A new week begins with the opening of three Tarrant restaurants that have been stirring different levels of anticipation, with diverse menus that feature pizza (and more), crepes, hot dogs, coffee and grilled cheese. Not all in one place, of course, although the crepes/hot dogs/coffee lineup is under one roof.
Although its website still says “Coming soon,” Cork & Pig Tavern is now open in the old AF+B space in the West 7th development. Cork & Pig’s menu features brick-oven pizzas, a bit of chutzpah considering that the popular Thirteen Pies is a short walk away, but this restaurant from Felipe Armenta (The Tavern, Pacific Table, Press Cafe) also features sandwiches (including a “Texas Burger” with pancetta, an ingredient the words “Texas Burger” don’t immediately call to mind), and wood-fired grill dishes including rotiserrie prime rib, rotisserie chicken, Carolina pork ribs and more.
Our Bud Kennedy swung by there on Monday morning and had this to report on Facebook: tuna burger excellent (added Sriracha), bacon-cheddar biscuits perfect. Waiting on pizzas.”
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More than a year after announcing on Facebook that it would open in summer 2015, Bentley’s has finally opened on Magnolia Avenue, a little to the west of Ellerbe Fine Foods. The restaurant’s window signage describes its fare: coffee, craft dogs and crepes. At Magnolia Open Streets in April, Bentley’s previewed some of its dogs, including the Bentley (jalapeño cream cheese, grilled onions and pickled jalapeños on a pretzel bun) and a name-that-dog pork-topped dog that has since been dubbed the Pork Worth (pulled pork, purple cabbage, sweet and tangy mustard on a Hawaiian bun).
Coffees on the chalkboard menu feature roasts from Cuppa Craft, and range from the “Roaster’s Seasonal Choice” ($3.50) to the “Vayder Blend Cold Brew” ($4.50). Crepes include the savory Billy (spinach-mushroom-goat cheese) and Meatball “Sub”stitute) as well as a couple of deadly (we mean that in a good way) sounding concoctions called the Cinnamom Roll and the Sweet Tooth, as well as some breakfast offerings.
It wasn’t that long ago that grilled-cheese restaurant chain Tom + Chee opened in far north Fort Worth, and of course Lee’s Grilled Cheese has been around for a few years. Now another grilled-cheese spot, Grain & Dairy Gourmet Grilled Cheese, is open in Hurst. Sandwiches include Prosciutto & Melon (with havarti and honeydew on sourdough); the Caprese (mozzarella/tomato/Parmesan on Milano bread); the Chopped Veggie (whie cheddar, Muenster, asparagu, mushrooms, caramelized onions on olve bread) and more. Soups range from the predictable (roasted tomato basil) to the intriguing (quadretti and pea, chilled peach). There is also a large build-your-own grilled cheese section of the menu.