Goodbye summer, and hello to great new Fort Worth restaurants and menus here just in time for fall. For our monthly Where to Eat, we're spotlighting some restaurants newly opened, and some restaurants that have rolled out new seasonal menus.
Here are the eight best new dining options to try for this fall:
Hip pizza spot on Near Southside has a new pie that is the definition of going local. It's a pizza topped with one of the city's most sought after dishes: the bacon burnt ends from nearby Heim BBQ. It's called the Heimy Bastard — a spin on their signature Honey Bastard pie — and it also comes with mozzarella, hot soppressata, and habanero honey. You gotta jump through a hoop to get one: They're only served on Tuesdays, until the 'cue runs out.
Del Frisco's Grille
The younger, more casual sibling of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Del Frisco's Grille in Sundance Square is ushering in fall with a handful of new items. Artichoke beignets are lightly fried artichoke hearts served with a sweet basil dressing. Pan-seared scallops are served with goat cheese polenta, blistered tomato chermoula, and pine nut gremolata. Thre's also a filet mignon burger topped with onion bacon jam.
Eatzi's Market & Bakery
This Dallas-bred gourmet market opened in the former Chili's spot in University Park Village in the spring, just in time to provide us with a better class of tailgating grub. They've introduced a menu of tailgating favorites, available Fridays through Sundays during football season. Choose from buffalo chicken cheese dip with spit-roasted chicken; a meat lovers pizza with chorizo, salami, and pepperoni; fried mac and cheese; and Shiner Bock chili.
Arlington lands a branch of First Watch, the Florida-based breakfast/lunch chain, which opened its ninth branch in the DFW area at 5001 S. Cooper St. on August 28. Explore an entire menu of traditional favorites, such as omelets, pancakes, sandwiches, and salads, plus specialty items like the Chickichanga and quinoa power bowl, which won an award in 2014 for best healthful innovation. The restaurant also offers complimentary newspapers and free Wi-Fi.
Jefe's Tex Mex BBQ
Parked outside the south side's Republic Street Bar at 201 E. Hattie St. — where Heim BBQ started out way back when — this newish food truck combines barbecue with Mexican food, with strong results. Brisket tacos feature tender, well-smoked brisket, while charro beans are tricked out with bits of sausage, bacon, and jalapenos. For those afraid of fusion, straight-up barbecue is also available by the pound or plate.
Rise No. 3
Fort Worth's newest shopping mecca The Shops at Clearfork Park can lay claim to scoring the first Fort Worth location of this Dallas mini-chain specializing in souffles; it's also the first standalone restaurant to open in the Clearfork development, at 5135 Monahans Ave. Rise does souffles both sweet and savory, from chicken to chocolate. Beyond the food, everything you see there is for sale, from the tables and chairs to portable "bread guillotines" used to slice the complimentary bread.
One of the few Asian restaurants in the city to adopt the seasonal menu trend, this Near Southside hotspot recently introduced a handful of new dishes to its lunch menu. Among them: Yaki Udon, noodles tossed in a sweet soy sauce with stir fried onions, carrots, and broccoli, with your choice of chicken, mushroom, or tofu; and an Akaushi steak salad, a field green salad topped with Akaushi beef, carrots, tomatoes, pickled shallots, rice pearls, crispy rice noodles, and a housemade miso curry vinaigrette.
The third Texas location of this classic-style bakery opens September 23 at the Westbend Shopping Center along the Trinity River, at 1621 River Run. Founded by namesake Susan Sarich, this California-based chain specializes in cookies, frosted layer cakes, whoopie pies, brownies, and frosting-filled cupcakes, all made on-site. The bakery is known for shying away from using mixes, artificial preservatives, high-fructose corn syrups, or trans-fats in its products.