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Dallas fave Mesa goes for a bigger wow in Grapevine

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rmallison@star-telegram.com

If you already know Mesa, the Mexican restaurant, from its location in Dallas, then you’ll hardly recognize the new branch now open in Grapevine. Read more

Southern Star heats up the season with its Winter Warmer

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It’s easy to take Southern Star Brewing for granted. The Houston-area brewery— in Conroe to be precise — was founded in 2008 and has always fallen a bit under the radar. In North Texas in particular, its beers have been available the whole time, but don’t seem to enge... Read more

Dot’s Hop House more than just a pretty place

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pmoseley@star-telegram.com

When you have a sprawling outdoor space as patio-perfect as Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard — 10,000 square feet of benches, tables, heat lamps, Texas-centric artwork and, yes, a chandelier —... Read more

The Catch is a throwback you won’t want to throw back

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mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Opened last fall in the south Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, The Catch is a throwback to the classic fried seafood that many Fort Worthians consider sacred. Think of Zeke’s on Camp Bowie, Flying Fish, the old Zuider Zee’s. You won’t find gourmet embellishments at this fast-casual s... Read more

Casa Jacaranda is out of this world in Venus

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jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Venus, Texas, that is — a Johnson County town where this restaurant’s authentic Mexican food is attracting diners from as far away as Denton and Frisco. Read more

The year in beer: growing up or selling out?

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Star-Telegram

Market diversification in craft beer showed no signs of slowing down in 2016 and with it brought some big stories and trends. Here are some of the biggest from this year: Read more

Paco returns without John, still excels in Mexican cuisine

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jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Few restaurants face the double-edged sword of expectation confronting Paco’s Mexican Cuisine. Read more

Liberty Burger rings our burger bell in north Fort Worth

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kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

In a town with so many great burger joints already, it may seem absurd to embark on a suicide mission up congestion-infested I-35W to track down another one. Read more

Havana Bar & Grill makes its Cuban mark in Arlington

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kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

The bowl of cilantro garlic sauce had just been replenished at our table, it seemed, less than five minutes before, yet it was empty again. Read more

Fuego Burger still en fuego in smaller Rendon space

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Special to the Star-Telegram

The past year or so has seen some comebacks on the Fort Worth-area food scene. Paco and John’s Mexican Diner, which had closed in 2015, came back as Paco’s Mexican Cuisine th... Read more

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