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BBQ update: Yes, Heim’s good. But try these new food-hall stands. Plus, breakfast at Billy’s

A rib plate from Not Just Q, from former TCU football player David Hawthorne. Its first brick-and-mortar location will be inside Foodhall at Crockett Row
A rib plate from Not Just Q, from former TCU football player David Hawthorne. Its first brick-and-mortar location will be inside Foodhall at Crockett Row Courtesy of Foodhall at Crockett Row

Hey, Bud! You mentioned a couple of new barbecue places lately. Where’s the best?

—Cliff, Fort Worth

Heim Barbecue still reigns, with a new location coming soon on White Settlement Road. But I also like two new food-hall barbecue stands: Brix Barbecue, open weekends in Americado, 2000 W. Berry St., and Not Just Q, open daily inside the Food Hall at Crockett Row, 3000 Crockett St. Also, state-ranked BBQ on the Brazos has moved a half-mile to 9012 Performance Court in Cresson. (And Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ, is adding a breakfast menu any day now.)

Hey, Bud! I called Del Frisco’s about New Year’s Eve — it’s $150?

—Not on a champagne budget, Fort Worth

And it’s $195 with wine pairings. Honestly, I’m OK with a holiday special as long as the restaurant’s doing something really special, like Del’s four-course dinner. But in general, I’d avoid anyplace that bumps up the price just because it’s a holiday. The same company’s Del Frisco’s Grille has a $45 dinner, and plenty of other restaurants have a good menu for $40-$50 plus wine.

Hey, Bud! Has something changed at La Familia?

—Arthur, Fort Worth


Eats Beat Ep. 133

Easter brunch deals!


La Familia, a long-standing Tex-Mex restaurant in the Foch Street Warehouses, is now open Sundays and Mondays for the first time and has a revamped brunch menu Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ray Cosme (Habanero’s) and Gilbert Pedroza (La Palma) are making changes.

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 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.

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