Where to eat: New Year’s Eve 2021 restaurants in Fort Worth
A Blue Mesa Grill dinner package includes ham and chicken enchiladas.
I hear you.
It is currently too risky to dine indoors when a restaurant is overcrowded.
So this is a different kind of New Year’s Eve recap.
It’s all about elegant takeaway or delivery dinners for a safe and personal celebration of 2021.
(If you plan to eat out, choose a patio table or one in a well-ventilated area. Sit only with members of your household, wear masks except to eat or drink, and keep other people three feet away. )
Do you understand what I mean? Home food is better and valet parking is free.
Some takeaway / roadside picks for Thursday evening December 31:
Maine Diver Scallop in a Grace American Caviar Butter Sauce. Courtesy of GRACE
▪ Grace, 777 Main St., one of the top three gourmet restaurants in Fort Worth, has a special New Year’s Eve deal: nothing special.
Grace serves its regular menu at regular prices, not some jacked-up Christmas dinner.
For $ 40 to $ 60 inside or to take away, enjoy the Maine scallops, lobster, rack of lamb, steaks, or a whole roast chicken to share.
(This is a trick for ordering upscale dinners. Order dinner and split it up. This saves extra dessert or extra wine.)
Grace serves by the roadside every night; along with casual cousin Little Red Wasp. Both also have roadside terraces; 817-877-3388, gracefortworth.com.
The terrace of Ellerbe Fine Foods is the perfect place for an evening, a glass of wine and a dinner. Ralph Lauer Zuma Press
▪ Ellerbe Fine Foods, 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., normally goes with Grace for fine dining, but has a more limited New Years Eve menu.
You must call by Monday to order Ellerbe’s $ 140 hot dinner for two ($ 195 for two with wines).
Chef Molly McCook’s main course is beef bourguignon with a seafood salad and a Doberge snack.
The dine-in menu ($ 105, $ 140 with wines) has more choices. There is an enclosed terrace; 817-926-3663, ellerbefinefoods.com.
▪ Clay Pigeon Food + Drink, 2731 White Settlement Road, tops the steakhouse menus.
Clay Pigeon’s $ 75 dinner, served indoors or to take away, includes a choice of ribeye or monkfish with a starter, soup, or salad, and a choice of mocha pot de creme or almond bread pudding.
Take-away orders receive a 20% discount on wines; 817-882-8065, Claypigeonfd.com.
Chef Marcus Paslay’s other restaurants offer their regular menus and prices.
The roadside menu at Piattello Italian Kitchen in the Waterside stores offers inexpensive starters, salads, pizzas and a choice of four pastas, fried chicken or eggplant parmigiana. There is also a large, secure terrace; piattelloitaliankitchen.com.
The excellent menu on Mule Alley in Provender Hall features steaks, trout, burgers and chicken steak. provenderhall.com.
The signature 7-finger pork chop at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, which has just opened its first Tarrant location in Grapevine Courtesy Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
▪ Bonnell’s and Waters have special menus in the dining room or to take away. (Note: Bonnell’s doesn’t offer $ 40 family takeaway meals on New Years Eve or during the day.)
▪ Winslow’s Wine Cafe, 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd., has dinner in the dining room and a la carte specials for easy roadside pickup, including a $ 27 prime rib dinner of mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts or $ 28 – Scallops. The menu also includes soups, salads and chocolate-coated strawberries.
Steakhouses like B&B Butchers, The Capital Grille, Eddie Vs Prime Seafood, Del Friscos Grille, and Silver Fox offer take-away menus. Call or check the websites.
The best chain deal could be at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Grapevine, which serves a $ 60 take-away three-course meal with a choice of steaks, seafood, or the restaurant’s signature triple-cut pork chop. Order online; perryssteakhouse.com.
FnG Eats opened in the Keller Town Center in 2012. Jeffery Washington Star Telegram Archives
▪ FnG Eats, 201 Town Center Lane, Keller, serves a three-course meal worth $ 45 in house or take away with a choice of fillet, salmon, or halibut.
Note the desserts from co-owners Bob Stephenson and Carlos Arevalo: a Kahlua chocolate ganache cake or a cheesecake with almond-brown sugar caramel; 817-741-5200, fngeats.com.
The Blue Mesa Grill serves a take-away version of its Sunday brunch with enchiladas, tacs, migas, and French toast. Handout photo
▪ The Blue Mesa Grill at 612 Carroll Street serves a warm family dinner for six worth $ 120 ($ 102 for new customers who order online) of ham with red chilli glaze and enchiladas with smoked chicken.
There is also a hot takeaway dinner or New Years brunch for six ($ 120, $ 102 for new customers who order online). with tacos, enchiladas with red chili and egg dishes.
Yes, you can order both and feed 12 for the same price as other restaurants’ dinners for two.
Hooray for Blue Mesa Grill; 817-332-6372, bluemesagrill.com.
Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth man who covered high school soccer at age 16 and attended two Super Bowls, seven political conventions, and 15 legislative sessions in Texas. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns on restaurants, dining and eating in Texas.