Avoca Coffee opening second location

Avoca Coffee will open a new location in W. 7th later this fall. Photo: WorldByTheCup.com.

Avoca Coffee will open a new location in W. 7th later this fall. Photo: WorldByTheCup.com.

The W. 7th area has plenty of restaurants and bars, but it lacks a coffeehouse.

That’ll change when Avoca Coffee opens at 835 Foch Street later this fall. It’ll be in the same strip shopping mall as La Familia.

It’ll be the independent coffee shop’s second location. The first location, open now for four years, is in the Near South Side area at 1311 W. Magnolia Ave.

The Fort Worth Business Press reports that the new store will use two premium espresso machines, a rare 1979 La Marzocco GS2 and a new La Marzocco Lines PB2 Group, to brew its housemade espresso. Cold brew will be served on tap.

Pastries will be available, too, from local vendors such as Le Chat Noir Cupcake Bordello and Bakery, Stir Crazy Baked Goods, Spiral Diner and Swiss Pastry Shop.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Salsa Limon opens third location on Friday

The third location of Salsa Limon opens Friday. Photo: Facebook.

The third location of Salsa Limon opens Friday. Photo: Facebook.


Fuzzy’s Tacos is about to have some stiff competition: The third brick and mortar location of local Mexican food favorite Salsa Limon will open on Friday, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The new location is at 3005 S. University Drive, right around the corner from the original Fort Worth location of Fuzzy’s Tacos, in the space recently vacated by Sol de Luna. It’s in the same strip mall as Dutch’s Hamburgers and Pizza Snob, across the street from TCU.

There are two other Salsa Limon locations, at the La Gran Plaza Mall, and in the W. 7th area, at 929 University Dr., in addition to a food truck that you can usually spot on Berry St. or on Camp Bowie in front of the Ridglea Theater.

The new store will be open for breakfast, starting at 7:00 a.m. According to the FB post, it’ll close at 9:00 p.m. but will eventually add late night hours.

Tidbites: RIP Bennigans, here comes The Original Pancake House; new thai and pho;

So long, Bennigan's. Hello, Original Pancake House.

So long, Bennigan’s. Hello, Original Pancake House.

* Fort Worth is about to get a new breakfast spot. The Original Pancake House will open its first location in Fort Worth this year, in the Hulen-area space recently vacated by Bennigan’s. The national chain dates back to the 1950’s, when it was founded in Portland. The Fort Worth location will be the seventh in North Texas.

The restaurant is known for sweet breakfast dishes, including Dutch Babies, crepes filled with fruit and Triple Sec, and apple pancakes. Another specialty breakfast dish is the homemade corned beef hash. At lunch, the restaurant serves soups and sandwiches.

The restaurant will be located at 4646 SW Loop 820, at Hulen Street.

* Sad to report that tiny Trevino’s Comida Mexicana on Montgomery Street has closed. Owners Bertha and Louie Trevino also run L. Trevino’s in Rockwall, which is alive and well.

* Work is sssssllllooooowwwwwllllllyyyyy coming along at Wild Salsa and Chop House Burgers downtown. It’s been nearly a year since I first reported the two restaurants, owned by Dallas based DRG Concepts, would be opening side by side in downtown’s newly developed One City Place area. But I spotted a good sign of progress this week – applications for booze are now up the windows. An employee of another Chop House said it’ll be later this year before the restaurants are open.

Avocado halves topped with shrimp and crab mix at Pan Asia on the west side.

Avocado halves topped with shrimp and crab mix at Pan Asia on the west side.

* Also coming downtown is a new burrito spot called Spec Ops Burritos, the Star-Telegram reported. According to the resto’s FB page , a percentage of each sale will go to military personnel and their families.

* In the West 7th area, The Pour House has changed its name to Trinity River Tap House. New menu, too.

