Here is what opened and closed in November
OMG Tacos opened Nov. 3 in the West 7th area, in the same building as Ampersand, Coyote Ugly and Zenna Thai & Japanese. It’s one of those stepby-step places: choose your meat (which includes lengua and pastor as well as “OMG” steak, pork and chicken toppings; a vegetarian option is available), your tortilla, your toppings (the 10 options include Flamin’ Hot Cheetos). Along with tacos, OMG serves quesadillas, tortas, burritos, nachos, loaded fries and OMG Elotes: creamy corn and cotija cheese topped with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Party atmosphere at night — it’s open till 3 a.m. nightly — and even, in a way, at lunch: unedited rap songs were playing during our daytime visit. 3011 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth, 817882-6472, http://www.omgtacos.com
In a Nov. 3 “Eats Beat” column, our Bud Kennedy reported double the barbecue news, with the reopenings of Sammie’s BBQ in Fort Worth and BBQ on
the Brazos in Cresson, both of which occurred the week of Nov. 5. “The new Sammie’s .... is combining that legacy restaurant’s sour coleslaw and vinegary barbecue sauce with the meats and sauce from [owner Sam] Gibbins former Smoke Pits BBQ nearby, which closed” (not only did it close, it has already been demolished). BBQ on the Brazos, which closed its original location in July after a lease dispute, moved to a house-trailer “dining room” nearby on the MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, uphill behind its old location off U.S. 377. (It can be tricky to find, so take the turn to the motorsport track.)
Owner John Sanford is offering a motorsport track special called a “Lambo combo”” a sandwich, a drink and a drive in any sports car for $229. It’s a lot cheaper without the car part. Sammie’s: 3801 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, 817-834-1822, @sammiesbbqfw on Facebook; BBQ on the Brazos: 9012 Performance Court, Cresson, 817-396-4758, https://www.bbqonthe brazoscressontx.com; currently open only 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
After a long wait, Stacks Biscuit House officially opened Nov. 12 in Roanoke. Lots of biscuit sandwiches, from the simple (“The Boss,” a buttermilk biscuit with egg, cheddar cheese and house pork sausage) to the over-the-top (“Shebop Shebop,” with buttermilk biscuit, country-fried steak, mashed potatoes, spinach and Texas Hill Country yellow gravy), plus biscuit Benedicts, desserty biscuit, concoctions and such a la carte offerings as biscuit nuggets with a gravy flight (your choice of four gravies). There’s also a big build-your-own section of the menu, includes lots of gravy choices. The restaurant is related to Craft & Vine, upstairs in the same building. 310 S. Oak Street, Roanoke, 817-4648188, stacksbiscuits.com
Already a hit in Dallas, Wabi House added a Fort Worth location on 8th Avenue, with a Nov. 17 grand opening on the second floor of a building that houses locations of Super Chix and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The menu is a mix of ramen, small plates, cocktails, sake and other beverages. The restaurant comes from Kenzo Tran, owner of Piranha Killer Sushi and Arlington’s Piranha Killer Ramen. Popular small-plate items include crisp pork ear and sweet corn fritters; the Fort Worth Wabi also has yakitori (grilled meats and vegetables) section that includes lamb chop, beef tenderloin and more exotic items such as hatsu (chicken hearts). Vegetarian options available, including a ramen with a vegetable base. 1229 Eighth Ave., 817720-3100, www.wabihouse.com
Ashim Hibachi Grill opened Nov. 18 in downtown Fort Worth, in an area that also includes Asian restaurants Hoya Korean Kitchen, Piranha Killer Sushi and, yes, P.F. Chang’s, all within a block or so of one another and a few blocks away from Sundance Square Plaza and its Christmas tree. Ashim is a fast-casual spot that looks small but has an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi, as well as poke bowls, and hibachi entrees. The three flavors of Thai rolled ice cream are a bonus, and the restaurant shows a flair for art and design that goes beyond the typical fastcasual atmosphere. Friendly service, too, and it’s open till midnight. 424 Taylor St., Fort Worth, 214-283-9122., https:// www.ashimshibachi.com
Axiom Coffee opened Nov. 26 in Keller. It’s a pretty straightforward coffee bar, with a menu that doesn’t get much fancier than a vanilla latte, part of a lineup that also includes cappucino, Americano, mocha, espresso and a selection of tea, nonalcoholic cider and hot chocolate. Pastries are also available. Comfortable space, relatively large for the location, with a couple of tables out back, where they look out on a field instead of busy Golden Triangle Boulevard. 400 Golden Triangle Blvd., Keller, @AxiomCoffeeHouse on Facebook; open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.
Also: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House finally opened its long-awaited North Richland Hills location (its 10th in North Texas the closest yet to Fort Worth) in early November at 6711 N.E. Loop 820, just east of Rufe Snow Drive . ... Social House, a hit in Fort Worth’s Crockett Row, opened its first Arlington location at 1705 N. Collins St. No. 101, in the Champions Park development.
