Here is what opened and closed in No­vem­ber

Star-Telegram - - Weekend - BY ROBERT PHILPOT [email protected]­gram.com

WHAT OPENED

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.

WHAT CHANGED

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.

WHAT CLOSED

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.

HAND­OUT PHOTO

OMG Tacos opened on Bled­soe Street across from the Fort Worth Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.

COUR­TESY OF BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIA

Egg­plant rol­la­tini at Bravo! Cucina Italia in Fort Worth

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