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Here's a new Arlington hangout: burgers, craft beers at Tipsy Oak

Smoked pork belly poutine is a menu item at the Tipsy Oak in downtown Arlington.
Smoked pork belly poutine is a menu item at the Tipsy Oak in downtown Arlington.

Downtown Arlington's wish is granted.

Yes, this city has almost every ethnic cuisine and hole-in-the-wall restaurant imaginable.

But what it doesn't have is a contemporary gastropub-icehouse with a chef-driven menu, and that's what will open this summer at the Tipsy Oak.

Built new to look old, the Tipsy Oak has a huge, wraparound porch and patio along East Front Street in the new Urban Union development.

Chef Kevin von Ehrenfried wrote much of the menu for Pouring Glory in Fort Worth, and before that Humperdinks. He'll bring some the same ideas, including an Arlington twist on Pouring Glory's chicken-fried-bacon burger.

The menu will offer burgers, tacos, poutine and other contemporary pub fare, with a brunch to be added.

The lot was cleared, but three large oaks were saved for shade.

“This is a great development and we want to fit in,” von Ehrenfried said. The Oak is a block from Sugar Bee Sweets bakery and around the corner from Legal Draft Beer Co,

Watch for it in June, he said; 301 E. Front St.,

Mariposa's spreads wings to Parker County

Tiny Mariposa's Latin Kitchen won't be so tiny anymore.

Mariposa's will open a Parker County location with a bar and bakery, Crystal Padilla said this week.

The new location is a stand-alone, 7,800-square-foot restaurant being planned between Aledo and Weatherford, she said.

The future of the original Locke Avenue location is uncertain. The lease is nearly up, she said.

Mariposa's opened five years ago as an extension of Irma Gamez's catering and tamales sales, and became known for gourmet tamales including a turkey-and-dressing tamal at the holidays.

Mariposa's serves lunch weekdays and Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Saturday. It's serving a special Mother's Day brunch Sunday by reservation; 5724 Locke Ave.,817-570-9555,

Enchiladas Ole finishes No. 7 in Texas

Fort Worth's other homey little Tex-Mex restaurant won a big award.

Enchiladas Ole was named the No. 7 Best Tex Mex in Texas in a USA Today readers' poll.

In a time when restaurants are battling to serve the best tacos, Enchiladas Ole serves handmade enchiladas with long-simmering craft sauces.

The ancho chili sauce tops old-school cheddar-onion enchiladas, or try the Hatch chile verde atop chicken enchiladas.

Ask for “secret menu” items like the New Mexico red chile enchiladas, or the El Jefe Burger with Hatch chile and hand-cut fries.

Fort Worth tradition Joe T. Garcia's finished No. 3, with Mi Dia From Scratch in Grapevine coming in at No. 10.

Plans for other locations remain on hold, but the original Sylvania Avenue location has expanded with a bar.

Enchiladas Ole is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, Thursday through Saturday for dinner; 901 N. Sylvania Ave., 817-984-1360,

Roy Pope: It's like Kincaid's beta version

Yes, Sunday is Mother's Day. Recommendations in past columns and elsewhere at

But May 19 is important too: It's Roy Pope Grocery Day.

It celebrates the day 75 years ago when Roy Pope and Charles Kincaid opened a grocery together. (Kincaid eventually moved three blocks west to open a grocery that became a famous hamburger grill.)

Roy Pope still sells groceries, and also grills Kobe beef burgers. The old-timey grocery-deli also serves excellent fried chicken and plate lunches; open weekdays and Saturdays at 2300 Merrick St.; 817-732-2863,

Bud Kennedy, 817-390-7538; @EatsBeat
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