Posted By Celestina Blok on 2017 Feb 22 - 12:33pm

La Perla
Approaching its two-year anniversary this summer, La Perla has adequately established itself on the south end of downtown as a cozy, often intimate destination for mojitos, margaritas and mezcals, especially after dark. The Latin-inspired food menu, however, has undergone a bit of a makeover....

Posted By Jessica Llanes on 2017 Feb 22 - 12:25pm

Cooking up an unlikely combo of craft hot dogs and crêpes, Bentley’s adds some fun and whimsy to the Magnolia food scene by offering patrons a little something different — and delicious. When Bentley’s first opened its doors next to Ellerbe almost a year ago, the...

Posted By Jessica Llanes on 2017 Jan 23 - 5:10pm

Step into another world inside one Magnolia area café.

| photography by Alex Lepe | Seated at a table inside The Flying Carpet, with its paneled pinewood floors and walls, surrounded by ornate Turkish rugs and collectibles, I feel as if I’m sitting inside a giant Turkish jewelry box. Located in a restored, early 1900s bungalow, the café...

Posted By Jennifer Casseday-Blair on 2017 Jan 23 - 4:54pm

Perched above the Trinity River in WestBend, HG Sply Co. goes au naturel with an imaginative menu of dishes featuring unprocessed ingredients.

| photography by Alex Lepe | Possessing serious “wow” factor, HG Sply Co. successfully radiates warmth with its industrial revolution meets L.A. see-and-be-seen ambiance. An impressive half tunnel covered in floor-to-ceiling red and white subway tile arches high above the bar. Taking...

Posted By Jennifer Casseday-Blair on 2016 Dec 19 - 3:19pm

For nearly 25 years, The Gardens Restaurant has served savory soups, salads and sandwiches and offered a relaxing respite for nature lovers.

Apricot Chicken Salad on Toasted Ciabatta
| photography by Alex Lepe | Meandering the winding paths of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden can rouse quite an appetite. Within the fenced-off paradise is The Gardens Restaurant, tucked among 109 acres of towering shade trees and colorful blooms. Pathways leading up to the restaurant are lined...

Posted By Jessica Llanes on 2016 Dec 19 - 2:51pm

Angie’s Bikkles, the hidden Jamaican gem located across from JPS Hospital, offers authentic, home-cooked Caribbean dishes with no frills but plenty of flavor.

jerk chicken with curried goat
| photography by Alex Lepe | About two years ago, owner Maureen Hucey, aka “Angie,” relocated her Caribbean eatery from West Berry to its current location in the hospital district. Despite its humble location, Angie has been building a solid and diverse customer base ever since. The...

Posted By Jennifer Casseday-Blair on 2016 Nov 29 - 2:40pm

With Greek specialties, live jazz on Sundays and grotto-style dining, Jazz Café on Magnolia Street maintains a loyal crowd.

| photography by Alex Lepe | It had been years since I stepped foot in the Jazz Café. This unpretentious lunch spot is frozen in time like the ruins of ancient Greece. Parking was a little tricky, and unless you know where to look, the front door is somewhat hidden just beyond a courtyard...

Posted By Jennifer Casseday-Blair on 2016 Nov 29 - 2:27pm

Wild Salsa spices up One City Place in downtown Fort Worth with imaginative dinner and specialty margarita menus.

| photography by Alex Lepe | Anticipating their oƒpening since it was announced a few years ago, the DRG Concepts restaurant, Wild Salsa, didn’t disappoint. Just a hop, skip and a jump across from Avanti Italian restaurant, I’ve been watching development from the neighboring patio...

Posted By Jessica Llanes on 2016 Oct 18 - 2:24pm

Long-time Fort Worthians know to hit up Ol’ South or Vickery Café for a classic, home-style meal, but for residents in Near Southside, Old Neighborhood Grill has been an enduring favorite for nearly two decades.

Long before Esperanza’s, Chadra Mezza and WineHaus joined Park Place’s restaurant row, Peter Schroder opened the doors of his little neighborhood diner, south of the medical district in Berkeley Place. Old Neighborhood Grill (ONG) has a quaint charm that is easy to love. From its...

Posted By Jennifer Casseday-Blair on 2016 Oct 18 - 2:18pm

Avanti’s second location brings a lot of the same menu but a much different atmosphere.

| photography by Alex Lepe | For nearly 30 years, Avanti Ristorante in Uptown Dallas has served up northern and southern Italian dishes made with seafood, veal and steak. I’ve been a loyal patron for 10 of those years, enjoying the live music, homemade pasta and romantic ambiance. When I...


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