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The Benson and Brozgold families founded Ol’ South Pancake House in 1962 and have stacked mountains of the same griddle-kissed pancakes from the same menu ever since, sticking to original recipes with the addition of Southern diner favorites. Cooks pour fluffy disks of buttermilk-, buckwheat-, or corn-cake batter to forge the rich foundation for strata of sweet or fruity toppings, including spiced apples, peanut-butter chips, and strawberries. Like off-duty senators nestled safe for the night in the congressional warehouse, pancakes pile into short or tall stacks, or in a behemoth pile of eight for the diner’s Take the Pancake Challenge. Any intrepid eater capable of packing away the entire monument to fluffiness in 60 minutes gets the meal free.

In addition to pancakes, the menu features a familiar spread of hearty entrees and sides served all day long. The cooks hand-batter pieces of chicken-fried steak before glazing them with a layer of country-style gravy, or sear catfish and half-pound burger patties on the grill. For internationally inspired flavors, they can also whisk together huevos rancheros, griddle fresh crêpes, or prepare the german pancake filled with fresh lemon, powdered sugar, and whipped butter served with a side of maple syrup.

1509 S University Dr
Fort Worth,
TX
US

If Noodles @ BTH strikes visitors as welcoming and familiar, the reason may be that the Vietnamese restaurant?s owners share more than a dedication to fine boba teas?all three of them are sisters. They have merged steamy Vietnamese dishes with milky teas in a casual, laid-back setting. Noodles @ BTH opened in 2013 as a spinoff of the original Fort Worth location, which opened in 2007, serving mostly the same menu with a focus on convenience and walk-up ordering.

Bowls of the restaurant?s signature pho?a Vietnamese noodle soup?line tables alongside spring rolls filled with charbroiled chicken. Piles of rice share plates with marinated grilled pork, beef, and spicy lemongrass chicken, straws fish for treasure in boba teas, whose watermelon, papaya, and green-jasmine-flavored waters brim with chewy pearls of tapioca.

7355 N Beach St
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Cuisine Type: deli-style sandwiches, salads, pizzas

Established: 1995

Reservations: Not offered

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Metered street parking

Most popular offering: California club sandwich

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: BYOB

Delivery / Take-out Available: Take-out Only

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: Check us out on Wednesdays for our homemade beef lasagna special.

With its variety of deli-style sandwiches, crisp salads, and artisan pizzas, Four Star Caf? seems to have something for everyone. Sandwiches, such as the popular California club, host Boars' Head meats and cheese, and housemade dressings, such as tangy lemon olive-oil vinaigrette and garlic caesar, top fresh salads. Four Star's thin-crust personal pizzas tempt taste buds with toppings such as housemade tomato sauce, feta cheese, and grilled chicken.

815 Houston St
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's in the summer of 1991?a tropical-themed hut that served shaved ice amidst the sweltering Texas heat. Although his business has now expanded to 30 locations (and counting) throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, each shop embraces the same island atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.

Behind the counter, employees drizzle tropical flavors?from banana to watermelon and coconut?into cups piled high with shaved ice, cooling down overheated patrons. Anyone who forgot their brain-freeze medication can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, or Paradise Fruit?a blend of island fruits topped with chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.

5636 N Tarrant Pkwy.
Fort Worth,
TX
US

New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Café Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.

Outside the pizza realm, Café Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.

7221 Matlock Rd
Arlington,
TX
US

A woven hanging light looms overhead, casting a buttery glow on wall alcoves festooned with orchid arrangements. Nearby, booths flaunt intricate geometric designs to match throw pillows on the adjacent sofa. The walls are comprised of texturally diverse materials such as stacked stone, exposed brick, and barbecue-flavored wallpaper, an eclectic assortment that mirrors Orchid City Café's mélange of Cajun, American, and Asian fusion fare.

Poboys and Thai-style rice dishes overflow with a choice of catfish, salmon, and chicken—all available fried, grilled, blackened, or interrogated. Chefs also mold half-pound Angus sirloin burgers to pair with fresh-cut french fries and specialty drinks such as smoothies or sweet boba tea.

2135 Southeast Parkway
Arlington,
TX
US