The Americado Food Hall finally got it right.
First, it was a disorganized restaurant with several order stations. That was scaled back to a taqueria.
Now, Americado has reorganized with new, showcase vendors and a new dream.
Days before the opening of a much larger food hall on Crockett Row, Americado has become the city’s first food hall, although it’s a mini-version with a waitstaff and table service.
Mostly, it’s a downsized version of its more popular corporate cousin, La Zona on Magnolia, with La Zona’s cocktails plus barbecue, ramen, tacos and Saint Sofia coffees.
One of the vendors deserves special attention: Brix Barbecue.
Brix, a mobile vendor serving Central Texas-style craft barbecue vendor, now sets up weekends in Americado.
Last week’s triple-cheddar-black-pepper sausage was one of the best ever in Fort Worth. The 44 Farms brisket had a championship-quality crust and ring.
The sides were plain — beans and jalapeno-cilantro slaw — but homemade. Brix alone could draw a crowd in Fort Worth.
But at every table in Americado, diners were trying something different
A ramen stand, Shin’ Ya Ramen, featured Japanese ramen made with Brix brisket or wth al pastor from the taqueria, Chilangos.
Chilangos has tacos, tortas and quesadillas including fish tacos and a brisket taco called the John Wayne. There’s also a green chicken enchlada plate.
El Bar serves the same classy craft cocktails as La Zona. Saint Sofia, also a La Zona spinoff, has coffee drinks and fresh churros with ice cream.
The West Berry Street location still has the fun patio and play yard from the previous generation.
If you tried Americado before and said, “This place could be better” — now it is.