This Fort Worth restaurant news series sings with seasonal specials


This Fort Worth restaurant news roundup has a bit of everything, including openings, upcoming events, and local news on TV. But if there’s a dominant theme, it’s seasonal, whether it’s a special edition taco or a limited edition pizza. There are tons of drinks too, from new shakes and winter cocktails to a new Japanese whiskey in town.

Here’s what’s happening in the restaurant news in Fort Worth:

Tap-In Grill & Pub, a European-style pub that has been on Historic Main Street in Grapevine for nearly two decades, is opening a second location on the north side of Fort Worth, at Alliance Town Center at 3351 Texas Sage Trail, in the former Rock Wood Fired Pizza, which closed in 2019. The Grapevine Tap-In is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch, with a menu of wings, burgers, nachos, salads, sandwiches and thin crust Sicilian pizza. They also have live music five nights a week and have trivia and karaoke on Wednesdays. The bar emphasizes bourbons, whiskey and scotch with a wide selection of beers including local craft beers. A spokesperson said the Fort Worth site is under construction and will open in 2022.

Shotzee Bar & Grill is a new family-run bar and restaurant opened in Keller at 134 S. Main St., aka the old Roscoe’s Smokehouse, which closed in August. Their menu includes fancy burgers, hot dogs, tacos, sandwiches, chicken fillets, tender chicken salad, and entrees such as the quest for green chili, nachos topped with breast or pulled pork and loaded fries . According to a spokesperson, they will open from mid-December to the end of December, which is any day now.

The original burgers of the house, an Arlington hamburger joint featured on Guy Fieri’s Dinners, drive-in and dives, returns to its original location at 1700 W. Park Row Dr. According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the current location at 2502 Little Rd. will become a barbecue restaurant called Mills Made Smoked Meats.

Blackland Distillery in the Foundry District has released new 50ml (travel-size) bottles of its five signature spirits, available for purchase individually or in packs of five at the Blackland Distillery tasting room at 2616 Weisenberger St. Bottles range from $ 2 to $ 4 each, or $ 20 for a box of variety. The distillery also released its Winter 2021 menu, featuring seasonal favorites including Blackland hot chocolate, old-fashioned salted pecans, and pecan eggnog.

Tiff’s treats launches a subscription to the delivery of warm cookies Blue Ribbon Club. Members receive a box of one or two dozen cookies each month with a surprise flavor of the month in one half of the box and a Tiff’s Mix assortment, or other flavor of the recipient’s choice, in the other half. They’re also opening three DFW locations this month: Fort Worth at 5309 McPherson at Chisholm Trail stores; Grand Prairie at 3144 S. State Highway 161 # 320; and Little Elm at 211 E. El Dorado Pkwy. on the edge of the lake. This will make 23 Tiff’s Treats stores in the DFW area.

that of Grimaldi offers a new “Margherita, Margarita” menu featuring Margherita pizzas and seasonal Margarita cocktail flavors such as black cherry and peach. There’s also a new rocket salad at sunset with Brussels sprouts, red onions, black cherry vinaigrette, bacon, feta and dried cherries; and two desserts: a black cherry cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust and a peanut butter cheesecake from Reese.

The crucible offers a romance-infused four-course menu starting at $ 44 per person with a choice of cheese fondue, a fresh salad, a choice of appetizer such as tender filet mignon, Atlantic salmon or teriyaki steak, and a sparkling chocolate fondue both at its Dallas location at 4900 Beltline Road # 200, and Arlington at 4000 Five Points Dr., # 119.

Taco shack introduced a new birria quesadilla with seasoned shredded beef, Monterey jack cheese and pico de gallo between two hot flour tortillas, accompanied by a hot birria broth. They also brought back their tortilla soup, with grated chicken, tomatoes, onion, garlic, corn tortilla strips, and jack and cheddar cheeses. They are available until January 2022.

Topo Chico partnered with Brooklyn artist Hyesu Lee to create limited edition vacation packages that include a 12-pack 6.5-ounce bottle with an assortment of original art appearing on bottle openers, clothing and signed prints. Available for purchase at, these exclusive 12-packs can be shipped anywhere in the United States, for a limited time only while supplies last.

Mooyah offers two holiday-flavored shakes, available until December 31: Pecan Pie Shake with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce and White Chocolate Peppermint Shake with Crushed Mint Candy.

At the border features a new Holiday Swirl frozen margarita, a blend of El Toro tequila and Midori melon, available for $ 5 in-store and for take-out, through the end of December.

Mi Dia from scratch offers a limited-edition mistletoe martini with Cincoro blanco tequila, rosemary, lemon juice and homemade strawberry agave, available until December 31 at its three locations of Grapevine, Plano and Flower Mound.

Starla wines, a premium alcohol-free wine brand from a Dallas company, previously available online only, is now available in Central Market stores, in three options: Sparkling Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc and Red Blend. They use a high tech suction process to remove alcohol without compromising flavor.

Takamine 8 years old Koji Whiskey is now available in Texas from Spec’s. Produced by the Shinozaki Distillery in Asakura City, Fukuoka, Japan, it pays homage to Jokichi Takamine, who in the 1890s was the first to apply koji fermentation to barley (it is typically applied to rice). Takamine whiskey is double distilled, aged in virgin oak barrels and old bourbon casks, and costs $ 99 for a 750ml bottle, although let’s say $ 100, okay.

A man’s chance of a lifetime, Guy Fieri’s TV show, has two Texas nominees: Chef Eboni Henry, a self-taught cook, Navy wife, mother of four, and addiction and youth counselor; and Cayton Flippen, the owner of Rooster’s Country Cookin ‘, formerly known as Miss Nita’s Diner in Reno, Texas.


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