Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 just-opened new restaurants

As life begins to normalize around Fort Worth, more and more people are itching for new restaurants. Fortunately, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas have seen a huge surge in new restaurant openings lately.

For our regular monthly Where to Eat feature, we’ve found five new destinations for you to try:

Chetra’s kitchen

The modest restaurant at 2817 Central Dr. Bedford doesn’t look like much from the outside. But head chef Chetra Chau serves excellent, global food in a low key mall. Chau has used his many years of work as a caterer and chef to develop a menu that spans many kitchens. He makes fancy dishes like fried scallops with smoked bacon cream sauce and Chilean sea bass with roasted garlic and citrus Sichuan sauce. But everyday objects are also given a chef-inspired note: his BLT contains an egg that is too light and a Korean barbecue sauce, and his tacos are riffs on beef Wellington and Philly cheesesteaks.

Emporium pies

The popular Dallas-based cake shop took the time to open a location in Fort Worth – roughly 10 years – but has finally arrived, ending up in the South Main area at 411 South Main St., in the room that was recently vacated by Alchemy Pops. Owners Megan Wilkes and Mary Sparks pride themselves on their homemade cakes, made with high quality ingredients. They have a menu of seven main cakes that will be available in the Fort Worth Store, including bourbon pecan cake, French silk chocolate with a salty pretzel crust, and Lord of the Pies, their signature deep-dish apple cake with cinnamon sprinkles. Currently, the Fort Worth outpost is only open for window service. A dining area will open later this year.

Harvest hall

Part of Grapevine’s $ 114 million Grapevine Main development, this recently opened food hall features half a dozen kitchens, plus a coffee shop, bars, and live entertainment area. In particular, it is the first stationary location of Zatar, a Mediterranean spot whose popular food truck hails from Fort Worth. Other providers include familiar faces such as Monkey King Noodle Co. and Easy Slider, as well as two spin-offs: the Italian spot Spuntino from the owners of Loveria in Colleyville; and Chick & Biscuit, a sibling of Mason & Dixie, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Grapevine. There is also an Arepa TX Latin American cuisine, whose tacos and arepas were created by YouTube chef Mary Ann Allen, AKA the Frugal Chef.

Sidesaddle Saloon

What the Fort Worth Stockyards need is a woman’s touch. Let’s say the creators of this new cowgirl-themed cocktail lounge with small plates by Sarah Castillo, Christian Lehrmann and Glen Keely – the team behind Taco Heads and Tiny’s Mexican cuisine. The Texan tapas menu features bison tartare with mustard vinaigrette on toasted sourdough. devilish eggs with caviar and crème fraiche; homemade jerky beef; and bacon, cheddar and chive biscuits. There is a lot of emphasis on drinks, with a long list of scotches and tequilas; Beers and wines; and craft cocktails named after famous cowgirls.

Smoke-a-holics BBQ

One of the most popular barbecue places in Fort Worth now has a spin-off at Crockett Hall, the Food Hall on Crocket Row at 3000 Crockett St. Derrick Walker, which offers its entire menu of smoked meats along with popular favorites like Big Macc, a mix from brisket and mac & cheese; dirty rice mixed with black pepper sausage; smoked chicken salad; and loaded baked potatoes and nachos. The Food Hall has plenty of seating – a rarity in Walker’s little mothership store – not to mention the ability to order beer, wine, and mixed drinks thanks to the built-in bar in Crocket Hall.

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