Everything Travis Heim touches turns to gold.
Now, that includes corny dogs.
What began as a baseball Opening Day special has turned into a weekly event at Heim Barbecue: Corny Dog Sunday.
The black-pepper or jalapeno-cheese sausages are dipped in a light batter made from Fort Worth-brewed Billy Jenkins beer (as in Army Gen. William Jenkins Worth, the city's New Yorker namesake).
These corny dogs cost $7. But they're worth it.
They're made from Heim's excellent sausage, from Syracuse Sausage in Ponder or Miller's in the Hill Country. (Heim said the restaurant will add its own housemade sasusage next year.)
The cornmeal batter isn't too thick, so you get the full taste of Heim sausage. Pair it with a swab of mustard and you have the festival experience.
Heim made corny dogs for the opening of baseball season and sold 200 within minutes.
“We're very surprised they've become so popular, but as long as people want them we'll keep up the Sunday special,” Heim wrote by email.
Sunday is a good day to beat the crowd at Heim. About 4 p.m. last Sunday, there was no line, a rarity.
Heim is open for lunch and dinner daily except Tuesdays; 1109 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-882-6970, heimbbq.com
Haltom City: Hunting for T-bone steak-and-eggs
El Tejas, a Tex-Mex bar and grill, has taken over the cavernous former location of Oscar's in Haltom City.
El Tejas earned outstanding reviews at a former location ion Loop 820. The new Haltom City location adds more seating and a full bar for the restaurant, owned by the Huerta family of Houston.
It's a full-service Tex-Mex restaurant featuring breakfast at 8 a.m. daily, combo lunches and dinner platters.
Is this the best deal in town on a T-bone steak? El Tejas' is $11.95 at breakfast, with eggs and potatoes.
Add the creamy green sauce and spicy ranchero sauce to the eggs, or order them any way you like.
(Yes, El Tejas serves green chicken enchiladas and also green chilaquiles at breakfast.)
El Tejas is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner at 3408 Denton Highway; 817-720-7100.
Oscar's went away a few years ago. Much of that menu now served at Martha's Mexican Cocina in north Fort Worth near Keller.
Fort Worth: Zoo's Beastro adds new items
The annual Fort Worth Zoo restaurant festival, Beastro, has an added attraction this year.
For the first time. festivalgoers will dance and celebrate May 18 in the Reserve, a pavilion next to the new African Savanna exhibit.
New restaurants this year inckude B&B Butchers, Bob's Steak & Chop House, Los Vaqueros and Pinstripes, a bowling center.
About 20 other restaurants will serve their best tastings. It's a premium event ($110 tickets) and restaurants usually roll out their best items.
For tickets or more information, see fortworthzoo.org/beastro
Pizza for 50? Burleson has it
Burleson's popular Moontower Pizza Bar is aiming for word takeover.
To be exact, Moontower plans to take over the world record for the largest pizza.
On May 26, Moontower will serve an 8-foot-long pizza nearly a yard wide.
The name: “The Bus.”
The Bus will have 25 pounds of toppings — yet to be disclosed — and can feed 50, the restaurant claims.
Moontower serves lunch and dinner daily except Mondays, with late-night hours on weekends; 137 S. Wilson St., 817-888-8841, facebook.com/MoontowerPizzaBar.