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Eats Beat: Chop House Steaks in Pantego chops prices, adds prime rib

Posted 3:00pm on Thursday, Jan. 02, 2014

Chop House Steak & Seafood served some of 2013’s best steaks and fried chicken.

Now, a new 2014 menu promises more of both.

Chef Kenny Mills has added small rib-eyes, prime rib every night and bacon-fried chicken dinners, plus artisan cocktails.

Dinners start at $12.95.

“We’re a little more affordable and a little less unique,” said Mills, a former Dallas steakhouse chef who opened the steakhouse near his Chop House Burgers restaurant on West Park Row Drive.

He wanted Pantego diners to like bone marrow, tongue and sweetbreads. But they liked prime rib and anything fried.

So the new menu adds a chicken-fried rib-eye and also brings his “back door” bacon-fried chicken-to-go offer into the dining room.

Now, $12.95 buys a half-chicken with roasted corn, garlic mashed potatoes and a jalapeño biscuit. If you prefer, there’s also chicken-fried rib-eye.

The new menu also includes grilled salmon or a miso-glazed flounder, plus flatbreads and salads for less than $10.

The top-of-the-line steaks sell for less than $30. Some weeks, Chop House runs a 2-for-$49 steak special Mondays through Wednesdays.

Appetizers include poblano-stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, crab cakes and mushroom pierogi, among many.

Chop House Steak and Seafood is open nights except Sundays at 2230 W. Park Row Drive, Pantego; 817-274-2600, chophousesteakandseafood.com.

• Apeizza e Vino deserves better.

Too bad the new Colorado-based Italian restaurant chain opened in Southlake (1) just when Del Frisco’s Grille was getting all the attention and (2) when the city is saturated with pizza.

Within two miles, the best pizza chains in Texas go head-to-head, from Grimaldi’s and Fireside Pies in Grapevine to Southlake neighbors Mellow Mushroom, Coal Vines, Patrizio and Campania, not to mention casual chains such as Irving-based i Fratelli and Fort Worth-based Mama’s. (Also new: Pizza Inn spinoff Pie Five.)

Plus, it doesn’t help Apeizza that nobody can spell it to Google it.

Despite the drawbacks, the new restaurant is worth a try, particularly for the high-quality toppings and for side dishes such as a peaches-and-cream pizza dessert.

Apeizza is open for lunch and dinner daily at 2727 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-406-0006, southlake.apeizza.com.

• Construction delays have pushed the Matt’s Tex-Mex opening closer to March 1, but the signs are now up in Colleyville at Texas 26 and Glade Road.

A second Matt’s will open this summer in Roanoke. The Dallas-based chain is derivative of Matt’s El Rancho in Austin, the 60-year-old Tex-Mex legacy restaurant known for combination plates, cowboy chicken-fried steaks and margaritas.

Bud Kennedy’s column 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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