You’re going to need black-eyed peas next week.
So why not buy them from the restaurants that serve them every day?
Some restaurants roll out black-eyed peas one day a week as a special.
But two local chains, Cousin’s Bar-B-Q and Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House, serve them every day, along with local Tastebuds Eatery.
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Buy them ahead of time. You don’t want to be caught without black-eyed peas.
▪ Hoffbrau will open at noon New Year’s Day, and its recipe is the most Texas-y. They’re spiced and seasoned with bacon, cayenne, cumin, garlic, jalapeno and more.
The black-eyed peas are something of a Hoffbrau signature dish, along with the ‘Brau chips, an excellent house chili and the sliced smoked sirloin.
Hoffbrau has three locations, in central Fort Worth near the Fort Worth Zoo, on Denton Highway in Haltom City and in Granbury; hoffbrausteakandgrill.com/fort-worth.
▪ Cousin’s serves fresh black-eyes every day on the line to go with the prime brisket and other smoked meats. (But it’s closed New Year’s Day.)
▪ At Tastebuds, owner Sunne Hill serves black-eyed peas daily along with 22 other vegetables.
She makes hers with bay leaf and thyme — no bacon or ham — and they come out lighter, with more snap that other restaurant black-eyes.
Lady & the Pit BBQ in east Fort Worth is closed Tuesdays including New Year’s, but owner Natasha Smith said she’ll serve black-eyed peas with Sunday lunch. Hers are made with “a little ham and a lot of love,” she said.