If your knowledge of Greek cuisine stops somewhere between gyros and hummus, it's time to expand your horizons — and Opa is an ideal place to start. This Midtown Village eatery offers updated, modern takes on traditional Greek cuisine, including fried kalamari, lentil soup, horiatiki, pastitsio, and lamb shank. The restaurant also offers a reasonable selection of wines, local craft and imported beers, and tasty cocktails — including a Greek take on a margarita. Feel like having another after dinner? Head out to their Drury Beer Garden and continue the evening.
It doesn't matter whether you're looking for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast — if you're up for some Tex-Mex, Bob's Taco Station has you covered. Located one block east of highway 36, this humble eatery is known for its tacos — obviously — but also serves up a diverse menu including huevos rancheros, pancakes, fajitas, quesadillas, and tamales. Depending on the hour, wash it all down with a juice, soda, beer, or — if you're lucky — a tall glass of sangria.
Discover a slice of Italy in the middle of the Longhorn state at Cane Rosso. Located in Deep Ellum, this upscale pizzeria serves up authentic Neapolitan pizza made according to the strict guidelines of the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana. It starts with fresh dough made in-house using all-natural "Double Zero" Italian flour and cured meats imported from Salumeria Biellese in New York, which are then cooked in a hand-made wood-burning oven — imported from Italy — by a chef that grew up in Naples. In other words, it's as close to authentic as you're going to get on this side of the Atlantic, whether you're at the original location, in White Rock, or out and about at their mobile oven.
Ever heard the phrase "never trust a skinny cook"? Well, that won't be a problem at Fat Sal's. This West Coast purveyor of delicious, greasy East Coast sandwiches was founded by the namesake chef and his two friends, one of whom just happened to play Turtle on Entourage. The menu is filled with fat sandwiches, which are basically entire meals on a bun, as well as more reasonable sandwiches, burgers, wraps, hot dogs, salads, and "fat fries", which come in variations from plain to Philly cheesesteak- or Carne Asada-topped. And if you're really feeling brave, you can try to tackle the Big Fat Fatty, a 27-inch sandwich topped with cheesesteak, cheeseburgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeño poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, and "fat sauce" — it costs $50, but it's free if you can scarf one down in 40 minutes or less. Good luck with that.
We're not typically big fans of gimmicks, especially when it comes to food — we want our stuff to be fresh and taste good, and that's usually all that's required — but the new food delivery system at C1 Espresso was simply too outlandish to pass up. Instead of relying on waiters or waitresses to bring you your goodies, this Christchurch spot will soon deliver stacks of sliders and fries in stainless steel canisters that fly above and/or below your table in pneumatic tubes at speeds of up to 87 mph. Insert poorly conceived fast food pun here. Housed in a former post office, the place also boasts a secret bathroom door and arcade machines — but it's the high-speed snacks that are the real draw. [via]
It's rare that we write about a restaurant we don't expect to be around long, but then again, it's not too often you see places pop up that plan to only be open for a month. Presented by Beetlebung Farm of Martha's Vineyard, Fish and Rose is a pop-up eatery helmed by Chefs Chris Fischer and Lee Desrosiers, and is serving up simple but tasty creations made primarily from meats, greens, and other ingredients taken from the aforementioned Farm, as well as fresh oysters from the nearby New England waters. Open through December 30th.
Translating to "freedom", Libertad is a pretty good name for a place that encourages you to explore your culinary options and frees you from the tyranny of having to order just one thing for dinner. As you might have gathered, this casual Latin American spot north of Chicago specializes in small plates that are meant for sharing, letting everyone at the table get a chance to try more than one dish. In addition, the cocktail menu — developed by HUM Spirits — and wine list are also impressive, but thankfully, no one's going to expect you to share your drink.
We love tapas bars, but you can only eat so much Spanish cuisine before wanting something a little different. Izakaya places are similar, but with a Japanese slant — the word translates to "sake house with small plates" — and Izakaya Den is a great example. Located on South Pearl St, this upscale spot offers a menu that includes the expected miso soup, noodles, wontons, edamame, tempura, sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese specialties, as well as short ribs, patatas bravas, capaccio, and other globally-inspired plates. The sake list is also formidable, and is joined by a solid selection of wines, beer, and signature cocktails.
You might think that pizza and beer or pizza and wine makes for a better combination than pizza and cocktails — but one visit to Beretta will have you changing your mind. This Mission District eatery serves up fantastic thin crust pizzas that range from simple margherita to a pie topped with potato, rosemary, radicchio, and gorgonzola, alongside excellent risotto, a daily special, and a solid selection of antipasti. The cocktails are also standouts, expertly mixed and ideally balanced, but should you decide to skip the hard stuff, there's a reasonable selection of wines and beers on offer, too.
Another taco joint? No. The Taco Taco Cafe. We're pretty sure putting taco in your name twice should count for something, but even if it doesn't, this Alta Vista eatery impresses with a solid variety of taco options, including chicharron, carnitas, shredded chicken, and the famous Nortendo, as well as a selection of breakfast tacos, breakfast plates, and traditional lunch plates like enchiladas, fajitas, and flautas. Notice anything missing? That would be dinner — because they don't serve it.
Founder Albertha Grant might be gone, but the cooks at Bertha's Kitchen are keeping her spirit alive and well. Part of that might be due to the fact that they're her daughters, and possibly due to the fact that they serve up soul food made with the same love and care that made their mother's Union Heights haunt so popular. This fry house serves up a great bone-in pork chop, fried fish filet, and fried chicken, as well as heart sides like white and red rice, okra soupe, beef stew, and baked mac & cheese. It's not fancy, but it's not expensive, either, and if you want to experience all Lowcountry cuisine has to offer, you might want to start here.
Any place that has two exclamation points better be good, and Tiger! Tiger! is no exception. Set in the North Park neighborhood, this tavern serves as both a casual eatery and pub, offering a menu that's heavy on sandwiches — think pork belly Bahn Mi, the Cuban pork shoulder Puerco, and house-made sausage — as well as killer fries and a hearty bunch menu. Of course, there's plenty of beers on offer, too, with 30 taps serving up generally great microbrews alongside a few choice imports. Just remember: the kitchen closes at ten, so don't wait too long to get your order in lest you find yourself happily buzzed yet hungry.