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The Eater Fort Worth Heatmap: Spring 2014

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Welcome to the very first 2014 edition of the Eater Fort Worth Heatmap, in which you ask "Where should I eat right this second?" and we reply, "Funny you should ask..."

This time around, we've added the latest expansion of Jay Jerrier's pizza empire, a beloved pastry shop that does waaay more than just pastries, the new spot from former Pakpao chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin and more.


Fort Worth Heatmap History

Spring 2014
Added: AF+B, Bite City Grill, Cane Rosso, Pizza Snob, Spice, Swiss Pastry Shop
Removed: Bearded Lady, Enchiladas Ole, Lonesome Dove, Billy's Oak Acres BBQ, Sera

Winter 2013-14
Added: Sera Dining and Wine, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Bird Cafe, Velvet Taco
Removed: Salsa Limon, Max's Wine Dive, Sol de Luna, Pacific Table

Fall 2013
Added: Bearded Lady, Billy's Oak Acres Barbecue, Little Red Wasp, Max's Wine Dive, Sol de Luna
Removed: Campisi's, Elote Mexican Kitchen, Magnolia Cheese Co., Red Door Bistro, Waters Coastal Cuisine

Summer 2013
Added: BBQ on the Brazos, Elote Mexican Kitchen, Salsa Limon, Pacific Table
Removed: Clearfork Food Park, Lee's Grilled Cheese, Ryan's Fine Grocer & Deli

Spring 2013
Added: Waters, Enchiladas Ole, Red Door Bistro, Campisi's
Removed: Torchy's Tacos, Reservoir, Fred's Texas Cafe


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.
From the same restaurant group that brought us Fireside Pies and CBD Provisions, Consilient Hospitality, comes the piping hot W. 7th spot AF+B. Running the kitchen is former Bolsa chef Jeff Harris, whose modern American menu includes a gargantuan beef rib that'll take two to tackle, duck pot pie and wildly Instagrammed chorizo Scotch eggs.

BBQ on Brazos

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Longtime North Texas barbecuer/chef John Sanford is serving dynamite barbecue out of a gas station in Cresson. Crusty brisket and snappy beef sausage are terrific, but load up on the sides, too, like the cilantro slaw and sweet 'n messy cornbread salad.

Bird Cafe

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Shannon Wynne strikes again, reopening downtown’s historic Land Title Block building (once home to his Flying Saucer) with an outdoor deck and bird-theme artwork. Imported from Meddlesome Moth, the menu includes mussels in coconut milk, crispy duck wings and chicken skin crisps. Tons of beer options, too. [Photo: Jimmy Ngo/Eight-O Management]

Bite City Grill

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Former Pakpao chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin throws in the towel on Dallas and Thai food for global cuisine and a snazzy spot in Fort Worth's Montgomery Plaza, outfitted with red oak booths and handmade twig light fixtures. Wash down lamb meatballs and charred octopus with a craft cocktail named after a Zodiac sign; the Taurus drink is no BS.

Cane Rosso

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Fort Worth’s prayers for Neapolitan pizza - specifically, Jay Jerrier’s Neapolitan pizza - were answered when the third Cane Rosso opened on the Near Southside. Eat your weight in CR standards like the Paulie Gee, but try Gipsy Danger, with mushrooms and roasted jalapeños over soppressata marmalade; it’s unique to the Fort Worth location.

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

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Cozy little spurs-and-heels-friendly spot from former Neighborhood Services chef and Arlington native Marcus Paslay, housed in an old gas station. Rustic decor melds well with cheffy Texana menu, made up of wood-grilled steaks, housemade pastas and small plates like chicken liver pate. And if you pronounce it "pate," ain't no one gonna bat an eye.

Little Lilly Sushi

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Named one of the states's best new restaurants by Texas Monthly and awarded four stars by the Dallas Morning News last year, this tiny west side Japanese resto is run by chef Jesus Garcia, whose menu changes more by his imagination than by season. Pray you're there when he's doing his pork belly okonomiyaki.

Little Red Wasp

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Outfitted with 'vette-red chairs to match the downtown resto's name, the more casual sibling of nearby fine dining palace Grace serves a mean $12 crispy chicken sandwich and an even meaner "Little Red Wasp" drink that does, in fact, sting.

