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Eats Beat: New name, same friends and Greek dishes at Casablanca

Posted 10:00am on Tuesday, Feb. 04, 2014

The name has changed at the Greek restaurant on North Beach Street.

It’s now Casablanca Greek Mediterranean Cuisine, with some new dishes and lower prices but mostly the same cooking and faces from the former Two Brothers Bistro.

One of the brothers is even still around. Peter Katzianis was hosting in the dining room the other day, helping introduce regular customers to the new owners, the Al-Noubani family.

Casablanca fixed one problem already: It’s now officially a Mediterranean restaurant, instead of a vague “bistro.”

The kitchen was on top of its game at lunch the other day, serving a delicate spanakopita (spinach pie) and a huge platter of chicken shawarma.

This location was always known for a good Greek salad and Greek burger, and that hasn’t changed. The prices are closer to $8-$15 now, worth a try.

It’s BYOB; open for lunch and dinner daily except Mondays at 7355 N. Beach St. at Basswood Boulevard, 817-232-1155, www.facebook.com/pages/Casablanca-Medi-Cuisine/190269711161720.

• Valentine’s is for fine dining or Italian restaurants.

But Los Vaqueros is determined to change that.

The Cisneros family’s Stockyards and TCU-area restaurants will feature special menus for Valentine’s with a musical trio.

The menu is light and distinctive: a quesadilla de hongos (mushrooms), plus a chicken taco-avocado enchilada combo plate with corn and a tres leches cake dessert.

With an orange-vanilla-coconut margarita, it’s $25.

Los Vaqueros is at 2629 N. Main St., 817-624-1511, or 3105 Cockrell Ave., 817-710-8828; losvaqueros.com.

•  Mercury Chophouse is getting the jump on Valentine’s.

It’s the first restaurant in memory offering a “Pre-Valentine’s” special.

If you just can’t wait, Mercury offers a four-course $69 special beginning Friday.

The entrees: lobster tail, an 8-ounce filet, seafood kebabs or “crackling chicken.” Desserts are chocolate roulade or chocolate-covered strawberries. 301 Main St., 817-336-4129, fortworthchophouse.com.

• The Wild Mushroom Steak House in Weatherford will start serving Valentine’s dinners Feb. 13, with a special note.

The Mushroom is known for chef Jerrett Joslin’s cheescakes. The Valentine’s menu ($65) includes a four-course dinner with a choice of red velvet cheesecake, chocolate layer cake or a chocolate souffle.

The Mushroom is at 1917 Martin Drive, Weatherford; 817-599-4935, thewildmushroomrestaurant.com.

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