This roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news has a little of everything including openings, coming-soons, and news of locals on TV. But if there's a prevailing theme, it's seasonal, whether that's a special-edition taco or a limited-edition pizza. There's also tons of beverages, from new shakes to winter cocktails to a new-in-town Japanese whiskey.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Tap-In Grill & Pub, a European-style pub that's been on Historic Main Street in Grapevine for nearly two decades, is opening a second location on the north side of Fort Worth, at Alliance Town Center at 3351 Texas Sage Trail, in the former Rock Wood Fired Pizza, which closed in 2019. The Grapevine Tap-In is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch, with a menu of wings, burgers, nachos, salads, sandwiches, and Sicilian-style thin-crust pizza. The bar emphasizes bourbons, whiskey & scotch with an extensive selection of beer including local craft beers. A spokesperson said the Fort Worth location was under construction and would open in 2022.
Shotzee's Bar & Grill is a new family-owned bar and restaurant opening in Keller at 134 S. Main St., AKA the former Roscoe's Smokehouse, which closed in August. Their menu includes fancy burgers, hot dogs, tacos, sandwiches, chicken tenders, a chicken tender salad, and starters such as green chile quest, nachos topped with brisket or pulled pork, and loaded fries. According to a spokesperson, they'll be opening in mid- to late-December, which is any day now.
The Original Chop House Burgers, an Arlington burger joint featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is moving back to its original location at 1700 W. Park Row Dr. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the current location at 2502 Little Rd. will become a barbecue restaurant called Mills Made Smoked Meats.
Blackland Distillery in the Foundry District has released new 50ML (travel-sized) bottles of its five signature spirits, available for purchase individually or in packs of five in Blackland Distillery's tasting room at 2616 Weisenberger St. The bottles range from $2-$4 each, or $20 for a variety box. The distillery has also released its 2021 winter menu, with seasonal favorites including Blackland Hot Chocolate, Salted Pecan Old Fashioneds, and Pecan Eggnog.
Tiff's Treats is launching a warm cookie delivery subscription Blue Ribbon Club. Members get a box of one or two dozen cookies each month featuring a surprise flavor-of-the-month in half of the box and Tiff’s Mix assortment, or another flavor of the recipient's choosing, in the other half. They're also opening three DFW locations this month: Fort Worth at 5309 McPherson at the Shops at Chisholm Trail; Grand Prairie at 3144 S. State Highway 161 #320; and Little Elm at 211 E. El Dorado Pkwy. at The Lakefront. This will make 23 Tiff's Treats stores in the DFW area.
Grimaldi’s has a new "Margherita, Margarita" menu featuring Margherita Pizza and seasonal Margarita cocktail flavors such as Black Cherry and Peach. There's also a new arugula sunset salad with Brussel sprouts, red onions, black cherry vinaigrette, bacon, feta, and dried cherries; and two desserts: a Black Cherry Cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake.
The Melting Pot is offering a romance-infused four-course menu starting at $44 per person with choice of cheese fondue, fresh salad, choice of entrée such as tender filet mignon, Atlantic salmon or teriyaki steak, and a sparkling chocolate fondue, at both its Arlington locationat 4000 Five Points Dr. #119, and Dallas at 4900 Belt Line Rd. #200.
Taco Cabana has introduced a new birria quesadilla with seasoned shredded beef, Monterey jack cheese, and pico de gallo between two warm flour tortillas, accompanied by warm birria broth. They've also brought back their tortilla soup, with shredded chicken, tomatoes, onion, garlic, corn tortilla strips, and jack & cheddar cheeses. They're available through January 2022.
Topo Chico has partnered with Brooklyn artist Hyesu Lee to create limited-edition packages time for the holidays that include a 12-pack of 6.5-ounce bottles with an assortment of original art appearing on bottle openers, wearables, and signed prints. Available for purchase at TopoChico.com, these exclusive 12-packs can be shipped anywhere in the U.S., for a limited time only while supplies last.
Mooyah has two holiday-flavored shakes, available through December 31: Pecan Pie Shake with sea-salt caramel toffee sauce, and White Chocolate Peppermint Shake with crushed peppermint candy.
On The Border has a new Holiday Swirl frozen margarita, a mingling of El Toro Tequila and Midori melon, available for $5 in-store and for to-go orders, through the end of December.
Mi Dia From Scratch has a limited-edition Mistletoe Martini with Cincoro blanco tequila, rosemary, lemon juice, and house-made strawberry agave, available through December 31 at its three locations in Grapevine, Plano, and Flower Mound.
Starla Wines, a premium, alcohol-removed wine brand from a Dallas company previously available online only, is now at Central Market stores, in three options: Sparkling Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Blend. They use a high-tech vacuuming process to remove the alcohol without compromising flavor.
Takamine 8 Year Old Koji Whiskey is now available in Texas at Spec's. Produced by Shinozaki Distillery in Asakura City, Fukuoka, Japan, it honors Jokichi Takamine, who in the 1890s was the first to apply koji fermentation to barley (it's usually applied to rice). Takamine whiskey is double distilled, aged in virgin oak and ex-bourbon barrels, and is $99 for a 750-ML bottle, although let's call it $100, shall we.
Guy's Chance of a Lifetime, Guy Fieri's TV show, has two Texas candidates: Chef Eboni Henry, a self-taught cook, Navy spouse, mother of four, and addiction & youth counselor; and Cayton Flippen, the owner of Rooster's Country Cookin', formally known as Miss Nita's Diner in Reno, Texas.