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New to the TCU area, this indie fast-casual resto makes good thin-crust pies dotted with gourmet-ish toppings. Your food's ready when your number flashes on an old bingo sign. Noisy TCU kids but a small price to pay for addicting toppings like beer glazed onions and candied jalapenos.

Revolver Taco Lounge

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Andrew Zimmern-approved authentic Mex-Mex served in a classy, white tableclothed environment. Everything's made in-house, as you watch, including the stellar corn tortillas.

Rodeo Goat Ice House

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The Wynne family (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth) entered the burger biz with this West 7th b-joint, housed in an old candy factory. Clever toppings and housemade sauces are great but the real sweethearts of this Rodeo are the juicy patties, ground daily in-house. Killer patio and brews, too.

Swiss Pastry Shop

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All walks of Fort Worth life will, sooner or later, have breakfast, coffee and a slice of Black Forest cake at Hans Muller’s 40-year-old cafe and pastry shop. Lately, there’s been another reason to visit: outstanding burgers made with Wagyu beef and housemade buns. Get the one topped with smoked brisket; it’s outta sight.
The first restaurant to open in the burgeoning Magnolia May development comes from the Thanpaisarnsamut family, whose local Thai-food empire includes Thailicious, Thai Select and Thai Rice n' Noodles. Extensive menu includes kao soi, pad woon sen and what has to be the best Thai tea in town.

Velvet Taco

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Fort Worth desperately needs more good late-night dining options; this Dallas import is about as good and late-night as you can get. The veg-minded will dig the falalfel and fried paneer tacos, while animal eaters will put away the roast pork chilaquile taco and the rotisserie chicken and duck bacon-stuffed Roti BLT. No meal shall be complete without the tater tots, topped with goat cheese and an egg. Open til 4am Fri-Sat.

Woodshed Smokehouse

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Tim Love's ode to campfire cooking remains one of the top tables in the city, and it's not just barbecue: There's also rib meat tamales, smoked Brussels sprouts and even a bowl of so-hot-right now ramen, done Tim's way with bone broth, pulled pork and quail egg.

BBQ on Brazos

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Longtime North Texas barbecuer/chef John Sanford is serving dynamite barbecue out of a gas station in Cresson. Crusty brisket and snappy beef sausage are terrific, but load up on the sides, too, like the cilantro slaw and sweet 'n messy cornbread salad.

The Bearded Lady

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Recently opened on the Near Southside in a beautifully restored 1920s home, a craft beer pub whose food is made with, what else, craft beer. A good choice: beer-battered cactus, made with craft beer. And don't forget to order a craft beer!

Billy's Oak Acres BBQ

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Long-standing rustic cue joint recently taken over by ex-Grady Spears cook Billy Woodrich, who smokes ribs, brisket and sausage over pecan in a 50-year-old pit. Desserts come courtesy of another Spears expatriate, Susan Eddins; her buttermilk pie will out-mom your mom’s.

Bird Cafe

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Shannon Wynne strikes again, reopening downtown’s historic Land Title Block building (once home to his Flying Saucer) with an outdoor deck and bird-theme artwork. Imported from Meddlesome Moth, the menu includes mussels in coconut milk, crispy duck wings and chicken skin crisps. Tons of beer options, too. [Photo: Jimmy Ngo/Eight-O Management]

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

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Cozy little spurs-and-heels-friendly spot from former Neighborhood Services chef and Arlington native Marcus Paslay, housed in an old gas station. Rustic decor melds well with cheffy Texana menu, made up of wood-grilled steaks, housemade pastas and small plates like chicken liver pate. And if you pronounce it "pate," ain't no one gonna bat an eye.

Enchiladas Olé

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First time at restaurant bat, and Mary Perez hits it out of the park with this little 'chilada dive. The food is more authentic than fancy, with an emphasis on sauces. Must tries: enmoladas, chicken enchiladas with verde sauce and old-school red enchiladas.

Little Lilly Sushi

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Awarded four stars by the Dallas Morning News in 2013, this tiny west side Japanese resto is run by chef Jesus Garcia, whose menu changes more by his imagination than by season. Pray you’re there when he’s doing his duck and oyster okonomiyaki. Order a California roll, we don’t know you.

Little Red Wasp

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Outfitted with 'vette-red chairs to match the downtown resto's name, the more casual sibling of nearby fine dining palace Grace serves a mean $12 crispy chicken sandwich and an even meaner "Little Red Wasp" drink that does, in fact, sting.