* There are two new places on the west side, a new location of breakfast and lunch chain The Egg & I (in the old Sushi Yoko space at 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd.) and Pan Asia has moved from Arlington to new digs at 5913 Donnelly Ave., in Saffron Sky’s old spot.

* The Thai and pho trends continue with a new Thai restaurant called Thai Terrace at 4220 W. Vickery Blvd., where the Railway Cafe came and quickly went, and a new pho spot in Burleson, House of Pho, in Gateway Station. Thai Terrace opened a week or so ago; House of Pho will open later this summer.

* Grady Spears’ new chicken fried steak restaurant Horseshoe Hill is slated to open sometime later this month. It’s at 204 W. Exchange Ave. in the Stockyards. The Fort Worth Weekly’s recent cover story on Grady is a really good read.

* I’m joining this party a little late, but some of the best BBQ in Fort Worth can be had at a new trailer on the Near Southside, called Heim BBQ. The Star-Telegram and Dallas Observer have raved, so I know I’m not the only one in love with this place. For the time being at least, it’s only open two days a week – Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Salsa Fuego reopens in new location

Salsa Fuego has reopened in the old Red Dragon spot.

Salsa Fuego has reopened in the old Red Dragon spot.

Tiny Salsa Fuego isn’t so tiny anymore.

The beloved Mex-Mex restaurant has finally moved to a new location, in the much larger space once occupied by Red Dragon Chinese Buffet (3500 Alta Mere Dr.) It’s just a few feet from its previous sardine-can-size location, which will now turn into a burger joint, Fuego Burger (3520 Alta Mere Dr.), run by the same family.

Owner and chef Carlo Rodriguez said Fuego Burger will focus on the burgers he popularized at Salsa Fuego. It should be open later this spring/early summer. He also said a new menu at Salsa Fuego is coming soon. In the meantime, you can enjoy dishes from the original menu.

Kin Kin Urban Thai opens tonight!

Scotch eggs, given a Thai twist by chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. Kin Kin Urban Thai/Facebook

Scotch eggs, given a Thai twist by chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. Kin Kin Urban Thai/Facebook

Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin’s much-anticipated new Thai restaurant Kin Kin Urban Thai opens tonight at 5:00 p.m. in a highly visible West 7th space formerly occupied by MK’s Sushi.

Diners who check in on social media receive 50 percent discount off regular menu prices tonight through Thursday.

This is “Chef Eddy’s” second Fort Worth restaurant. His first one Bite City Grill is located across the street in Montgomery Plaza. If all goes according to plan, two additional Kin Kin Urban Thai stores will open in Dallas.

Kin Kin’s menu features several traditional Thai dishes such as pad thai, pad see ew and various rice and noodle dishes.

Kin Kin's burger made with sticky rice.  Photo: Facebook.

Kin Kin’s burger made with sticky rice. Photo: Facebook.

But behold some really neat twists, such as a burger made with sticky rice instead of a bun, spring rolls made from crepes and a tofu panna cotta dessert. You can review the entire menu here: kinkin_in-house_menu_8-5×11-final.pdf.

Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. Kin Kin Urban Thai/Facebook

Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. Kin Kin Urban Thai/Facebook

Kin Kin Urban Thai, 2801 W. 7th St., (817) 984-1363, http://kinkinurbanthai.com/.

Best new Fort Worth restaurants of 2014


Flounder at Clay Pigeon.

Flounder at Clay Pigeon.

1. Fort Worth’s best new restaurant of 2014 is Clay Pigeon. You’d never know it’s chef Marcus Paslay’s debut. That’s because Clay Pigeon comes off like a seasoned veteran, from the spot-on service to the quality of the farm-to-table scratch-made food to even the decor – nothing here screams “first-timer”. I love the bone marrow and each of the pastas I’ve had have been incredible, certainly on the same level with Nonna Tata’s, another resto that makes pasta from scratch. My favorite dish is the flounder (which rotated off the menu a few months ago but may rotate back on soon). They recently opened for lunch and feature several items not available at dinner, like a pork schnitzel that I can’t wait to try. 2731 White Settlement Road, 817-882-8065.

