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Meet the Heim burgers: new on Mondays at Heim BBQ

The Heim "Slim Burger" is a single-patty version of the Heim Burger. (It may not make you slim.)
The Heim "Slim Burger" is a single-patty version of the Heim Burger. (It may not make you slim.)

Three years after Heim Barbecue rocketed to fame, Emma and Travis Heim are expanding their empire and their burger menu.

The Heim Burger began as a Monday night special. It's grown to a choice of four:

▪ The Heim, the original double brisket burger with a huge dollop of cheese and bacon burnt end jam.

▪ The Slim Burger, a single-patty version of the Heim.

▪ The Funky Burger, with Heim's bacon “burnt ends” and blue cheese crumbles.

▪ And the Hell Burger, with 3-pepper cheese and grilled jalapenos and onions.

They're still only sold Mondays or on special occasions. Otherwise, you'll just have to wait your turn for Heim's prime brisket, house recipe sausage or organic turkey.

Heim opened three years ago in a food truck, then moved to an elaborate restaurant and bar on West Magnolia Avenue.

A new second location at 5333 White Settlement Road is closer to opening. The liquor license paperwork is done, usually an indicator that opening is near.

Heim is open for lunch and dinner daily except Tuesdays at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave.; 817-882-6970,

Something new at Blue Sushi Sake

Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a perennial favorite in the Cultural District, has published a new menu with some different items and clever names.

The Nebraska-based restaurant's grill menu now includes items like “dragon shrimp” in a spicy cream sauce and a plated dinner with a wasabi tenderloin, chicken teriyaki or Sansho salmon plus wild mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and asparagus.

The menu added three vegan rolls: a beet-cucumber “Just Beet It,” a mushroom-tempura and a “Thai Hippie” topped with peanut sauce and Thai basil.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill is open for lunch and dinner daily; 3131 W. Seventh St., 817-332-2583,

Max's Wine Drive bumps up the bacon

Max's Wine Dive, the wine bar-and-grill in the So7 shops across from Left Bank, will add new menu items in March as the restaurant competition stiffens in that neighborhood.

Max's specializes in fried chicken. The new menu will add a deceptive lettuce wrap “taco” loaded with deep-fried bacon with cotija and tomato jam, plus a kale Caesar.

New entrees will include redfish with a squash-bacon hash, or chicken meatloaf wrapped in bacon.

(Yes. Let there be bacon.)

New desserts will include a S'mores brownie and a Nutella tiramisu.

Max's is open for brunch Saturday through Monday and for dinner nightly; 2421 W. Seventh St. (it's actually on Matisse Street), 817-870-1100,

Golden Chick wings it in buying Fireside

Yes, you heard the news story right this week.

Richardson-based Golden Chick bought Fireside Pies in an odd combination for a company that owns chicken, burger (Heff's) and sub sandwich (Texadelphia) chains.

The company said nothing will change, but the announcement also said the Fireside menu will be streamlined.

A new company executive also said Fireside needs to be “refreshed.” (It hasn't needed that in Fort Worth, but Cane Rosso and the new MidiCi are strong competition.)

Fireside is open for lunch and dinner daily at 2949 Crockett St., Fort Worth, 817-769-3590; and 1285 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-416-1285,

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, @EatsBeat