We're a little late on this, seeing as how it was timed for St. Patrick's Day, but food-reviewing website/app Urbanspoon has released a list of its 200 most Popular Restaurant Bars in America. St. Patrick's Day may be over, but these places are still here.
Munching in the Mid-Cities: FnG Eats and other DFW restaurants not in Fort Worth or Dallas
The selected bars that made the list received the most coverage and reviews from professional food critics, bloggers, the Urbanspoon community, and diners. "Beer proved to be a popular and defining feature for a number of the selected watering holes," according to an Urbanspoon blog post. "Restaurants and breweries that feature 10+ beers on tap or those that provide European or domestic specialty beers score high marks within the Urbanspoon community. On the liquor side, restaurants that offer specialty cocktail programs, house-infused spirits, and simplified takes on classics like martinis are also featured heavily throughout the list."
Texas landed 10 restaurant bars on the list -- half of them in San Antonio -- including Texas de Brazil, which is a chain, but maybe the San Antonio one is the best -- and zero in Dallas or Houston, despite the latter's increasingly respected food scene. Fort Worth's Rodeo Goat, which has great burgers to go along with its beer, and Keller's upscale FnG Eats, which has a good bar scene and some imaginative menu items, both made the list -- and both opened in the latter half of 2012, which no doubt added to their buzz. The only other DFW spot on the list is Plano's Whiskey Cake.
The methodology here is worth taking with a grain of salt -- or maybe a shaker or a salt-rimmed glass -- considering that "most" coverage and "most positive" coverage are two different things. But I've enjoyed my visits to Rodeo Goat and FnG Eats (and I'm happy to see a Keller restaurant get recognized here). But really, nothing in Dallas or Houston? Seems like Urbanspoon users in those cities aren't really paying attention. Read the whole, all-across-America list here.