Eats Beat

It’s a new Fort Worth stop for tamales, but it’s been open 70 years

Tamales with chili con carne at El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, marking 70 years in Fort Worth.
Tamales with chili con carne at El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, marking 70 years in Fort Worth. bud@star-telegram.com

Hey, Bud! Where do we go for tamales this year?

—Victor, Fort Worth

Besides the usual recommendations, El Rancho Grande Restaurant will sell its pork or chicken-cheese tamales this year. They’re handmade and like everything at 70-year-old Rancho Grande, they’re full of flavor. The usual recommendations here lead with Esperanza’s or Rodriguez Foods in Fort Worth, or Marquez Bakery in Arlington. Ask at Enchiladas Ole too, and watch for a full list.

Hey, Bud! We really loved Japanese Grill & Sushi in North Richland Hills. Did it close, or move, or … ?

—Sandy, Colleyville

According to their Facebook page, the Chen family retired in March after 14 years. (Readers are still asking.)

Hey, Bud! You wrote about Brix Barbecue in Americado. So: Brix or Heim?

—Randy, Fort Worth

Heim for best barbecue all around, and for bacon burnt ends. But Brix’s brisket makes it a new must-try, and the triple-cheddar-black-pepper sausage last week was a winner. Anxious to try the brisket ramen. (It’s open weekends inside Americado, 2000 W. Berry St.)

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 16 Texas Legislature sessions. First on the scene of a 1988 DFW Airport crash, he interviewed passengers running from the burning plane. He made his first appearance in the paper before he was born: He was sold for $600 in the adoption classifieds.

  Comments