10 New Fort Worth Restaurants You Need to Visit Right Now

Fort Worth is stepping up their game with hot new restaurants. Every week, this city is exploding with more and more dining options. Good. Now you’ve got an excuse to break your restaurant habit and try something new. Go fire up your engine and visit these 10 restaurants, listed from newest to oldest.

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Rodeo Goat Ice House Signs a Lease in the Design District

Rodeo Goat Ice House—the popular burger joint in Fort Worth owned by Keith Schlabs, Shannon Wynne, and his son—is making its move to Dallas. Specifically, the Design District. A second Rodeo Goat location will open at Market Center Boulevard, one block away from the Meddlesome Moth (another one of Wynne’s restaurants).

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Unrefined, a Gluten-Free Bakery, Opens Two More Locations

Four years ago, mother-and-daughter duo Anne Hoyt and Taylor Nicholson opened Unrefined Bakery on Buckner Boulevard with a huge leap of faith. They didn’t have any formal culinary training and used only word-of-mouth and grassroots marketing. Such efforts have proved fruitful, as the flagship bakery is now one of three locations, with new stores recently opening in the old Society Bakery spot on Greenville Avenue and in Frisco.

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Watch Cheese Being Made While You Dine at La Perla D’Italia

Too many good things are happening at Village on the Green right now. At this shopping center adjacent to the Galleria Dallas, La Perla d’Italia (a restaurant with “authentic Italian cuisine from Maurizio Primo”) is opening at 5301 Alpha Road, Suite 66. It joins a slew of other ethnic cuisines over there, like Mughlai’s Indian, Pho House Euro-Vietnamese Bistro, and Maximo.

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Fried and True: Pier 247 Brings Seafood to Bishop Arts District

When the oil is hot at Pier 247 Seafood Grill & Bar, you want to be around.

The secret to this old gas station building at Davis and Madison—which opens for its first dinner tonight—is Pier 247′s two chefs, John Fleming and Ty Frazier, and a deep fryer. They love Cajun food, and they love to feed people.

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Ex-Pakpao Chef Eddy T. is Opening BITE in Fort Worth

Holy moly. We don’t know what exactly went down between Pakpao owners, Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, and Eddy Thretipthuangsin (the chef they lured all the way from Naples, FL) , but I have a feeling it has something to do with what just hit my inbox. The ex-execuchef of Pakpao in the Design District, who ended his relationship with the Thai restaurant he helped open, has already moved on to a different pasture. And it’s only been a month.

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CrushCraft Thai Offers Cheap Street Eats, Opens Monday, Jan. 27

Back when we announced CrushCraft Thai’s January opening at 2800 Routh Street, we were excited about the idea of casual street food going into Uptown. (Uptown! Of all places.) Now that CrushCraft Thai is built, it’s settling nicely inside its Quadrangle nest. The interior, designed by Jones Baker, is designed to have an “open-air market feel” to the space.

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Italian Restaurant, Bocce’s, to Open Inside the Bishop Arts District Mid-February

David Rice, a man who’s been working in the restaurant business for 15 years, has always fantasized having his own Italian restaurant with an indoor bocce court.

“At our family gatherings, we always ended up playing bocce,” says Rice. “To me it means, friends, family, and tradition.”

His dream of having a bocce team comprised of staff and customers is bound to become a reality; but for now, the bocce court idea is still a work-in-progress. Rice is still waiting for circumstances to pan out before that portion of the plan is realized. Meanwhile, Rice and his mom, Donna, have the Italian food part down.

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Luna’s Tortilla Factory is Re-Opening at 2555 Connector Drive

Back in June 2013, a fire destroyed Luna’s Tortilla Factory, a family-owned restaurant that opened in 1924. Plans for a new Luna’s Tortilla Factory, though, have been underway for quite some time.

Luna’s Tortilla Factory’s first location was at McKinney Avenue, and Harry Hines is where Luna’s Tortillas made its second home. Next door, Restaurante Luna’s, which opened in 2011, has kept the tortilla show going, despite the rubble that now takes the place of the 90-year-old business. In the restaurant world, that kind of longevity is unheard of.

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Phil Romano Plans to Open Potato Flats, a Baked Potato Restaurant, in Trinity Groves

For a long time, a mysterious sign for Potato Flats hovered above (what I can only guess are) floor plans and construction materials inside an empty space at Trinity Groves, the West Dallas restaurant incubator. Nobody said a peep about the restaurant. Nobody knew the specifics of what Potato Flats had in store for West Dallas until now.

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The Rumors Are True: ACME Social Club is Dead

I first heard on Cravedfw that ACME Social Club, the clearly-trying-to-survive restaurant, finally puttered out after a long, breathless run. The space on McKinney Avenue first started as a joint venture between Good 2 Go girls (Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson) and the Barcadia ladies (Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson). It started out as a pretty cool concept. Centered around a meat allocation program and real farm-to-table food, ACME F&B (its original name) had good things going for it. But then there was a shakeup, and a lot of crazy things happened at once. Norman Grimm was appointed the new executive chef, the Barcadia ladies bought out the Good 2 Go girls, and then it kinda went downhill from there.

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Food News and Booze (1/9/14)

The newly launched childhood-obesity-fighting program, Snack It Up, is trying to change the way kids eat in Dallas. I just tucked down a Jack-in-the-Box waffle breakfast sandwich, so this DBJ article is really guilt-tripping me. But kudos to this initiative. It seeks to connect out-of-school programs with grocery stores that’ll provide fresh fruits and veggies to kids after school. Kroger has already signed up.

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Duck Pot Pie and Lamb Tartare to Debut at AF+B’s Fort Worth Opening on January 10

Consilient Hospitality has just announced that AF+B is ready for the public on Friday, January 10. Exciting! That means two of our six most anticipated restaurant openings of 2014 already have some eating action going on. (The Blind Butcher opened super softly two nights ago.) What can we say? DFW loves to feast. Resolutions to be skinny be damned.

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