Dad can always go to a steakhouse. This Father's Day, take him someplace different. Like -- a gas station?
Chef Point Cafe in Watauga hit the big time this week. The tiny Conoco gas station-cafe on Watauga Road made The New York Times, days before dads hit the door in search of crab cakes or duck a l'orange and maybe a quart of motor oil to go.
The Times liked seeing diners in the convenience store, "flipping through old issues of Auto Trader and trying not to upset the racks of beef jerky as they waited at least an hour for the hostess to tell them their table was ready." The wait will get shorter by fall, when Chef Point expands.
For now, Chef Franson Nwaeze offers a Father's Day menu for dine-in or takeaway. Features include steak and lobster ($39), stuffed flounder with crab ($19) or duck a l'orange ($20).
Chef Point is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. It's open daily for lunch and dinner and Saturdays for breakfast; 5901 Watauga Road, east of U.S. 377; 817-656-0080, www.chefpointcafe.org.
Loco Coyote Grill , 1795 County Road 1004 southwest of Glen Rose, is a steak and barbecue roadhouse on a winding rural road, sort of a North Texas version of Luckenbach. The cooking is by Glen Rose's legendary Hammond barbecue family; dinner Thursday and Friday nights and all day Saturday, lunch Sunday, 254-897-2324.
North Main BBQ , 406 N. Main St., Euless, is an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet line now serving boneless chicken breast along with pulled pork, brisket, sausage and the Green family's prize-winning "sauce 'n' toss" ribs. It's open for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday only, plus lunch Sunday; $12; 817-267-7821, www.northmainbbq.com.
A few more Father's Day ideas
Ruffino's Restaurant, 2455 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth, is premiering its Ruffino's burger with gorgonzola on a brunch menu that also offers salmon, lasagna and strawberry buttermilk pancakes; 817-923-0522, www.ruffinosfw.com.
Eddie V's Prime Seafood, 3100 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, isn't open at lunch but offers a special dinner deal starting at 5 p.m., including steak and lobster for $36 and half-price wines; 817-336-8000, www.eddiev.com.
The Covey Restaurant & Brewery, 3010 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, serves fried chicken every Sunday and will add prime rib, halibut or venison lasagna; 817-731-7933, www.thecovey.com.
Brownstone Restaurant, the new regional grill and bar by chef Casey Thompson of Top Chef fame, is supposed to open this weekend. Menu items include a bone-in buffalo rib-eye, roast stuffed chicken and a chicken pot pie appetizer. 840 Currie St., 817-332-1555, www.brownstonerestaurants.com .