For 20 years, Thai food has brought red and green spice to White Settlement.
One of the newest Thai restaurants is in one of the oldest cafes: Happy Bowl.
The former Happy's is in a classic 1940s shopping strip near City Hall, west of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
This postwar part of town looks as if time stood still -- except that the cafe serves first-rate red panang curry.
Happy Bowl kept some Chinese dishes and couples them with eight different Thai curries or platters such as chicken with spicy basil (shredded or ground old-fashioned style, as pad gra prow).
Lunches are less than $6, including iced tea; dinners are $8-$9.
Happy Bowl is open for lunch and dinner daily with one exception: It closes on the third Sunday each month. It's at 8149 White Settlement Road, on the corner at Meadow Park Drive; 817-246-0977.
Coming soon: a new Thai restaurant near South Hulen Street.
Thai Select replaces a yogurt shop at 4630 S.W. Loop 820 in Overton Park Plaza.
The Paris Coffee Shop is ready for its TV close-up.
The Paris -- named not for the cuisine, but for 1926 founder Vic Paris -- returns to TV for its most talked-about menu item: pie.
The coffee shop is scheduled to be featured Aug. 19 on Sugar High, the new "decadent desserts" series for Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes.
The restaurant's feather-light coconut meringue pie will be featured. That's one of about eight pie flavors daily, although some sell out by midlunch.
(This is a great coconut pie town. Too bad Sugar High didn't visit Carshon's Deli , Dixie House Cafe , Lambert's and Swiss Pastry Shop, too. Dixie House even has a no-sugar-added coconut pie.)
Forbes magazine named its "Best Eats for the Buck" recently.
Surprise: The No. 2 best value in the country is old-school Zeke's Fish & Chips.
Zeke's opened in 1971 as a hippie-era hangout with fried cod and veggies, spaghetti and "magic bar" desserts.
Decades later, Zeke's is still best-known for its cod and also for its lightly battered fried eggplant and okra. But it also serves grilled fish and combo dinners.
Zeke's is open daily at 5920 Curzon Ave., a block off Camp Bowie Boulevard at Bryant Irvin Road; 817-731-3321, www.zekesfishandchips.net.
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