Since 1983, the folks at Tommy's Hamburger Grill & Patio have been cooking up their signature burgers, sandwiches, and hearty sides from family recipes passed down through the generations. They smother Wholey Moley burgers in guacamole and cheddar and top wheat bread with chicken salad, then pile on sides such as fries, tots, and fried okra?though diners can also upgrade to "frog fries," hand-cut fries buried beneath cheddar cheese, grilled onions, and jalape?os. The menu accommodates eaters of all stripes with veggie, turkey, and slim burgers, with the latter cheerfully labeled ?for wimps.? The from-scratch crispy catfish, meanwhile, comes in its own basket?as commonly found in the wild?and can be paired up with shrimp. To wash it all down, diners can order wine and beer or stick with sweet tea and cola.
At Julie’s Fresh Kitchen, co-owner Cynthia Helton hand-tenderizes her revered chicken-fried steak, batters it in breadcrumbs, and ladles from-scratch gravy atop its crispy exterior. Her co-owner and husband Jody and their three children, one of which inspired the restaurant's name, then ushers the sizzling platter through the dining room, pausing to greet customers by name or spirit animal. The restaurant's chefs also smother slow-cooked meats and seafood with from-scratch sauces, and serve them alongside fluffy biscuits and a dozen sides. A children’s menu not only appeases small palates, but breakfast items such as cubed or shredded hash browns are served as early as 6:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday.
From weekend brunch to dinner, Cabo Grande’s kitchen bustles with chefs grilling, sautéing, and frying up authentic Tex-Mex and South American dishes. The culinary crew forges each dish using traditional recipes and ingredients such as alligator, fresh pico de gallo, and freshly baked bread.
Once the finishing touches have been put on each plate, servers deliver meals to patrons amid the dining room’s cheery yellow walls and its glowing, wavelike ceiling. Guests can surf the net by hooking up to the restaurant’s WiFi as they watch in awe as servers sidle up to tables to whip up fresh batches of guacamole. Behind the bar, mixologists sling libations that range from handcrafted martinis and margaritas to decadent coffee-based drinks.
Salsa Fuego almost never came to be. Owner Carlos Rodriguez was, according to DFW.com, planning on opening an Italian restaurant until he stumbled upon a quaint, tiny taco shop. There, just a few tables—no more than 12 indoors and 4 on the outdoor patio––make up a Tex-Mex joint selected as one of Fort Worth's top five Mexican restaurants by Texas Monthly in 2010. To pair with the traditional enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas as well as chipotle-topped burgers and fish tacos, diners can sip on one of a dozen different margaritas, each blended with the same quality tequila flowing through El Dorado's courtyard fountain.
Though the fruity, all-natural smoothies at Keva Smoothie Company may taste like an indulgence, they're all brimming with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. Staffers pack blenders with a healthy mix of fresh fruits, vegetables, and juices?including guava, mango, and raspberry juice. Each tempting smoothie can be supercharged with whey protein for an extra healthful boost or spiked with coffee or Red Bull to recharge each disposable cup's batteries.
Those who prefer dinner before dessert can opt for soft, warm gourmet pretzels stuffed with cheddar jalape?o or spinach with feta cheese, and espresso, Boba smoothies, and gelato are also available.
The chefs at An Zen Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar craft specialty sushi rolls along with classic Japanese fare and bistro dishes such as orange chicken and kung pao. Signature rolls with creative names and nontraditional ingredients—such as the Pow-Chicken-Bow-Wow, a mix of chicken tenders with cream cheese, eel sauce, and spicy aioli—pack a flavor punch and squash the notion that sushi has to be eaten raw or while waterskiing over a waterfall. Though they make full use of their state-certified creative license with their specialty sushi, the chefs also craft more familiar offerings, including dragon and rainbow rolls.