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The Eater Fort Worth Heatmap: Summer 2014

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Welcome to the summer 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, additions include the farm-to-cone ice cream shop that's sweetening up Near Southside, the city's first dedicated ramen restaurant, and a globally-influenced tapas spot.

Agree/disagree with our picks? Leave a comment or weigh in via the tipline, and check back in the fall for the next Fort Worth Heatmap update.

Fort Worth Heatmap History

Summer 2014
Added: 24 Plates, Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya, Melt Ice Creams, Steel City Pops
Removed: Little Lilly Sushi, Pizza Snob, Spice

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
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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24 Plates

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Historic south side building from 1925 is now home to a swank tapas bar with a three-level dining room and gorgeous patio. Chef Beau Johnson serves 24 global dishes at dinner, like dry-aged pork belly and Akaushi meatballs. For brunch, you just need to know two words: "bacon" and "tasting."
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.

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

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The city's first ramen resto, opened by the same local family that brought us the similarly named Hanabi Hibachi & Sushi in north Fort Worth, serves seven variations of the trendy Japanese noodle soup. Best time to go is at dinner, when a small plates menu offers pancake balls filled with octopus, grilled rice cakes and skewers of bacon-wrapped tomatoes.

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.

Melt Ice Creams

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You can't miss this new farm-to-cone ice cream shop on the south side: its facade is canary yellow on one side, bold black and white on the other. Inside you'll find a small menu of housemade ice cream jammed with local ingredients, like coffee from Avoca and you-know-what from Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

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.

Steel City Pops

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Once relegated to ice cream trucks and sidewalk carts, popsicles are given new sweet and savory lives courtesy of this Alabama chain, new in W. 7th. Inside is a tight squeeze, but a spacious patio offers plenty of room for 'sicle-sucking. Our faves: avocado, coffee and the sweet-and-spicy pineapple jalapeño.

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.

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 falafel 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.

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24 Plates

Historic south side building from 1925 is now home to a swank tapas bar with a three-level dining room and gorgeous patio. Chef Beau Johnson serves 24 global dishes at dinner, like dry-aged pork belly and Akaushi meatballs. For brunch, you just need to know two words: "bacon" and "tasting."

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.

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

The city's first ramen resto, opened by the same local family that brought us the similarly named Hanabi Hibachi & Sushi in north Fort Worth, serves seven variations of the trendy Japanese noodle soup. Best time to go is at dinner, when a small plates menu offers pancake balls filled with octopus, grilled rice cakes and skewers of bacon-wrapped tomatoes.

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.

Melt Ice Creams

You can't miss this new farm-to-cone ice cream shop on the south side: its facade is canary yellow on one side, bold black and white on the other. Inside you'll find a small menu of housemade ice cream jammed with local ingredients, like coffee from Avoca and you-know-what from Dude, Sweet Chocolate.

Revolver Taco Lounge

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

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.

Steel City Pops

Once relegated to ice cream trucks and sidewalk carts, popsicles are given new sweet and savory lives courtesy of this Alabama chain, new in W. 7th. Inside is a tight squeeze, but a spacious patio offers plenty of room for 'sicle-sucking. Our faves: avocado, coffee and the sweet-and-spicy pineapple jalapeño.

Swiss Pastry Shop

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.

Velvet Taco

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 falafel 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.