[Photos: Malcolm Mayhew/EDFW]
To find Fort Worth's hot new tapas spot 24 Plates, just look for the signs — the ones that say "W.F. Laurence Fine Flowers" and "Maria's Mexican Food." The old signs once directed people to flowers and fajitas, but now they're the best way to find the latest restaurant to open in the Magnolia May development in Fort Worth's Near Southside area. 24 Plates owner Joel Kleven says he wanted to keep the old signs out of respect for the repurposed buildings, which date back to 1925. Exposed brick, concrete floors and repurposed wood abound. The bar is two-sided — one area inside, the other out, on a beautifully landscaped patio. A neon 24 Plates sign is coming soon, Kleven says, but it'll be placed above the flowers sign.
In the kitchen is executive chef Beau Johnson (formerly of Waldron Lounge), who, true to the restaurant's name, serves 24 different plates at dinner. The small plates selection features shareable dishes like Akaushi beef meatballs, butterflied quail and a cured meat and cheese board; large plates include a lobster roll, dry-aged pork belly and short rib tacos. Lunch offerings feature flatbreads and sandwiches, while Sunday brunch could be the primo time to go, what with chicken and waffles and a bacon board.
24 Plates is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-midnight.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-midnight (brunch till 2 p.m.), and Sunday brunch is served 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Scope out the dinner menu below.
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