This roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news is filled with promising new openings, including tacos, wings, pizza, poke, and wine. There are also new menus, new drinks for fall, and a new limited-edition doughnut at McDonald's.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth dining news:
JJ's Taco Shop is a new restaurant opening at 5040 N. Tarrant Pkwy., #136, Fort Worth, in a space previously occupied by Ginger Root Restaurant & Bar and, at one time a Dunn Bros Coffee shop. It's a spinoff of a kiosk that opened inside the Northeast Mall in Hurst in 2017, but will be their first stand-alone restaurant and bar. "If you know us, you already know we’re going to treat you like family and we will make sure your dining experience is awesome," say the owners on a Facebook post. The menu includes tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tortas, breakfast tacos, empanadas, and chicken wings. They're aiming to open in October.
Jonny's Pizza New York Style, featuring New York-style pies with signature selections as well as build-your-own, has opened at 5301 Golden Triangle Blvd., in Fort Worth. Owner is Fatjon "Jonny" Lami, who founded the original location in Little Elm in 2019. In addition to pizza, the menu includes sub sandwiches, calzones, strombolis, and cheesecakes.
Hoots Wings, the fast-casual wing spinoff of Hooters, opens its location in Fort Worth at 5313 Golden Triangle Blvd. on Monday September 13. Hoots has five options — breaded, smoked, naked, boneless, or roasted — and 14 sauces and dry rubs. The menu also includes shrimp, chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, tots, mac & cheese, and mozzarella sticks. Customers can order online at Hootswings.com or download the hoots app and benefit from the hoots REWARDS program. This is the second in the area, and more are on the way.
Pokeworks, a fast-casual chain based in New York that specializes in Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, has opened its third DFW location in Southlake, at 2801 E. Southlake Blvd., #120. This is the first foray into Tarrant County, joining locations in Dallas and Richardson, with another slated to open in Addison in late fall.
Wine:30 on Oak St. is a wine bar that opened in downtown Roanoke, at 400 S. Oak St., #150, in July. They're offering wine by the glass and bottle, plus flights, charcuterie boards, and beer. There's also a wine club, with discounts, complimentary glasses, events, and other member benefits.
ALDI, the specialty grocery chain, debuted a new TV spot titled "Friend Savers" that features the story of two real-life ALDI shoppers: Fort Worth natives and married couple Cami and Jonathan Gellis. Jonathan never heard of ALDI until he started dating Cami, when she threw him a party with an elaborate spread, all from ALDI. Now they're married with a two-year-old, and they both love ALDI the most. You can see the ad here.
Mod Pizza has added plant-based Italian Sausage as a permanent topping option, which can be added to any pizza or salad. Developed exclusively with Plantly, the plant-based sausage is a classic spiced Italian-style crumble made with non-GMO pea protein and seasoned with fennel, oregano, and thyme.
Cici's has launched a new crispy, cheesy, savory appetizer: Poppers, which look to be a bite-sized garlic knot type dough snack, available in two flavors: spicy jalapeño or zesty pepperoni, $4 for a dozen served with choice of ranch or marinara sauce.
Perry's has brought back its Fajita Steakhouse Smorgasbord, available to-go only, for a limited time through September 30. The board feeds 4-6 people and includes one pound each of encrusted ribeye fajitas, pork fajitas, and chicken, with onions & peppers, Mexican rice, guacamole, salsa verde, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and flour or corn tortillas. A pound of shrimp is available for an extra $25.
East Hampton Sandwich Co. has collaborated with sibling concept Lucky's Hot Chicken on a limited-edition sandwich called the Lucky Jack, which has fried chicken, slaw, pepperjack cheese, pickles, and ghost pepper mayo on a pretzel bun. It'll be at all East Hampton Sandwich locations through September.
Dairy Queen has a new Bacon Ranch Hungr-Buster burger with a quarter-pound beef patty topped with bacon, Hidden Valley Ranch, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Twin Peaks, which is opening a location in Grand Prairie, at 3120 S. SH161 in November, has a new lineup of loaded fries topped with options such as bacon & cheese, pulled pork, buffalo chicken, and brisket chili. Plus a Caesar salad which you can get topped with chicken, shrimp, or salmon. Plus two new meatball items: Spicy Meatball Skillet in marinara and cheese with toasted garlic bread, or Spicy Meatball Parmesan on a hoagie roll, with fries. They also have two new wing sauces: Bourbon Teriyaki and Pineapple Habanero.
The Cheesecake Factory has a new Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake with coconut cheesecake, vanilla custard, and a layer of chocolate on a coconut macaroon crust. For every slice of Coconut Cream Pie Cheesecake sold now through July 29, 2022, The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America.
Pollo Campero has two new Campero Bowls featuring rice, beans, spring mix, corn, peppers, pico de gallo, smashed avocado, and feta cheese, topped off with choice of fried chicken or citrus-marinated grilled boneless chicken breast.
Starbucks has a new beverage for fall 2021: Apple Crisp Macchiato, available iced or hot. A regular macchiato features steamed milk and espresso; the Apple Crisp Macchiato incorporates flavors such as brown sugar and cinnamon, with a caramelized apple drizzle that contains real apple puree. It joins returning favorites Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.
McDonald’s has a new bakery item: the Glazed Pull Apart Donut, starting September 1 and available for a limited time. It's a twist on the classic doughnut with tear-apart bites of light and airy dough covered in a sweet glaze. This is the first limited-edition item to join the McCafé Bakery line-up. Similar to the Apple Fritter, Blueberry Muffin, and Cinnamon Roll, the Glazed Pull Apart Donut will be available all day long and can be purchased via carry out, Drive Thru, or in the McDonald’s App.
Dunkin' and Harpoon Brewery have collaborated on three new beers, hitting stores in September, all made with coffee, doughnuts, or matcha tea from Dunkin': Harpoon Dunkin' Blueberry Matcha IPA, Harpoon Dunkin' Maple Crème Blonde Ale, and Harpoon Dunkin' Midnight American Porter, joining returning fan-favorite Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte Ale.
H-E-B has awarded two DFW restaurants with prizes in its Quest for Texas Best: Savor Pâtisserie – French Macarons / Kelli Watts, which won the $25,000 Grand Prize; and Howdy Homemade Ice Cream - Dr Pepper Chocolate Chip Ice Cream / Tom Landis & Coleman Jones, which won a third-place price of $10,000.