Eats beat: Skip the sandwich on next visit to Carshon's and branch out to breakfast
Carshon's Deli has only been open 84 years.
But if you just know it for kosher-style sandwiches or its locally renowned chocolate meringue pie, you're missing a classic deli breakfast.
Carshon's opens at 9 a.m. and serves old-world deli specialties: eggs with salami, corned beef or lox, or a bagels-and-lox plate with cream cheese.
For old-time Texas tradition, Carshon's serves some of Fort Worth's best chili con carne. At breakfast, it goes on a chili-cheese omelet or on scrambled eggs.
The hash browns are a standout: Instead of the typical shredded diner variety, they're made from fresh potatoes, seasoned and diced.
Besides bagels and muffins, the morning breads include sourdough toast and a special stuffed French toast with cinnamon, sugar and bananas.
One warning: This isn't a coffee cafe.
Carshon's serves a basic cup of joe, but diners come for the breakfast, not to get a buzz or log into the Wi-Fi.
Breakfasts range from about $3 to $10.
(If you're lucky, there might be leftover pie from the previous day. Or wait until after 11 a.m. for a Rachel, Ruthie or Rebecca sandwich with a fresh-from-the-oven slice of chocolate or coconut meringue.)
It might be the best place to stop or meet before the TCU Horned Frogs' 11 a.m. games.
Carshon's is open six days a week, only for late breakfast and lunch; 3133 Cleburne Road south of West Berry Street, 817-923-1907, carshonsdeli.com.
GrapeFest is also a food fest.
Grapevine's annual wine festival features everything from sausages and corny dogs to a $250-a-couple black-tie wine gala.
Main Street Bistro & Bakery will have a booth serving pulled-pork sandwiches, chicken with hummus or grilled polish sausages.
The bakery is at 316 S. Main St.; 817-424-4333, themainbakery.com.
Taqueria Burritos Locos' booth will sell tacos, burritos and tortas. If you have too much wine, the taqueria nearby is open both early and late for menudo, breakfasts or late-night tacos al pastor; 416 W. Northwest Highway, 817-416-7230, burritoslocos.com.
Also, Napoli's Italian Cafe will sell its New York-style pizza.
Nearby restaurants open all weekend range from local legend Tolbert's to the new "restaurant row" with Bob's Steak & Chop House, Fireside Pies, Mi Dia From Scratch and Winewood.
GrapeFest admission is free Thursday and until 5 p.m. Friday, then $5-$8; grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest.
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