A new restaurant in Burleson brings outside dining inside.
The Rim is set up like a patio, with a giant Airstream trailer in the dining room where you order burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches or bar munchies.
But then you go back to your table in air-conditioned comfort, where a server brings craft beers or cocktails.
Yes, it's a little bit tricked-out, and from early reports, the service can get overwhelmed.
But the food was exceptional one day this week, good enough to make it worth the wait for the Rim to work out any bugs.
A “half and half” bacon cheeseburger with braised onions and barbecue sauce ($12 with chips) leads a menu that also offers a maple-butter fried chicken sandwich, a French dip and a “messy” turkey-beef-ham sandwich ($10-$14).
The biggest temptation on the menu is the platter of Gorgonzola fries with Buffalo red-hot sauce (“Main Street pommes frites”), served either with tenderloin on top ($14) or with a steak ($26).
If you like the Gorgonzola waffle fries at Lili's Bistro, a Magnolia Avenue temptation, this dish is similar but with the added flavor of a drizzle of Buffalo sauce.
Salads include a poke tuna or shrimp chimichurri ($15).
The Rim is a spinoff from popular Rio Mambo Tex-Mex y Mas.
203 Cafe serves paninis, salads in Sundance
The downtown Fort Worth crowd has plenty of new lunch choices, and not only at the top.
The new cafe in the Bank of America tower over historic Fire Station No. 1 on Commerce Street mostly serves the downtown office towers. But it's worth a visit at lunch or for a morning breakfast taco.
The owner is Mike Micallef of Reata, but this isn't cowboy fare. Try a turkey-bacon-cheese panini ($6.95), a tomato-bacon grilled cheese ($7.95) or the 203 version of a Chicago beef ($5.95).
There's a fresh, well-stocked salad bar and a bakery counter with morning cinnamon rolls.
For breakfast, the 203 has brisket-egg tacos with Reata's house salsa and sausage-egg-cheese sandwiches on a brioche.
The view offers clandestine surveillance of Commerce Street and the Waters patio. (It's a cozy place to watch the rain fall outside.)
The 203 Cafe is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch; 215 Commerce St., 817-782-9004, 203cafe.com.
Tex-Mex for mom, other family-sized choices
We'll publish a separate list of Mother's Day menus, but here's advice for big families: Look for somewhere downtown or somewhere that's different.
Many restaurants' larger tables are booked. For family fine dining with mom, try Grace in the 777 Main building, Mercury Chophouse in the Tower or Ruth's Chris.
More possibilities: Simply Fondue downtown, Kona Grill in the Crockett Row shops, Flight on Eagle Mountain Lake's buffet or La Bistro in Hurst.
Even the contemporary Tex-Mex restaurants like Mesero and Meso Maya will be busy. A few tables remain at Uncle Julio's and other chain restaurants.
If all else fails, remember that Campisi's Restaurant is first-come, first-served and has a highly underrrated menu of steaks, salads and seafood.