This city is known for home cooking, barbecue, breakfasts — and Greek food?
Yep, Euless is home to one of the most successful and authentic international food events between Dallas and Fort Worth: the 26th annual Mid-Cities Greek Food Festival.
The festival has even outlived the term “Mid-Cities.” The old term originally referred to Hurst and Euless, back when both cities were considered north Arlington suburbs and neighbor Bedford was barely settled.
A quarter-century later, Euless is ready to dance again and dine on $15-$20 Greek lunches Friday through Sunday and dinners Friday and Saturday.
The annual festival menu features a “Spartan platter” combination with Greek baked chicken, pork souvlaki, spanakopita (“spinach pie”), dolmades, tiropita and Greek salad ($20).
A la carte items are $8-$3, including lamb lollipop chops and pastitsio. New this year is a “Zeus burger” with beef and lamb, topped with feta ($7).
The dessert list is long, and that’s the reason a lot of people go.
Try them all and then take some home to freeze for the holidays: baklava ($2), Greek butter cookies, loukoumades or fresh Greek bread.
The festival opens for lunch at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, closing at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
It’s on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive; 817-283-2291, 817-545-9644, midcitiesgreekfest.info.
(The annual Fort Worth Greek Food Festival will follow Nov. 10-12 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 N.W. 21st St. That event is in its 50th year.)
Another regional food event, the Romanian Food Festival, is Nov. 3-5 at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church, 3801 Glade Road.
That menu ranges from cabbage rolls and meatball soup to mititei (sausages), grilled pork or baked chicken legs; 817-858-0801, romanianfestival-dallas.com.
Malai brings modern Thai to Clearfork
Malai Kitchen is the latest star-studded restaurant to open in the new Shops at Clearfork shopping center in Fort Worth.
The contemporary Thai-Vietnamese restaurant has a bar menu with craft cocktails, new versions of traditional dishes such as pineapple fried rice or shrimp pad Thai, plus updated desserts such as coconut-macaroon cream pie or banana pot de creme.
The brunch menu offers dishes such as a banh mi baguette French toast with flambeed bananas and coconut syrup, a ham-and-egg banh mi or Thai eggs Benedict with basil, spinach and Thai chili hollandaise.
Chef-owners Braden and Yasmin Wages — Yasmin is from Fort Worth — opened their third location. The others are in Dallas and Southlake.
Malai Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner daily, at 5289 Monahans Ave., across from Neiman Marcus west of Rise n°3 Salon de Souffle; 682-707-3959, malaikitchen.com.
(Speaking of Rise n°3: Reservations are only available online through Yelp.com. And yes, the menu offers more than souffles: There’s a house salad with chicken or seafood, a salad Nicoise, a ham-and-cheese baguette and desserts such as creme brulee or tarte tatin.)
Sushi-pho swap near Hulen Mall
It’s about time. Sushi Tao has reopened after an Asian restaurant version of “Trading Spaces.”
Sushi Tao, a 10-year favorite in the South Hulen Street neighborhood, moved into a former Vietnamese bistro at 4938 Overton Ridge Blvd.
In turn, Pho & Grill moved into the former sushi space a few doors west at 4954 Overton Ridge.
Pho & Grill already opened, but it took Sushi Tao longer to redecorate and apply for the liquor permit.
Sushi Tao is open for lunch and dinner daily except Monday; 817-294-7200, facebook.com/LoveSushiTao.