Eats Beat: Tokyo Cafe returns by fall, with a Chinese spinoff

Posted 6:05am on Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

For a simple summer dinner, Tokyo Cafe was perfect last Saturday, down to the jalapeños and roe atop the tuna-shrimp “New York Sunrise” roll.

Mary Kha-Ho talked about their new Chinese cafe, and chef Kevin Martínez brought samples of his new, lighter sauces.

At the door, Kha-Ho said, “Come back soon.”

That’ll have to wait. An overnight fire early Monday has knocked Tokyo dark until fall.

Mary and Jarry Ho already were planning to open a contemporary Chinese cafe off South Jennings Avenue on the south side. Now, they’ll open that and reopen Tokyo by year’s end, along with their West Magnolia Avenue restaurant and izakaya pub, Shinjuku Station.

Jarry Ho’s parents opened Tokyo Cafe in 1997 in an old Pizza Hut near Camp Bowie Boulevard.

He said he has not decided yet whether to restore or redesign Tokyo Cafe or reopen someplace nearby temporarily.

“I want to open somewhere for my staff,” he said.

“We have great employees. I want to keep serving our customers.”

Meanwhile, the new Chinese cafe will take over a historic home on West Cannon Street, he said.

Like Shinjuku, it will appeal to the young south-side crowd, serving stir-fry noodle dishes, scallion pancakes and other dishes “like we eat at home,” Ho said.

While Tokyo is rebuilding, visit Shinjuku Station, one of Texas Monthly’s “10 best new restaurants’ in Texas in 2011.

It’s open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Fridays, dinner Mondays and Saturdays at 711 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-923-2695;

Peaches all around

It’s Parker County peach season, which means it’s also peach dessert season.

The Swiss Pastry Shop’s Texas peach crumble pie debuted last week.

On July 1, Curly’s Frozen Custard brings back Parker County peach frozen custard.

For the sugar-conscious, the Paris Coffee Shop serves a no-sugar-added peach pie on Mondays.

The late spring rains plumped up the peach crop, and it should be a good month for peach pies, cobblers and sweets.

On Father’s Day, Parker County peach cobbler was the showcase dessert for the $44 brunch at Fearing’s in the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas.

The annual Parker County Peach Festival is July 12 on the downtown square in Weatherford.

Sundays at Reata

Reata Restaurant is also featuring peach cobbler, and a new Sunday brunch menu with more variety.

Reata’s new menu includes chicken chilaquiles verdes, goat cheese-banana stuffed French toast or biscuits with elk sausage.

Country-Americana singer Kyle Redd, featured in a recent Star-Telegram profile, returns July 6 on alternate Sundays.

Reata is a familiar cowboy-cuisine restaurant. It’s open for lunch and dinner daily, closing midafternoons; 310 Houston St., 817-336-1009,

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