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A heaping helping of news & reviews from DFWs dining scene.

From coffees to pastas, new Piattello is ’round-the-clock Italian



The new Piattello Italian Kitchen is a morning coffee bar, and a casual pizza or salad cafe, and also a modern Italian restaurant. Read more

Bakery expanding, opening two Black Rooster Cafes in Fort Worth

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The artisan Black Rooster Bakery will add a west Fort Worth cafe and expand its current location in plans announced Friday by owner Immy Khan. Read more

Arlington: Worldly dining, but ready for something new

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If I learned anything at a talk in Arlington this week, I learned that Arlington is hungry for some new, contemporary restaurants. Read more

Dallas fave Mesa goes for a bigger wow in Grapevine

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If you already know Mesa, the Mexican restaurant, from its location in Dallas, then you’ll hardly recognize the new branch now open in Grapevine. Read more

Taco Bell debuts a taco with a fried-chicken shell


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In yet another blow to the field of cardiology, Taco Bell has announced its latest concoction: the Naked Chicken Chalupa which is basically a taco with a fried-chicken shell. Read more

First bite (and bark): Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Euless



Nearly two months ago, my wife and I adopted a Great Pyrenees puppy — now 10 months old and heading past 55 pounds — from the Humane Society of North Texas’ Regional Adoption Center in Keller. He had a shelter name, but we... Read more

Enchiladas Olé expanding; also, it’s almost time for Piattello

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In a state where tacos have become almost as trendy as barbecue, Enchiladas Olé sticks to the sauces that made it famous. Read more

Southern Star heats up the season with its Winter Warmer

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It’s easy to take Southern Star Brewing for granted. The Houston-area brewery— in Conroe to be precise — was founded in 2008 and has always fallen a bit under the radar. In North Texas in particular, its beers have been available the whole time, but don’t seem to enge... Read more

New R Bar chef has cooked everywhere from Driskell to Pickles

R Bar & Grill, one of Arlington’s few contemporary chef-driven restaurants, has landed itinerant chef Isaac Walker for the restaurant in the Hilton Arlington. Read more

Dot’s Hop House more than just a pretty place

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When you have a sprawling outdoor space as patio-perfect as Dot’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard — 10,000 square feet of benches, tables, heat lamps, Texas-centric artwork and, yes, a chandelier —... Read more

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