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Fort Worth's Ellerbe one of America's 10 best new restaurants, mag says

Posted 10:53am on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Ellerbe Fine Foods, the Fort Worth Hospital District restaurant housed in the former quarters of a vintage gas station, is one of "The 10 Best New Restaurants in America," Bon Appetit magazine says in its September edition.

The mag likened eating at the restaurant, which opened a year ago at 1501 Magnolia Ave., to having a "charming southern grandma who invited you over to her cozy little house for Sunday supper."

Bon Appetit noted the "warm feel of the dining room" and the restaurant's "everyone-is-family philosophy."

It recommended the restaurant's New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and Maw Maw's bread pudding.

"Riffs on southern classics are the best," the magazine said. "And with apologies to all you southerners, the upscale country cooking is probably much better than grandma's."

Co-owners Molly McCook - also the chef - and Richard King grew up together in Shreveport. McCook learned to cook from her grandmother, who lived on Ellerbe Court Road in Shreveport.

Bon Appetit includes the recipe to the restaurant's Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing and Blue Cheese. The edition is available on newsstands Aug. 24.

Other top 10 restaurants included ones in Portland, Ore., Atlanta, Ga., Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Chicago.

To read more about the restaurants, click here.

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