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Eats Beat: Chicken takes wing at Little Red Wasp

Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar has always been known as Grace’s casual-grille cousin.

Now, the Wasp is reaching beyond its burger-and-beer menu to add fried chicken.

New for chicken lovers: “Grandma’s” fried chicken or “Nashville hot” chicken dinners, $18 daily after 4 p.m. They join the Brothers barbecued chicken, featuring Brothers Sauces from the local King family.

The Wasp also switched its weekend brunch menu to add a hot Pederson’s natural ham-and-cheese sandwich on Empire Bakery sourdough. The brunch also includes cheddar biscuits and chilaquiles made with local Mrs. Renfro’s salsa.

Little Red Wasp is open for lunch or brunch and dinner daily; 808 Main St., 817-877-3111,

New Bird at brunch

At the other end of downtown, Bird Cafe also has expanded its brunch menu.

The selection now includes scrambled duck eggs with pulled cabrito, challah French toast or bacon waffles with caramel apples (and, if it’s your taste, brie fondue).

The brunch menu also includes Bird’s standby burger or grilled-cheese sandwich; 155 E. Fourth St., 817-332-2473,

Under old management

A catfish landmark is back.

Brazos River Catfish Cafe, a roadside restaurant off Interstate 20 at the old river bridge west of Weatherford, has reopened under original owners James and Sandra Griffin.

The Griffins made Brazos River Catfish a regional landmark for catfish five ways — fried, spicy, lemon-pepper grilled, blackened or Memphis pecan-crusted — and have reclaimed the restaurant after leasing it out for a few years.

After a month of cleanup, the cafe is back open. It’s on what is now the interstate highway access road, once old U.S. 80 west.

Brazos River Catfish is open 4-9 p.m. for dinner Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for lunch Sundays; 10771 W. Interstate 20, near Millsap, 817-596-2994.

Another west Parker County catfish restaurant, Roy & Dora’s, near Brock, is closed for now due to family illness according to the family Facebook page. Telephone messages have not been returned.

Mary’s Brazos Cafe at Tin Top, which has a broader menu of steaks and home cooking, remains open at 6 a.m. daily for breakfast and lunch and also serves dinner nightly except Mondays; 5090 Tin Top Road, 817-594-0203.

In Weatherford, Flames Seafood (Granbury) will open a new location next week in a former steakhouse at 1917 Martin Drive behind Baker’s Ribs; 817-598-0773,

Of course, eastern Parker County has familiar fish restaurants Boo-Ray’s of New Orleans, 201 Lakeshore Drive in Hudson Oaks, and Fish Creek, 4899 E. Interstate 20 in Willow Park; and

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