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3 dining tips to save money and time in restaurants

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! You spoke to our group this week and said you had three dining tips. I never got the third.

—Sammy, Fort Worth

That’s because I forgot. Here’s No. 3: Save money at steakhouses by dining late in the afternoon. It’s much cheaper to go somewhere like Capital Grille or Del Frisco’s Grille at 3:45 p.m. and order off the lunch menu. (That even applies some places on weekends.)

Hey, Bud! Wait — what were tips Nos. 1 and 2?

—Everybody besides Sammy

No. 1 is to beat the lines in crowded restaurants like Heim Barbecue or Joe T. Garcia’s by going the day after a major night event — the day after the Super Bowl, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, July 4, Halloween. (No. 2? That’s to look for early-bird specials like the $27.50 midweek early dinner at Paris 7th.)

Hey, Bud! Thanks for coming to our group. What was the off-the-beaten-path seafood restaurant you mentioned?

—Matt, Fort Worth

Tributary Cafe is a good reason to find Race Street, just for the okra salad alone. While you’re on Race Street, look north on Sylvania Avenue and make a note to come back to Enchiladas Ole.

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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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