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Anticipated burger joint debuts and more Fort Worth restaurant news
This roundup of Fort Worth dining news includes some cool openings that have been in the works for a while, plus a few tasty new dishes and an enticing new beer.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Jon's Grille is the much-anticipated burgers & BBQ restaurant opening in the old Aardvark space at 2905 W. Berry St. from Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell. He's revived a sentimental favorite first founded in 1989 by Jon Meyerson that was located across from TCU in what is now Dutch's Hamburgers. Meyerson was beloved for his personal touch and for contributing to the Berry Street scene, and the restaurant will feature a large photograph of him as a tribute. The restaurant also features a mural by artist Juan Velazquez of actor Sam Elliott, who became a local hero-of-sorts following the filming of the Yellowstone spinoff 1883 in Fort Worth last August.
The Pantry is the new dumpling house which softly opened on August 9 at 713 W. Magnolia Ave. in the former Hot Damn Tamales space from chefs and teachers Hao Tran and Natasha Bruton. It's a sweet and original concept which combines restaurant and market using family recipes, from Tran's dumplings and noodle dishes to Bruton's cookies, cakes, and tarts.
Flips Patio Grill is featuring The Mexican Hatch Chile Cheeseburger for its burger-of-the-month for august. It's made from Flip's 50/50 patty topped with American cheese, bacon, and mildly-spiced Hatch chile sauce on a toasted brioche bun, served at both locations in Grapevine and Fort Worth.
Mama's Pizza, a chain from Fort Worth that's been in business since 1968, has opened a location in - gasp - Dallas at 11828 Inwood Rd., in a former Subway at the intersection of Forest Lane, where it opened on August 8.
Zonk Burger, the acclaimed vegan burger restaurant at 2919 Race St., is closed for maintenance from August 16-25.
Whistlebritches, the acclaimed chicken restaurant concept from chef Omar Flores, has several new menu items including Buffalo Fried Cauliflower with house made ranch dressing, Crunchy Corn Fritters, and Grilled Chicken Fredo with fusilli pasta and parmesan cheese, available at all three locations in Plano, Dallas, and Southlake.
Taco Cabana is launching Hatch chile items on August 17 including Hatch Chile Smoked Pulled Pork Tacos for $3.19, a three-pack of Street Tacos served with Hatch Chile Ranch for $4.99, Breakfast Bowl for $5.49, and a Crunchy Burrito served with Hatch Chile Ranch and tortilla chips for $8.59. There's also a $4 Hatch Chile frozen margarita, a spicy beverage that is this season's rotating flavor.
Hopdoddy has a new Back To School Burger with a Piedmontese beef patty topped with fried bologna, muenster cheese, and a fried egg, available through September 6.
MingsBings is a line of plant-based pockets based on the traditional Chinese bing, a dim sum item dating back to the Ming dynasty and popular street food. The line was created in 2020 by celeb chef Ming Tsai, award-winning chef, TV personality, and entrepreneur, and hosted of the PBS cooking show Simply Ming. MingsBings are sold in over 2,000 retail stores, including Target and Whole Foods. They're really good!
La Madeleine has added the classic French macaron to its café menu in a pre-set box of six flavors including coffee, vanilla, lemon, crème brûlée, chocolate and raspberry for $11.99.
Manhattan Project Beer Co. has an enticing new beer called BA Fission that summons sparkling rosé. They brewed it with raspberries and aged it in cabernet wine barrels, then carbonated it a touch higher to enhance the sparkling rosé experience. BA Fission is available in the taproom and will hit the market in the next two weeks.
Ex-Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse got a mistrial in a criminal case filed against him over the listeria outbreak in 2015. A Texas federal jury was unable to agree whether he committed wire fraud or conspiracy by allegedly concealing positive listeria tests from customers.