Food & Drink

Eats Beat: Sausage Shoppe joins the south Tarrant barbecue scene

The south Tarrant County barbecue selection is growing.

The Sausage Shoppe, the Chambers family’s homemade sausage cafe, is near opening in the middle of what is already a barbecue hotbed.

After nearly 20 years on Seminary Drive, the Sausage Shoppe will open a new restaurant next week in the Sycamore Village strip shopping center facing McCart Avenue.

Along with the signature beef sausage, the Chambers family will serve barbecue, meatloaf, fried catfish, smoked turkey legs and other soul food entrees, Alandres Chambers said.

The sausage is spiced with distinctive Louisiana seasoning and is like none other in local barbecue restaurants. The family also makes a homemade pork sausage and sometimes, breakfast sausage.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn has described it as a “sausage emporium.”

The new location will be open for lunch and dinner daily, lunch Sundays at 3515 Sycamore School Road, 817-921-9960.

In the same part of the county, also try highly ranked Jambo’s BBQ Shack, 5460 E. Farm Road 1187, Rendon,; Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 6262 McCart Ave.,; Hickory Stick BBQ, 900 E. Enon Ave., Everman,; Longoria’s BBQ, also known for sausage, 100 Christopher Drive, Everman,; and soul food at Ma’dea’s Down Home Cooking, 1019 W. Enon Ave., Everman.

Fresh salsa on South Hulen Street

Also impressive in south Tarrant County: Habanero Mexican Cuisine.

Habanero is a tiny, informal taqueria serving dishes that far outshine the strip center location at Risinger Road and South Hulen Street.

For example, Habanero offers a choice of sauces, including a fresh-made salsa en molcajete served with fresh chips ($3.99).

The enchiladas are interior-Mexico style, made with a mild sauce and topped with queso fresco instead of soaked in chili. Specials include roasted chiles rellenos, tortas lenchas, tacos de canasta and weekend breakfasts.

Family dinners for six or more sell for $30-$35. Desserts include chocolate tres leches cake.

Habanero is open daily for lunch and dinner, weekends for breakfast at 8542 S. Hulen St., 817-294-3299,

New home for the coffee-crazed

Potager Cafe, owner Cynthia Chippendale’s casual, garden-fresh cafe in downtown Arlington, has opened a much-needed coffee and tea cafe in the next block.

Potager’s Other Stuff opens at 7 a.m. featuring organic coffees and teas, Empire Bakery pastries and eventually, granolas and breakfasts; 208 S. Mesquite St., call parent Potager Cafe at 817-861-2292 or read more at