Look what Santa is bringing us by Christmas, with more to come in the new year:
Olenjack, a former Reata and hotel chef known more recently for his namesake restaurant in Arlington, is offering a menu of mostly familiar favorites at reasonable prices.
The folks with new houses and big mortgages in Saginaw and Lake Country need a mid-price restaurant. So Eagle Mountain Tavern’s top entree will sell for less than $20.
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The menu features Olenjack’s familiar shrimp-and-grits, an apple cider-braised pork tenderloin or Shiner Bock beef short rib-macaroni and cheese. The basics are there, too: meatloaf, brick chicken, pastas and chicken-fried steak.
Lunch choices include a BLT with thick-cut bacon and fried green tomatoes, white-cheddar turkey chili, a portobello sandwich and salads.
The former steakhouse, recently a Cajun restaurant, retains its stone-and-wood decor.
“It’s the ‘Texas patio’ look,” Olenjack said.
“We just want to be straightforward and give the customers what they want. … It’s taking a careful, comfortable menu and putting a little spin on it.”
The old steakhouse in that location developed a following, but was priced too high.
The market loves pizza, Tex-Mex and particularly catfish and seafood at Boo-Ray’s of New Orleans, which moved to a new $1 million-plus location two miles south at 5728 Boat Club Road.
“All the restaurants out here do real well, especially from here south to [Loop] 820,” Olenjack said.
When it opens, give Eagle Mountain Tavern a couple of days to get settled in.
Clearfork steakhouse near opening day
Also opening this month: B&B Butchers & Restaurant, the prime steakhouse in The Shops at Clearfork.
B&B missed its earlier opening dates and now expects to open by mid-December.
Owner Ben Berg has said he likes Fort Worth’s beef and ranching culture and the tradition of the shopping center’s location on the 170-year-old Edwards Ranch.
Tip: Go before 6 p.m. for the $55 special early menu, a three-course dinner with a choice of seven entrees including sea bass or an 8-ounce filet. It’s perfect for pregame or pre-theater dinners. (Call ahead and reserve the prix fixe supper.)
Holiday hours have not been finalized, so check about Christmas Eve or New Year’s dining.
New Grapevine steakhouse is close
Expected in February: the new Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Grapevine, near opening on Texas 114 near the interchange with Wall Street, Park Boulevard and Southlake Boulevard.
Perry’s is a Houston-based prime steakhouse chain with a 40-year history as a meat market and grill.
The signature dish is a triple-thick, roasted pork chop. Go at lunch on Friday, when a smaller cut sells for about $15.
Perry’s also serves old favorites such as chateaubriand and newer items such as a “Hong Kong-style” sea bass or pecan-crusted snapper.
And another new restaurant in Sundance
Also opening in January: 3rd Street Bar & Grill, a new restaurant with a wide-ranging menu replacing the former Frankie’s at 425 W. Third St. in Sundance Square.
The chef at 3rd Street is Steve Mitchell, from the former M Bistro. He’s planning simple lunches and pizzas for the downtown crowd — it’s the closest restaurant for courthouse jurors — and dinners including prime rib on weekends.
Owner Al Abboud had Sonoma Grill and Z Grill in Flower Mound.