Food & Drink

Eats Beat: Family-style Mudd’s revived in Denton County

Gone from Krum 12 years, Chad Mudd reopened in the same location.
Gone from Krum 12 years, Chad Mudd reopened in the same location.

After a 12-year absence, Mudd’s Good Eatin’ is back.

The tiny cafe in the Denton County town of Krum reopened its historic landmark location this month, reviving its family-style platters of hand-breaded chicken-fried steaks, fried chicken and smoked pork chops or ribs.

Retired from country nightclubs, owner Chad Mudd has restored Mudd’s with one addition: Mudd’s Mondays.

Mondays only, and only at lunch or until it’s gone, Mudd’s serves pecan-smoked barbecue.

“I’ve been wanting to get back in this space for a while, and it finally worked out,” said Mudd. Originally, the building housed the Miller family’s Clay Pot Eatery. Mudd said he added the barbecue because “I’ve got this smoker, and I just wanted to try it out one day a week to start.”

Mondays, Mudd’s serves brisket, ribs, turkey, pork chops and Slovacek’s (Nemecek’s) sausage from West.

A plate with beans and a drink costs $10; a three-meat combo plate costs $12.

Thursdays through Saturdays, Mudd’s shows off the family-style menu that has drawn diners from throughout Tarrant County. It is similar in style to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke and Ranchman’s Cafe in Ponder.

Chicken-fried steak or chicken dinners cost $12 and include mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans, salad and biscuits.

Nightly specials include ribs and smoked pork chops on Thursdays, fried catfish on Fridays and a 16-ounce rib-eye ($22) on Saturdays. For dessert, Mudd’s offers blackberry or peach cobblers, peach bread pudding and a choice of cream, meringue and buttermilk pies.

“We’ve been grateful for the response, and that so many people remember us,” Mudd said.

Open for dinner Thursdays through Saturdays and lunch on Mondays, the restaurant is at 208 W. McCart St. (Farm Road 1173), Krum; 940-482-3374,

Enchiladas skillet-style

Yet another new, family-owned Tex-Mex restaurant is drawing crowds, this time in Sansom Park.

Next door to 20-year landmark El Paseo, the new Mezcales Mexican Bar & Grill is off to a fast start with inexpensive lunches, dinners and a wide-ranging menu.

Mezcales smokes chipotle-seasoned ribs on the smoker from the former Williams Ranch House, and serves a full selection of Tex-Mex dinners

But the attention-getter is an “enchilada skillet” — old-fashioned pan enchiladas, topped with fajitas, peppers, onions, queso and sour cream.

Mezcales is open for lunch and dinner daily at 5532 Jacksboro Highway (Texas 114), east of Loop 820, Sansom Park; 817-625-0004.

A new Vintage

The Vintage Grill & Car Museum is open in downtown Weatherford, combining some of chef Jerrett Joslin’s familiar specials with a basic grill menu and an antique car collection.

It serves lunch and dinner daily (but closes midafternoons, 2-4 p.m.) at 202 Fort Worth Highway. The location is one block west of the courthouse square and across the street from the old Public Market building; 817-594-3750,

More on the food in a future Eats Beat.

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