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Eats beat: FnG Eats, Rodeo Goat rope some national attention

Posted 11:45am on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013

Not long ago, Keller pined for a good restaurant.

Now, it has one of America's best.

FnG Eats has achieved the impossible, drawing crowds to drowsy Keller Town Center and making an Urbanspoon.com list of the nation's top 200 restaurant-bars.

Next goal: brunch crowds, starting Easter.

"I didn't expect a national award, but when I looked at the criteria, I see how we made the list," said chef Bob Stephenson, formerly of Irving's Cool River Cafe.

FnG qualified as a "restaurant-bar" by having more than 10 beers on tap and a specialty cocktails menu.

"It's a nice feeling to have people come from Southlake or Colleyville," Stephenson said.

FnG serves brunch every Sunday.

A special Easter menu includes breakfasts, such as FnG's choice of eggs Benedict four ways: with prime rib, shaved ham, turkey and artichokes, or shrimp and avocado ($12-$15).

Other holiday highlights: macadamia chicken-and-waffles, carrot-cake French toast and "The Bomb," which is goat-cheese-stuffed chicken rolled in foccacia crumbs.

No traditional dishes, but try the bacon bison burger ($16).

FnG Eats' new spring lunch and dinner menus add "The Bomb" and also a salmon with lemon-pepper fettuccine. At dinner, Stephenson and fellow chef "Flaco" Arevalo now serve baby-back ribs with peach-habanero barbecue sauce.

FnG is open daily for lunch and dinner at 201 Town Center Blvd., near the corner of Keller Parkway (Farm Road 1709) and Rufe Snow Drive; 817-741-5200, fngeats.com.

Also making the Urbanspoon top 200: Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth.

The Wynne family's new fresh-ground burger-and-beer hangout specializes in 15 burgers such as the Terlingua Chili burger; the Olivia Darling with red-pepper mayo, herb cheese and green olive tapenade; or a turkey or veggie burger.

It's at 2836 Bledsoe St. on the corner at Currie Street, near the Cultural District and Farrington Field.

It's open for lunch, dinner and late-night burgers daily; 817-877-4628, rodeogoat.com.

Now we know the Next Big Thing for the Cultural District: Kona Grill.

The Arizona-based chain will build a restaurant on University Drive at Crockett Street, facing the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth near the forthcoming Salsa Limon.

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

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