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Eats Beat: Benefit dinner, supper-club pianist new at Mercury Chop

Jambo’s BBQ Shack might be expanding again.
Jambo’s BBQ Shack might be expanding again. Star-Telegram

Mercury Chop House is open Christmas Day and night.

But the giving begins Sunday, when the locally owned prime steakhouse in Sundance Square will host a benefit for a Fort Worth police officer.

The Chop House always opens holidays, not only for the public but also to make sure the city’s police share the joy of a holiday dinner.

Sunday, Mercury will serve a special $25 dinner and donate the money to a Fort Worth Police Officers Association fund for an officer who is recovering from a stroke.

The menu is simple: rib-eye or chicken cordon bleu with salad and vegetable. It’s served from 1 to 10 p.m.

Mercury Chop House also has the longest Christmas serving hours of all: 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m., offering a choice of turkey or prime rib for $44.95, or the regular menu of steaks, chops and sides.

Owner Zack Moutaouakil is in his seventh year after buying the steakhouse from a Dallas company. He has steadily reshaped the menu and is adding some new desserts, including a Key lime cheesecake and a Black Forest cake.

Recently added: Pianist Danny Burgess, bringing supper-club style most nights except Sundays. Burgess had run his own popular Tyler restaurant.

Mercury Chop House is open for lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner weekends; 301 Main St., 817-336-4129, Arlington spinoff Mercury Wine Bar & Grill opened this year: 2410 W. Abram St.,

A growing Jambo

The owners of Jambo’s BBQ Shack, thriving at its new Little Road location, are considering a third Jambo’s.

The Lovato family bought pitmaster Jamie Geer’s original Rendon shop last year with plans to expand. The Arlington location’s instant success may have stepped up the pace of growth.

Jambo’s instantly gained state recognition as one of the state’s new barbecue favorites, along with BBQ on the Brazos in Cresson.

The Arlington Jambo’s has added a cream-corn elote side dish and has both peach and apple cobblers. (They’re made with a splash of a secret ingredient: Mountain Dew.)

Jambo’s is open for lunch and early dinner Tuesdays through Fridays, lunch Saturdays. It’ll open regular hours Christmas Eve but close that weekend; 2502 Little Road, 682-213-2780,

New in the Village

Sonsie House Kitchen, new from the family that started the Celebrity Bakery chain, is open in Colleyville.

Sonsie House has a broader, all-day menu with salads, sandwiches, a burger (with bacon marmalade) and weekend brunch.

From a glance at the menu, interesting items include a chipotle chicken salad, a Texas roasted-chicken Caesar and a brunch plate of banana pancakes with bourbon-maple syrup.

It’s open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch; 62 Main St. in the Village at Colleyville, 682-325-4150,

Simple Christmas dining

Two important additions to last week’s Christmas dining list:

Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 S. University Drive, will open at 8 a.m. Christmas Day and serve its regular menu (no special dinner) all day. (This is Ol’ South’s third year in 54 to open Christmas.)

Little Lilly Sushi, 6100 Camp Bowie Blvd., will open at noon Christmas Day.

Bird Cafe, Buttons and Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro are among several restaurants opening Christmas night.

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