Having conquered the west side, Revolver Taco Lounge is looking north.
The Rojas family brings Michoacán-style interior Mexican dishes to a second Fort Worth restaurant this month: Campestre Chula Vista.
In a sprawling old fraternal lodge on a northside hilltop overlooking downtown, Campestre will serve “rustic and authentic recipes from rural Mexico,” Gino Rojas said.
If you’ve tried Revolver’s roasted goat (birria), chicken mole or chile en nogada, the dishes are faithfully duplicated at Campestre, along with pork in chile arbol or a pan-seared filet mignon with guajillo.
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Don’t expect Tex-Mex, or chile con carne, or anything resembling fast food, or even semi-fast. Revolver’s food is slow-cooked. Dinner probably will take much of an evening.
The restaurant is inside the Hacienda Vista Hermosa events hall on Northwest 18th Street near the Jacksboro Highway and River Oaks Boulevard.
“I want something for people from Mexico,” Rojas said.
Revolver has been ranked on some “best” lists, and an appearance on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern draws visitors.
“A lady the other day said, ‘como en mi casa,’” Rojas said. “When people tell me it’s ‘like home,’ that means the most.”
Campestre Chula Vista will open weekends only, maybe as soon as this weekend. The official address is 1950 Menefee Ave., or visit Revolver at 2822 W. Seventh St., 817-820-0122; revolvertacolounge.com.
New twists on Thai
If you thought Kin Kin Urban Thai would be just another Thai restaurant, think again.
Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin’s menu makes Thai dining fun for everybody, even if you’re not familiar with the curries, soups and spicy dishes.
Kin Kin has burgers between sticky-rice buns, tamarind chicken, Thai “beef stew” and Thai fried chicken with chili sauce.
Lunches start at $8, and most of the dinner entrees are less than $20.
Like his Bite City Grill restaurant, Kin Kin has a clever drink menu with Asian whiskeys and Thai versions of a cosmo, a mojito or a margarita.
Joie de cuisine
Sure, Le Cep is great.
But for classic French dining, don’t forget Saint-Émilion Restaurant.
Next week, Saint-Émilion will be one of five French restaurants in Texas, 46 in the U.S. and 1,000 worldwide serving a simultaneous Goût de France (Good France) lobster dinner to promote tourism and the nation’s cuisine.
(Cadot in Dallas may still have availability March 20.)
Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538