Brownstone is the result of award-winning designer Hatsumi Kuzuu's vision. Combining the expertise of the restaurant visionaries at Sameni Entertainment Group with the innovative architecture of her own imagination, she's given life to an airy, 5,000-square-foot space that crackles with convivial energy. As patrons fill the air with the din of friendly conversation or watch HD televisions from the comfort of their residential-style seating, the waitstaff ferries plates packed with forward-thinking takes on American cuisine. Juicy Angus burgers topped with fried eggs, cuts of chicken-fried steak, and delicate sea scallops seem right at home amid the din of friendly conversation. A well-stocked bar encourages diners to linger at tables on the open-air patio long after plates are cleaned, socializing while sipping on the specialty cocktails that were named some of the best in the city by reporters from Fort Worth CVB.
A rotating roster of seasoned comedic pros and up-and-comers has graced the stages at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's three locations. These featured jokesters typically perform weekend sets, leaving the space free for aspiring comics during weekly open-mic nights. The venue has also partnered with cyber-comedians for a defensive-driving course. Since not much in the rules-of-the-road canon is intentionally funny, Hyena's helps keep Texas drivers safely and legally behind the wheel with digital, state-approved, all-original tutorials written by comedians.
Since its founding 26 years ago, Rivera's has transformed from a farmer's market into a catering business and restaurant, with an eclectic menu that blends Mexican and barbecue fare. For a filling starter, try the Botanas platter ($24.95)—four tamales, four large nachos, four bacon-wrapped shrimp, four smoked ribs, and chili con queso—which offers enough sustenance for four diners or one Van Halen tribute band. Diners can slather on a thicker shade of sauce with the three-meat, three-side combo deal ($14.95), boasting ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket as its main meats, or instead opt for the chicken breast bathed in fresh tomatillo sauce ($10.25). Other entrees include fajitas, beef tenderloin, and the fresh fish of the day—ideal for accompanying tableside magic tricks and tabletop feats of chugging pickled jalapeño puree.
Bedford Blues & BBQ, a two-day festival held on the grounds adjacent to Bedford’s City Hall, enthralls attendees with performances from blues masters, barbecue-style edibles from local grill gurus, and purchasable crafts from artisans. Headlining act Buddy Guy, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose electric-blues playing style influenced guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, entrances audiences with soulful guitar riffs and a spinning hypnosis wheel. Grammy-winning musician Jonny Lang also takes the stage, proving to skeptics that the child prodigy, with age, has matured in lyric-writing and beard-growing abilities. While vendor fare sates the appetites of concertgoers, a barbecue cookoff competition held on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (admission not included with Groupon) challenges local meat smokers to concoct culinary masterpieces, impressing ticketholders with small samples of brisket, burnt ends, and other grill-marked cuisine.
Big Barn Bar-B-Que's specialty dry-rubbed and pecan-smoked meats stock hungry mouths with succulent tastes backed by a cavalcade of sides. The menu enumerates a choice of 10 different meats, including two-meat plates that pair together savory combinations of carnivorous fare such as a tender arrangement of chopped brisket, classic baby back ribs, or jalapeño-cheddar sausage. Sides such as coleslaw and potato salad celebrate refreshing, cooling textures, and crisp fried okra and onion rings tantalize taste buds more completely than PhD students learn the alphabet. As duos, quartets, or sextets revel in smoky delights and share tastes, iced teas, fountain drinks, and coffee anoint liquid intake apparatuses in preparation for a finishing course of just desserts—seasonal cobblers packing a palatable punch of fruits such as strawberry or peach and Mama's famous banana pudding, which reveals a union of fresh-blended bananas and crisp vanilla wafers.
Grapevine Opry's family-friendly confines have played host to high-profile performers and up-and-comers alike, specializing in classic country tunes. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), leaving arts aficionados plenty of time to finish work, find a babysitter, or watch a kitten mature into a cat. "Country Music Showcase" nights on June 4, June 25, July 23, August 13, and August 27 round up adroit chanteuses for a night of grassroots all-American jams. "The Redneck Chronicles" on June 11 promises to focus on tales from a farm, relaying stories that rarely appear in mainstream magazines or fortune cookies. On July 16, Grapevine Opry dedicates a night to the music of country legend Patsy Cline, and on August 20, musicians pay tribute to the similarly smashing George Strait. The Opry boasts an intimate first-come, first-served seating arrangement and a handsome stage to captivate country-loving minds.