OK — we were way wrong about Crú Food & Wine Bar.
Our first review marveled at the wines but said almost nothing about the menu.
That was definitely an oversight.
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Go to the Shops at Clearfork and look for Crú, a Dallas-based restaurant from Patrick Colombo of the old Ferré downtown and even older Sfuzzi.
From its wine-bar beginnings, Crú has grown into a solid restaurant serving entrees such as halibut, chicken piccata or a blue-cheese 6-ounce filet, along with pizzas, sandwiches, salads and weekend burgers.
On two recent visits, Crú excelled at appetizers such as calamari or lobster-shrimp potstickers with roasted chili peppers, at entrees and particularly at a chocolate lava cake dessert.
Pizzas ($12-$16) arrived crisp and inviting, in combinations such as pear-Gorgonzola or sausage-chili pepper.
(On Mondays, the pizza is completely free if you buy a bottle of wine starting at $32.)
Chicken piccata ($23) and a grilled-cheese combo with tomato-basil soup ($11) both excelled. It was tough to turn down a Labor Day special: a three-course filet mignon dinner for $30.
The biggest surprise of the night came at the end. The chocolate lava cake was as rich as the version at much-missed Le Cep Restaurant, and for $9.
A Saturday lunch menu adds a Cobb salad ($12), a burger with fig jam and blue cheese ($13). The Sunday brunch menu expands to add mini-waffles, a BLT pizza or a spinach-zucchini omelet ($13).
An email wine club also includes occasional 2-for-1 brunch offers and holiday deals like last weekend’s $30 three-course special featuring a filet, appetizer and dessert.
One warning: Crú can get loud, particularly on a weekend night. For a quieter time, dine on the patio or come at weekend lunch or brunch.
Crú is open for dinner weeknights, and for lunch or brunch through dinner on weekends; 5188 Marathon Ave., next to the forthcoming Kate Weiser chocolate; 817-737-9463, cruawinebar.com.
▪ Across the street, B&B Butchers & Restaurant is offering a free dinner through Sept. 8. for on-duty first responders.
This is no box lunch — it’s a choice of salmon, beef medallions, sandwiches or burgers, with an appetizer, a side dish and dessert if you ask. See bbbutchers.com