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Fort Worth wine bistro Winslow’s pops cork on new retail shop

The hummus trio (jalapeño, roasted red pepper, and roasted garlic truffle) is a favorite at Winslow's Wine Cafe.
The hummus trio (jalapeño, roasted red pepper, and roasted garlic truffle) is a favorite at Winslow's Wine Cafe. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Winslow’s Wine Cafe built a successful bistro and wine bar in a landmark 90-year-old gas station.

For his next round, owner Joe Berry will try opening a wine shop across the street in an even older building.

A new Winslow’s wine shop — there’s no official name yet — will open on Clover Lane across from the cafe in a converted 1924 home on the corner at Camp Bowie Boulevard.

“We have so many people who come for the wines or our wine club,” said Berry.

The Winslow in the cafe’s name was a much-beloved late dog, a blue heeler mix.

I’ll point out here that some of Fort Worth’s best restaurants are (1) in old gas stations, like Winslow’s and Ellerbe, or (2) named for good dogs, like Winslow’s and Fred’s.

Berry calls the new space a “nice upscale west-side wine shop.” He’ll remodel the former dental office and art gallery to have a West Coast look like Winslow’s, he said.

Customers’ interest in wines has grown, he said. He decided to open the shop when he met a man who said, “I spent $3,000 at your place and I’ve never been there.” His wife was buying wines there.

The shop will offer a similar selection and will have a temperature-controlled area for fine wines, Berry said.

He expects the shop to open by spring.

At the cafe, now in its 10th year, Winslow’s menu has widened from simple pizzas and salads to steaks, burgers, specials and weekend brunch.

The new fall menu adds a Parmesan-crusted pork chop with poblano cream sauce ($20), a chorizo-cilantro pizza ($15) and a kale-avocado salad with feta, quinoa and garbanzos ($12).

The specials range from a cheddar-Gruyere burger or grilled cheese sandwich to a filet mignon ($35) or a tenderloin trio with blue cheese, Gulf shrimp or Oscar-style with crab and bearnaise.

Winslow’s is open for dinner weeknights, brunch and dinner weekends.

(Winslow’s finally added Monday hours this year by request, because that’s when some country clubs are closed.)

It’s in the historic former Ben Eastman Texaco gas station at 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-546-6843, WinslowsWineCafe.com.

Look for the new wine shop across the street at 1601 Clover Lane.

Santa comes to Leonards and M&O Station

When you’re talking about the holiday season, one of Fort Worth’s oldest traditions is a visit with the Leonards Department Store Santa.

The early-day superstore — the largest American retail store of its day, covering six blocks downtown, with a sprawling parking lot where Panther Island is today — is now downsized to a homespun museum and restaurant, the M&O Station Grill.

But Santa still comes to Leonards, the same way he has since the 1920s. He’ll be at the museum and grill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again Dec. 16.

The M&O Station Grill serves burgers, hand-cut fries, salads and specials.

It’s open for lunch Mondays, lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays in the Foundry shops along Carroll Street north of Montgomery Plaza; 200 Carroll St., museum 817-336-9111, grill 817-882-8020, bestburgerfortworth.com.

Tacos for Christmas Day lunch? Sure

We’ll have a longer list soon of what’s open Christmas Day.

But here’s one option to consider: La Tortilandia will open at 10 a.m. Christmas Day and serve until 10 p.m.

Restaurants like Los Asaderos on the north side open every Christmas. La Tortilandia joins that list, serving the Dorado family’s interior-Mexico recipes and also selling pork, chicken or sweet tamales by the dozen.

La Tortilandia is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at 1112 W. Berry St.; 817-922-0205, latortilandia.com.

▪ Heaven’s Gate Restaurant near Fort Worth Meacham Airport will serve a family-style turkey and ham buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $14.99.

▪ Downtown, Cast Iron in the Omni Fort Worth hotel has space available, along with Mercury Chophouse and Ruth’s Chris.

▪ In Arlington, both Humperdinks and Mercury Chophouse will be open, along with the cafeteria chains.

Humperdinks will serve a breakfast menu beginning at 10 a.m., then a roast turkey dinner with stuffing and sides served family-style for $21.99.

Mercury Chophouse, new in the former Cacharel space atop the Brookhollow Two office building on East Lamar Boulevard, will be open at lunch and serve a regular menu with a holiday special.

▪ Shell Shack in Lincoln Square will be open regular hours both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

▪ In Southlake, Copeland’s of New Orleans and Buca di Beppo will be open.

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

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