For a Monte Cristo, try the Pancake House
Hey, Bud! Who’s got the best Monte Cristo sandwich?
—Arlington reader trying to stump me
As it happens, Ol’ South Pancake House just rolled out a Monte Cristo (similar to a croque monsieur) made with pancake batter and fried. (It tastes like something from the State Fair.) Go by 1509 S. University Drive after 5 p.m. Saturday for a family festival benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Explaining a Waterside restaurant closing
Hey, Bud! What’s up with Taco Diner closing in Waterside?
—Guy who misses the big patio tree
The Sundance Square location is doing fine. But Taco Diner has always searched for an identity — it opened as a contemporary Mexico City-style concept, but it wasn’t really either a taqueria or a “diner.” The Waterside location suffered by proximity to with one of the city’s very best Mexican restaurants, Mesero in Clearfork.
White Settlement lands a catfish restaurant
Hey, Bud! What’s the new catfish place I hear about on Loop 820 West?
—West side reader who misses good catfish
Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe, 110 N. Jim Wright Freeway (Loop 820 West), is a new lunch-only catfish cafe (closed Sundays) with a lot of potential. The owners are from Belzoni, Miss., and have operated a festival trailer named Cooley’s Catfish. More on Belzoni’s soon. Don’t forget the Lisa’s Chicken locations for good catfish.