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New French bakery, Amorino gelato bring more amour

French cheesecake, a turkey sandwich on wheat and a cream puff at Quixote Bakery Cafe in Richland Hills.
French cheesecake, a turkey sandwich on wheat and a cream puff at Quixote Bakery Cafe in Richland Hills. bud@star-telegram.com

A yellow bicycle in front of a pink house marked the cozy little French bakery, and inside two women spoke Italian as they dug into creme brulee.

Soft accordion music played as Quixote Bakery Cafe patrons studied the menu of croissants, pain au chocolate, tarts and macarons.

A very busy man at the counter took orders, made meticulous pressed sandwiches, served desserts and poured coffees.

This is — Richland Hills?!

Yes. One of the nicest and coziest new little bakery-cafes ever has opened on Glenview Drive, a mile-and-a-half west of North East Mall.

Be warned: It’s getting crowded, and the counter is very busy. At a lunch visit this week, most of the pastries were sold out, and a patron helped by fetching more lettuce and tomatoes.

Roland and Sayda Rapalo, a schoolteacher, are teaming as a barista-and-baker combo to showcase Sayda Rapalo’s pastry-school training in France.

There’s a wide selection of artisan French pastries and breads, and simple turkey or ham sandwiches (with a choice of Gouda or provolone).

Don’t expect too much yet. The menu will be limited as the new business ramps up.

But for now, try it at breakfast or lunch Tuesdays through Saturdays or breakfast Sundays; 7272 Glenview Drive, 682-626-5129.

Amour and more at French gelato shop

There’s a new ice cream shop in town, and that seems like almost weekly news.

But there are not many shops like Amorino, the Paris-based gelato shop now open in the Shops at Clearfork.

Fort Worth landed only the eighth Amorino in the U.S. The famous French shop is known for all-natural gelatos and sorbets served on crepes or waffles, and for espressos and coffees.

The new location opens in time for Valentine’s. One of Amorino’s specialties is a gelato cone sculpted in the shape of a rose.

Amorino serves crepes or waffles with a choice of three gelato flavors on top and a syrup or drizzle. That’s meant to share, but you’re forgiven if you don’t.

The Houston location often has a long line, but Fort Worth’s isn’t busy yet.

It opens at 10 a.m. daily and serves into the evening at 5274 Monahans Ave.; 682-312-9115, amorino.com.

Eat four burgers, get a $100 gift card

Chef Tim Love is offering the burger deal to beat all burger deals.

If you eat a burger at all four of his restaurants in February and post a photo and comment on social media tagged #loveyourbURGEr, you get a $100 gift card.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. Queenies Steakhouse in Denton only serves burgers certain days, and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro only serves them at lunch Fridays and Saturdays.

The other two Love restaurants are the Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth and the Love Shack at the White Elephant Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

“It’s a fun way to get people around to try all the restaurants, and to get people talking on social media,” Love said.

That’s four burgers in four weeks. (Or take a few days off and make the rounds.)

Love’s White Elephant Saloon also is serving chili daily at lunch, and his Back Dough doughnuts shop is open at the Love Shack late on weekend nights and from 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The four Love restaurants: Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, open for dinner nightly but serving burgers only at lunch Friday and Saturday, 2406 N. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-740-8810, lonesomedovefortworth.com; the Love Shack, open for lunch and dinner daily, 110 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, 817-740-8812, loveburgershackfortworth; Queenies, open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for lunch Friday, 115 E. Hickory St., Denton, 940-442-6834, queeniessteakhouse.com; and Woodshed Smokehouse, open for lunch or brunch and dinner daily, 3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth, 817-877-4545, woodshedsmokehouse.com.

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

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