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

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After a fire forced him to close it for two months, celebrity chef Tim Love relaunched his flagship restaurant touting new dishes and decor: an outdoor dining deck here, a squid-ink pasta there. Attention cheapskates: Dine at lunch, when prices are lower.

Revolver Taco Lounge

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Authentic Mex-Mex served in a classy, white tableclothed environment. Corn tortillas made in-house as you watch. On weekend nights, look for Revolver’s new sidewalk taquiza, a build-your-own-taco stand pushing $2 tacos.

Rodeo Goat Ice House

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The Wynne family (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth) entered the burger biz with this West 7th b-joint, housed in an old candy factory. Clever toppings and housemade sauces are great but the real sweethearts of this Rodeo are the juicy patties, ground daily in-house. Killer patio and brews, too.

Sera Dining & Wine

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Long-running Sapristi! is reborn with a punctuation-free name, a Spanish/French-influenced tapas menu and a rambunctious bar scene. Try the crispy, French fry-ish pig ear frites and whole sardines doused in lemon aioli.

Velvet Taco

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Fort Worth desperately needs more good late-night dining options; this Dallas import is about as good and late-night as you can get. The veg-minded will dig the falalfel and fried paneer tacos, while animal eaters will put away the roast pork chilaquile taco and the rotisserie chicken and duck bacon-stuffed Roti BLT. No meal shall be complete without the tater tots, topped with goat cheese and an egg. Open til 4am Fri-Sat.

Woodshed Smokehouse

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Tim Love's ode to campfire cooking remains one of the top tables in the city, and it's not just barbecue: There's also rib meat tamales, smoked Brussels sprouts and even a bowl of so-hot-right now ramen, done Tim's way with bone broth, pulled pork and quail egg.

AF+B

From the same restaurant group that brought us Fireside Pies and CBD Provisions, Consilient Hospitality, comes the piping hot W. 7th spot AF+B. Running the kitchen is former Bolsa chef Jeff Harris, whose modern American menu includes a gargantuan beef rib that'll take two to tackle, duck pot pie and wildly Instagrammed chorizo Scotch eggs.

BBQ on Brazos

Longtime North Texas barbecuer/chef John Sanford is serving dynamite barbecue out of a gas station in Cresson. Crusty brisket and snappy beef sausage are terrific, but load up on the sides, too, like the cilantro slaw and sweet 'n messy cornbread salad.

Bird Cafe

Shannon Wynne strikes again, reopening downtown’s historic Land Title Block building (once home to his Flying Saucer) with an outdoor deck and bird-theme artwork. Imported from Meddlesome Moth, the menu includes mussels in coconut milk, crispy duck wings and chicken skin crisps. Tons of beer options, too. [Photo: Jimmy Ngo/Eight-O Management]

Bite City Grill

Former Pakpao chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin throws in the towel on Dallas and Thai food for global cuisine and a snazzy spot in Fort Worth's Montgomery Plaza, outfitted with red oak booths and handmade twig light fixtures. Wash down lamb meatballs and charred octopus with a craft cocktail named after a Zodiac sign; the Taurus drink is no BS.

Cane Rosso

Fort Worth’s prayers for Neapolitan pizza - specifically, Jay Jerrier’s Neapolitan pizza - were answered when the third Cane Rosso opened on the Near Southside. Eat your weight in CR standards like the Paulie Gee, but try Gipsy Danger, with mushrooms and roasted jalapeños over soppressata marmalade; it’s unique to the Fort Worth location.

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

Cozy little spurs-and-heels-friendly spot from former Neighborhood Services chef and Arlington native Marcus Paslay, housed in an old gas station. Rustic decor melds well with cheffy Texana menu, made up of wood-grilled steaks, housemade pastas and small plates like chicken liver pate. And if you pronounce it "pate," ain't no one gonna bat an eye.

Little Lilly Sushi

Named one of the states's best new restaurants by Texas Monthly and awarded four stars by the Dallas Morning News last year, this tiny west side Japanese resto is run by chef Jesus Garcia, whose menu changes more by his imagination than by season. Pray you're there when he's doing his pork belly okonomiyaki.

Little Red Wasp

Outfitted with 'vette-red chairs to match the downtown resto's name, the more casual sibling of nearby fine dining palace Grace serves a mean $12 crispy chicken sandwich and an even meaner "Little Red Wasp" drink that does, in fact, sting.

Pizza Snob