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Eats Beat: A few options for festivalgoers downtown

Posted 11:14am on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Once, arts festivals meant dinner on Main Street.

Now, they’re also an opportunity to try someplace new downtown.

A few ideas for off-street dining away from the crowd during this weekend’s Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival:

Vee Lounge Restaurant & Bar, 500 Taylor St., is a flashy new restaurant owned by Rick’s 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 downtown’s most reliable and consistent restaurant. Originally a “pizzeria and risotteria” specializing in six different risottos, it’s 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 city’s 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.

Flamingo’s 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.

Flamingo’s is open for lunch and dinner daily; 817-378-0025.

• Don’t miss out on a table at Mom’s favorite restaurant.

Popular Sunday brunches like the one at the Omni Hotel and also at H3 Ranch steakhouse are booking up fast for Mother’s Day, May 12.

Several restaurants serve brunch only on Mother’s Day: Ellerbe Fine Foods, Grace and Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana. Call or book at www.opentable.com.

• The countdown has begun for two west-side openings.

By next weekend, Campisi’s should be open at 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., and Trevino’s Comida Mexicana at 1812 Montgomery St.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays and Fridays in the Star-Telegram, and twice weekly on DFW.com.
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