Food & Drink

May 13, 2014

Eats beat: Matt’s brings more than Tex-Mex to Colleyville

The iconic Austin and Dallas restaurant is also known for chicken-fried steak.

Matt’s Tex-Mex has landed in Tarrant County, and it brings more than just another No. 1 dinner.

The Martinez family’s newest restaurant also brings two traditions Colleyville will like:

• A “Tuesday night special” extending $7-$8 weekday lunch bargains to Tuesday dinners;
• And a genuine pan-style, old-fashioned chicken-fried steak.

Matt’s chicken-fried steak helps set the Dallas-based restaurants apart from other fajita-and-margarita grills.

The founder, the late Matt Martinez Jr. of Austin’s Matt’s El Rancho family, called it an “early Texas” chicken-fried and served it to thrilled guest Julia Child.

Decades later, the Martinez family continues to serve chicken-fried steak like Texans make it at home. It’s tender, not like other steaks that are overbreaded and deep-fried to the consistency of a roofing shingle.

Matt’s offers the basic steak with pan gravy or special toppings such as chili-and-cheese, queso-and-guacamole or tomatillo-and-Monterey Jack.

It’s about $12 at dinner, $7.50 at weekday lunch and Tuesday nights.

Other Matt’s specialties include fried or grilled catfish, tilapia, salmon and fajita platters with extra choices such as smoked brisket, pulled pork or smoked sausage.

Matt’s also serves his Austin ancestors’ famous chiles rellenos with sour cream, pecans and raisins. Basic Tex-Mex plates include green chicken enchiladas and old-fashioned grilled tacos.

Matt’s is open for lunch and dinner daily; 4843 Colleyville Blvd. at Glade Road, next to the forthcoming Whole Foods Market, 682-325-4135,

A Matt’s also will open this summer at 113 N. Oak St., Roanoke.

• If Austin is known for brisket, south Tarrant County may become known for sausage.

The Sausage Shoppe, the Chambers family’s haven for homemade beef and pork sausage, is moving to a new home at Sycamore School Road and McCart Avenue.

For 15 years, the Sausage Shoppe has been drawing customers to a timeworn strip of East Seminary Drive. The new location brings the Chambers family closer to more customers, and also closer to well-known barbecue shops such as Cousin’s in Fort Worth and Longoria’s and Hickory Stick in Everman.

Look for the Sausage Shoppe to open in about two weeks; 3515 Sycamore School Road, Fort Worth.

• Woodshed Smokehouse is joining the brunch game.

Chef Tim Love’s modern barbecue patio and grill always served tacos and pastries, but will add a breakfast menu this weekend, he wrote on social media.

No details yet; 3201 Riverfront Drive, 817-877-4545,

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