Arlington’s newest restaurant is getting closer.
Chef Michael West, from former Gaylord Texan chef Joanne Bondy’s staff, took on the job of restoring the Hilton as a dining destination, the way it was when the hotel tower was built in 1981.
His first menu features both “chef-inspired” and “food truck-inspired” sections, delivering inventive dishes at any price point.
West’s menu includes redfish with Brussels sprouts in chimichurri, fried-oyster nachos or bone marrow and brisket with tomato chutney, $14-$26.
The “food truck” menu ranges from banh mì to pork, brisket or fried-chicken tacos and Kobe burgers ($7-$10).
Sides include wild boar chili (with Fritos, egg and arugula?!), poblano-corn chowder, elote with crema-and-chile and pineapple-chorizo or Jimmy’s sausage-pepperoni pizzas.
R Bar & Grill will open for lunch and dinner daily and will eventually add a Sunday brunch menu. Executives have not decided yet whether to have an April 20 Easter or May 11 Mother’s Day brunch in the bar or adjacent Conrad’s restaurant, a manager wrote by email.
The Hilton is at 2401 E. Lamar Blvd.; 817-640-3322, rbarandgrilltx.com.
• Also new:Bite City Grill
is scheduled to open as soon as Thursday in Fort Worth; 2600 W. Seventh St. (on the back of Montgomery Plaza), 817-877-3888,bitecitygrill.com.
Sundance Square’s new Taco Diner is scheduled to open Monday; 156 E. Fourth St., tacodinerrestaurants.com.
• Arlington readers always ask about brunch.
One familiar nightspot is also a weekend brunch spot: Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewpub.
The 20-year-old sports pub isn’t as busy on spring weekends, so it’s a good time to try the weekend brunch menu with $2.99 mimosas.
Breakfast dishes include a spinach-mushroom-and-onion scrambler skillet, omelets, breakfast tacos or chicken tenders-and-waffles, all for about $10-$12 including potatoes, fruit and a cinnamon roll.
A sirloin-and-eggs breakfast is $14, and children’s plates are $4.99.
Humperdinks also offers short-notice brunch specials some weekends on Facebook and Twitter.
Take notice: Humperdinks also serves its entire menu until 1:30 a.m. weeknights and Saturdays, 11:30 p.m. Sundays. It can be an easy meeting spot for baseball or football games or a midway stop between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Humperdinks is at 700 Six Flags Drive and three other area locations, 817-640-8553, humperdinks.com.