Where to eat in Fort Worth right now returns with 7 new restaurants
Thanks to the pandemic, Where to Eat took a break for the coronavirus. However, new restaurants continued to open in Fort Worth, and so we’re returning to our routine of marking those openings with our monthly column.
Perhaps you are ready to try these places with your mask on and a distance of two meters from your fellow guests.
When you’re not, you can always find take-away what all seven of these new restaurants have to offer.
Here’s our comeback edition of Where to Eat in Fort Worth:
360 smoke shack
The new sandwich shop in the West 7th region comes from caterer Cody Hickman, who took over the small square at 2708 West Seventh St., which was last occupied by Grandpa Mediterranean Café. Hickman’s specialty is classic sandwiches with Cheffy Twists. His take on a sloppy joe comes with ground beef, bacon, homemade pickles, and apple bourbon barbecue sauce. A pulled pork sandwich is topped with jalapeño and coriander coleslaw. His portobello has a smear of Chipotle Aioli on it. There are also several salads, smoked wings, and changing desserts, including a whoopie pie of the month.
Berry Street Ice House
The Berry Street Ice House takes over the spacious building on the south side of West Berry St. 2000, which was originally opened by Americado and then briefly inhabited by The Moon. Local chef Stefon Rishel and his Trident Restaurant Group, who also opened Wishbone & Flynt earlier this year, made the space a fun, family-friendly proposition, offering bar fare with quirky twists like a smoked and fried Bologna sandwich on homemade cheese- Whiz and nachos with Doritos and homemade jalapeños. The restaurant’s huge outdoor area is lined with games, a live entertainment area, and a vintage airstream where kids and adults alike can enjoy sweet treats like sno-cones and milkshakes that are both juicy and kid-friendly.
Del Campo empanadas
This family-run place in the far north of Fort Worth at 10724 N. Beach St. specializes in its product of the same name: Argentine-style pastries filled with sweet and savory ingredients. Options include beef, chicken, ham and cheese, shrimp, spinach, and bananas and Nutella. One of the most interesting empanadas is the caprese, filled with tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. There are also daily specials, including a pizza empanada with pepperoni, mozzarella, and oregano. The small, charming café is located in a shopping center and was designed by Andrea Cacho and Leo Gigante, who are from Buenos Aires.
The west side gets a new location for breakfast and lunch, courtesy of this newcomer that recently opened in the Latin Kitchen area of old Mariposa at 5724 Locke Ave. The restaurant is named after a family member who loves to cook, co-owner Brad Fields, and is said to pay homage to old-school home-cooked meals. Lunch dishes include burgers, chicken steak, a BLT with a fried egg, a grilled cheese sandwich with onions and bacon, and soups and salads. There are plenty of egg dishes for breakfast, including omelets, migas and scrambled eggs to make yourself. Spread pancakes with peanut butter and jelly; and French toast with funnel cake.
The number three restaurant of the local chef and restaurateur Marcus Paslay pays tribute to Mediterranean cuisine and is therefore the perfect introduction to the new Mule Alley development of the Fort Worth Stockyards. It’s a two-story beauty with cozy nooks and crannies for quiet socializing (from a distance, of course) and front and center tables for a picture-perfect view of the open kitchen. Must-have dishes include grilled trout on a bed of hoppin ‘john, a stew of black-eyed peas, jalapeños, and tomatoes, and homemade rinds served with a side of white barbecue sauce. Other dishes include classic chicken steak with mashed potatoes and creamy pepper sauce, prawns and semolina, as well as sausage and chicken gumbo. As in the other two Paslay restaurants, Piattello Italian Kitchen and Clay Pigeon, there is an impressive wine list, craft cocktails and a good selection of beers.
Taqueria El Arquito
Fort Worthers with a penchant for gas station tacos will find plenty to like at this new location at a Valero gas station in the far south of Fort Worth at 3621 Sycamore School Rd. For starters, there is Tacos al Pastor, whose marinated, bright red pork is cut straight out of a trumpet. Other taco fillings include beef and chicken fajita, ground beef, tripe, barbacoa, and lengua; All tacos come with coriander, onions, and grilled jalapeños. There are also generous tortas, menudo, and rotating agua frescas. I also like the 24/7 hours – they open early at 5am for breakfast tacos and stay open until midnight each evening. El Arquito is part of a family-run chain in North Texas. There are also locations in West Dallas and Haltom City, with more to come.
Trinity College Irish Pub & Beer Garden
Fort Worth’s need for a good Irish restaurant was well met with this recent addition to the West 7th area, which opened at 910 Currie St., the former home of Tortaco. The restaurant and pub redesigned with soft light and dark wood come from good genes: Alan Kearney, a native of Dublin, has opened similar concepts in Dublin and Dallas. The menu consists of what Kearney calls classic Irish cuisine: scotch eggs, banger and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and either a beef and lamb or a plant-based version of shepherd’s pie. There are also bar food favorites, including seven burgers; Boneless or boneless wings; and half a dozen sandwiches. The weekend brunch includes the full Irish breakfast, which is big enough for two and consists of two eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, hashish, and black bread. There is of course plenty of beer for drinks, including mixed beer drinks. There are also wine and cocktails.