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Eats Beat: Those three words Dads like to hear: ‘surf and turf’

Chef Point Cafe offers fine dining in a converted gas station-convenience store.
Chef Point Cafe offers fine dining in a converted gas station-convenience store. Star-Telegram

At the north end of downtown, Fort Worth has Sundance Square.

At the south end lies the “Beef Block.”

Three prime steakhouses fight over business in the 800 block of Main Street.

But only one will open for Father’s Day lunch: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the New Orleans original.

Making the most of the moment, Ruth’s Chris is tossing in a special gift for dads: a $25 gift card good on a return visit.

Ruth’s Chris also offers three-course surf-and-turf dinners starting at $43.95, so Dad can dine without taking out a second mortgage.

(Competitor Del Frisco’s Double Eagle’s surf-and-turf special costs $55, and it won’t open until 5 p.m.)

Ruth’s Chris will open at noon Sunday; 813 Main St. in the Hilton Fort Worth, 817-348-0080,

(If Dad balks at the menu or prices, walk him across the street to Dain Adam Jones’ Little Red Wasp, serving a first-rate brunch menu with cheddar biscuits; 808 Main St., 817-877-3111,

Gas up and grub up

Chef Point, the much-talked-about cafe-gas station in Watauga, is offering one of DFW’s most ambitious Father’s Day menus.

Choices include a blackened pork chop stuffed with crab and pepper jack over pasta ($24), prime rib, sea bass or Chef Point’s famous roast duck à l’Orange ($30). Save room for the cognac bread pudding.

Chef Point, a restaurant that started in the gas station up front, serves lunch and dinner daily, plus breakfast Saturdays; 5901 Watauga Road, 817-656-0080, chefpointcafe.

Buttons Food & Music’s busy jazz brunch buffet will open at 10:30 a.m. Sunday ($23), and a dinner buffet will be served after 5 p.m.

Buttons chef Keith Hicks also has a “Big Daddy” surf-and-turf special: a 16-ounce rib-eye plus king crab.

Buttons serves lunch and dinner daily except Mondays at 4701 West Freeway; 817-735-4900,

More Father’s Day choices were listed in the midweek Eats Beat. Find it at

Rolling sushi for charity

Pei Wei wants to be more than just a corporate chain restaurant.

Besides adding some new sushi rolls that are above average, the Arizona-based company is also extending a helpful hand to Texas.

A weeklong “Pei It Forward” campaign starting Monday gives 20 percent of Pei Wei’s DFW profits after expenses to the Salvation Army for Texas flood relief.

That’s an extra reason to go to Pei Wei, besides the Kung Pao shrimp-mango California rolls or the Thai Dynamite platters.

Pei Wei also opens at 10:30 a.m., another chance for an early lunch on a busy workday; nine Tarrant County locations,

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

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