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Lili’s Bistro takes it outside with a shady addition on Magnolia Avenue

The Gorgonzola waffle fries are a signature dish at Lili’s Bistro in Fort Worth.
The Gorgonzola waffle fries are a signature dish at Lili’s Bistro in Fort Worth. Star-Telegram archives

Years before Magnolia Avenue made the list of “Great Places in America,” it had a great little restaurant named Lili’s Bistro.

After 11 years, Lili’s still comes up with surprises — such as this year’s addition of a patio deck.

Lili’s began in a narrow dining space formerly occupied by a seafood restaurant. The two primary attractions were (1) the century-old wall sign advertising Mrs Baird’s Bread and (2) the juicy house cheeseburger on a jalapeno bun.

Over the years, Lili’s has added more space and more seafood.

The menu now offers cioppino-style ragout served atop pappardelle, chipotle-butter shrimp, Thai chili salmon and platters such as coconut-macadamia flounder, coffee-crusted salmon and crab-stuffed tilapia.

Sure, there’s also a chili-cumin-crusted rib-eye and veggie dishes such as a quinoa-stuffed roasted poblano.

The former house band at long-ago Sardines, the Johnny Case Trio, plays Saturdays in the bar.

And if you step outside the east door, you’ll find Lili’s comfy deck, the Lilipad.

It’s a good covered, shady perch for watching the crowds walking along Magnolia, or the night owls across the street guzzling Avoca coffee.

Lili’s is open for lunch Monday, and lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday; 1310 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-877-0700, lilisbistro.com

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