Eats Beat: The Ashton Hotel steps up its gastro game

11/14/2013 12:00 AM

11/13/2013 1:30 PM

Six10 Grille wants its share of the downtown dining scene.

So the Ashton Hotel restaurant is premiering a new tapas and risottos menu this weekend — beating the yet-to-open Bird Cafe gastropub by a month.

Six10 now is a gastropub. Just without the pub.

Chef Chris Belanger’s new menu includes takeoffs on shepherd’s pie or bangers-and-mash, along with charcuterie with ale mustard and onion marmalade.

The menu also offers pizzettas and risottos, including a seafood risotto with lobster, scallop, shrimp and sea bass.

New entrees include a chili-dusted rib-eye with blue cheese ($34), wild hog pork chops with habanero cream sauce ($26), and a chorizo-goat cheese stuffed chicken breast ($24).

The Six10 “Mayor Betsy’s” salad is still on the menu, but new salads include a kale-beet with goat cheese and walnuts or a spiced duck on arugula.

(I haven’t seen a new lunch or brunch menu yet, but I assume lunch still includes the Six10’s familiar Warren Buffett-approved chicken-fried steak.)

Six10 is also booking Thanksgiving and Christmas reservations. The Thanksgiving dinner includes a choice of turkey, ham or salmon with brioche sage stuffing. Desserts include a white-chocolate pumpkin tart.

The price for Thanksgiving is $40; 610 Main St., 817-332-0100, www.theashtonhotel.com.

• There is still one definitive family Thanksgiving lunch in North Texas.

Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas will open at 10:30 a.m. (but the line forms earlier). Lunch is $11.99, and closing time is 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for a very traditional take-home dinner, it’s $49.99 for a small family, $99.99 for a crowd (8-10). The HPC is open for lunch and dinner daily at 1200 N. Buckner Blvd. (Loop 12 at Texas 78), 214-324-5000, www.highlandparkcafeteria.com.

• New turkey choices in downtown Fort Worth:

Texas de Brazil will serve its first “Brazilian-style Thanksgiving,” including the regular churrascaria lunch plus roast turkey, sweet potato casserole and pecan pie; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 101 N. Houston St., 817-882-9500, www.texasdebrazil.com.

Also, Ferre will open for the first time at Thanksgiving lunch.

The menu includes a garlic-honey turkey breast, Peroni-glazed ham, Dover sole or shrimp linguine. Desserts include pumpkin tiramisu; $37.50, noon-9 p.m., 817-332-0033, www.ferrerestaurant.com.

To review selected Thanksgiving choices, see past columns at www.dfw.com/eatsbeat.

Plenty of reservations are still available at, among others, Buca di Beppo, Copeland’s and Truluck’s in Southlake, along with Blue Mesa Grill and Olenjack’s in Arlington.

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