Hey, Bud! Ol’ South was dark the other night when I went by about 11:30 p.m. What was up? I was jonesing for German pancakes.
—Lisa, Fort Worth
Plumbing repair. (Ol’ South is Fort Worth’s 24/7 landmark, and doesn’t go dark very often. When it does, its fans go into a tizzy. By the way, work continues on the new Burleson location.)
Hey, Bud! I know Texas Live! is open now at Globe Life Park. What’s the best place there?
—Rodney, Arlington, and many others
We recorded the Eats Beat podcast there this week and the Lockhart Smokehouse sausage was some of the best in Tarrant County. Troy’s has some designer burgers — ask about #8 (the “Ocho”). Overall, it’s a notch better than a typical food hall. Watch for news about a Sunday buffet brunch and Thanksgiving Day lunch. It opens at 11 a.m. daily at 1650 E. Randol Mill Road — park free next door except on game days.
Hey, Bud! What’s replacing Alonti in the Burnett Plaza tower downtown?
—Lots of people who eat lunch downtown
No word yet from Burnett Plaza on a new basement restaurant, but it’s not a long walk to the excellent Picchi Pacchi, 411 W. Seventh St. If you’re looking for a lunchy cafe, there’s the newly renamed Branch & Bird in the Frost Tower, 640 Taylor St.; plate lunches, burgers and cakes at Caffini’s, in the rear at 309 W. Seventh St.; or salads and lunches at Rising Roll Gourmet Cafe, on the second-floor overlook at 777 Main St.