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Here’s a new Arlington steakhouse that will be open this weekend. And on Christmas, too

BBQ faithful line up for Heim BBQ before dawn

On opening day at the Fort Worth restaurant, fans of the one-time food trailer showed up as early 3:15 a.m. to be first in line and others drove several hours from Austin. (Video by Rick Press)
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On opening day at the Fort Worth restaurant, fans of the one-time food trailer showed up as early 3:15 a.m. to be first in line and others drove several hours from Austin. (Video by Rick Press)

Between two locations, Mercury Chophouse is serving nearly 1,000 turkey dinners until the wee hours Friday morning.

So forgive the Mercury staff for taking Friday lunch off.

“Just a little break,” said owner Zack Moutaouakil, veteran of 15 years at Mercury downtown and now packing crowds into a new skyline-view Mercury in Arlington.

“We weren’t sure whether we could do Thanksgiving in both Fort Worth and Arlington. But the people wanted us so much.”

Both Mercury locations will open at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in time to entertain those relatives lingering during the holidays. The new Arlington location also will serve Sunday brunch at 11 a.m.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are always busy for Mercury Chophouse. The Fort Worth location feeds all three police shifts, and stays open after midnight to catch the third shift.

This year, the new Mercury in Arlington is adding to the crowd. It replaced a French fine-dining restaurant on the ninth floor of an office building on East Lamar Boulevard.

“It has been phenomenal,” Moutaouakil said, “absolutely crazy. I am very grateful for so many people who wanted this.”

Mercury’s prime-steak menu is new for Arlington. The other nice white-tablecloth restaurant nearby is Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant, in the Parkway Central shopping center near a Whole Foods.

If you missed out on your favorite Thanksgiving restaurant, book now for Christmas.

Mercury will be open for lunch and dinner Christmas Day in Fort Worth serving police, and for Christmas lunch in Arlington for the general public.

The new Mercury Chophouse is open for lunch and dinner weekdays (except Nov. 24) and Saturdays, brunch Sundays at 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-381-1157, mercurychophouse.com.

The Fort Worth location is open for lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner weekends at 525 Taylor St., 817-336-4129, mercuryfw.com.

Shop? No, dine ’till you drop

Everybody else is shopping this weekend, so try dining out.

Friday and Saturday are good days to beat the line at a favorite restaurant.

In particular, Friday is one of those morning-after days to beat the crowds at busy restaurants such as Joe T. Garcia’s.

I know what you’re thinking. No — Heim Barbecue isn’t open until Saturday.

But Saturday or particularly late Sunday afternoon might be a good time to beat the Heim line.

Travis Heim said the restaurant has been particularly busy Saturdays and Mondays lately. Monday is the only night when Heim serves the Heimburger: a double cheeseburger with bacon jam.

He’s also testing a brisket chili recipe, in a city where most top barbecue restaurants also serve chili. (If it works out, watch for it to roll out by Stock Show time.)

If you’re waiting for Heim’s second location to open, quit waiting and go ahead and get in line at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave.

Heim is open for lunch and dinner daily except Tuesday, but often sells out early; 817-882-6970, heimbbq.com.

Construction has just begun on the second Heim location, in the River District on White Settlement Road near Roberts Cut Off Road. (Heim also bought a third location in White Settlement, but that’ll become an office and corporate kitchen.)

Boat Club Road, your Boo-Rays is ready

Boo-Rays of New Orleans tried to open quietly.

So much for that idea.

Diners starved for some of Fort Worth’s best seafood and Cajun cooking lined up much of the weekend.

Boo-Rays is settling into regular hours and crowds this weekend, but try to go early and beat the line at the new location, 5728 Boat Club Road.

New on the menu: Patton’s Hot Beef Sausage from Bogalusa, La.

It’s open daily for lunch and dinner; the new phone isn’t working consistently, but look on Facebook or at booraysofneworleans.com. (Another location is in Hudson Oaks: 201 N. Lakeshore Drive, 817-599-6266).

▪ Opening in two weeks: Eagle Mountain Tavern, the new casual bar-and-grill from former Reata and Olenjack’s chef Brian Olenjack.

In the former Boo-Ray’s space, Eagle Mountain will serve entrees such as Olenjack’s Gulf shrimp-and-grits, cider-braised pork tenderloin and roasted brick chicken.

Look for it at 7255 Boat Club Road; 817-720-5355, eaglemountaintavern.com.

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

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