Mike French and Todd Hoffman, inspired by the burger joints and Mexicali burritos of their native Southern California, opened OC Burgers: a sit-down eatery where diners can dive into voluminous selections of both culinary offerings. Half-pound Black Angus burgers come topped with scoops of guacamole or teriyaki pineapple, and 14-inch tortillas envelop carnitas or carne asada. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Patricia Rodriguez called the bacon cheeseburger “very good indeed … with charred edges and a juicy interior.” She also marveled at the size of the carne asada burrito, which she described as having, “strips of tender flank steak … marinated in orange juice and cilantro” with “more complex flavors than other carne asadas.” On the restaurant’s large TV, a looping video of the sunrise prompts roosters to continually announce the all-day breakfast menu, which includes breakfast burritos, omelets, and plates of pancakes or french toast.
Though Papa G's Sports Bar & Grill churns out a menu of hearty eats—from decadent cheese-stuffed burgers to spicy buffalo wings—the real draw of the joint is its fun, laid-back atmosphere. A spacious patio lined with shaded tables welcomes guests to sip on one of the daily drink specials, shoot the breeze with friends, or catch a live show. Inside, a tall, lofted ceiling overlooks multiple pool tables, dartboards, and a dance floor that, during weekly events, becomes packed with swaying customers and antsy former boy-band members looking to strut their stuff one last time.
Try east-coast eats without leaving the state and order the Jersey Shore’s Favorite; served Mike’s Way, generous slices of provolone, ham, and cappacuolo get layered with onions, lettuce, tomatoes, vinegar, and a sprinkling of oil and spices. Cold subs come in three sizes: mini ($4–$4.75), regular ($5.75–$6.75), and giant ($9.75–$10.75). Hot options ($6.25–$6.75 regular, $10.25–$10.75 giant) include various takes on the famed cheese-and-steak combination, as well as a chicken parm and meatball and cheese. On a lighter note, Jersey Mike’s also serves wraps and salads. The Watauga Jersey Mike's also serves a kids' meal consisting of a mini-sandwich, a drink, and chips or a cookie for $4.
With a name like Pickles BBQ & Icehouse, it's not really surprising to see such dishes as fried pickles and pickled slaw on the menu. But what about fruity pickles? The eatery surprises tongues with its specialty pickles in watermelon, sour-apple, grape, mixed-berry, and even mango-con-chili flavors. Guests enjoy the unique creations and savory barbecue, including oak-smoked baby back ribs and hickory-smoked brisket, bobbing their heads to live music.
The team at Cuco's Sandwich Shop harnesses classic Cuban recipes to craft a convoy of authentic pressed sandwiches, which have been featured in the Star-Telegram and on the local restaurant blog Regular Joe's Guide. Among soft pink walls and tiled floors, a family of chefs accessorizes the meaty handhelds with traditional sides, such as plantains and yuca croquettes. Additionally, a smattering of breakfast burritos and sandwiches tackles morning cravings more swiftly than a football team playing pigskin against pigs in a blanket.
The dishes on Añejo's diverse menu are bursting at the seams with traditional home-style Mexican and Texan recipes artfully crafted by chef Fernando Martinez. Fire up feasting with an order of freshly made guacamole ($6.95 for medium size, $9.95 for large size) or freshly marinated ceviche imperial, netting together fish, scallops, shrimp, avocado, cilantro, spices, and citrus ($8.95). Competitive-with-themselves eaters can work toward weekly quotas with the chicken enchiladas ($9.95 for two), tender pork tacos ($10.95 for three), and steak fajitas ($13.95), and lovers of all things oxymoronic can nosh on the camarones rellenos, featuring bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with cheese ($15.95). For patrons in search of abundant euphoria mixed with a hint of cumin, Añejo serves up the house- specialty El Añejo Platter, a ziggurat of beef and chicken fajitas, a half-rack of slow-cooked ribs, and three stuffed shrimp served with guacamole, pico de gallo, and rice and beans ($32.95). The El Añejo Platter, like tandem bicycles and marriages, is meant for two people.