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A heaping helping of news & reviews from DFWs dining scene.

Uncle Buck's in Grapevine is a mall-day treat

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DFW.com/Ron Jenkins

Dining during the holiday shopping season can be a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, there are only so many hours in the day, and chances are that a bunch of those hours are going to have to be spent at the mall, collecting presents for siblings, parents, aunts, uncles and BFFs. Read more

You'll find sandwich heaven at tiny Tin Cup in Arlington

From an old convenience store to a paper copy shop, Tin Cup's claim to existence doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it doesn't have to. It's tiny and uncomplicated. And so is the menu. Read more

Yum-Yum! food truck pulls into Fort Worth

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Preston Jones

It's a scene you'd expect on South Congress in Austin, not across the street from the federal building in downtown Fort Worth: Hungry, curious office workers steadily making their way up to a food truck, parked near the corner. But that's what awaits patrons at the corner of W. 10th and Taylor wi... Read more

In-N-Out Burger plans to open in Hurst

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HURST -- Burger wars are brewing in Northeast Tarrant County. Read more

The Outlaw Chef's new hideout

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June Naylor

Terry Chandler has made a name for himself (and his killer Diablo Burger and fries) at Fred's, but that's not enough excitement to keep a restless food rustler busy. Read more

Fireside Pies' starters, pastas stand up next to delicious pizzas

After months in the making, Fireside Pies finally opened its Fort Worth branch in the West 7th complex, in a prime, highly visible location. But even if it were hidden away in an obscure corner, this upscale pizzeria would draw a mob; its pies have a dedicated following. Read more

Garlic, beer and more at trendy brew pub Gordon Biersch

Sometimes a restaurant makes it onto your radar in the most unlikely of ways. In this case, it was when my girlfriend came back from a business trip in Washington, D.C. Like most earthlings, she's not normally prone to swooning over airport food. But she couldn't stop raving about these garlic fr... Read more

Soup's on at My Lan in Haltom City

In its early years, Haltom City was the first official town of Tarrant County, operating as its administrative center. Despite its history, it never had the makings of a thriving dining metropolis. These days, let's face it: It's more apt to be the town you drive through Read more

Blue Bonnet Bakery gets a new home

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June Naylor

Think you don't like change? Think it's wrong to fool with an icon? Read more

Boo-Ray's features Cajun staples, easy on the spices

Boo-Ray's of New Orleans, a new Cajun restaurant near Lake Worth, is co-owned by Scott Marks, who certainly has a pedigree in Cajun food: He's a New Orleans native; a former manager for famed New Orleans restaurateur Al Copeland; and a founder, chef and manager for the original Razzoo's Cajun Cafe. Read more

Fill your tummy and your tank at new Rudy's in Arlington

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q is a fair-size chain by now, with 29 branches, mostly in Texas. The latest branch just opened in Arlington, marking Rudy's first establishment in Tarrant County. Read more

'24 Hour Restaurant Battle' casting call in Dallas

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Food Network

Do you and a friend or relative think you've got what it takes to run a restaurant? Here's your big chance. The Food Network is holding an open casting call in Dallas for its second season of Read more

Healthy eating in DFW during Black Friday

It's Black Friday, and embarrassingly on this day after Thanksgiving, you are hungry. Perhaps you didn't stuff yourself with enough stuffing. Or maybe Aunt Marie's Brussels sprouts didn't hit the spot. Whatever the reason, you're out shopping for deals, and whaddya know, your stomach is growling.... Read more

Fresh ingredients, dressings give Dino's Subs the edge

Take just one step into Dino's Subs, and you'll know that Dino is serious about sandwiches. The sweet smell of onions, peppers and an assortment of fresh ingredients permeates the interior. It's an aromatic tease that'll soon be quelled. Read more

At The Tavern, West Texas comes even closer to Fort Worth

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June Naylor

San Angelo, seasoned with a pinch of California, is being served up in Fort Worth. After a dinner at The Tavern, just opened in the space recently vacated by Snookie's on Hulen Street, we think this West Texas transpl... Read more

Magnolia Motor Lounge menu geared toward excess

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JAY BETSILL

If there's a sure way to charm Fort Worth diners, it's to open your restaurant in an old gas station or car-repair shop, a lesson already learned by such esteemed restaurants as Ellerbe Fine Foods and Paco and John Mexican Diner. Now Magnolia Motor Lounge joins that category, opening in a one-tim... Read more

For Southern-style comfort food, try Madea's in Everman

It was a rainy and cold Tuesday in November. The Democrats were about to get a "shellacking" at the polls. We were in need of some culinary comfort. Read more

Another great burger shop opens in Arlington

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Bud Kennedy

The next great burger is here. And it’s in Arlington. Read more

'Top Chef: Just Desserts' finale: Morgan Wilson's souffle falls flat

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Scott Schafer/Bravo

Throughout an hour-long episode in which Morgan Wilson exuded an unimpeachable confidence in himself, the Dallas-based pastry chef did not triumph on Wednesday's Top Chef: Just Desserts finale. The crown went to finalist Yigit Pura. Read more

Salsa Fuego named 'Best Mexican' by Texas Monthly

Life is about to change for the Rodriguez family and Salsa Fuego. Read more

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