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Eats beat: Beacon is attracting a lot of attention

Posted 8:08pm on Thursday, May. 17, 2012

Beacon Cafe would be fun anywhere.

But at the edge of a small airport, with planes taxiing past the dining-room window, the Beacon offers breakfasts or burgers with a view.

The tiny cafe on the Hicks Field runway has always been known as a secret back-road burger hangout between Haslet and Saginaw.

New owners Christie and Gene Bingham left their North Richland Hills restaurant, Christie's Extreme Burgers, to reopen the Beacon.

The lunch menu offers familiar half-pound burgers and a signature grilled-jalapeño patty melt.

But the most talked-about sandwich is the BLT.

On top: a half-pound of Boar's Head bacon.

"We're thinking about names for it," Christie Bingham said this week.

"One customer wants to call it the Chuck Norris."

The Beacon also serves a Texas-sized grilled ham-and-cheese croque monsieur, lunch specials, sandwiches and fresh salads.

The breakfast menu includes the familiar "amazing pancakes" platters from Christie's, plus platters and omelets with the Beacon's special hand-ground sausage.

Bingham said she would like to start serving dinner on Friday nights, maybe some game dishes and specials.

"We thought most of our business would come from the airport, but we've found people over here were looking for a new restaurant," she said.

The Beacon has expanded its breakfast hours and serves breakfast and lunch daily except Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's officially at 171 Aviator Drive, at the north end of the Hicks taxiway off Bonds Ranch Road or Hicks Field Road; 817-439-1041, www.t67.org/Beacon_Cafe_Menus.html.

In the age of smartphones and hurried planning, San Francisco-based OpenTable is great for making restaurant reservations.

So it figures that OpenTable issues its own ratings -- including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington.

The new OpenTable list of America's 100 "Best Brunch" restaurants includes three in Fort Worth: Buttons, Café Modern and Lucile's Stateside Bistro.

The regional Top 10 "Diner's Choice" list includes Bonnell's and Ellerbe Fine Foods in Fort Worth, along with The Capital Grille and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, which operate in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Others in the top 10: Al Biernat's, Fearing's, The French Room and Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas, plus Kenny's Wood Fired Grill in Addison and wild card Four Winds Steakhouse, off Interstate 20 between Terrell and Canton.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com Weekend. 817-390-7538

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