Eats Beat: Arlington lines up for Candlelite Inn nostalgia, new chicken

04/10/2014 12:00 AM

04/09/2014 7:05 PM

Arlington diners lined up for the new and old this week.

The 1957-vintage Candlelite Inn gleamed again on West Division Street, restored at a cost of more than $1.5 million by its new owner, philanthropist Alan Petsche.

Longtime cooks Jose and Raquel Martinez were back in the kitchen chargrilling steaks and dishing up enchilada dinners and pasta platters with the Candlelite’s beloved green salsa.

“We’ve tried to get off on the right foot, with the same menu and a lot of the staff,” said Darrell Wood, a former corporate executive working with Petsche.

Facing AT&T Stadium, the Candlelite is a living museum of mid-20th-century roadside American dining.

It specializes in chargrilled steaks, Tex-Mex plates and red-sauce pasta platters, along with Arlington’s original pizza.

The dining room’s 15 original booths have been repainted and the diner-booth jukeboxes restored. (The first song on the jukebox features Petsche’s 1990s band, the Pengwins.)

One of the customers at Wednesday’s opening was also at the 1957 opening, Wood said.

The Candlelite is open for lunch and dinner daily; 1202 E. Division St., 817-275-9613.

• Also open in Arlington: Super Chix, a new concept from the Dallas office of Kentucky-based KFC parent Yum Brands.

Super Chix serves chicken sandwiches with gourmet pickles, tenders, fries and frozen custard. It’s considered a potential Chick-fil-A competitor, although Yum officials claim it’s being tested for international markets; 612 W. Park Row Drive at South Cooper Street, 817-795-1828, superchix.com.

• A couple of reminders for Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival patrons weary of walking the streets downtown:

Besides tacos, enchiladas, all-day breakfasts and Mambo Taxi swirls, Taco Diner also serves a solid double cheeseburger with fries ($8).

Ask for the extra-hot serrano green sauce; 156 W. Fourth St., 817-566-0557, tacodinerrestaurants.com.

Little Red Wasp opens at 10 a.m. weekends and serves brunch all day, including green chilaquiles made with local Mrs. Renfro’s jalapeño salsa; 808 Main St., 817-877-3111, littleredwasp.com.

• At midweek, most restaurants had tables available for Easter brunch or lunch April 20.

The Omni Cast Iron buffet is mostly booked, but the Gaylord Texan’s has availability. For a buffet, Buttons Food and Music has tables available.

For prime steaks, try Grace, either of the Del Frisco’s locations or Capital Grille. Newer restaurants with brunch or lunch include A F+B, Bird Café, Bite City Grill, Max’s Wine Dive or Pacific Table.

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