Eats Beat: CBS anchor Vinita Nair’s tastes tend toward Texas classics

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kennedy News anchor Vinita Nair interviews big-name chefs on CBS This Morning: Saturday.

But when she’s home, she dines like a Texan.

Nair, who grew up in Colleyville, recently took over the co-anchor role after working as a network correspondent and overnight anchor.

“Truth is, I predominantly eat my mom’s South Indian cooking,” she wrote by email from CBS.

But not always. Her favorites:

•  Burger Street — “The red onion — enough said!”

• Joe T. Garcia’s — “The fajitas.”

•  Whataburger — “Breakfast taquitos.”

•  Ol’ South Pancake House, Fort Worth — “Late night. Or early-morning breakfast.”

In two notes, she also mentioned the much-missed lunch buffet at now-closed Junsuree Thai, a West Magnolia Avenue restaurant that opened and closed too soon, before that street boomed.

She also has a favorite Indian restaurant: Taj Chaat House, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Irving.

For a Dallas night out: Abacus, Hibiscus or Bob’s Steak & Chop House.

As the Saturday anchor, she usually interviews chefs such as Alton Brown or Jose Garces.

(And yes, there are leftovers.)

Z’s adds a taste of Chicago

Tiny little Z’s Cafe and Catering has grown up.

Five years after starting as a charity jobs partnership, Carlo and Janet (Zito) Capua’s little cafe in the medical district is getting a menu overhaul and a new theme: a Chicago deli.

Z’s has added a Reuben, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style Vienna Beef and sausages from Janet Capua’s Windy City roots, and is keeping its signature chicken salad, brownies and peach iced tea.

It’s open for lunch weekdays; 1116 Pennsylvania Ave., 817-348-9000,

A gizzard to Eats Beat

I made a regio mistake last week.

Months ago, I wrote that El Pollo Regio means “royal” or “grand” or “majestic” chicken.

A reader was certain I was wrong. She told me very convincingly that the way the Monterrey-originated restaurants use it, it refers to the northern region of Mexico.

So that’s what I wrote last week about the new Pollo Regio on Camp Bowie West.

But several readers called to tell me this chicken is royal, not regional.

I’ll go with my first instinct from now on. Whatever it means, don’t miss the flan or tres leches cake.

Tex-Mex on the boulevard

New on Camp Bowie Boulevard: Mi Cocula Mexican Grill, in the Ridglea West shops near Taco Cabana and CiCi’s.

It’s brand new and owned by the family that had popular El Rey Taqueria in Weatherford. More in a future Wednesday or Friday Eats Beat.

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