When you're looking for unique, local restaurants in Arlington, there are two particular addresses to know:
▪ 3701 S. Cooper St. has a global restaurant row of good Hawaiian poke bowl, halal, Cuban and Caribbean restaurants.
▪ And 3330 Matlock Road has the excellent Tiba Grill, a pho shop, Sushi Domo, timeless Cafe Pulido and now, a "New York diner", Bay34th Street.
Bay 34th Street serves only breakfast and lunch daily, and it's up against tough competition. Old-time favorites like Oldwest Cafe or Good Day Cafe serve bigger breakfast platters cheaper, but Bay 34th Street has a full selection of coffees and crepes.
For breakfast, the "Hell's Kitchen" chicken quesadilla ($9.99) is better than you'd expect from "New York style."
The Ajro family opened the diner to complement a family pizza restaurant by the same name in Farmers Branch.
You'll find familiar pizzeria flavors: a meatball-sausage Italian omelette, a Philly cheesesteak sandwich or breakfast wrap and chicken Parmesan, cacciatore or alfredo.
But you'll also find Greek salads with chicken, a grilled chicken Caesar, a chicken-avocado club and a hefty burger.
The eye-catcher is the dessert case full of cheesecakes (the tres leches cheesecake is the early favorite on social media).
So you can have Bensonhurst crepes, eggs Benedict, pancakes four ways or a bagel sandwich with a caramel macchiato.
Just don't expect biscuits and gravy or chicken-fried steak.
Memorial Day: brunch or lunch?
Memorial Day isn't a busy dining day, and some restaurants close so workers can attend memorial services.
But six restaurants have a holiday deal:
▪ B&B Butchers & Restaurant in the Shops at Clearfork will serve its weekend brunch menu Monday.
▪ Bird Cafe in Sundance Square wikll serve barbecue specials and its regular weekday menu.
▪ Chef Point Cafe in Watauga will serve its weekend brunch.
▪ Little Red Wasp, on the "beef block" with prime steakhouses at 808 Main St. in downtown Fort Worth, will serve chef Blaine Staniford's casual brunch menu.
▪ Winslow's Wine Cafe near the Cultural District will serve its brunch menu Monday.
▪ In Dallas, Big Al's Smokehouse is offering its holiday two-for-one special on pork rib racks; 3317 Inwood Road, bigalsbbq.com.
Also open Monday: Cane Rosso, Del Frisco's Grille, Reata and most Sundance Square, Crockett Row or Shops at Clearfork restaurants, including the NM Cafe at Neiman Marcus.
El Taquito opens early, stays late
The cute little El Taquito resturant in White Settlement has made a comeback.
Long a morning burrito stop on the way to Lockheed Martin, it's now a full-scale restaurant with steaks, seafood, enchiladas, burgers and of course, burritos.
Owners Nestor Saldivar and William Almaras came from Mimi's Cafe and have combined a grill menu with Tex-Mex.
They're opening at 5 a.m. daily for the early shift crowd and staying open through dinner; 8705 Clifford St., White Settlement, 817-246-9930.
Golf and grub
If you're looking for a nosh near the Fort Worth Invitational pro golf tournament, that was in the midweek Eats Beat.
Woodshed Smokehouse is serving breakfast tacos daily at 7 a.m., breakfast at 8 and drinks and dinner till late.
For a cooling break later, walk eight minutes east along the Trinity Trail to Popbar for gelato pops or HG Sply Co. for frozen margs. Check out the nearly open Bartaco.
For more, see the midweek Eats Beat at dfw.com.