Photo courtesy of The Dock

One of the restaurants in Fort Worth's Crockett Row food hall is going big-time: Called The Dock, it's a new seafood restaurant opening in Uptown Dallas, at 3839 McKinney Ave., a space that was previously a restaurant called Mamoun's Falafel, which closed in 2018.

As its name implies, The Dock specializes in seafood, but coming with an East-Coast perspective that's rare in Dallas-Fort Worth, where most of the seafood restaurants have their roots in Southern and Louisiana-style seafood like fried catfish. The Dock, on the other hand, specializes in Northeast items such as crab and New England clam chowder.

Owner Brett Curtis, a native of Maryland with 30 years' of experience in the restaurant industry, says they hope to be open within the next few weeks.

The Dock started out in 2016 as a little old food truck. In 2018, Curtis and his wife Denise opened a stand at the Food Hall at Crockett Row.

The menus at the food truck and the food hall stand differ slightly but both feature starters, sandwiches, tacos, and salads centered primarily on seafood and in particular, lobster.

"We first launched the food truck on a part time basis while I juggled a corporate job," Curtis says. "I'd worked in the food and beverage and resort industries for companies like Ruby Tuesdays and Nestle, but I always had a dream of opening my own place."

He wisely did it one step at a time: food truck, food hall, then a search for the right location for a permanent spot which he found in the Mamoun's space.

"There's no seafood right in that in that area, especially with what we're doing, which is original," he says. "We're not a fried catfish place. We do quality East coast-style seafood. I'm a crab guy at heart, and when I was young, I'd go up to Cape Cod where I really fell in love with lobster."

Lobster rolls have become a trend, and The Dock definitely has those — but also a lobster grilled cheese sandwich, garlic lobster fries, and lobster mac and cheese, with cavatappi pasta and Gouda cheese.

Other unique items include his spicy crab queso — just like it sounds, a spicy queso with chunks of crabmeat — and a "deep-fried pork belly." He'll do Maryland crab cakes, Baja fish tacos, healthy bowls — because you pretty much have to these days — and house-made potato chips with "crab seasoning."

"We 'Old Bay' everything," Curtis says.

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Airbnb-style parking app aims to ease the race for spaces around Dallas-Fort Worth

Parking made easier

An app being hyped as the “Airbnb for parking” has driven into Dallas-Fort Worth. FanSpotz LLC recently introduced its peer-to-peer mobile parking app in DFW after launching in Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas.

The app helps drivers find reasonably priced parking spaces — in yards and driveways, for instance — being rented out by everyday folks during sporting events, concerts, holiday gatherings, rodeos, festivals, and other activities where parking is at a premium.

“FanSpotz can be used for any kind of event or location that experiences surges in event parking,” says Dallas native Steven Zapata, co-founder and chief customer officer of FanSpotz. “Growing up in Dallas, I remember parking blocks away from Lower Greenville in residential neighborhoods on busy Friday nights. If only there was a service like FanSpotz then, I would have used it.”

All parking payments are processed through the FanSpotz app using Stripe, a mobile payment service.

This is how FanSpotz works:

  • A property owner lists available parking spots and set prices.
  • A driver browses the app to hunt for parking and reserve a parking spot based on price and location.
  • The app directs the driver to the reserved parking spot.

Parking spots can be advertised, and spots can be booked weeks in advance of a big event. The FanSpotz app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

In North Texas, FanSpotz is looking for parking “hosts” around:

  • AT&T Stadium in Arlington
  • Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium
  • Fort Worth Stockyards
  • University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium
  • LiveNation Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving
  • Dallas Market Center
  • Bishop Arts District
  • Southern Methodist University’s Gerald Ford Stadium
  • Lower Greenville, Dallas
  • Uptown and Turtle Creek, Dallas

Former TCU quarterback arrested in Dallas when car plows into bar

Uptown accident

Seven people were hit in a car accident outside an Uptown Dallas bar, when a driver sped onto a sidewalk and into the side of a building. The driver was Shabrika Bailey, 25, and her passenger was Trevone Boykin, 23, an NFL football player and former star TCU quarterback.

According to a police report, the accident took place outside the Side Bar at 2626 Howell St. on March 27 at about 2:10 am. Investigators determined that the driver accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians and the side of the bar.

In addition to the seven people on the sidewalk, a bartender inside the club was also injured. The impact of the crash into the building caused bottles of alcohol and a large ice cooler to fall and hit the bartender. Seven people were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

Bailey was arrested for two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. Boykin was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana.

Boykin attended high school in Mesquite and was a starting quarterback for TCU in 2014-15.

Photo courtesy of Doc B's

Fresh restaurant from Chicago moves into Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork

Dining News

A Chicago-based restaurant has designs on Texas, with locations planned in two of Dallas-Fort Worth’s hottest areas. Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen will open in Fort Worth’s Shops at Clearfork and at McKinney & Olive in Uptown Dallas in fall and spring 2017, respectively.

