Scott Reitz reviewed Victor Tangos: This Henderson Avenue spot has undergone some "subtle changes" recently, including a new logo and new management, but "at its core [it] appears to be the same restaurant as always." Chef Kirstyn Brewer is freshening up the menu with dishes like grilled celery root with tonnato sauce, a family-style roast chicken for two (with meat that's unfortunately " so overcooked it squeaked"), and an apple-bacon upside-down cake. A few dishes, like ahi tuna nachos, lamb sausage flatbread and sticky toffee cake, "have been on the menu for nearly as long as the restaurant's been open," and "some of the older dishes are starting to look a little out of place." Overall, "Victor Tangos is often best — and it's always most interesting — when Brewer's creativity shines through." [Observer]
Leslie Brenner reviewed Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House: With a "dreary" main dining room and a back dining room that seems "suitable for a PowerPoint presentation," this 21-year-old Addison steakhouse "very much needs a makeover." Steaks and chops are "generally very good," as is the service, but the drinks and starters feel "a few years behind the curve," and the wine list is "wildly overpriced." Best bets are a bone-in New York strip, "a terrific Caesar salad and an excellent lobster-shrimp bisque," and sauteed garlic spinach; skip the desserts, which are "a giant disappointment." Two stars. [DMN]
ELSEWHERE: City of Ate found vegetable nirvana at NorthPark's Green House Market and weird burgers at new Brewsters in West 7th; Daniel Vaughn trekked out to Payne's Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet; DFW.com sampled Revolver Brewing's SideWinder pale ale, tried the newest Bar Louie in Hurst and ate Caribbean food at Stay C's Kitchen in Arlington; Fort Worth Weekly ate all the fried things at TJ's Catfish and Wings.
Victor Tangos. [Photo: Margo Sivin/EDFW]