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Eats Beat: Tacos, tenderloin fill plates for Hurst’s Taste

Pans of freshly baked baklava cool for a Fort Worth Greek Festival, returning next week at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
Pans of freshly baked baklava cool for a Fort Worth Greek Festival, returning next week at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Star-Telegram archives

The Taste of Northeast next week is not the biggest restaurant festival around.

But the $25 advance tickets are less expensive than most, and make it worth a trip Nov. 12 to the Hurst Conference Center.

In this case, “Northeast” refers to 16 cities in North Tarrant County, although most of the restaurants come from Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

Highly regarded Anna’s Mexican Grill in Colleyville is on this year’s list of newcomers.

Guests at smaller events in Bedford and Colleyville suggested Taste of Northeast, Anna’s owner Alfredo Gonzalez said. Anna’s is stuck in an obscure Cheek-Sparger Road neighborhood shopping center named Tara Village, and Gonzalez hopes to develop a wider following. Anna’s will serve “street tacos” with beef, chicken or shrimp, plus guacamole and queso, he said.

“People told us this is a good event, so we’re excited,” he said.

Tex-Mex mainstay Miguelito’s in Hurst is back for this 16th annual event. And Shops of Southlake brunch favorite Bonefish Grill, a Florida-based chain, will serve its ahi tuna sashimi and also its Wagyu beef-ginger pot stickers, both off the appetizer menu.

Bizzi’s New American Restaurant and Wine Bar, a charming, locally-owned bistro on Harwood Road in Bedford, will serve a beef tenderloin in polenta with shrimp salad, soup and flourless chocolate cake.

Other items on the Taste menu include: beef and pork tenderloin from C.A. Sanford’s Grill at the Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills; ancho-braised short rib by the Hurst Conference Center staff; samples from the Red Hot & Blue and Texas Roadhouse chains; and tastings from familiar neighborhood restaurants Ernie’s Seafood and Italianni’s.

About 20 vendors in all will serve food and beer during the popular event. Tickets are $25, $30 at the door (wine and cocktails extra); 817-283-3406 or

Council members and Star-Telegram six-month subscribers with Press Pass discount cards (call 800-776-7827 and ask, if you didn’t get one) can buy tickets for $20 in advance online.

Gyro worship

And speaking of next week’s festivals, put time aside for the Fort Worth Greek Festival.

For the 48th year, the great Greek restaurateurs and families of Fort Worth will share in a presentation of Greek food, baking, holiday desserts and music Nov. 13-15 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, northwest of downtown Fort Worth.

This year’s event will include Greek cooking demonstrations for those learning how to cook or bake like the church families. The lunch and dinner menus feature Greek chicken, gyros, spanakopita (spinach pie), dolmades and, of course, plenty of salad with olives and feta.

More details next week; 2020 N.W. 21st St., 817-626-5578, or see

Coffee + oats

Want more breakfast for less money?

The TCU Bookstore cafe opens for breakfast weekdays and Saturdays, and is running a $4 special this month for all-natural Umpqua Oatmeal plus a tall drip coffee drink of choice.

The cafe has been running $3 pizza specials, $5 lunches and coffee deals. It opens at 8 a.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays and noon Sundays. 2950 W. Berry St.; 817-257-7844,

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