For 30 years, a downtown arts festival has brought crowds to Main Street.
Every year, somebody complains that the restaurants are too crowded.
So if you can’t get a table at Cheesecake Factory, Del Frisco’s Grille or Bird Café, here are some off-the-eaten-path downtown dining choices:
▪ Thai Tina’s is a hidden gem inside the Embassy Suites hotel.
▪ Planet Sub, a Kansas City sandwich chain popular in Austin, is new near Burnett Park.
▪ Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill, near the city library, is a popular weekday lunch hangout for burgers and pizza.
▪ Salata, near Bass Hall, is a green buffet with a wide choice of salads and toppings.
Southlake takes wing
Malai Kitchen, a busy Thai-Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas’ Uptown area known for chicken wings, will open in the new Park Village shopping center in Southlake.
Owners Braden and Jasmin Wages expect to open the new Malai by fall, and will serve house-brewed Asian beers; 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., malaikitchen.com.
Clay Pigeon Food & Drink in Fort Worth is the latest restaurant to add a discount dinner on weeknights.
Mondays through Thursdays, Clay Pigeon is offering a three-course dinner for $45.
Brunch at the Lunch Box
The venerable Lunch Box sandwich-and-salad cafe, a mainstay in the Ridglea neighborhood of west Fort Worth, is also becoming a Breakfast Box.
Beginning May 4, the Lunch Box will serve breakfast seven days a week, competing directly with a new The Egg and I outlet opening nearby in the Village at Camp Bowie shopping center.
The Lunch Box also owns Black Rooster Bakery, so hope for some artisan breads and muffins.
The Lunch Box is open daily at 10:30 a.m. for lunch only till 2:30 p.m. weekends, 3 p.m. weekdays; 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-2181, eatthelunchbox.com. A second location is at 2730 Western Center Blvd.
Bud Kennedy's column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538