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BBQ dominates this final Fort Worth restaurant news roundup of 2022
It's the end of 2022, which brings us to the last restaurant news roundup of the year, and it does not lack for material, dominated by BBQ, plus new breakfast, new beef, and a TV show starring a Fieri.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has opened its first location in Fort Worth at 4500 Sycamore School Rd. Founded in Pleasant Grove in 1974, Soulman's is family-owned and -operated with original family recipes including eight types of meat smoked over hickory wood and sides including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn. There are currently 19 locations in Allen, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth, Forney, Garland, Greenville, Hurst, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mansfield, Mesquite, Quinlan, Red Oak, Rockwall I-30, Rockwall Goliad, Royse City, Sulphur Springs, Terrell, and Van.
225 BBQ is a BBQ food trailer-turned-restaurant in Arlington at 601 E. Main St. from husband-and-wife Rene and Joyce Ramirez, who are sharing space with Maverick’s sports bar, running the kitchen, while Maverick’s runs the bar. Their menu combines BBQ with Mexican and other cuisines in dishes such as brisket ramen, burritos with Hot Cheetos, and nachos with Takis and brisket. Other menu items include birria tacos, brisket burgers, and elotes topped with brisket. 225 is the temperature at which they smoke their meat.
Hao's Grocery & Cafe is taking over the space at 120 St Louis Ave. #103B that is being vacated by The Table, the short-lived market and culinary studio that was a collaboration between owners Hao Tran, Dena & Trent Shaskan, and Dixya Bhattarai, who decided to close after Dena & Trent opened 3rd St. Market in Sundance Square. Hao's owner Hao Tran says in a Facebook post that the new concept will feature not only the same local food artisans but will also add an Asian market and will expand to the cafe next door. They'll open as Hao's Grocery & Cafe on January 4, and have a full schedule of classes and events beginning with a pop-up on January 8 with chef Kevin Martinez. In addition, every fourth Monday, Tran will serve a communal-style family meal at 6:30 pm, BYOB. To register for the dinners or classes, email email@example.com.
Fanboys Grill is a new concept that took over the former Emmy's Smokehouse on 2708 W. 7th. St., whose owners closed after struggling with increasing prices, construction projects, and family illness. Fanboys has a similar menu to what Emmy's served, including BBQ plates with choice of brisket, sausage, or pulled pork, plus burgers, Buffalo chicken sandwich, jalapeño poppers, onion rings, fried corn, grilled chicken salad, quesadillas, nachos, wings, loaded baked potato, and sides including coleslaw, beans, and mac & cheese -- but with a fun superhero theme. The restaurant is an extension of Fanboys Marketplace, a small chain of stores that are home to DFW’s largest collection of pop culture gifts, toys, and collectibles.
Paloma Suerte, Tim Love's restaurant at 122 E. Exchange, has begun serving "Breakfast at the Bar" on Saturday-Sunday from 9-11 am, with a concise menu that includes breakfast tacos, avocado tostado, sopapilla French toast, chilaquiles with rojo sauce, migas, huevos rancheros, and enchiladas with choice of cheese, beef, or chicken, plus two eggs. Prices are $12-$20.
Twin Peaks Restaurant is opening its fourth Fort Worth-area location in Northlake, at 13740 Raceway Dr., less than a mile from Texas Motor Speedway, where its plethora of TVs will air NASCAR and Indy Car races as well as Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars. The location has 32 beers on tap, and a patio with firepit and bar. The menu will include bourbon, whiskey, tequila, NY strip, meatball subs, and flatbreads. This is their eighth new location in 2022, their 31st location in Texas, and 94th systemwide.
Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes is serving Goodstock by Nolan Ryan beef, at both its original location in Decatur, and its second location in North Richland Hills. Goodstock by Nolan Ryan has adopted the Temple Grandin Responsible Cattle Care Program, which is marginally more humane than factory farms, although the best cattle care program is to leave the cattle alone and have an Impossible burger instead.
Modern Market has expanded its menu and made it possible to order half sizes of all entrees online and via the app, as well as in-restaurant. This allows mix-and-match options such as sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and more, from pizzas such as their new Brussels bacon pizz, or salads such as Baja blackened chicken, salmon Caesar, and Thai coconut salad. Bowls range from Angus beef with chimichuri to sesame-glazed tofu. Sides include rosemary sweet potato mash, arugula & blue cheese salad, and garlic mashed potatoes.
Station Nation is a new series hosted by Hunter Fieri – son of Guy Fieri – to discover food served in Shell stations around the country. It's a project between Shell and Food Network whose initial run visits 6 spots around the U.S., including Texas Best Smokehouse in Italy, off I-35 in Ellis County, an hour south of DFW; there's a snippet here.
Chili's Grill & Bar won fans and media attention on December 27 with a cunning Twitter promotion for travelers who got stuck in the Great Southwest Airline Meltdown of 2022. "To slightly offset the insane amount of flight cancellations, we’re offering gift cards to 30 of y'all who are stuck in the airport (with a Chili’s).. reply below and let us know where you’re stranded" -- drawing responses such as "Stuck at Dallas Love praying for a Chilis gift card so I can get a triple dipper and calm my soul from these travel delays."
Fancy was a national trend for 2022, according to Eater, who noted that diners were drawn to classic cocktails, ritzy settings, and pricey ingredients like caviar with lots of big spender openings such as, in Dallas, Carbone and STK.