Where to eat
Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 new restaurant picks in the 'burbs
The July edition of Where to Eat, CultureMap's monthly column recommending where to eat, focuses on new openings. Obviously there's no shortage, with a seemingly never-ending stream of restaurants opening in and around the Fort Worth area.
This list focuses on that last part: "around the Fort Worth area." We’re talking the suburbs, where new places are opening at the same rapid and exciting pace.
Here are five big new restaurants that have opened just outside Fort Worth:
The Brunch District
New Colleyville restaurant serves brunch every day, not just on weekends. It’s located in a strip mall at 3855 Glade Rd., but the plain exterior gives way to an attractive, lively dining room. The menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees such as chicken-fried steak. Brunch items include French toast topped with banana-bourbon sauce, lingonberry crepes, bagel and lox, and avocado toast. There are no less than 10 ways to get your pancakes, including topped with crushed Oreos or stuffed with cheesecake bites. There are brunchy cocktails and an extensive kid’s menu. This is the second brunch-inspired concept for co-owner Andreea Bujor, who previously opened Berries & Batter Brunch House in Highland Village and Frisco, and is now focused on The Brunch District, including a second location to open in Addison later this year.
Gilberto’s Taco Shop
Arlington favorite from owner Jose Ruiz made its debut on Abrams Street near Collins in 2019, in a shop that was absurdly small, with tables and booths crammed within inches of another. In late May, they opened a second location at 611 Park Row Dr., a few blocks from UTA, this time with plenty of legroom for diners and a big parking lot, something the original also lacks. The menu is made up of Mex-Mex and Tex-Mex staples, from enchiladas to chimichangas, which you can order individually or as a combo plate with rice and beans. Gilberto’s signature item remains birria tacos, the popular grilled tacos stuffed with cheese and birria meat and served with a side of consommé. They also serve breakfast all day in the form of breakfast tacos and plates, with eggs and choice of chorizo, bacon, or shredded beef. The place is hard to miss: Its building is covered in a mural of the infamous punch delivered by Texas Ranger Rougned Odor to Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista during a 2016 game.
Honduran food isn’t easy to find in North Texas, so any time a Honduras restaurant opens, it’s cause for celebration. This small mom-and-pop in South Arlington, at 7401 Matlock Rd. is a spinoff of a restaurant in Irving, and like the original, it offers authentic Honduran fare: from baleadas — a flour tortilla stuffed with red beans, crema, and queso duro — to pupusas and sopas, to fish and jumbo shrimp dishes cooked in Honduran spices. The expansive menu also includes breakfast dishes, coffee drinks, freshly made pastries, nearly a dozen agua frescas, plus rice and corn drinks imported directly from Honduras.
The Original Roy Hutchins Barbecue
Newly opened in Trophy Club at 3000 Hwy. 114, this barbecue joint has good lineage: It's from three members of the well-known Hutchins family: Dad Roy, his son Wesley, and Wesley’s son Zack (the family recently settled a lawsuit concerning the names of their restaurants). While it operates independently of the Hutchins locations in McKinney and Frisco, it’s similar in both setup and offerings. You wind your way through a line, picking your meats, sides, drinks, and dessert, then snag a seat. The menu mainly sticks to BBQ basics – sliced brisket, served lean or moist, chopped brisket with sauce, smoked turkey, burnt ends, St. Louis-style pork ribs, pork sausage, beef ribs, and smoked chicken. Their sides are more interesting than the norm: There’s a great chopped broccoli salad, pinto beans spiked with brisket, and dirty rice, a rare sight at a barbecue joint. Dessert consists of freshly made banana pudding.
Those familiar with Keller Chophouse and Mercury Chophouse will recognize the "Zack" in Zack’s Bistro as Zack Moutaouakil, who opened this new high-end steakhouse at 900 E. Copeland Rd. in Arlington, in a space that has seen many a concept come and go: PYT Social Lounge, Okal's Cafe, Donnie's Hot Dog Shop & Philly Steak Supper Club, Flying Daiquiris, even a Quizno's. One presumes Zack will have his usual magic touch. Along with a half-dozen steaks, the menu includes Moroccan beef “cigars” — ground beef wrapped in a spring roll with Moroccan spices — plus bruschetta, calamari, salads, bacon-wrapped deviled eggs, a burger, beef stroganoff, chicken-fried steak, shrimp and grits, beef tips, salads and fish tacos.