Eats Beat: Gogo Gumbo! serves up lunch next door

Posted 2:39pm on Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013

The best little gumbo cafe in North Texas has a new neighbor.

Gogo Gumbo! chef Kraig Thome has opened Canteen next door, bringing the same salads, soups and desserts along with a new lunch menu to Wise County.

If you’re not familiar with Gogo Gumbo! — well, that’s where the traffic on Texas 114 or U.S. 287 is headed most weekend nights.

Thome is a former country-club chef in Houston. He opened a better-quality seafood and gumbo dinner cafe in the town of Boyd, about 5 miles west of U.S. 287.

His new restaurant, Canteen, is a soup-salad-and-sandwich lunch cafe, but not an ordinary one.

The Canteen house salad features strawberries, apples, walnuts, spinach and vinaigrette. Or a Gogo salad comes with greens and a pecan-feta balsamic combo.

Canteen also serves sandwiches and a few simple entrees such as meatloaf, crab cakes or blackened chicken fettuccine. Desserts — a Thome specialty — include Jack Daniel’s bourbon chocolate mousse pie or banana pudding.

Yes, Canteen also serves both Gogo Gumbo! flavors — shrimp-crab gumbo or chicken-sausage gumbo.

Canteen is open for lunch only, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 124 W. Rock Island Ave., 940-433-3476,

Gogo Gumbo! is open for dinner only, Tuesdays through Sundays at 116 W. Rock Island Ave., 940-433-FISH, gogogumbo,com.

A burger Friday

The Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is rounding up burgers Friday night.

The museum’s first “Battle of rhe Burger” features seven of our very best, all to help the Cowgirl Hall kick off summer and a Dan Roberts concert.

Champion Chop House Burger from Arlington and Mansfield will go up against the Cultural District home favorites, Kincaid’s Hamburgers and Tommy’s Burgers & Catfish, plus the upscale Brownstone and familiar Jake’s Burgers, M&O Station Grill, and Shaw’s Patio Bar & Grill.

The cook-off starts at 6 at the museum, 1720 Gendy St.; 817-336-4475,

Blue Mesa goes Gulf

Dallas chef Sharon Hage created this month’s Blue Mesa Grill menu, and the surprise result is snaring new diners.

Instead of fajitas or enchiladas, imagine Blue Mesa for crawfish adobe pie, Gulf crab huaraches or fried-oyster tacos.

For dessert, there’s a blackberry-blueberry cobbler topped with Plano-based Henry’s vanilla ice cream.

Blue Mesa will serve Hage’s menu throughout June at all locations, including the handsome new Lincoln Square restaurant in Arlington;

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