That new tollway is also a new foodway.
Now that only 25 minutes of driving separates Fort Worth and Cleburne, there’s no reason not to drive over a few exits for lunch or dinner.
One recent day, the buffet choices ranged from chicken tikka masala to goat curry, samosas, naan and all the South Asian standbys. It’s open at lunch and dinner daily at 6308 Hulen Bend Blvd., 817-263-7156 (or in Plano on West Spring Creek Parkway); maharajadfw.com.
For something simpler, Cowboy Chicken is a fast-casual restaurant serving all-natural, wood-fired rotisserie chicken and side dishes.
The fresh roasted chicken also comes in sandwiches and tacos or as green chile enchiladas. Cowboy Chicken is open daily for lunch and dinner at 4972 Overton Ridge Blvd., 817-346-7822, or at eight other regional locations; cowboychicken.com.
When you go to the TollTag store, next door is a popular location of local favorite Kincaid’s Hamburgers.
Kincaid’s is known for half-pound burgers, but also serves grilled chicken, pimiento or grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs and chili dogs; 4825 Overton Ridge Blvd., 817-370-6400, kincaidshamburgers.com.
At the south end of the tollway, try Fly By Night Cattle Company Steaks & BBQ on a ranch near the tollway exit, or drive into downtown Cleburne to the landmark Burger Bar or the 1920-vintage Chaf-In Restaurant.
In the next town south, Glen Rose is now only a 45-minute drive for pie at the Pie Peddlers bakery, a sandwich at the cute Storiebook Cafe and bookshop, barbecue at Loco Coyote Grill or four-star dining at Rough Creek Lodge.
The new tollway also saves time to Del Norte Tacos in Godley or the Koffee Kup Family Restaurant in Hico.
For a TollTag, try weekdays or Saturdays near Kincaid’s at 4825 Overton Ridge Blvd., 817-731-NTTA; ntta.org.
More burgers, market-fresh
Just in time to join the West Seventh Street burger rush, Burgundy Pasture Beef is now grilling burgers at lunchtime weekends in its Fort Worth meat market.
For years, Burgundy’s original Grandview shop has grilled burgers every weekend from grass-fed local beef.
The Taggart family’s new market has the same hours, selling beef all day and grilling burgers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
The shop is open daily in a former coffee bar at 3326 W. Seventh St., at Boland Street; 817-878-2722. The original is at 800 McDuff Ave., Grandview, 817-866-2247, burgundypasturebeef.com.
Cork and coffee
A tiny west-side coffee and sandwich shop, The Cup, is adding wines and a few beers.
Watch for more updates soon at The Cup, 3909 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-735-5226.