There is also a location coming to Austin’s Domain Northside in spring 2017.

The “fresh casual” restaurant offers burgers and sandwiches, salads, pizza, and what they call Wok Out bowls. Those are kale, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and chopped cashews with salmon, chicken, shrimp, tuna, tofu, or steak, as well as your choice sticky brown rice, lo mein, or quinoa with sesame teriyaki or spicy Thai sauce.

Among the “very special” entrees are center-cut filet mignon, Tennessee hot chicken, and Cajun crusted trout. Doc B’s sources ingredients from farmers and small purveyors, and meats are vegetarian-fed and hormone- and antibiotic-free.

The restaurant also serves craft beer, wine, and spirits.

The Doc B’s in Fort Worth will have a 35-person oval bar with six TVs. Here the emphasis will be on dining al fresco, as there will be a 2,500-square-foot patio with umbrellas, canopy, and heat lamps. An outdoor fire pit will be another gathering spot to enjoy cocktails and apps.

The McKinney & Olive branch will have an open island kitchen, exposed 35-foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Texas-inspired artwork will hang on the walnut and Carrara marble walls. Fancy.

There will be additional dining upstairs on the mezzanine overlooking McKinney avenue. An expansive wraparound patio will seat 75. Gotta have a patio.

Founded in 2013, Doc B’s now has locations Chicago and Tampa, Florida, with locations underway in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables, in addition to those in Texas.

Avocado pizza at Doc B's.

Avocado pizza at Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Doc B's
Avocado pizza at Doc B's.
Photo courtesy of Avanti

Fort Worth receives western outpost of Dallas restaurant popular with night owls

Restaurant News

Uptown Dallas mainstay Avanti Ristorante is about to join a migration west. The restaurant will open a Fort Worth location in mid-March, in the One City Place development, on the site of the former Tandy Center.

The original Italian-Mediterranean restaurant has been on McKinney Avenue for more than 30 years. It's a cozy rendezvous spot and go-to for night-owls, thanks to its willingness to stay open late, with its trademark "moonlight breakfast."

Owner Amin Malek says that the Fort Worth branch will be much like the Dallas original, but with additions to the menu and twice the space.

"The menu will be similar, but because of the added square footage and the bigger, beautiful kitchen, we'll be adding more Mediterranean items," he says. "We're also introducing some flatbreads for our patio and bar diners, and extending our appetizer selection."

That includes a favorite of his: cheese.

"One thing I've always wanted to have is a nice cheese and charcuterie selection, which we were not able to do in Uptown, due to the lack of space in the kitchen there," he says. "You can't fit more than three people in that kitchen. But I'm a huge cheese fan, and want to offer a nice cheese selection."

Fort Worth will also have another unique feature that's been high on Malek's wish list.

"One thing we've never been able to have on McKinney is a private room," he says. "This has a room that seats more than 60 people, with AV connections for corporate events."

This is not Avanti's first expansion. In 1995, a second Avanti opened at Fountain Place in downtown Dallas, where it became a lunch destination for downtown workers and a popular spot for weddings and other catered events. That branch closed in 2014.

Avanti Fort Worth will pick up the slack. Located at Throckmorton and Second streets, abutting a grassy area it'll share with fellow Dallas emigre Wild Salsa, it re-creates McKinney Avenue's ambience, with an elegant chandelier, huge windows, and patio.

"When we realized we were going to close Fountain Place, we began looking for a place we could host events," Malek says. "Once we saw the location in Fort Worth, we realized it wasn't an event space but would be better suited for restaurant. It gave us a good incentive to go west."


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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

The Tastemaker Awards toast the best in Texas dining for 2023

A taste of Texas

It’s another one for CultureMap’s history books. The 2023 Tastemaker Awards, which recognized Texas' best chefs, restaurants, and more culinary superstars of the year, have finally come to a close.

The series kicked off April 13 with our sold-out Houston Tastemaker Award at Silver Street Studios, then we came home to Fort Worth, to the 4 Eleven, for our second annual event, April 27. The Texas culinary tour steered us over to Dallas' Fashion Industry Gallery on May 4. From there, we took a drive to the Hill Country for Austin’s evening festivities at Fair Market on May 11, then concluded our journey with our second-ever fête in San Antonio on May 18.

The 2023 Tastemaker Awards honor the state’s most innovative culinary pioneers, allowing nominated chefs and restaurants to showcase their talents for guests before announcing the winners during a live ceremony.

Guests sampled chefs’ specialty bites and imbibed a variety of creative cocktails or mocktails, with a few Topo Chicos sprinkled in throughout the evening. But as always, our nominees and winners are the main focus of our program and are the reason we can bring these celebrations to life.

While a panel of local food and beverage pros choses a majority of the winners, the winner of Best New Restaurant is determined by our readers in an online, bracket-style tournament. New this year in each city, a sizzling on-site Burger Throwdown sponsored by Goodstock Beef by Nolan Ryan.

