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Eats Beat: New menus at Del Frisco’s Grille and a habanero-hot burger

The May burger special at Del Frisco’s Grille has pepper jack cheese, habaneros and arugula.
The May burger special at Del Frisco’s Grille has pepper jack cheese, habaneros and arugula.

Del Frisco’s Grille can’t escape its good name.

Customers kept asking for more steak dinners, so a new Grille menu adds more choices similar to corporate cousin Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.

Prime filets, New York strips or rib-eyes sell for $37 to $45 with potatoes or green beans.

At the other end of the price range, the Grilles have added weekday specials such as chicken potpie Mondays for $15 or baby back ribs Thursdays ($14, full rack $25), with chicken or fish-n-chips specials other days.

In its fourth year, the Grille is still tinkering with its menu to develop as an all-occasion casual bar and restaurant.

The menu adds comfort food dishes such as an improved meatloaf and roasted chicken, along with ribs.

The mainstay is always the prime double cheeseburger ($13).

For the rest of May, each Grille features a different chef’s craft burger special, with a portion of sales donated to charity.

The featured burger at the Grille in Sundance Square is a double jalapeño-pepper jack cheeseburger with honey-habanero peppers, arugula and chipotle mayo. The Southlake location features a pepper jack cheeseburger topped with smoked brisket.

Del Frisco’s Grille is open daily for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner at 154 E. Third St., Fort Worth, 817-887-9900, or 1200 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 817-410-3777;

This may sound familiar

A new Tex-Mex restaurant and grill near downtown Fort Worth has a very familiar old name.

El Patio Mexican Restaurant is new in a former sports grill on U.S. 287 at East Rosedale Street.

This is not some old-school Tex-Mex. Recent specials have included rib-eye steaks, pork steaks, grilled chicken dishes and even chipotle spaghetti-and-meatballs.

Dinner begins with handmade tortillas and creamy avocado-poblano sauce or chile de arbol, along with chips and an above-average salsa.

There’s even a choice of salads or a chicken Caesar.

Lunches start at $6.99 and go up to $9.50 for chiles rellenos. The most expensive item on the menu is the combo fajita platter ($16.50).

El Patio is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; 2108 E. Rosedale St., 817-439-9491.

Waiting on Mother Nature

The landmark Oasis on Joe Pool Lake will reopen as soon as floodwaters subside.

The restaurant has been floating atop the lake, but the parking lot is flooded.

Watch for the Oasis’ return any day now at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie; 817-640-7676,

Memorial Day brunches

Little Red Wasp in downtown Fort Worth and Max’s Wine Dive near the Trinity Park duck pond are two of several restaurants adding a Memorial Day brunch Monday.

Also, the excellent new Cannon Chinese Kitchen in near south Fort Worth has started serving weekday lunch, including Memorial Day; 304 W. Cannon St., 817-238-3726,

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