New dishes and grand openings make this Fort Worth restaurant news tasty
This roundup of Fort Worth dining news has tasty tidbits about new dishes, new menus, and big-name chefs. There's also a sad closure, but with a silver lining.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
The Pantry, the restaurant and market at 713 W. Magnolia Ave. which was a collaboration from chefs and teachers Hao Tran and Natasha Bruton has closed. They featured dumplings in rotating flavors such as curry potato, kimchi, brisket, shiitake, or pumpkin masala, as well as cookies, cakes, tarts, cobbler, and take-and-bake cinnamon rolls, and were only just featured in our monthly Where to Eat roundup in October. The dumplings can still be purchased via Hao & Dixya, the dumpling partnership between Hao Tran and Dixya Bhattarai, which does pop-ups at The Table, the Near Southside market and culinary studio which Tran co-owns. UPDATE 11-2-2022: Michael Salas, who identifies himself as a co-owner, says that "dumplings are still available at 713 Magnolia. Hao Tran quit. The restaurant is rebrending after Hao's exit. I ask thay you retract the article and state thay dumplings are available and the restaurant is still open." He does not say who will be making the dumplings.
Calisience, the food-truck-turned-restaurant known for its crispy birria tacos, celebrates its grand opening on November 1, with music and eats from 5-8 pm. One of Fort Worth's most hotly anticipated restaurants, this food truck launched in 2020 by owner Jacqueline Anaya now has a permanent space at 2707 Race St., previously occupied by Dino's Live. The menu features her signature tacos dorados, plus birria in quesadillas and in an open-faced sandwich called mollete; plus street tacos, Mexican rice, refried beans, pasta salad, and her popular strawberry horchata drink.
Mo' Bettahs opened its third DFW-area location in Mansfield, at 3020 E. Broad St., #116, near Vernon Newsome Stadium. this is the 37th location for the Utah-based chain which specializes in the Hawaiian plate lunch with choice of teriyaki chicken or steak, katsu chicken, or shrimp tempura served with macaroni salad and rice.
Jane Southlake has new seasonal drinks including Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha Latte, spiked Amaretto Cappuccino, and spiked Apple Pie Chai with Old Forester Whiskey and Apple Pie flavored Bailey’s.
Firehouse Subs has a new Prime Rib Steak Sub, featuring prime rib cooked sous vide, topped with caramelized onions, provolone, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli, and mustard on a toasted sub roll.
Salad and Go has three new dishes for fall. Roasted Autumn Salad with sweet potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and parmesan cheese, with protein choice of chicken or tofu or steak for an extra charge, and which can also be ordered as a wrap; Chicken Pot Pie Soup, and Pink Lemonade with cranberry juice and grapefruit.
Black Rock Coffee Bar has three new drinks for winter: Peppermint Bark White Mocha with peppermint bark sauce, white chocolate, and espresso; Caramel Nog Latte with eggnog, caramel, and espresso; and Christmas Cookie Cold Brew with chocolate macadamia nut and a sweet vanilla cold foam.
McDonald’s is bringing back its McRib sandwich for the fall, along with a line of McRib merchandise, available on GoldenArchesUnlimited.com. McRib is a boneless pork item with BBQ sauce, onions, and pickles, served on a sub-style bun. It was first introduced in 1980 and is featured on the menu sporadically.
Whataburger has added a new item: Whataburger Chili Cheese Fries, featuring fries layered with beef chili and shredded cheddar jack cheese, which they say is in answer to the call from fans of their new Chili Cheese Burger who were apparently requesting this addition, or so Whataburger says. They're available for a limited time, how long that is, Whataburger does not say.
Eight Elite Light Lager is now available at movie theaters for the first time, only at Cinemark Theatres. Founded by Troy Aikman, Eight is a lager brewed with organic grains.
Fort Worth chef Felipe Armenta (Cork & Pig Tavern, The Tavern Bar & Grill, Press Cafe, F1 Smokehouse, Pacific Table, Maria’s Mexican Kitchen, Towne Grill in Alliance Town Center) has, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, persuaded TV chef Graham Elliot (Top Chef, MasterChef, The Great American Recipe) to relocate to Fort Worth to work on a steakhouse called Duke. Elliot's rather grouchy representative says in an email, "Nothing has been confirmed at this time. Graham still resides in Hawaii." But Elliot posted a query asking whether Dallas or Fort Worth would be a better place to move, and a photo of himself in an aqua Western shirt and cowboy hat that said "YEEEEE HAW! #texas #DFW." At the very least, he seems ready to embrace some TX stereotypes. Armenta is meanwhile opening still another restaurant called Cafe Margot, in a former Cornery Bakery at 3150 S. Hulen St. in 2023.