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Fort Worth gets a double helping of Fuego Burger

Fuego Burger gets its name from its namesake burger, a green-chile cheeseburger with a fried-cheese ring orbiting it. The Rendon location has closed but a Benbrook location remains open.
Fuego Burger gets its name from its namesake burger, a green-chile cheeseburger with a fried-cheese ring orbiting it. The Rendon location has closed but a Benbrook location remains open. Star-Telegram archives

The vaunted Fuego Burger has returned to west Fort Worth.

Two years after their larger Salsa Fuego restaurant closed, Carlos and Christie Rodriguez have set up shop nearby, serving their cheesy, peppery green-chile burgers surrounded by a cheesy “ring of fire.” The new location is at 4400 Benbrook Highway.

And here’s a Fuego flash: Another location is planned to open soon at 5735 S. Hulen St. (That’s near a future Torchy’s Tacos.)

The first Fuego Burger opened a year ago between Burleson and Mansfield and continues at 5595 E. Farm Road 1187.

That’s where Rodriguez slowly rebuilt his business after a hectic year when the Fuego Burger was a DFW.com Burger Battle finalist, but mishandled a move to a larger location.

This time, the Rodriguezes have more help and a new star attraction.

The Fuego Burger remains the standout: a half-pound burger with roasted green chiles, roasted jalapeño mayo and a ring of cheddar-jack.

But don’t overlook the seared ahi tuna burger or ahi tuna tacos. The seared tuna is studded with chopped jalapeño.

An order of tempura fish tacos also drew attention.

But beyond a few tacos and the excellent Fuego chips and salsa or queso, this shop is all about burgers.

In the drab strip shopping center where Pop’s Burgers once gained fame, Fuego serves all the familiar favorites: burgers with bacon or barbecue sauce, the bacon-blue cheese burger, and the fried chicken sandwich.

A classic half-pound burger made from fresh, hand-packed beef costs $5.99. It’s better than some steakhouse burgers costing $12.

The new Fuego Burger is open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday; 4400 Benbrook Highway, 682-250-5600, facebook.com/FuegoBurgerBenbrook.

(Note: The original Fuego Burger still has an impostor on Facebook. Look for the page with the burger photo, not the joking meme. It’s facebook.com/FuegoBurger.)

Charity restaurant open in South Main Village

The Taste Community Restaurant is open, and this takes some explanation.

A nonprofit charity has opened a restaurant in the new South Main Village with no prices on the menu.

You pay according to your conscience. Pay what you would in a normal restaurant, but consider that this is a community cause, and you’re helping feed others around you.

The launch menu offers a few choices of appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Start with the risotto balls or carrot-ginger soup.

The most-talked-about entree is the shrimp-and-Gruyere-grits, but the menu also offers an apple-bacon-cheese sandwich, squash risotto, stuffed quail and fried rabbit.

It’s not totally like a traditional restaurant, but you feel good about being there.

Taste Community Restaurant is open for lunch only daily except Mondays at 1200 S. Main St., on the corner at West Oleander Street; tasteproject.org.

At Clearfork: Waiting on B&B, but City Works opens

The next new restaurant at The Shops at Clearfork will open this weekend.

But it won’t be Houston-based B&B Butchers & Restaurant, delayed until next week.

If all goes to plan, Chicago-based City Works Eatery and Pour House will open Saturday.

It serves a typical pub menu with burgers, salads and items rarely seen here, such as cheese curds.

There’s fish-and-chips, a Carolina fried chicken sandwich, a duck-breast Reuben and a choice of butterscotch bread pudding or peanut butter-Snickers pie. But the focus is on the beers.

City Works is open for lunch or brunch and dinner daily; 5288 Monahans Ave., 682-207-1500, cityworksrestaurant.com.

Both Twigs Bistro and B&B Butchers are expected to open by next weekend.

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

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