Look, this is just an idea.
But if I ran a restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth during local peach season, I’d be serving something made from local peaches.
The annual Parker County Peach Festival is Saturday, when tens of thousands will throng the Weatherford courthouse square for peach pies, peach juleps or peach ice cream.
But why limit the peach perfection to one city or one day?
The pizza bakers have the right idea.
Thirteen Pies in Fort Worth is serving a roasted peach-burrata appetizer with arugula and balsamic vinegar, and also a peach crostata.
Last week, Fireside Pies in Dallas also served smoked ham-peach pizzas.
Why can’t more Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants help Weatherford promote peaches?
Of course, the fruit dominates desserts: Curly’s Frozen Custard peach custard and concretes (try peach-blueberry), Swiss Pastry Shop streusel pies and Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop peach-cinnamon-pecan pies.
But why not fish tacos with peach salsa? Or more burgers with jalapeño-peach marmalade like at IDC Burgers in Aledo?
Weatherford is doing its part:
▪ At Shep’s Place, craft burgermeister John Shepherd is serving a grilled peach caprese burger with marinated tomatoes and basil, and also a Swiss cheeseburger with peach salsa; 816 S. Main St., 682-804-5002.
▪ Don’t miss peach funnel cakes at Vintage Grill in the car museum downtown, fried pies at Baker’s Ribs or peach bread pudding at Back Home Bakery.
Sweet, dark mole & more
If you think you’ve tried every restaurant in Weatherford, try Oaxaca Mexican Cuisine.
The new restaurant from the Ramos family of Midland is similar to a Gloria’s, serving Tex-Mex but also southern Mexico specialties such as tamales Oaxaqueños in banana leaf or huitlacoche (truffle) quesadillas.
Oaxaca’s dark mole sauce might be some of the smoothest and best in Dallas-Fort Worth. Mole can be gritty or bitter, but Oaxaca’s is on the sweet side with sesame seeds complementing the chicken.
Oh — and yes, Oaxaca will be serving peach margaritas this weekend.
Ready to Blaze
Reminder: There’s free pizza for social-media followers Friday at the new Blaze Pizza, opening in the Waterside shops on Bryant Irvin Road at Arborlawn Drive.
Blaze joins Zoës Kitchen at Waterside, with Taco Diner to follow in August and Whole Foods Market, Piattello Italian Kitchen and Tokyo Joe’s later.
New in Grapevine this week: Great Scott, bringing the city a flashy charcuterie restaurant with a fresh herb garden planned by Danielle and Matthew Scott, formerly of Abacus in Dallas.