The new Pacific Table restaurant is off to a fast start.
But chef Felipe Armenta isn’t finished yet.
His new South University Drive restaurant will introduce a brunch menu this weekend, opening at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Someday soon, the back patio and Rogers Road courtyard will be landscaped. And he still hopes to add a wood-burning rotisserie.
An updated menu also debuts this weekend, adding a 14-ounce rib-eye and a Niman Ranch short rib to the seafood-heavy West Coast-style grill menu. And there’s a tuna burger.
“We’ve had some great response from our friends and customers at The Tavern,” Armenta said, referring to The Tavern Bar & Grill, his South Hulen Street restaurant.
“I think there’s still a lot of people who don’t know there’s a restaurant here,” referring to the back corner of University Park Village by the Rogers Road gate.
The brunch menu will include dishes such as a lobster eggs Benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes and a smoked-trout scramble, along with a steak-and-eggs platter.
The 9 a.m. start time gets a jump on other brunches.
“We see people in this neighborhood getting up and around by 9, out on the bike trails or in the shops,” Armenta said. “They’re early birds here.”
(The Tavern also opens at 9 weekends.)
Pacific Table is at 1600 S. University Drive, a few doors west of Blue Mesa Grill; 817-887-9995, pacifictableftworth.com
The breakfast district
Before Pacific Table, South University Drive was already busy at breakfast.
Besides the venerable Ol’ South Pancake House (home of “Dutch baby” sugar-lemon crepes), there’s a chain pancake house and a Panera Bread cafe-bakery within three blocks.
The Woodshed Smokehouse also serves breakfast weekends at 8 a.m and weekdays at 10 a.m., including chef Tim Love’s in-house sausage kolaches, cinnamon rolls and muffins.
The Woodshed has new lunch and dinner menus (including lamb brisket and chicken-fried game bird) and a new “river bar.”
It’s at 3201 Riverfront Drive; 817-877-4545, woodshedsmokehouse.com.
Eat more — bison?
The DFW Burger Battle continues, but if you’re looking for burgers with great taste but a little less fat, you might want to try a bison burger. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro’s lunch bison burger is near-perfect, and Old Neighborhood Grill and Dallas’ Hopdoddy both have bison on the menu.
Spiral Diner in Fort Worth now has a gourmet veggie burger menu, featuring a pineapple-ghost pepper veggie burger, a veggie chili-cheeseburger, a mushroom-Swiss burger or a “bacon” cheddar-ranch.
Tommy’s Hamburger Grill, Dutch’s Hamburgers and the aforementioned Old Neighborhood Grill all have veggie burgers, plus the Mooyah and Red Robin chains.