Cowboy risotto at Bird Cafe.

Cowboy risotto at Bird Cafe.

2. Bird Cafe may be old hat to those who live in Dallas, since the menu is nearly identical to Bird’s sister restaurant in Dallas, Meddlesome Moth. But it has been a wonderful addition to Downtown Fort Worth. It’s not very expensive, it’s quick and the American-inspired food has been consistently stellar. For lunch, I highly recommend trying the daily risotto (my fave is the “Cowboy Risotto” made with chili), the smoked chicken salad sandwich and the egg white frittata. At dinner, get the fish and chips, the rabbit pot pie or the crispy tofu. There’s an extensive wine list and craft drinks, too. The restaurant is in the 19th century Land Title Block building, which has been beautifully restored. 155 E. 4th St. 817-332-2473.

Beef tenderloin at Le Cep.

Beef tenderloin at Le Cep.

3. For years Saint-Emilion has been Fort Worth’s go-to for French cuisine. This year in stepped Le Cep Restaurant offering a more modern take on classic French staples. Locally owned by a French-trained chef Sandra Avila and her wine connoisseur of a husband David, the restaurant offers two tasting courses with dishes that rotate monthly. Those dishes have include a phenomenal beef tenderloin, a cauliflower salad, venison tartare and for dessert a lovely raspberry ice cream. A server walks the floor with a cheese tray and they’ll hard sell the wine. You’ll spend a lot of money but you’ll have a truly unique experience. 3324 W. 7th St., 817-900-2468.

The Delia at Cane Rosso.

The Delia at Cane Rosso.

4. Still one of the hottest restaurants in Fort Worth with long waits on weekends, the Fort Worth branch of Dallas-based Cane Rosso has been a delicious education for us all. But even if you don’t like Neapolitan pizza, the restaurant’s other dishes are just as good, like the gargantuan Cuban sandwich and freshly made pastas (my favorite is the meatball lasagna, served on Friday and Saturday night.) Even the salads are great. 815 W. Magnolia Avenue, 817-922-9222.

AF+B's grass-fed burger.

AF+B’s grass-fed burger.

5. The W. 7th district really needed another hit, and it got one when AF+B (American Food and Beverage) opened earlier this year. Former Bolsa chef Jeff Harris reimagines American standards with grace and skill in a warm classy setting. One of my favorite things to do is have AF+B’s burger in the bar area, with its black-and-white tile floor, room-length mirror and windows that let you peer out onto the street. 2869 Crockett St., 817-916-5300.

Crispy rice and chicken at Pho & Grill.

Crispy rice and chicken at Pho & Grill.

6. Go for the pho. Please, go for the pho at Pho & Grill. But go back for the crispy rice dishes, the vermicelli and the specialty drinks like Vietnamese coffee. This tiny resto, housed where Red Door Bistro used to be, has been a godsend to southwest Fort Worth, where chains usually rule. 4938 Overton Ridge Blvd. 817-292-3311.

Pork belly ramen at Hanabi.

Pork belly ramen at Hanabi.

7. It’s been wonderful seeing Fort Worth embrace new ideas, such as the city’s very first ramen restaurant Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya. Chef Ito Takao makes an absolutely beautiful bowl of ramen, in addition to several other standout dishes, like chilled tofu and grilled beef tongue. 3204 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-420-6703.

Dry Pho Ga at Pho District.

Dry Pho Ga at Pho District.

8. What Kenzo Tran did with sushi with his Piranha Killer Sushi, he’s now doing with Vietnamese food at Pho District – that is, putting a fancy spin on it while also paying homage to the food’s roots. In addition to the four kinds of pho he serves fantastic pork belly buns, a chorizo-topped rice pancake and for dessert ice cream sushi. Decor is sleek and sexy, also like Piranha. 2401 W. 7th St., 817-862-9988.

