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Like chicken salad? Here’s 15 flavors, from Southern to spicy

The Cranberry Kelli at Chicken Salad Chick.
The Cranberry Kelli at Chicken Salad Chick. Star-Telegram archives

The Fort Worth suburbs have taken a liking to Southern-style chicken salad.

The Alabama-based Chicken Salad Chick restaurants, known for 15 flavors of chicken salad from classic to spicy or “fancy” with apples, grapes and pecans, will open a location Nov. 16 in Hurst.

It’s Chicken Salad Chick’s second restaurant in Texas — and they’re both in Tarrant County. The first is on Tehama Ridge Parkway in far north Fort Worth.

The new location at 520 Grapevine Highway is along the Hurst-Colleyville border near the intersection with Mid-Cities Boulevard.

Like that other famous Southern chicken restaurant, Chicken Salad Chick offers some opening-day promotions: a year’s worth of free chicken salad for the first 100 guests, and a kids-eat-free special Nov. 20.

Chicken Salad Chick’s first local restaurant has become one of the social-media favorites in the Presidio Junction shopping center. Diners praise the jalapeño chicken salad.

When the Presidio location opened, the Star-Telegram reviewer praised the classic creamy chicken salad and the Buffalo sauce-bacon “kickin’ ” flavor.

The current location is open daily except Sundays at 8825 Tehama Ridge Parkway, No. 329, Fort Worth; 817-857-8501, chickensaladchick.com.

More from Hurst: Taste of Northeast

Elsewhere in Hurst, the Taste of Northeast holiday dining festival Thursday is about more than food.

For a $30 ticket, patrons get samples from about 20 restaurants plus craft beers from Martin House Brewing and Wild Acre Brewing in Fort Worth.

The brews are part of the ticket along with food like Italianni’s stuffed ravioli or Abuelo’s chorizo-stuffed chicken breast.

Several cities do “taste” dining festivals, but Hurst’s has been around 18 years. It draws restaurants from all over Northeast Tarrant County to raise money for suburban arts events.

Texas Roadhouse in Bedford will serve beef ribs. The Iron Horse Golf Course Restaurant will serve pulled pork and chopped brisket, mac-and-cheese or cinnamon apple-pie bites.

Desserts range from Nothing Bundt Cakes to Buttermilk Sky Pie or Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.

The event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hurst Convention Center, 1601 Campus Drive. Get $25 tickets ini advance at artscouncilnortheast.org; 817-283-3406.

Greek Festival marks 50 years

More on this ahead, but the annual Fort Worth Greek Festival marks 50 years this weekend at a north Fort Worth church.

This is Greek home cooking: baked chicken, moussaka, dolmades and spanakopita, with lunch and dinner plates or take-home breads and pastries.

New this year: baklava cheesecake. Come early for the chocolate baklava, and don’t miss the Athenian lemon-garlic chicken.

A lunch plate Friday, Saturday or Sunday with salad, green beans and a roll costs $13. The dinner menu Friday or Saturday ($16) adds leg of lamb.

An a la carte menu also offers gyros, souvlaki, Greek salad and flaming cheese (saganaki).

(Insider tip: Rush over for the chocolate baklava drizzed with chocolate sauce, but don’t miss the vanilla or chocolate ekmek custard with toasted almonds.)

Drinks include Greek or American coffees, wine and beer.

It’s open at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2020 N.W. 21st St. at Jacksboro Highway (Texas 199), 817-626-5578; fortworthgreekfestival.com.

More Meso Maya for Fort Worth

Fort Worth’s second location of Meso Maya is open in the historic Kress Building downtown at 604 Main St.

The restaurant is from the same parent company as Dallas-based El Fenix, but serves a more ambitious menu of interior Mexico dishes such as chicken mole, cochinita pibil or a pork chop with calabacitas.

Meso Maya is nicer enough to be completely different from El Fenix, but not much more expensive.

Lunch or brunch costs about $12. The lunch special ($12) includes pozole, soup or a house salad of greens, tomatoes and apple with a vinaigrette, plus an enchilada or taco, rice and beans.

Meso Maya is open for lunch and dinner daily; 604 Main St., 469-348-0127, or 3050 S. Hulen St. in Tanglewood, 682-316-8266; mesomaya.com.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, @EatsBeat.

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