The new Taste-N-See Chicken and Waffles is going to be very busy.
So be patient with DeMarcus Davis and his new West Berry Street location for his popular, family-run fried chicken and home cooking restaurant.
Taste-N-See is already bustling. When students return to TCU, Taste-N-See will be filled with lunch crowds for chicken tenders, chicken-fried chicken or fried fish platters, with yams, greens, biscuits and gravy.
Don't go today. Give it a few days.
But Taste-N-See brings a strong home-cooking reputation from its original location in southwest Fort Worth
Davis and his mother, Anita Wilcox, first thought about opening a burger and fish restaurant.
Then she took a trip to California and tried Hollywood's famous Roscoe's House of Chicken'n Waffles.
Davis said she phoned to say: "Son, I got it. We should do chicken and waffles."
"It blew up beyond our wildest dreams," he said.
The recipe is hers, he said.
The basic $9.99 platter includes three large, hearty tenders or wings atop a thick, sweet waffle.
For extra flavor, try chicken with a bacon, pecan or blueberry waffle. But the basic version provides a suitable backdrop for some of the city's best chicken tenders or wings.
The most distinctive item on the menu is the "TNS" chicken (or fried fish), served in a Cajun jalapeno-shrimp sauce with sausage ($15.99).
This new Taste-N-See location has added chicken-fried chicken, smothered chicken and more vegetables, and will soon add a bar, Davis said.
The same excellent chicken comes on a sandwich ($7.99 with fries).
(There's also a burger or turkey burger. But when you go to a chicken-and-waffles restaurant, I do not recommend ordering something that includes neither chicken nor waffles.)
A basic breakfast menu includes chicken and grits, pancakes and burritos.
Notice: The service is still a little hectic, so be patient and allow plenty of time. This is the place for a slow lunch or brunch, not a grab-and-go.
Taste-N-See is open from breakfast through dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for lunch and dinner Sunday.
It's in the former Cafe Brazil space at 2880 W. Berry St.; 682-708-7115, tastenseefw.com.
Celebrate freedom with a pie
You'd expect Liberty Burger to have a July 4 special.
But this is very special: Beginning June 30 through the holiday, Liberty Burger is selling full-size red-white-and-blue cherry, apple or blueberry pies, plus peach and chocolate meringue,
They're large versions of the same pies Liberty sells regularly. There's also a special red-white-and-blue shake made with strawbrrry custard and blue Pop Rocks.
Liberty Burger is the Street family's latest burger restaurant, adding grass-fed beef and artisan buns and updating the tradition of the family's old Snookie's and other Street concepts.
Liberty's nine Dallas-Fort Worth locations include 8917 North Freeway; 817-847-7771, givemelibertyburger.com.
Angelo's adds craft beer and more
After 50 years, Angelo's Barbecue has added craft beer on tap.
Wild Acre's Billy Jenkins Bock is new in the frosty mugs, often ranked the city's coldest.
For years, Angelo's was the only Fort Worth restaurant that even sold a dark beer (Michelob).
Angelo's has changed slowly and subtly under third-generation pitmaster Jason George, adding more vegetables, brisket tacos and jalapeno sausage.