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Eats Beat: New at Chop House Burgers: a backdoor bird

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, Jul. 04, 2013

Chef Kenny Mills already gave West Park Row Drive a great burger.

Now, he’s giving out a back-door deal on fried chicken.

From noon until the chicken is all gone weekdays and Saturdays, Mills’ Chop House Steaks & Seafood in Pantego sells eight-piece chicken dinners to go with roasted corn, garlic mashed potatoes and jalapeño-cheddar biscuits for $20.

But don’t go to the dining room.

This deal is only available out back — at a rear door now officially labeled “Bootleg Bacon Fried Chicken — Ring Bell.”

You ring the bell by the dented metal door and hand over your $20. Then wait.

(No fair sneaking up front.)

The chicken is simmered in the oven with bacon fat before it’s fried. The biscuits are from Chop House’s bakery partner, Bake It to the Limit.

The chicken is just another reason to find Pantego, where the Chop House empire rules a seven-block stretch of Park Row.

Inside, Chop House Steaks & Seafood also has added daily “Pre-Game, Early-Bird, Before-the-Rush” $20 specials, a good way to avoid rush-hour traffic.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Chop House Steaks is serving a choice of braised pork shank, tenderloin-blend meatloaf, or a duo of 3-ounce filets mignons. Each comes with a side and the Chop House extra-large salad bar.

Whether you want the back-door chicken or the front-door deal, you’ll find both at 2230 W. Park Row Drive; 817-274-2600, chsteak.com.

(The burger cousin is at 1700 W. Park Row Drive, 817-459-3700.)

•  Citrus Bistro is new to Colleyville.

But it was popular in north Dallas, where chef Didier Viriot has held forth for 30 years since moving from Paris.

The French menu leads with 15 seafood dishes, including sole meunière, cioppino stew and lobster. A lunch menu includes sandwiches and “fisherman’s crepes.”

The dessert menu is a throwback, including a “floating island” meringue, baked Alaska and a Medjool date cake.

A Sunday brunch begins this weekend; 5005 Colleyville Blvd., citrusbistro.com.

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