* 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.* 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.