Great bars almost never make great restaurants.
You can usually tell the difference by looking at the website or social media. If a restaurant only brags about its drinks — don’t expect good food.
Social House is an exception. The busy Fort Worth bar and its new Arlington cousin mostly promote all the beers on tap, the sports atmosphere and the mimosa carafes.
But Social House is also one of Fort Worth’s most popular lunch and weekend brunch restaurants, and the new Arlington location is sure to follow.
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The new location is on North Collins Street in Champions Park, which gives it one obvious advantage over the Fort Worth restaurant: plenty of convenient parking. (More about that in a moment.)
This Social House is built with giant windows facing north, lots of sunlight and a soft, rustic decor. It is completely opposite from the dim, cavern-like Fort Worth location.
The weekend brunch menu is limited for now while the staff is still training. Lunch began this week, so the menu is still growing.
But on a visit this week, the familiar Social House chicken-and-waffles measured up.
A chicken-fried chicken fillet was draped across a Belgian waffle, all topped with the restaurant’s signature jalapeno-cream gravy.
Other brunch items include breakfast tacos and crab-cake eggs Benedict. Prices are about $11-$18.
If you want to park at Social House and walk to AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys or another game, Champions Park has a parking deal for you. Dine at Social House and buy a $20 gift card, and you can park.
Owners Shawn Rao and Jonathan Serrano of Dallas also have America Gardens in Fort Worth.
Social House is open daily for lunch or brunch and dinner at 1705 N. Collins St., 682-276-3830, facebook.com/socialhousearlington.