Eats Beat

We’re the home of chili powder, ballpark nachos — and one very popular ice cream treat

The ice cream Drumstick was originated in Fort Worth.
The ice cream Drumstick was originated in Fort Worth. Modesto Bee

Hey, Bud! There’s a new book out on “Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth” [Celestina Blok, Arcadia, $21.99]. But what about ice cream shops of the past?

Conversation with Kari Crowe of Melt Ice Creams

We talk about Pendery’s packaged chili powder and Arlington ballpark nachos as our local contributions to foodiedom, but that leaves out a very important Fort Worth invention. Drumstick ice cream cones were originated here by what is now Parker Products. The ice cream shops of memory are Denison-based Ashburn’s in the 1950s-60s and the Back Porch, originator of Lemon Chill, in the ’90s.


Hey, Bud! When does the new Rio Mambo Tex-Mex open in Burleson? It’s taking forever.

Lots of people in Burleson

Fall is stretching into winter for the newest Tex-Mex restaurant in town, but owner Brent Johnson is trying to open by year’s end at 295 E. Renfro St. Rio Mambo has six other locations, including one in north Arlington with free shuttle service to AT&T Stadium events for patrons.


Hey, Bud! What’s up with Old Neighborhood Grill?

Guy who missed a column

New owners Brenda and Wallis Lester have bought the breakfast and home-cooking restaurant in Park Place Village from founder Peter Schroder, effective in January. Schroder’s career began in 1978 at the Texas Sampler Cafe.