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Eats Beat: From Dallas to Napa to Tanglewood, with gourmet-to-go

Vegetarian tacos at Taco Heads.
Vegetarian tacos at Taco Heads. Star-Telegram

Once, 20 years ago, Katie Schma was chef at a four-star Dallas restaurant.

Now, the catering chef returns to daily duty as owner of a new Fort Worth restaurant and takeout shop opening in June, Local Foods Kitchen.

Schma’s family founded City Cafe on Lovers Lane in Dallas, and then life took her to the Napa Valley and back.

She has catered from Arlington for years, but chose to open in the Tanglewood Village shops along South Hulen Street in Fort Worth.

Local Foods Kitchen sounds like exactly what Tanglewood wants: gourmet takeout with an easygoing cafe, serving entrees, salads and desserts.

She is converting a former salon and adding a patio west of the shop, technically on Hartwood Drive behind Bravo! Cucina Italiana.

She chose southwest Fort Worth because “that’s where my clientele is — I’m passionate about food, and I want to bring my food to Fort Worth.”

Local Foods Kitchen will serve a lot of her old City Cafe dishes, she said, plus items she perfected in the Napa Valley at a popular Oakville, Calif., deli-cafe named Nest.

Her new restaurant will open by late June and serve from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, from late morning to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The address is 4548 Hartwood Drive, a half-block west of Hulen Street.

Smokin’ up Dallas

If Dad wants barbecue for Father’s Day, book lunch now.

Fearing’s in Dallas will serve a three-course menu with choices including fried chicken, beef tenderloin or guest chefs Marshall and Mark Cooper’s barbecue “sampler” of hickory-smoked Wagyu brisket, Snake River pork and St. Louis ribs.

Side dishes include campfire barbecue beans, slaw, okra and chow chow. The choices for a first course include chicken-fried quail or jalapeño-cheese biscuits with elk sausage gravy; $75, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-922-4848,

Top-floor tacos

Taco Heads is moving up from a trailer to a taqueria, and more.

Sarah Castillo’s popular west-side corrugated-metal taco trailer will expand into a new restaurant by next spring, opening at 119 S. Main St. in the new South Main Village shops.

This isn’t just a taco stand. Taco Heads will offer a full bar and a rooftop patio with a skyline view, and will serve brunch also with ceviches and elote.

Watch for the new Taco Heads, or stop by the current truck at breakfast Thursday through Saturday mornings at Avoca Coffee, 1311 W. Magnolia Ave., or nights in the parking lot behind Opa! Mediterranean Cafe, 2708 W. Seventh St.;

Cheesesteaks return

A Texadelphia cheesesteak shop will move into College Park in Arlington, the dining district near the UT Arlington arena.

Texadelphia is the second new restaurant to move there recently, joining La Blue Casa.

Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in 817-390-7538

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