Eats Beat: Sol de Luna takes college crowd to a caffeinated Caribbean

Posted 7:18am on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

At first blink, a Venezuelan-Mex taqueria wouldn’t seem like a fit next to TCU.

Wrong. It fits perfectly, because Sol de Luna’s vibe is more laid-back Austin than Caribbean.

The empanadas, tostones, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and pepitos (sandwiches) with tinga chicken, slow-cooked pork or other meats make reliable college-grill food.

Young restaurateur Frank Sigala was smart enough also to include a coffee and espresso bar.

So, Sol de Luna has everything a taco or burrito shop has, plus a cup of Costa Rican coffee or espresso with the morning migas or breakfast tacos.

Sigala, 25, of Weatherford, told TCU360.com that he wanted the former Red Cactus space all along and got his chance when the burrito shop closed.

Sol de Luna seems like a worthy neighbor for Dutch’s Hamburgers and Buffalo Bros Pizza Wings & Subs.

It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast available all day weekends; 3005 S. University Drive, 817-996-9492, facebook.com/soldelunarest.

Pennsylvania Avenue pizza

After a tour of Arlington and Kennedale, Tony’s Pizza and Pasta is coming home to the south side of Fort Worth.

Owner Tony Leland helped bring pizza-and-pasta cafes to Fort Worth years ago at the old Black Sea Pizza on Hemphill Street.

His newest Tony’s will open in about a month at 609 S. Jennings Ave., in a former coffeehouse at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Two other pizza owners looked at the corner, including one of the big names from Dallas. Leland said he grabbed it because he likes the corner and the patio, and because it brings him back to the medical district, where he started.

The new location is close to a bar district, Broadway Baptist Church, South Main Street and the twice-weekly open houses at Rahr Brewing. Watch for opening about mid-September.

A new Niki’s

Another pizza-and-pasta update: Niki’s Italian Bistro, the Neziri family’s very popular pizza-and-pasta shop in North Richland Hills, has moved to a former catfish restaurant across the street at 5249 Davis Blvd.

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily; nikisitalian.com.

Allie’s catch

In southwest Fort Worth, Allie’s Cajun Kitchen is open in a former coffee cafe at 3329 Altamesa Blvd.

The menu offers grilled and fried catfish, jambalaya, and salads. A report is coming; 817-346-7444, alliescajunkitchen.com.

Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538 Twitter: @EatsBeat Facebook: Bud Kennedy’s Eats Beat Get alerts at RebelMouse.com/eats.

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