Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 new restaurants for March

The pandemic, a brutal snowstorm and a delicate economy were no match for the local restaurateurs who, despite these seemingly unbeatable challenges, continue to make debuts.

This edition of CultureMap’s monthly Where to Eat feature introduces five newcomers, all of which have recently opened in and around Fort Worth.

Here’s where to eat in March:

Breakfast brothers

The new black-owned Arlington restaurant is open mornings, lunches, and evenings. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on breakfast, which is served throughout the day. The other part of the name is also correct: It belongs to brothers Rickey and Chris Booker, who started out with a food truck and then switched to this stationary operation. The menu includes omelets, waffles and pancakes, as well as more creative dishes like catfish & grits and French toast with salmon fillet. For lunch and dinner there is a lobster roll, po ‘boy sandwiches, fried ribs and much more.

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

The family-run mini-chain takes a creative approach to pizza, serving it churrascaria-style with bottomless slices of wood-fired pizza delivered by roaming gauchos. Flavors include shrimp and fontina, Turkish lamb, and classic hot peppers. At a fixed price, you also get a rocket salad, meatballs, lobster bisque and dessert pizzas like gorgonzola and honey. They have just opened their fourth location at 3010 South Hulen St. in the former Italian kitchen of Bravo, but it is their first to offer a la carte products such as prime and wagyu steaks, salads and seafood dishes.

Kintaro ramen

Chef Jesus Garcia transformed his ghost kitchen in Fort Worth into a full-fledged ramen restaurant and opened Kintaro’s second stationary location in the same location at 2801 West 7th St. that was his former ramen restaurant, Oni Ramen. The menu reflects the original Kintaro in Arlington and is small. It consists of six types of ramen as well as a handful of starters and small plates. There is also a rotating monthly ramen special. For March, it’s Kimchi Ramen, made with bacon, kimchi, chicken broth, flavorful lard, and fried oyster.

Wicho’s house restaurant

The corner shop in North Richland Hills decided to move after finding a more visible location in Grapevine in a small strip center at 2100 W. Northwest Hwy., 207. The extensive menu offers something for every taste, from pasta and Caesar salad to cooked burgers with Angus beef on brioche rolls. The dominant cuisine, however, is Mexican, with a full range of Tex-Mex standards: nachos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and tacos, including cheesy birria tacos, the must-have of the moment. They are ready to serve whatever you need. They’re also open for breakfast with French toast, avocado toast, waffles, and six types of pancakes, including one with chocolate and bananas.

Zaap kitchen

Exciting Newcomer to Fort Worth is a small, quick-casual, family-run restaurant chain that specializes in Laos and Thailand groceries and originated on Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 2018. Their goal is to spread the joy of Lao food with its higher, bolder levels of spice. The menu includes sizzling Lao sausages, heavenly beef dried meat and crispy wings. A typical dish is the fried pineapple rice, which combines savory and sweet ingredients: egg, cashews, pineapple, raisins, peas, carrots, onions, tomatoes and garlic. You are in the WestBend mall taking over the old pop bar area.

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