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Eats Beat: Chef grub or truck grub? An Arlington hotel offers both

Posted 5:34pm on Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014

Arlington’s newest restaurant is getting closer.

R Bar & Grill will bring locally sourced grill fare to north Arlington next week, rekindling business in the remodeled Hilton Arlington hotel.

Chef Michael West, from former Gaylord Texan chef Joanne Bondy’s staff, took on the job of restoring the Hilton as a dining destination, the way it was when the hotel tower was built in 1981.

His first menu features both “chef-inspired” and “food truck-inspired” sections, delivering inventive dishes at any price point.

West’s menu includes redfish with Brussels sprouts in chimichurri, fried-oyster nachos or bone marrow and brisket with tomato chutney, $14-$26.

The “food truck” menu ranges from banh mì to pork, brisket or fried-chicken tacos and Kobe burgers ($7-$10).

Sides include wild boar chili (with Fritos, egg and arugula?!), poblano-corn chowder, elote with crema-and-chile and pineapple-chorizo or Jimmy’s sausage-pepperoni pizzas.

R Bar & Grill will open for lunch and dinner daily and will eventually add a Sunday brunch menu. Executives have not decided yet whether to have an April 20 Easter or May 11 Mother’s Day brunch in the bar or adjacent Conrad’s restaurant, a manager wrote by email.

The Hilton is at 2401 E. Lamar Blvd.; 817-640-3322, rbarandgrilltx.com.

• Also new: Bite City Grill is scheduled to open as soon as Thursday in Fort Worth; 2600 W. Seventh St. (on the back of Montgomery Plaza), 817-877-3888, bitecitygrill.com.

Sundance Square’s new Taco Diner is scheduled to open Monday; 156 E. Fourth St., tacodinerrestaurants.com.

• Arlington readers always ask about brunch.

One familiar nightspot is also a weekend brunch spot: Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewpub.

The 20-year-old sports pub isn’t as busy on spring weekends, so it’s a good time to try the weekend brunch menu with $2.99 mimosas.

Breakfast dishes include a spinach-mushroom-and-onion scrambler skillet, omelets, breakfast tacos or chicken tenders-and-waffles, all for about $10-$12 including potatoes, fruit and a cinnamon roll.

A sirloin-and-eggs breakfast is $14, and children’s plates are $4.99.

Humperdinks also offers short-notice brunch specials some weekends on Facebook and Twitter.

Take notice: Humperdinks also serves its entire menu until 1:30 a.m. weeknights and Saturdays, 11:30 p.m. Sundays. It can be an easy meeting spot for baseball or football games or a midway stop between Dallas and Fort Worth.

Humperdinks is at 700 Six Flags Drive and three other area locations, 817-640-8553, humperdinks.com.

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

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