Once, arts festivals meant dinner on Main Street.
Now, theyre also an opportunity to try someplace new downtown.
A few ideas for off-street dining away from the crowd during this weekends Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival:
Vee Lounge Restaurant & Bar, 500 Taylor St., is a flashy new restaurant owned by Ricks Cabaret, offering dinner entrees such as paella or grilled calamari steaks plus a full Sunday brunch menu and desserts like fig-blueberry bread pudding or upside-down coconut custard. Open for dinner every day, lunch Sunday; 817-332-4833.
Taverna by Lombardi, 450 Throckmorton St., has matured into maybe downtowns most reliable and consistent restaurant. Originally a pizzeria and risotteria specializing in six different risottos, its also a general-menu Italian restaurant with pastas, grilled seafood, a gluten-free menu and Sunday brunch. Open for lunch and dinner daily; 817-885-7502.
Everybody knows about Jakes Hamburgers, 515 Main St. But not everybody knows that it also serves a breakfast that Texas Monthly ranked one of the citys best. All burgers are also available with turkey; open all day and weekends till midnight, 817-332-5253.
T & P Tavern, 221 W. Lancaster Ave., on the concourse of the T & P Railway Terminal, is the place for those who beat the traffic by taking the Trinity Railway Express. Sandwiches, snacks and addictive chips and salsa; 817-885-8878.
Six 10 Grille at the Ashton Hotel, 610 Main St., is a quiet refuge for a drink, lunch or breakfast; 817-332-0100.
Buon Giorno Coffee, 915 Florence St., is a local coffeehouse and a good place to stop or meet walking into downtown from the west; 817-698-9888.
• The best Mexican restaurant in town is in the 1500 block of North Main Street. I have no idea which one. But it must be one of the half-dozen great restaurants in the same block.
Flamingos is the newest, bringing Acapulco-style grilled fish, alambres and specialties to the corner at 1549 N. Main St. Owner Paulino Barrios cooked for beachfront restaurants at Pie de la Cuesta near Acapulco and also for hotels in Chicago.
Of note: the three salsas, include a guajillo-peanut sauce and a hot green avocado-serrano sauce.
Flamingos is open for lunch and dinner daily; 817-378-0025.
• Dont miss out on a table at Moms favorite restaurant.
Popular Sunday brunches like the one at the Omni Hotel and also at H3 Ranch steakhouse are booking up fast for Mothers Day, May 12.
Several restaurants serve brunch only on Mothers Day: Ellerbe Fine Foods, Grace and Lannys Alta Cocina Mexicana. Call or book at www.opentable.com.
• The countdown has begun for two west-side openings.
By next weekend, Campisis should be open at 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., and Trevinos Comida Mexicana at 1812 Montgomery St.
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