Tidbites: Landmark Bar and Kitchen opening soon, MK Sushi now called The Fish, chefs split

MK's Sushi is now called The Fish.

MK’s Sushi is now called The Fish.

* W. 7th sushi resto MK’s Sushi is no longer called MK’s Sushi. On Monday, the restaurant’s name was changed to The Fish and along with that change comes a tweaked menu. There’s still an emphasis on sushi but owner MK Lee’s added some high end dishes (a New York strip, served thinly sliced) and more cooked fish, including grilled sea bass, pan fried mahi mahi and baked and barbecued tuna (cannot wait to try that).

Avocado Bomb at The Fish.

Avocado Bomb at The Fish.

One new dish I can highly recommend is the Avocado Bomb – a mound of crawfish, crab and spicy tuna covered in sliced avocados. A server said MK changed the name and updated the menu in hopes it would drum up more business for her restaurant, which is in a prime location but faces stiff competition from other nearby sushi restaurants. Her other two MK stores in Bedford and North Fort Worth still go by the MK moniker.

Landmark Bar & Kitchen will open in May in the W. 7th area.

Landmark Bar & Kitchen will open in May in the W. 7th area.

* Also in the W. 7th area Landmark Bar & Kitchen will be opening in May next door to Magnolia Motor Lounge in the Piper Hall space. Among those involved is Sam Sameni, formerly of Brownstone and currently of Avenu club in Dallas. It’ll be similar to Barcadia in that vintage stand up arcade games will be a focal point. There will also be a patio, live bands, and a full menu, which has yet to be posted.

* Two of Fort Worth’s finest chefs Marcus Paslay of Clay Pigeon and Kevin Martinez of Tokyo Cafe will team up for a pop up dinner on May 6. They’ll each offer three dishes and both will offer dessert. Paslay’s doing a shrimp carpaccio, duck confit pasta and lavender shortcake. Martinez is bringing to the table a miso hamachi, fermented rice pork cheek and roasted banana cake. Cost is $75 per person. For an additional fee they’ll pair your food with beverages. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and will take place at Clay Pigeon. For reservations call 817-882-8065.

* I’m about to reserve my spot for what has to be the coolest little dinner that Little Red Wasp has done. Next Wednesday, the downtown resto is hooking up with Martin House Brewing Company for a beer dinner in which the following pairings shall occur: MH’s Day Break paired with LRW’s chicken and biscuit; Rubberneck Red with LRW salad; and Imperial Texan with LRW Reuben. And for dessert? A pretzel stout float. Best part is: it’s only $19 per person. Call (817) 877-3111 for reservations.

* You don’t see a lot of chef shakeups in Fort Worth but there were two major ones this week. Jesus Garcia is no longer at Little Lilly Sushi and Keith Grober has left Rodeo Goat. Another major downer is the going away of Red Door Bistro, one of my favorite new restaurants of 2013. The last day for Donna Albanese’s quaint southwest Fort Worth restaurant is May 3.

* 24 Plates in the new Magnolia May district could be open in the next few weeks. I was lucky enough to sample some of chef Beau Johnson’s creative American food at a recent event at 24’s next door neighbor Prosper. I hope the sneak preview is as good as the main attraction. Pho District, new from Piranha’s Chef Kenzo Tran in the So7 area, is getting close to opening, too. They’ve been Facebooking about opening late May.

* Lo and behold, Fort Worth is finally getting a Whole Foods.


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