By: Brian Kendall
A new pizza restaurant in Southlake has come up with a cool spin on the Brazilian steakhouse concept. Delucca Gaucho Pizza is the first restaurant of its kind in North Texas, maybe even all of Texas, maybe even the U.S. Servers stroll the dining room with skewers of food, just like at a Brazilian-style churrascaria. Instead of meat, they dole out slices of pizza. “These types of restaurants are common in Brazil, where we’re from, but it’s a new concept here,” says Vanderleia Mallmann, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Evandro Caregnato.
The pair worked together at Texas de Brazil, helping open stores around the country, before striking out on their own with this unique concept. The fixed price of $18.95 includes a salad, small charcuterie and antipasto platter and all the pizza you can handle, in 20 varieties. “Everything from traditional pepperoni to more unusual kinds like chicken tikka masala,” Mallmann says. Also included in the price is dessert pizza, made with toppings such as fruits, nuts and Nutella. Mallmann says she’s hoping to open a Fort Worth location later this year. 2001 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake.
Two new spots that go hand in hand have opened in the Riverside Arts District. Roasted, at 2907 Race St., is a new pint-size coffeehouse that serves cold and hot brews by the cup or in cans to go. Beans supplied by localite Billy Hamilton’s Billyz Beanz Coffee are roasted in-house, and silk-smooth almond creamer is made on-site (and also available by the can). Hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. facebook.com/roastedfw
And what goes great with coffee? Doughnuts, of course. Just a few feet to the east of Roasted is the new Kneady Doughnuts, which takes over the spot recently given up by acclaimed burger joint (and one of Fort Worth Magazine’s favorite new restaurants) Good Food Co., at 2919 Race St. Owners Tara McCartney and Delilah Oudomsouk are planning on opening March 31.
Doughnuts of various gourmet varieties will be made fresh daily — raised doughnuts from yeast, cake doughnuts from baking powder. Rotating flavors will include Nutella-glazed chocolate and popcorn, Oreo crush, Butterfinger and Mary Poppins, the latter being a doughnut covered in Pop Rocks.
Although most of the flavors will be sweet, McCartney says she’s hoping to add savory flavors as well. The menu will also include doughnut holes and mini funnel cakes with fruit toppings. The dining room is tiny, but a new patio area will offer additional legroom. McCartney says she’s planning on keeping morning, evening and late night hours. facebook.com/Kneady-DoughnutsFTW
It’s now completely possible to eat at B&B Butchers & Restaurant without having to take out a small loan. The new steakhouse at The Shops at Clearfork recently introduced a happy hour menu, apparently designed for those who either don’t work late or don’t work at all. Available 3 to 6 p.m., the Booze & Bites menu features a $12 charcuterie board, a mini beef Wellington for $9, truffle chicken salad stuffed into wonton cones for $9 and a burger for $12. Pizzas go for $10-$14. Select wine, beer and cocktails are offered at reduced prices, too. bbbutchers.com
Long-running French restaurant Saint-Emilion has moved into the nearby space recently vacated by Le Cep, at 3324 W. Seventh St. Owner Bernard Tronche has kept most of the menu but changed the restaurant’s name to Paris 7th. Saint-E’s original space, a 1940 Tudor-style house, is in need of repairs. Once the repairs are complete, Tronche will reopen it with a new name and concept. facebook.com/Paris7thFW
New York’s much-fussed-about Halal Guys has opened its first location in Tarrant County at Champions Park in Arlington, where it joins Torchy’s Tacos, Urban Pizza and other fast-casual chains. The restaurant serves only a few items: Middle Eastern/Mediterranean-inspired gyros, chicken or beef over rice, falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush and baklava. Most items come sprayed with the restaurant’s signature black pepper-fueled white sauce and red pepper-infused hot sauce.
The sauces are so popular that every few minutes, employees walk through the restaurant, offering additional squirts of either or both. The chain had humble beginnings, originating as a food cart in New York. The original cart at 53rd and Sixth Avenue still draws lines down the block. 1805 N. Collins St., Arlington. thehalalguys.com
More action at The Shops at Clearfork this month, this time courtesy of Pinstripes, an upscale bowling alley, bocce court and restaurant slated to open April 7. Spread out over 30,000 square feet will be a dozen bowling alleys, six bocce courts and an Italian-American restaurant open for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and late night. On the light side, there will be pizzas, salads and flatbreads; heavier entrees will include steaks and pastas such as gnocchi with ahi tuna. This is the ninth location for the Chicago-based chain and the first to open in Texas. 5001 Trailhead Bend Way. pinstripes.com
Blue Sushi Sake Grill recently revamped its menu for spring. New items include a sockeye salmon poke bowl; antucuchos, consisting of marinated and skewered chicken thigh, served with cucumber sunomono and aji spicy sauce; and several vegan and veggie rolls and sushi rolls, including the Shiitake Happens roll with wild mushrooms sautéed in coconut milk, shiitake and sweet potato tempura and truffle oil. 3131 W. 7th St. bluesushisakegrill.com
A second location of fast-casual hibachi and sushi restaurant Hashi Japanese Kitchen should be ready to roll (get it?) sometime this month at 6370 Camp Bowie Blvd. It’ll mimic the original location in north Fort Worth, offering sushi rolls, hibachi and teriyaki dishes at lower-than-usual prices at a quicker-than-usual speed. hashi.ninelinks.com
From the worth the drive department: If you’re a fan of Rodeo Goat’s deliciously weird concoctions, check out Bluff Dale’s newish burger joint Jaspers Café at 26512 Highway 377. The menu features — in addition to good ol’ beef burgers — elk, venison and boar burgers; housemade toppings such as honey chipotle bourbon barbecue sauce and jalapeño horseradish; and more than 20 flavors of shakes and malts. Bluff Dale is about an hour southwest of Fort Worth between Granbury and Stephenville. jasperscafe.com
The resurrection of South Main continues with Alchemy Pops, TCU grad Carolyn Phillips’ recently opened artisan popsicle shop. Phillips has spent the past three years honing her ‘sicle-crafting skills, catering events and selling her seasonal pops out of mobile pop carts. Her brick-and-mortar completes a quartet of new businesses housed in a restored 1920s warehouse at 411 South Main St. — hence the nickname the businesses have adopted, The 4 Eleven. Her neighbors are LTO, a furniture and decorative accessories store; Winton and Waits, a home goods and gifts store; and The Greenhouse 817, a botanical design studio and shop. All are owned and operated by local women. alchemypops.com
By: Brian Kendall