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Eats Beat: New Chuyito’s blends burgers with Tex-Mex

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Can a local Tex-Mex restaurant family build a better burger?

The Adames want to find out.

Jesse Adame, grandson of the family behind tiny, local Chuy’s Restaurants — more on that in a minute — has opened Chuyito’s Texican Burgers on Fort Worth’s north side.

Like other new burger grills, Chuyito’s serves fresh-ground, hand-packed beef on sweet sourdough buns, but with chorizo or pico pressed into the beef.

Unlike the others, Chuyito’s brings 30 years of history.

“I grew up in the kitchen, making burgers mixed with chorizo or pico,” Adame said.

“I love Rodeo Goat’s Oaxaca burger. But I’ve always made burgers that way.”

In 1984, Adame’s family founded a tiny local cafe named Chuy’s Restaurant, not to be confused with the larger, Austin-based Chuy’s chain with locations in Fort Worth and Arlington.

Adame has brought the family’s recipes — including the brisket tacos and addictive salsa — and added artisan, build-your-own burgers.

The biggest burger is euphemistically translated as the “Exaggeration” — double meat with pico and chorizo, bacon, ham, two cheeses, grilled onions and fried jalapeño strips ($12.50).

Besides pico and chorizo burgers, Adame also specializes in “jalapeño fries” — long strips of fresh jalapeño (not pickled), battered and fried.

The house specialty is a chorizo burger with pepper Jack cheese, jalapeño strips, a fried egg and chipotle mayo ($8). Burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches start at $7.

(My favorite: A pico burger with jalapeño strips.)

Chuyito’s is open for lunch only now, with dinner hours and beer coming in March.

It’s at 1521 N. Main St., 817-887-9322; more on the family’s other restaurants can be found at facebook.com/Chuys MexicanRestaurant.

• Another good new stop: Taco Dive.

The shop on River Oaks Boulevard offers fish tacos “to di(v)e for” in a not-so-divey atmosphere similar to other popular fish taco shops.

Worth a try: breakfast tacos and platters, fish tacos, Jamaican jerk shrimp tacos with pico-mango salsa, homemade queso and salsas.

Taco Dive is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at 6001 River Oaks Blvd. (Texas 183) at Sam Calloway road near Westworth; 817-377-1075.

• It was a great week for Little Lilly Sushi, and an awful one.

Danny Liu and Jesús García’s tiny west Fort Worth sushi shop, already hailed as DFW’s best by The Dallas Morning News, was named one of Texas’ “10 Best New Restaurants” of 2013 by Texas Monthly.

That same day, the restaurant lost water service temporarily.

City workers inadvertently cut off Little Lilly along with a closed steakhouse next door. Lilly was open again by midday Wednesday.

Little Lilly plans a ramen brunch in April, but a March 2 pop-up dinner at Revolver Taco is sold out.

It’s open for lunch and dinner daily at 6100 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-989-8886; littlelillysushi.com.

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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