Like a Christmas present, Fort Worth is enjoying new restaurant openings to unwrap for the holidays as well as new seasonal menus and some sweet new beers.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.
Blue Goose Cantina is opening its location in Fort Worth at 1612 University Blvd. as of 5 pm on December 16. The restaurant is taking over the prominent corner spot in University Park Village previously occupied by Bread Winners, but which was once a Blue Mesa Grill. Blue Goose first opened on Greenville Avenue in 1984, and has been a staple for its fajitas, frozen margaritas served in frosty ice-cold mugs, and patio overlooking the on-street action. Fans love them for their always fresh chips and salsa, fajitas quickly delivered, and on-point versions of staples including queso, guacamole, and sour chicken enchiladas. This is the first location in Fort Worth, but the eighth in DFW, following Addison, Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, and Highland Village.
European in Texas Market Cafe the market and cafe dedicated to European goods relocated from Dallas to Southlake. The store caters mostly to the Polish/eastern European community with quintessential dishes such as pierogis, pączki aka Polish doughnuts, and Polish sausage. It had been in north Dallas for 30 years, but when the lease came up, owner Olga Kraszewska and her family — who live in Tarrant County — decided to move closer to home. They're now at 2777 E. Southlake Blvd., #100, where they have a market and cafe that sells Polish and European specialties including meats, cheeses, chocolates, jams, condiments, and frozen food.
Chicken Salad Chick has opened a new location in Arlington, at 3900 Arlington Highlands Blvd. The Chicken Salad Chick concept was founded in 2008 and features than a dozen chicken salad options, plus side salads, soup, and sandwiches. The company now has more than 140 restaurants currently open in 16 states. The Arlington location is the fourth that has opened in DFW in 2019, and 11th in Texas, with another location due to open in Fort Worth in 2020.
Twigs American Kitchen at The Shops at Clearfork has added a new seasonal cocktail to the menu that will be available through the end of the year. Called the Santa Claus-Mopolitan, it's made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice, and is served in a "snowy" coconut-rimmed martini glass.
Bartaco has a new cocktail they're calling a secret cocktail which defies logic but moving onward, it's called the Blood, Sweat & Cheers Margarita and is described as bartaco's play on a spicy blood orange margarita with fresh jalapenos and smoked pepper agave. It's available until January 14.
Genghis Grill, the build-your-own stir-fry chain, will open a location at Epic Central Grand Prairie, at 3148 Hwy. 161, Ste. 420, on December 20. The location will feature the chain's new interior design, with a bright interior, colorful booths, and new graphics. The restaurant will also feature a takeout pick-up area. This is the first new restaurant Genghis Grill has opened in Dallas-Fort Worth in five years, and is the chain's 15th restaurant in the DFW market.
Grimaldi's Pizzeria has introduced its first-ever seasonal menu, available through March 3, 2020. Dishes include Winter Harvest Salad with Brussels sprouts on a bed of arugula with red onions, bacon, feta cheese, dried cranberries and balsamic dressing; Sausage & Wine-Braised Onion Pizza; Reese's® Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake; and Eggnog Cheesecake.
Rusty Taco is offering two new seasonal menu items: savory BBQ Brisket Nachos and Adult Hot Chocolate. The BBQ Brisket Nachos feature tortilla chips topped with smoked brisket, cheddar cheese, queso, pico de gallo and BBQ sauce. Chorizo, ground beef, or chicken may be substituted. Adult Hot Chocolate features warm cocoa, cinnamon liqueur, whipped cream and a hint of cinnamon sprinkled on top. They'll be available through February 2.
BurgerFi has two new items: Wagyu Bacon Cheddar Melt has two Wagyu patties, bacon, white cheddar, caramelized onions, and steak sauce aioli pressed between thick-cut Texas-style toast. Available through the end of the year for $9.77. Milk & Cookies Shake has Madagascar vanilla custard with chocolate chip cookies and sprinkles. Available through January 12 for $5.
Olive Garden has brought back Oven Baked Pastas: Smoked Mozzarella Shrimp Rigatoni, Four Meat Italian Mac & Cheese, Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo with Grilled Chicken, and Asiago Tortelloni Alfredo.
Pinstack is serving its last round of chef specials for 2019. Available until December 31 at all three North Texas locations are the Shrimp Scampi Pizza and the American-made Reuben Sandwich.
DFW Edible Arrangements stores recently launched a new line of gourmet food products that expands beyond its sought after food arrangements. The new line of products includes cookies, cheesecakes, and platters. The new products are only available in select markets throughout the United States, and Dallas is one of the first to offer these new gourmet treats.
Jarritos Soda, the No. 1 soft drink in Mexico and among Latinos in the United States, will be available as a fountain soft drink at 7-Eleven. Mandarin, one of Jarritos’ most popular flavors, will be available as a Big Gulp for a limited time at participating stores. The beverage is a mainstay at taquerias but has only been sold in bottles until now.
Shiner has a new S'more beer. Shiner is celebrating its 111th year of being an independent brewery by teaming up with another Texas-based independent company, Tejas Chocolate, on the fan-favorite winter seasonal. Shiner S'more is brewed with roasted malts, artisan chocolate by Tejas, and marshmallows and completed with hints of graham crackers and vanilla notes.
Martin House Brewing has three new brews, two of which are at the brewery only: Cookies, a 6.2 percent Cookie Dough Stout; and Cream, a 6 percent Rich Cream Ale. The brewery suggests mixing them together to create a cookies and cream custom beer. The third beer will be released in cans, and it sounds divine: Plum Pudding, a fig lactose sour with 5.3 percent alcohol. They describe it as a fruity sour with figs and plums that ends with the perfect candy tart and sweetness. Meanwhile, hooray for beers with ABV below 8 percent.