Without further ado, let’s meet our 2023 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winners, listed by city:

Fort Worth:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Fitzgerald
  • Chef of the Year: Juan Ramón Cárdenas, Don Artemio
  • Bar of the Year: Birdie’s Social Club
  • Best New Restaurant: Calisience
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Angel Fuentes, Guapo Taco
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Cafe Bella
  • Best Burger: Dayne’s Craft Barbecue
  • Best Brewery: Martin House Brewing Company


  • Restaurant of the Year: Shoyo
  • Chef of the Year: Junior Borges, Meridian
  • Bar of the Year: Lounge Here
  • Best New Restaurant: Quarter Acre
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Mike Matis, Fearing’s
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Maricsa Trejo, La Casita Bakeshop
  • Bartender of the Year: Haley Merritt, Midnight Rambler
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: El Rincon del Maiz
  • Wine Program of the Year: Pappas Bros.
  • Best Burger: Wulf Burger
  • Brewery of the Year: Manhattan Project Beer Co.


CultureMap Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2023
Photo by Ashley Gongora

The ants garnishing Guapo Taco's chips were the talk of the Fort Worth event.

  • Restaurant of the Year: Bludorn
  • Chef of the Year: Mark Clayton, Squable
  • Bar of the Year: Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar and Spirit Lounge
  • Best New Restaurant: Aiko
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Shawn Gawle, Goodnight Hospitality
  • Bartender of the Year: Kristine Nguyen, Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Craft Pita
  • Wine Program of the Year: Nancy’s Hustle
  • Best Pop-Up: Khói Barbecue
  • Best Burger: Burger Bodega


  • Restaurant of the Year: Birdie’s
  • Chef of the Year: Amanda Turner, Olamaie
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Joaquin Ceballos, Este
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Mariela Camacho, Comadre Panadería
  • Bar of the Year: Nickel City
  • Bartender of the Year: Erin Ashford, Olamaie
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Nixta Taqueria
  • Wine Program of the Year: Bufalina
  • Brewery of the Year: Lazarus Brewing Co.
  • Best Burger: Dai Due
  • Best New Restaurant: Maie Day

San Antonio:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Carriqui
  • Chef of the Year: Robbie Nowlin, Allora, Arrosta
  • Bar of the Year: Amor Eterno
  • Brewery of the Year: Künstler Brewing
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: The Magpie
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Sofia Tejeda, Hotel Emma
  • Best Burger: Last Place Burger
  • Best New Restaurant: Reese Bros BBQ

These are the 5 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

Doughnuts, burgers, and whiskey – oh my! A sweet collaboration happens this Friday night. Also plan for a summer afternoon tea, a complimentary wine tasting, museum happy hour, and a hysterical wine tasting event themed after a hit comedy.

Thursday, June 1

Crimson Wine Tasting at Neighbor’s House Grocery
The boutique downtown grocer and eatery hosts complimentary wine tasting for sipping and shopping. Guests will get to try four different wines from Napa’s Crimson Wine Group. Drop by anytime from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Friday, June 2

Kimbell Happy Hour
Friday means it’s time for the Kimbell Art Museum’s weekend happy hour. Visit from 5-7 pm for beverages and bites, along with live music by the Allegro Guitar Society. Members will receive 10 percent off drinks.

Doughnut-Burger Collaboration at Whiskey Ranch
Whiskey Ranch does National Doughnut Day with a sweet and savory collab featuring three Fort Worth favorites: TX Whiskey, FunkyTown Donuts, and JD’s Hamburgers. The $35 ticket includes three different TX cocktails paired with gourmet mini doughnuts, including a bacon burger doughnut slider by JD’s. Cocktails include Blackberry Sour, Pecan Old Fashioned, and Parker County Peach TX Whiskey Tea. There’ll also be DJ music and a build-your-own-doughnut hole sundae bar. The event will run from 6-9 pm.

Saturday, June 3

Catalina Canned Wine Mixer at Truck Yard Alliance
Truck Yard in Alliance is throwing a “bro-down” party themed after the 2008 hit movie Step Brothers. Wear your best tuxedo t-shirt for a wine tasting, photo ops, food trucks, and a Step Brothers cover band. Admission is free, but a $15 wine tasting is offered from 7-9 pm, featuring six wine samples and a souvenir glass filled with frose. Costume contests will be held at 5 pm and 10 pm.

Sunday, June 4

Summer Afternoon Tea at Indulge
The downtown cooking studio and tea room will host a Sunday afternoon summer tea party. Enjoy three courses including chicken tarragon sandwiches, roasted vegetable phyllo cups, and street corn crostinis, along with scones with clotted cream and jam, cream puffs, madeleines, and shortbread cookies. Tea choices include black or herbal blend. The tea service is $65 and begins at 2 pm.