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The new Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is ready-made for Texas: a football bar with spicy food.

Part-owner Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints joined up with two LSU graduates to come up with a sports bar and grill Louisianans would love, and along the way they put together enough favorites to make it a hit in Texas, too.

A Walk-On’s opened in the Arlington Highlands shops this week, and quickly drew attention for the fried catfish and shrimp along with the showpiece: Krispy Kreme bread pudding.

Instead of some canned-tasting, bland gumbo, Walk-Ons has a rich, dark duck-and-andouille version in a thick brown roux.

The fried catfish fillets compare well in a city known for Catfish Sam’s and one of the first Pappadeaux locations. A po-boy sandwich arrived thick with fillets, lettuce and picture-perfect red tomatoes.

The restaurant’s signature “boom boom” shrimp are spiced with what tastes like an aioli based on Buffalo red-hot sauce.

You’ll want to try several dishes, from the blackened chicken Alfredo or the catfish Atchafalaya to the smoked Gouda-bacon turkey cheeseburger.

With locally based Razzoo’s new Tricky Fish also offering an excellent menu, Gulf seafood restaurants might be the best chains of all.

The Arlington location of Walk-On’s is open from lunch until 11 p.m. weeknights, midnight Fridays and Saturdays. It anchors the Highlands at 401 E. Interstate 20; 817-617-2137, walk-ons.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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