunch, or lemon bar. Also available is Perry’s Reserve Big Red Blend at special anniversary prices: 5-ounce pour for $25 ($41 on regular menu), 7.5-ounce pour for $35 ($56 on regular menu), or a bottle for $120 ($180 on regular menu).
Fuzzy's Taco Shop has a new Piña Carnitas Taco with new shredded carnitas, jalapeño garlic sauce, pineapple pico, feta, and cilantro on a warm flour tortilla. It's available through August 21.
Dairy Queen has six new Blizzard flavors: Oreo Cookie Dirt Pie, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Nestlé Drumstick, Very Cherry Chip, Caramel Fudge Cheesecake, and Cotton Candy.
Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes has a new peach cobbler shake with vanilla ice cream and peaches, topped with graham crackers, available through July 31 in two sizes: $5.49 for small, $6.99 for large.
The Capital Grille is hosting a summer wine event called the Generous Pour featuring tastings of six wines including a Napa cabernet, a Washington state cabernet, a red blend from Tuscany, a rose from Puglia, a chardonnay from Puglia, and a pinot grigio from northwest Italy. The pour is $32, with the purchase of an entree.