By: Courtney Dabney
A new farm-to-table restaurant is doing great things out of a tiny space in Woodhaven. Opened earlier this year, Garden Market & Bistro is exactly that — a market with fresh produce for sale under the same roof with a charmingly small bistro. Owner Robert Sonnen dreamed up the concept after noticing a lack of healthy food options in the area. “There’s a lot of fast food around here, which isn’t exactly the healthiest type of food,” he says. Sonnen specializes in American staples like burgers, salads, sandwiches and pastas, made with local and organic ingredients. Produce comes from local/regional farmers and just about everything is made from scratch, he says. A just-released summer menu includes a grilled zucchini sandwich, piled with grilled onions and zucchini, spinach, roasted tomatoes and hummus, and jackfruit tacos, made with cilantro, red cabbage and jackfruit. The produce used in the dishes is for sale in the adjoining market, along with other items like raw honey and grab-and-go meals. The restaurant also hosts cooking and nutrition demos. 1280 Woodhaven Blvd.
Let’s say you have a hankering for a sandwich and you just so happen to have an extra $120. B&B Butchers & Restaurant in the Shops at Clearfork would like to introduce you to its $120 A5 Wagyu Katsu Sando. What do you get for that price? All Japanese ingredients, including the hard-to-find A5 wagyu, supposedly the best bite of meat you’ll ever have. The wagyu ribeye is panko-crusted and deep-fried, then served on toasted and buttered Japanese white “Hotel Bread” that is spread with a house-made tonkatsu sauce. The sandwich is sliced into three pieces and served with zucchini fries. Eat this sandwich or make a car payment — you decide. 5212 Marathon Ave.
Yet another restaurant is rolling the dice on the Bermuda Triangle of a space at Montgomery Plaza where so many others have disappeared. Actually, two restaurants will move into the end-cap spot where more than a half-dozen have fallen. Barrel & Bones Craft Bar and Smokehouse and sibling restaurant Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill will open before the end of the year — Barrel & Bones this month, Bourbon Street by November. This will mark the second location of Barrel & Bones, an upscale barbecue joint previously located in The Colony. The menu will feature ’cue essentials such as sausage, brisket, pork ribs and chicken, along with specialty items like smoked chicken dip, Kobe beef spare ribs and burnt ends mac and cheese; the restaurant will also offer a huge selection of whiskey and bourbon. Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill will specialize in New Orleans-style cuisine and raw and char-grilled oysters. 2600 West Seventh St.
A unique Japanese restaurant has landed in West Seventh. Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar is the first Fort Worth restaurant to focus on sushi hand rolls, or temaki. Opened last month at 907 Foch St., it comes from local sushi chef Jun Mo Yeon, a former owner of Daan Sushi Asian Bistro & Bar in Grapevine. The restaurant is a combination of fast-casual and full-service. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with an ordering sheet, which you fill out after taking a seat at the horseshoe bar. Use the form to pick out the hand rolls you want — available a la carte or in sets of three, four, five or six. Yeon’s hand rolls are made from crisp sheets of seaweed, twisted into a cylindrical shape and filled with warm rice and your choice of salmon, tuna, scallops, yellowtail, crab, eel, toro and lobster. Made as you watch, each roll is handed to you by the chef who made it and is meant to be eaten immediately before the seaweed loses its crispness. The menu also includes miso soup, sashimi, sake and edamame. 907 Foch St.
After months of delays, Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen has finally opened in the Shops at Clearfork. The Chicago-based chain touts a “no veto-vote menu,” which, founder Craig Bernstein explains, means there’s something for everyone, no matter how many people are in your party. The menu is undeniably varied, including items such as pork chops, burgers, chicken Parmesan, rice bowls and salads. Weekend brunch includes housemade biscuits and chicken and waffles. 5253 Marathon Ave.
By: Courtney Dabney