This week's roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news includes openings both present and in the future, with an exciting new bread operation coming to Sundance Square. For indulgence, there's whiskey, wine, and ice cream. For New Year's resolutions, there's new healthy bowls.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth dining news:
Courtside Kitchen, Fort Worth's first dedicated pickleball facility, opened on December 28. A massive indoor-outdoor space at 1615 Rogers Rd., near University Drive and I-30, it has nine pickleball courts — seven outdoor and two covered — plus cornhole, a live stage, big-screen TVs, outdoor beer garden, and fire pits. The menu features trendy dishes including poke bowls, Nashville-style hot chicken sandwiches, and flat iron chimichurri steak & fries. The concept is from Executive Chef Christian Lehrmann (Tinie's Mexican Cuisine, the Porch, CBD Provisions), partnered with Matt L. Johnson, equity partner and owner/operator. Pickleball is so hot right now.
3rd Street Market is a new bakery and cafe opening in Sundance Square in 2022. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, it's from former Cafe Modern chef Dena Peterson Shaskan and bread-maker Trent Shaskan of Icon Bread, and is currently under construction at 425 W. Third St., in the former Frankie's space. The most exciting part is that the U-shaped bar will become a "sourdough bar" where diners can watch the bread being made. The project is part of Sundance's initiative to emphasize unique and local restaurants; Trent Shaskan tells the FWST's Bud Kennedy that "Sundance has been an absolute joy to work with."
Silver Fox in Fort Worth will offer a special Winter Restaurant Week prix fixe menu from January 10-29, featuring choices from III Forks salad with Granny Smith apple & Danish bleu cheese, French onion Soup, 6-ounce filet mignon with truffle butter, salmon with molasses bourbon butter, pork chop with peach serrano glaze, scallops, cheesecake with Maker’s Mark bourbon pecan sauce, or chocolate ganache cake. The menu is $50 and can be ordered for dine-in or curbside pick-up.
TX Whiskey based in Fort Worth has launched TX Blended Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the third expression in its TX Experimental Series; previous releases from the series include TX Experimental Rye and TX High Rye Texas Straight Bourbon. So many TXs. This one is a 100-proof blend with a four-year Rye Bourbon finished in Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels for an additional three years; four-year Wheated Bourbon finished in a new char oak barrel double oaked for two years; and a two-year Wheated Bourbon finished in a maple smoked, new char oak barrel. Only 1000 bottles will be available for purchase for $40 at Whiskey Ranch, limited to two per customer in a 30-day period.
Cowboy Chicken is highlighting health-conscious options for New Year's including a Keto Green Bowl with chicken breast, broccoli, green beans, kale, chicken cracklins, and crispy fried kale mix with chipotle ranch; a Veggie Plate with three sides such as green beans, sweet potato, roasted broccoli, Mexican street corn, and garden salad; and a medley of salads such as the Monterrey with chicken and avocado, the Southwest with chicken, ranchero beans, and corn, and the Durango Bowl with chicken, ranchero beans, and Spanish rice.
Cotton Patch Cafe has brought back its New Year's Black Eyed Peas at a great deal: special offer includes Cotton Patch Cafe’s famous Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage for $1.22, a price commemorating the new year, and will be available December 31-January 2 online, dine-in or on the Cotton Patch Cafe app.
Blaze Pizza is offering Primal Kitchen's Ranch Dressing, made with avocado oil, from January 5-16, at 28 select locations in seven of the country's largest markets and that includes Dallas-Fort Worth. Also Atlanta Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, and New York. We are so cool to be in this select group of markets who can get ranch dressing at Blaze. The DFW locations include Dallas, Grand Prairie, Irving, Mesquite, Richardson, and Rowlett.
Cream + Sugar, an artisanal ice cream brand from Jackson Hole, Wyoming is now being sold at Central Market stores. Pints come in in 6 flavors: Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Huckleberry. They also have wee little ice cream sandwiches in 6 flavors: Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, and Huckleberry, plus 2 seasonal: Pumpkin and Peppermint. A release calls the ice cream sandwiches the perfect guilt-free indulgence since they’re the size of a silver dollar. As if you're just going to eat one, LOL.
Josh Cellars, the official wine of the Dallas Cowboys, has launched a Special Edition Chardonnay, designed by Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President Charlotte Jones and Josh Cellars Founder Joseph Carr. Representative of a classic California Chardonnay, the wine is described as having notes of juicy yellow peaches, caramel apples, and crème brulée, soft and silky, with a crisp, long finish.