Americado, which began as a Mexican-food dining hall with a confusing ordering system (it was divided into stations, but you couldn’t order fish tacos from the chicken station), then went to a system where you could order from all the stations, then went to table service, has revamped again — as a dining hall, but with an eclectic lineup this time. Among the vendors are the already much-praised (but only open on weekends) Brix Barbecue; a ramen stand, Shin’ Ya Ramen; a taqueria, Chilangos; and cocktails and coffees from its Magnolia Avenue sibling restaurants La Zona and Saint Sofia. Americado is in a youcan’t-miss-it building at 2000 W. Berry St.
Dive Oyster Bar, an acclaimed west Fort Worth seafood restaurant that was also known for its burger and its Tex-Mex, put up a big CLOSED sign on its Facebook page on Nov. 5, and it’s still there. Dive opened in late 2015 as a concept from seafood chef Josh Rangel and the owners of Oscar’s Pub, another west Fort Worth establishment (according to an Oscar’s Pub Facebook post, you can still get Dive clam chowder at Oscar’s). Rangel had worked in the kitchen at Waters, Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell’s upscale seafood restaurant. Rangel left later to join La Perla, a downtown Fort Worth restaurant that closed in 2017. The Dive was at 3620 Alta Mere Drive, in a building that once housed the original location of Salsa Fuego (Salsa Fuego’s descendant, Fuego Burger, is just down the road at 4400 Benbrook Hwy No. 108), as well as a satellite location of Charley’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers and, before that, a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
“Eats Beat” columnist Bud Kennedy noted in a Nov. 1 tweet that the Mansfield location of Mellow Mushroom had closed, but a corporate representative of the pizza chain later told us that the closure is only temporary, for “construction renovation.” She did confirm, however, that a Southlake location has closed permanently, and that comes in the wake of a Dallas location closing last year. Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton and McKinney locations remain open (for specifics, go to https://mellow mushroom.com/locations) and the Mansfield location is still on the website. The Southlake location was at 2820 E. Southlake Blvd.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana closed its lone Fort Worth location Nov. 11, part of a wave of closings nationwide. The Fort Worth location opened in 2013 in the Trinity Commons shopping center on South Hulen Street. Corporate cousin Brio Tuscan Grille remains open in Southlake Town Square. Bravo was at 3010 S. Hulen St. in Fort Worth., in a building that previously housed Fresh Choice buffet and then became the Covey Brewpub.
It may have a big billboard off of I-35W at this writing, but Meso Maya “Kress” in downtown Fort Worth is closed, we’re told temporarily. The other Fort Worth location of the Dallas-based upscale Mexicanfood, Meso Maya “Tanglewood” on South Hulen Street, remains open in the Trinity Commons shopping center. The downtown location was named for its home in the 82-year-old Kress Building at 604 Main St.; visibility, parking and competition from similar downtown restaurants have all been issues.
Boulevard Scoops, which went from being a small, half-hidden ice-cream shop on River Oaks Boulevard to being a slightly larger burger grill/soda shop/dessert spot on Texas 199 in Sansom Park, closed about Nov. 18 — two days after tweeting about half-off specials on its food. A Facebook page has been taken down. The menu of burgers, hot dogs and especailly State Fair-like desserts (such as 10 flavors of funnel cakes) will be missed. The most recent incarnation was at 5429 Jacksboro Highway.
Also: The Catch ,a popular Tyler-based seafood chain, closed its 6314 Camp Bowie Blvd. location but is looking for another location in west Fort Worth. Locations remain open at 5636 North Tarrant Parkway Suite 120 in far north Fort Worth, at 5809 W. Interstate 20 in Arlington, and at 1505 SW Wilshire Blvd. Suite 610 in Burleson . ... Cafe 1187, an acclaimed restaurant on the cusp of Fort Worth and Burleson at 8780 FM 1187, announced that its chef, Michele Tezak, has decided to semi-retire and that it will no longer be open for regular lunch or dinner. But it will be open for private events — and a monthly supper club. The restaurant has been going (with the occasional interruption) for 23 years. For updates on the monthly supper club, follow @Cafe1187 on Facebook. .... Bug Tub Seafood Kitchen, a cult favorite in waaaay north Fort Worth, like north of downtown Saginaw, annonced on Facebook Nov. 27 that it has permanently closed. The 2-year-old restaurant was “created by a couple of passionate crawfish lovers” who called their food “Texacajun.” Also on the Facebook page: a notice that the restaurant is for sale. If you’re interested, go to @bugtubdfw on Facebook for details. Bug Tub was at 12509 Business Highway 287 No. 104, very near where Business 287 reunites with plain old U.S. 287.
OMG Tacos opened on Bledsoe Street across from the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.
Eggplant rollatini at Bravo! Cucina Italia in Fort Worth