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Eats Beat: AF+B gets new chef, a January opening

Posted 11:07am on Friday, Nov. 01, 2013

AF+B isn’t open yet, but it’s on its fourth chef.

“Well, I’ll be the last,” Jeff Harris replied this week, settled in for his first week after leaving Bolsa in Dallas.

Dallas-based Consilient Restaurants, parent of Fireside Pies, has been slow to launch AF+B as a Crockett Street neighbor.

Harris is revising the menu and hopes to open around January, he said.

A former chef de cuisine at Craft, he envisions a high-quality bar-and-grill menu of hardwood-grilled steaks, farm-to-table sides and updated Texas-Southern classics, he said.

Harris is from Gladewater in East Texas via Craft in New York, so he knows home cooking and haute cuisine.

“We want to embrace Fort Worth and make AF+B a neighborhood tavern and restaurant,” he said.

The “American F+B” name is gone, too. A second AF+B is already planned in Atlanta.

Watch for it at 2869 Crockett St.; 817-916-5300, AFandBfortworth.com

• Gluten-free dining is easier than ever.

Taverna by Lombardi has joined restaurants offering a complete gluten-free menu, joining corporate chains and a few small cafes to serve families with gluten sensitivities.

Entrees include tenderloin, sea bass or salmon, with a choice of seven pizzas (including the popular pear-Gorgonzola pizza), five pastas and six risottos.

Taverna’s focaccia bread is on the gluten-free menu, along with the calamari, mussels and a scampi-polenta cake.

The Fort Worth location also serves gluten-free brunch weekends beginning at 11 a.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. Sundays. Dishes include a shrimp-asparagus omelet, a chorizo-manchego omelet, a frittata or an applewood-bacon-and-eggs breakfast ($9-$11).

Taverna is open for lunch and dinner daily at 450 Throckmorton St.; 817-885-7502, tavernabylombardi.com. Other Tavernas are in Dallas and busy downtown Austin.

•  Del Frisco’s Grilleis open in the new Sundance Square Plaza.

But the other new restaurants in The Westbrook and the Commerce Building will take a while.

The new Starbucks Coffee and remodeled Jamba Juice will open by mid-month. Shannon Wynne’s Bird Cafe, from Meddlesome Moth chef David McMillan, will follow by Dec. 1.

The new Del Frisco’s includes several Fort Worth-only dishes: pepper jack cheese tamales, corn chowder and (of course) chicken-fried steak.

It’s open daily for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner at 154 E. Third St.; 817-887-9900, delfriscosgrille.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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