And the new restaurants just keep coming. Thursday marked the opening of the Bite City Grill, new from former Pakpao chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin and his brother Chris. Eddy made a name for himself at Dallas’ Pakpao doing Thai food, but here he’s doing global cuisine – small plates like lamb meatballs, charred octopus, white wine saffron mussels and larger plates including diver scallop risotto, seared duck and wood-grilled chicken.I stopped by on opening night and had a stellar plate of beef carpaccio, followed by lamb lollipops that were a bit tough but had a good garlic cilantro soy glaze. My friend adored the tuna flatbread so much so that she devoured it before I had a chance to snap a picture of it. The decor is amazing, from the hand-twisted twig light fixtures to the gorgeous red oak booths made with clean lines. A separate bar area is anchored by a striking blue wraparound booth. As Eater pointed out there isn’t anything quite like this design wise in Fort Worth right now.
It will be interesting to see how Bite City Grill does, not only because of its location (it’s where three other places have closed over the past few years) but because there are now several new restaurants with similar menus and price points – AF+B, Clay Pigeon and Bird Cafe. I will tell you that Bite City stands out for me at least because of its unique design elements. I’m looking forward to returning.