2 Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations
The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories, including two in Fort Worth.
Considered the Oscars of the food world, the awards recognize outstanding chefs and other culinary professionals in a wide range of categories ranging from Outstanding Chef to Best New Restaurant.
The awards also include media categories that will be announced at a later date.
Fort Worth nominees include:
- Best New Restaurant: Don Artemio
- Best Chef: Texas nominees Jalen Heard, Lane Milne, and Jonny White, Goldee's Barbecue.
CultureMap recently included both restaurants in our December Where to Eat column as great places to take out-of-town guests.
Of Don Artemio, writer Malcolm Mayhew said, "This stylish, upscale restaurant in the Museum District is more Mex Mex than Tex Mex; its menu is heavily inspired by food from the northeast Mexico region of Saltillo, where the original location of Don Artemio is located. The must-have appetizer is the build-your-own cactus tacos, served with warm, housemade corn tortillas. Entrees include the excellent chile hojaldrado, a cream cheese and pecan-stuffed poblano chile wrapped in puff pastry and served over tomato sauce; Chilean sea bass in a housemade mole sauce; and cabrito ribs with a cabbage salad and pickled red onions. There’s a large cocktail menu, plus a nice wine list, too."
Of Goldee's, Mayhew wrote, "Goldees BBQ, found down a bumpy country road in southeast Fort Worth, was crowned the No. 1 barbecue spot in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine, and one bite of their rich and tender brisket, you’ll see why. Housemade sausage and meaty pork ribs are also must-gets, along with sides such as jalapeno cheese grits. Grab a couple slices of bread, too; it’s made in-house. Big crowds mean you’ll need to wait at least a couple hours, but it’ll be a fun wait. Those in line often get to know one another and sometimes there’s free beer and food samples."
Dallas nominees include:
- Outstanding Chef: Junior Borges, Meridian
- Outstanding Restaurant: Lucia
- Best New Restaurant: Restaurant Beatrice
- Best New Restaurant: Tatsu
- Outstanding Bakery: La Casita Bakeshop
- Outstanding Bakery: Kuluntu Bakery
- Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag
- Olivia López and Jonathan Percival, Molino Olōyō
- Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, José
- Regino Rojas, Revolver Taco Lounge
Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 29. The Foundation will reveal its winners at an awards ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.