Food & Drink

Patio dining at Righteous Foods is a must

Breakfast at Righteous Foods was recently featured in USA Today.
Breakfast at Righteous Foods was recently featured in USA Today. Handout photo

Righteous Foods deserves another look.

Chef Lanny Lancarte’s healthy-dining cafe has added more dinner entrees, and the shady patio becomes a quiet and comfortable getaway on a mild fall night.

With steak or salmon specials, cocktails and mid-afternoon specials, Righteous has taken a half-step back from the health-cafe edge. Now, it has specials for regulars who miss Lancarte’s former fine-dining restaurant.

Dinner specials might include a grass-fed steak or agave-glazed duck, but the most talked-about entree is the blackened organic salmon with brown rice, kale, asparagus and zucchini ($27).

The same salmon is also served on tacos with cabbage, pickled carrots and a side of black beans ($18).

Other dinner items include a choice of salads or grains with salmon, chicken or shrimp; all-natural BLT or Cubano sandwiches; or cochinita pibil (pork) tacos.

(For the traditional “Dia de Los Muertos” special the following night on Nov. 2, Righteous will serve a five-course, $85 “Dia da Los Veggies” dinner, including wine pairings. The dishes include tuna escabeche, octopus with chipotle, pork belly and carne asada.)

On weekday mornings or Saturdays, the Righteous patio is a quiet and pleasant spot for morning coffee, juices or smoothies, granola or waffles and anything from ham-and-eggs to poached eggs with kale, quinoa, goat cheese and chile de arbol.

The bar menu includes a selection of “detox” and “retox” drinks and Oregon-based Stumptown coffees.

Lancarte is working on the menu for a Mexico hotel project, and said he’ll come back with more ideas for the next Righteous refresh.

Righteous is open from 7 a.m. weekdays through dinner, 9 a.m. Saturdays at 3405 W. Seventh St., 817-850-9996;

Southlake in a Spin

Southlake and Grapevine have plenty of pizzerias: Coal Vines, Fireside Pies, Grimaldi’s, Taverna Rossa and many more.

But that didn’t stop Spin! from opening in Southlake Town Square, and the Kansas-City based chain is celebrating its one-year anniversary with specials this week.

Spin! is serving its “mini Mia” pizza-and-salad combo for $5 all week.

It’s open daily for lunch and dinner at 1586 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-416-7746;

German pizza?

In Grapevine, Fireside Pies continues chef Joe Bozarth’s seasonal pizzas with a surprise: an Oktoberfest pizza with homemade German sausage, cabbage slaw and smoked provolone.

Fireside is open daily for lunch and dinner at 1285 S. Main St., Grapevine; 817-416-1285,

Backyard lunch

At the tiny Mi Cocinita Restaurant (My Little Kitchen) in a south Fort Worth residential back yard, owner Virgie Martinez now says she will work Fridays only after Jan. 1.

For 30 years, Martinez has carried on the tradition started by her mother, Betty Mendez, serving what the Star-Telegram once named the best Tex-Mex in Fort Worth.

For now, Mi Cocinita is open only for lunch Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m.; 3509 1/2 Bryan Ave., near Interstate 35W, 817-923-0033, or see Facebook.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in