Arlington finally has an upscale steakhouse and wine bar.
But Mercury Wine Bar & Grill also fits for a weekday lunch.
The Moutaouakil family, owners of Mercury Chop House in Fort Worth, chose a cozy shopping village in west Arlington for the second Mercury.
It started as a wine bistro, but expanded to a bar and steakhouse serving beef from Allen Brothers in Chicago.
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At $20-$30 with potato and asparagus, the steaks are a bargain compared with other prime steakhouses. Diners can add Mercury’s Oscar, dynamite or peppercorn sauces.
Mercury also brings along the affordable Chop House lunch menu, with large salads, hand-battered chicken-fried steaks and a flame-grilled tenderloin burger that challenges Arlington’s best.
Rabii (“Robby”) Moutaouakil promises more fresh-baked desserts like the downtown restaurant, but the opening lineup includes chocolate mousse cake and Key lime pie.
The decor is reminiscent of Arlington’s nicer Italian restaurants, a notch up from competing steakhouses.
Mercury Wine Bar is open for lunch and dinner weekdays, dinner Saturdays.
New at the Fest
The second Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival has more of what diners want: brunch, barbecue and dessert.
The festival opens March 26 with a barbecue hoedown at Billy Bob’s Texas, featuring local pitmasters like Billy Woodrich of Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ and state favorites such as Black’s Barbecue of Lockhart and Dallas’ Lockhart Smokehouse.
The event costs $60 and includes a Wade Bowen concert.
A new Rise & Dine event offers brunch tastings from more than 40 local restaurants March 28 in a Renaissance Worthington ballroom. It’s also $60.
And a Desserts After Dark event late Friday showcases the work of nine dessert chefs ranging from American Food + Beverage’s Laurel Wimberg to Melt Ice Creams’ Kari Crowe. It’s a $45 ticket.
Tickets for all four days ( six events) cost $325; fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.
Dee Lincoln’s steakhouse
News broke at DFW.com deadline that Dee Lincoln will open a prime steakhouse on West Seventh Street, switching from the original concept of an upscale burger grill.
Her Dee Lincoln’s in Uptown closed, and the former Del Frisco’s executive now will focus on bringing the Cultural District an upscale steakhouse at the corner of Seventh and Van Cliburn Way only blocks from the art museums.
In an announcement, she said she wants to “return to my roots and do what I do best ... I am looking forward to delivering prime steaks, superb seafood and Texas hospitality in Cowtown once again.”
Sunday at the Mushroom
Just in time for brunch season, the Wild Mushroom Steak House launches a brunch menu and buffet this week.
More details that didn’t make the midweek Eats Beat column: The $22.50 price includes a choice of entrees, a fruit-and-pastry buffet and a mimosa.
The menu offers eggs and waffles but also a duck-confit omelet, steak and eggs or chicken and waffles.
Book it now
Don’t miss out on booking Easter or Mother’s Day reservations. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, Grace and more fine-dining restaurants will open for both. Call a favorite, or check www.opentable.com.
Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538