Eats Beat

Texas small-town lunch stops: A new Stove Shop diner, and two nice cafes near I-45

Hey, Bud! What’s the new restaurant in David’s Stove Shop? Did the Shed chef come back?

—Graham, Willow Park

Manny’s Cafe is open in the former Shed location, inside an old-timey store at 4019 Fort Worth Highway (Interstate 20 at Mikus Road) east of Hudson Oaks. It’s a simple, inexpensive plate lunch cafe from a brother in the family that operates the Aledo Diner and Peaster Diner. That means big chicken-fried steaks, $5 breakfasts, $6 senior lunches, $5-$6 burgers and sandwiches. (It’s an easy stop on the way to the new H-E-B supermarket.)

Hey, Bud! My daughter-in-law and a co-worker are driving from Dallas to Houston and asked where you can recommend.

—Susan, Arlington

For 25 years, the Dove’s Nest in Waxahachie has been a great start for a Houston drive. Down the road in Corsicana, the Across the Street Diner and neighbor Across the Street Bistro are the new home of outstanding chef Andreas Kotsifos. (He was at The Palm in Dallas.)

Hey, Bud! What’s available for Mother’s Day?

—Garrett, Fort Worth

Bird Cafe, Cafe Modern, Fixe Southern House and Reata are startng to fill up. For fine dining, check Ellerbe Fine Foods or one of the prime steakhouses, or pick a French or Italian restaurant like Rise nº3 Soufflé, Piola or Taverna.

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.