Bite City Grill, the new global cuisine restaurant from James Beard-featured chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin, opens today at 4 p.m. in Fort Worth's West 7th district.
Chef Eddy and his brother-partner Chris have taken over a seemingly cursed spot: an end cap space at Montgomery Plaza where restaurants Mac's on Seventh, Monty's Corner and Deluxe Bar & Grille have all come and gone.
Ah, but those restaurants didn't have a James Beard-featured chef in the kitchen. Or specialty cocktails named after Zodiac signs, cleverly dreamt up by mixologist and general manager Chris.
Or, or, or meticulous attention to interior design that surely marks some Fort Worth firsts. Such as: hand-seared pieces of pine plywood that line the walls; hexagon-shaped booths chiseled out of red oak; and, dangling above them, bamboo and grapevine twig lighting fixtures, fussily hand-woven.
Chef Eddy's followers may be bummed he's not doing the straight-up Thai for which he was known at Dallas Thai spot Pakpao. But before digressing or dismissing, try his lamb lollipops, glazed with garlic cilantro soy; beef carpaccio, thinly sliced and topped with miso garlic aioli; or seared duck with a raisin and blackberry demi-glace.
For now, Bite is open 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch and brunch service will start in April.
— Malcolm Mayhew