News You Can Eat
Must-try limited-edition dishes, plus more Fort Worth restaurant news
It looks like September is going to be good times for Fort Worth diners, with lots of openings on the way, plus must-try special limited-edition menus, including seafood samplers, bone-in wings, and all kinds of specialty burgers coming up.
Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:
F1 Smokehouse, the new foodtruck-turned-restaurant slated to open at 517 University Ave. with smoked meats, salads, and sandwiches from chefs Felipe Armenta and Graham Elliott, is getting close. The restaurant posted a FB reel peeking some of its vivid appointments including a houndstooth banner under the restaurant's outdoor sign, a slatted wood ceiling, a neon-outlined cowboy, an outdoor live plant wall with magenta blossoms, and photos of ZZ Top, Willie Nelson the Lone Ranger, Andy Warhol, and other pop culture figures outlined in glossy yellow and blue frames. Dishes include "Mac n’ Jack," a rendition of mac & cheese with wagon wheel pasta, cheddar jack bechamel, jalapeños, and roasted red peppers.
The Station Patio Icehouse in Keller has closed for what they say is an "undetermined amount of time." In a FB post, they addressed patrons, Keller residents, and local businesses, stating that "due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with a heavy heart that we announce The Station Patio Icehouse will be closing effective Sunday August 27, for an undetermined amount of time. We have enjoyed being part of the Keller community, and serving the old town Keller patrons. we will keep everyone posted and wish you all the best."
Skillet N Grill in Arlington has closed after 30 years and sold the business to Dixie House as of October 1. In a FB post, the restaurant said they put a tremendous amount of thought into selling felt that now is the right time. "We are family run, including our 65-year-old father that puts in a 100 hours a week every week and has for a long time. He has decided he’d like to retire, and take care of our mother that has been ill for a few years now. Most if not all the employees and family members that currently work at Skillet will continue to work for Dixie house after the transition. Also we still own the old location that currently has a Mediterranean Restaurant open so pop in there and you might run into some of the family including our dad Shebli."
Smoke'N Ash BBQ Tex-Ethiopian Smokehouse, an already acclaimed BBQ startup, is getting closer to reopening its doors at its new location at 5904 S. Cooper St. in Arlington. In a FB post, the restaurant said that they're wrapping up construction and are awaiting final inspections. They said they'll announce a soft opening in the coming days. The restaurant closed its last location in South Arlington at the end of May. They've earned multiple press nods for their fusion of BBQ and Ethiopian food including an episode of CultureMap's Where to Eat, then earning notice on a NY Times roundup in July '23, followed by a spot on a Texas Monthly list of New and Improved BBQ places, and is on the lineup at the magazine's BBQ Fest in Lockhart November 4-5.
Flip's Patio Grill has a new Coffee-Rubbed Bacon Burger for its September burger of the month. They say that the coffee adds an extra layer of oomph and is an energizing concoction of flavors that strangely works. The Coffee-Rubbed Bacon Burger features a 50/50 brisket-chuck blend, rubbed with coffee, topped with smoked Gouda cheese, bacon, caramelized red onions, and BBQ sauce.
Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux has introduced bone-in wings to its menu for the first time, for a limited time in flavors including Buffalo, Sweet Chili, and Lemon Pepper Dry Rub, plus a special flavor exclusively to the Arlington and The Colony restaurant locations called the "Louisiana Kick, crafted in collaboration with franchisee and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, featuring the bold and zesty essence of Louisiana cuisine with the fiery spirit of Texan culinary passion.
Dough Bro’s, an Italian kitchen with locations in Dallas, Plano, and Bedford, has added six new menu items including three new starters: Bruschetta, with tomato, basil, and buffalo mozzarella; Pepperoni Rolls with marinara dipping sauce; and brilliant Pizza Fries, house fries topped with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and choice of various meat things. Three new pizzas include Supreme, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bell pepper, onion, mushroom, and black olive; BBQ Chicken; and Hawaiian.
Fish City Grill and Half Shells have four new items: A new sampler with calamari, fried pickles, and shrimp-crab queso; Super Greens Salmon Salad with kale and shaved Brussels sprouts; Shrimp & Chicken Penne; and a Chocolate Addiction dessert with chocolate cream, chocolate drops, nuts, almond toffee crunch, and a cookie crumb crust.
Tacodeli has a new permanent dessert: a Brown Butter & Bourbon Blondie, sourced from The Bearded Baking Company in Bastrop, like a butterscotch version of a brownie.
BoomerJacks has brought back the Beer Cheese Burger, Jumbo Pretzel with beer cheese, and debuted a new Watermelon Margarita, and a new Fried Oreo dessert.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill has new seasonal specials including Pork Chop with Bacon and Fig Jam, wings in a spicy Calabrian chile butter, Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara, Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding, and the returning Blood Orange Margarita with Sauza Gold Tequila, Disaronno Amaretto, and blood orange sour.
Wendy's has new Made to Crave menu additions: The Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger or the Loaded Nacho Shicken Sandwich, both served on a jalapeño cheddar bun, and Queso Fries with roasted poblano queso and shredded cheddar.
Taco Cabana is launching all-new Frito’s Pie Quesadilla, Hatch Chile Smoked Pulled Pork Street Tacos, a Triple Chocolate Cookie, and the TC 45 Vodkarita with Tito’s Handmade Vodka sold in a commemorative 24-ounce yard cup.
Cici's is offering Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls, a pumpkin spice version of their regular cinnamon rolls but with pumpkin-spicy icing featuring cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
Smoothie King has brought back pumpkin smoothies, made with organic pumpkin and packed with 10+ grams of protein, in five options including Pumpkin Power Meal with almonds and dates; the Pumpkin Slim-N-Trim; and Pumpkin Vegan.
SusieCakes has a new limited-time Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcake with a pumpkin cupcake, coffee buttercream, and cinnamon sugar, available September 5 through October 1 $4.75 each.
La Madeleine has a festive menu with limited-time items including Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Streusel Muffin with cinnamon-sugar streusel, Turtle Cheesecake with caramel and chocolate drizzle and candied pecans, Caramel Apple Danish, and Carrot Cake.