Pork shoulder omelet with sweet potato & zucchini slaw at Righteous Foods.

Pork shoulder omelet with sweet potato & zucchini slaw at Righteous Foods.

9. I love the Austin spirit and bright colors of Lanny Lancarte’s new Righteous Foods, his tribute to eating healthy (in the space occupied by his shuttered Mexican resto, Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana). Nearly everything is locally sourced and/or organic, down to the ingredients in the booze and cold-pressed drinks. He serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner – from light items like yogurt and waffles to heavier dishes like burgers and flank steak. The sweet potato ravioli is a must. I do wish the prices were a tad lower. I’d eat there every day. 3405 W. 7th St. 817-850-9996.

Sausage and candied jalapeño pizza at Pizza Snob.

Sausage and candied jalapeño pizza at Pizza Snob.

10. Pizza Snob is a fast-casual pizza place that doesn’t taste like a fast-casual pizza place. The ingredients go beyond the typical and the thin crust is highly addictive. They serve a mean kale salad, too. It’s always packed with TCU students but I take my two kids all the time and we always feel comfortable and welcome. 3051 S. University Dr. 817-462-7662.

Tidbites: Changes at Hedary’s, here comes Hoya, there goes Magnolia

Some of the signage is up for Hoya Korean Kitchen downtown.

Some of the signage is up for Hoya Korean Kitchen downtown.

* Some good news & bad news about Fort Worth’s Hedary family. First the bad. Celaborelle Phoenician Restaurant has closed temporarily until repairs are made to the house, owner Youssef Hedary said. Yes, house. If you’ve never been to Celaborelle, you haven’t experienced eating some of the city’s best Mediterrean food in one of the neatest old homes on Hemphill on Fort Worth’s south side.

Now the good news. Youssef has taken over his family’s namesake restaurant, Hedary’s Mediterranean Restaurant on Camp Bowie. Not just the cooking, mind you. But he has taken over the restaurant, doing away with Hedary’s menu in favor of bountiful plates of fresh vegetables, hummus, fruit, gargantuan pita bread, sausages, rice dishes, lamb pizzas and most of his other staples of Celaborelle. Plus he brought the dirt-cheap prices from Celaborelle with him, too.

As for Celaborelle, the roof needs to be repaired, among other things. “It’s going to be a while (before
it’s back open),” Youssef told me.

* Downtown, Hoya Korean Kitchen , a new fast-casual Korean spot in Sundance Square is still hoping to open by the end of the year, says Sundance rep Tracy Gilmour. A block over ViVo 53, a new pizza concept, is taking over The Vault’s old space in The Tower. Cheesecake Factory is still on track to open Dec. 9. Nearby Embargo, home to downtown’s best late night eats, is closing tonight according to its Facebook page.

* Magnolia Cheese Company, one of Fort Worth’s best restaurants of 2013, is closing to make way for a new concept from owner Elizabeth Northern. An announcement on the restaurant’s Facebook page says she’s repurposing the space as a market and wine room. Thus, the name of the space has been changed to Magnolia Market & Cheese Company. Hopefully, this won’t be a repeat of Ryan’s Fine Grocer & Deli. The new place will open in the coming weeks.

Magnolia Cheese Co.’s acclaimed chef Jennifer Williams, one of a dozen people who lost their jobs, has already landed on her feet at the excellent Sera Dining & Wine (she’s replacing departing chef and co-owner Brandon Hudson). I can’t wait to see what she does at Sera.

* Two recent casualties in W. 7th – Hacienda San Miguel and The Fish (formerly MK’s Sushi). Bite City Grill’s chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin will open a new Korean resto called Kin Kin Urban Thai in MK’s old spot, according to Bud Kennedy. Hacienda San Miguel’s space will soon be home to the second location of Mash’d (the original is in Frisco), a bar/restaurant from TruFire Kitchen & Bar’s brain trust that will no doubt go head-to-head against forthcoming neighbors Social House.