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Eats Beat: Fort Worth chef takes NY spin, then home for specials

Joe’s multigrain cranberry-granola pancakes.
Joe’s multigrain cranberry-granola pancakes.

Grace chef Blaine Staniford is on his way to cook a $170 dinner Monday night at the James Beard House in New York.

But he’ll be back home to do Grace’s $45-$50 August specials.

Grace is one of several restaurants offering a two-for-$99 steak-and-scallop summer special through Labor Day, with two appetizers, two side dishes and a dessert such as coconut cream pie or butterscotch pudding.

Grace is also one of the biggest fundraisers in the charity Restaurant Week benefit Aug. 10-16, offering a $45 three-course dinner featuring Texas peach soup, trout or Duroc pork and “theater popcorn” pannacotta or butterscotch pudding.

Grace opens at 5:30 p.m daily for dinner; 777 Main St., 817-877-3388,

For the podcast with Staniford and owner Dain Adam Jones, see

Multigrain flapjacks at Joe’s

For more than 20 years, the Joe’s Coffee Shops in Irving and Watauga have served breakfasts, plate lunches and coconut pies.

Along with the matching Joe’s Family Restaurant in Mansfield, they bring the suburbs the kind of small-town cafe character of the Paris Coffee Shop or Dixie House Cafes in Fort Worth, or Mama’s Daughters’ Diner in Dallas.

Now, all three Joe’s are offering a new breakfast special: multigrain granola-cranberry pancakes with cinnamon butter.

The Joe’s in Watauga is also known for Friday-night catfish dinners ($12.95). It’s open at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. Sundays at 5912 Denton Highway, 817-788-9583,

The Joe’s in Mansfield will be changing gradually to match the others. It’s only open at breakfast and lunch; 310 N. Mitchell Road at East Broad Street, 817-477-3383.

New ’Q in Arlington

The second Jambo’s BBQ Shack is open in west Arlington, bringing some of Tarrant County’s best barbecue north from Rendon.

This Jambo’s is a fast hit, running out of food most days so far and drawing crowds to the Lovatos’ old grocery-grill.

The legendary Jambo Texan sandwich, $15, stacks brisket, bologna, pulled pork, sausage and ribs all together on Texas toast. Regular sandwiches cost $5-$6, plates $9.

Jambo’s is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday; 2502 Little Road, 682-213-2780,

Burrito benefit

New burrito shop Spec Ops Burritos has opened in downtown Fort Worth, featuring burritos and a military theme.

It serves a basic menu of chicken, pork or steak burritos, tacos, quesadillas and bowls for $6-$9 in a Chipotle-like atmosphere, but with military decor.

The restaurant says it donates a portion of its proceeds to veterans’ charities but does not say how much; 500 Throckmorton St.,

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

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