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Where’s the best I-35 stop? Sausage in West, or a cafe in Georgetown

Eats Beat: Crockett Row Food Hall opens in Fort Worth

Steve Wilson, Robert Philpot, and Bud Kennedy discuss the restaurants opening at the Crockett Row Food Hall on West 7th.
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Steve Wilson, Robert Philpot, and Bud Kennedy discuss the restaurants opening at the Crockett Row Food Hall on West 7th.

Hey, Bud! Any good lunch spots along Interstate 35 headed to Austin?

—Claire, Arlington

Great smoked sausage, sausage-and-kraut platters or fried chicken at Picha’s Czech-American Restaurant in West. Excellent barbecue at Miller’s Smokehouse in downtown Belton. But the most reliable stop for breakfast or lunch seven days a week is the Monument Cafe in Georgetown.

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90 years of history at The Original Mexican Eats Cafe: a “Roosevelt Special” with chalupa, enchilada, taco and dips. Richard W. Rodriguez Special to the Star-Telegram

Hey, Bud! You wrote about the “Roosevelt Special” at The Original Mexican Eats Cafe. There’s a plaque on the wall saying it was President Roosevelt’s favorite meal.

—Mike, Fort Worth

Not quite,. The Roosevelt was the favorite combo of Franklin Roosevelt’s son, Elliott. He lived here and had a ranch near Benbrook. The President did visit, but the plaque embellishes the story. (It also misspells several names.)

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The new streetscape outside Jesus Family Restaurant, in its 50th year on South Main Street. Bud Kennedy bud@star-telegram.com

Hey, Bud! With Aguilera’s, Granny’s and Mi Cocinita gone, what are the good “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants?

—Rodney, Fort Worth

Bailey’s Bar-B-Que, Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Daybreak Cafe, Happy Bowl Thai, Jesús Family Restaurant, the M&M Steak House. (Dos Molinas’. Drew’s Place, Margie’s Italian Gardens and the Point on Lake Worth are too big for “holes-in-the-wall,” but they’re good too.) Send more to bud@budkennedy.com.



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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