Food & Drink

May 1, 2014

Eats Beat: Sunday night live, it’s Billy TV

Also: More brunches for Mom, plus new Tex-Mex in Colleyville and Thai food near Keller.

Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ is on reality TV Sunday night.

But that doesn’t mean everything on the show is totally real — except for pitmaster Billy Woodrich’s barbecue.

“They came in with a script and a premise,” Woodrich said last week, ready for his close-up on the premiere of Spike TV’s Hungry Investors.

The show pits two restaurants competing for a new infusion of capital that might lift one to national fame. Spike TV describes the restaurants as “diamonds in the rough.”

Dallas’ Baby Back Shak won the competition, but Woodrich enjoys scenes with TV chef Tiffany Derry on how to smoke a brisket.

Other scenes, which included a stressful dinner rush, aren’t quite what they seem, Woolrich said.

“The first night, they made me look so bad it wasn’t funny,” he said, “but it comes back around.”

The restaurant will stay open past its usual 5 p.m. Sunday closing for a watch party.

Sunday is also one of two days each week for Billy’s Oak Acres’ chicken-fried steak special. It’s usually open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays and lunch Sundays at 1700 N. Las Vegas Trail, Fort Worth, 817-367-2200, facebook .com/BillysOakAcresBbq.

The winner, Dallas’ Baby Back Shak, is at 1800 S. Akard St., 214-428-RIBS,

• You have 10 days left to book that reservation for Mom. And if you haven’t booked a brunch yet, try Six10 Grille at the Ashton Hotel or Vidalia’s at the Renaissance Worthington.

Six10 Grille will serve a four-course, $55 menu lunch featuring choices such as beef, a red-pepper-relish halibut or crab-stuffed chicken breast, peach soup, salad and either strawberry goat-cheesecake or dark chocolate crème brûlée; 610 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-332-0100,

Vidalia’s buffet, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is returning to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Entrees will include pecan-smoked prime rib and Cajun turkey. Call for the price; 817-210-2222, renaissancehotels .com/DFWDT.

For more Mother’s Day choices, see my recent columns at

• There’s another new Tex-Mex restaurant in Colleyville besides the new Matt’s.

Anna’s Mexican Grill, owned by former managers from another popular Northeast Tarrant restaurant, is open in Tara Village, 1009 Cheek Sparger Road. The chicken enchiladas were exceptional at lunch one day last week, along with dessert churros. Entrees include a selection of Tex-Mex, pork, chicken and seafood; 817-281-0747,

• Tiny, family-friendly Pandan Thai Cuisine has spread its charm to a second location.

Crowley-based Pandan is open in a new space along Keller-Hicks Road in far north Fort Worth near Keller (11477 Woodland Springs Drive). Pandan is open for lunch and dinner daily; 682-215-3339, pandanthaikitchenkeller.

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