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Eats Beat: Salads at the Saucer, and fancy burgers too

The Flying Saucer’s cranberry-walnut salad with goat cheese
The Flying Saucer’s cranberry-walnut salad with goat cheese

Through 22 years and two names, the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium always manages to surprise.

These days, the surprise is:


Downtown Fort Worth’s landmark patio home of St. Patrick’s Day burger-and-beer fun also has an unexpected greener side year-round.

The menu offers five salads with a choice of dressings, all less than $12 and also less guilt-inducing than the nachos or cheese-jalapeño tater tots.

The feature is “Lauren’s” goat cheese salad, including cranberries, walnuts and dressings including balsamic or jalapeño vinaigrette (tip: Mix them).

Or choose the Mediterranean salad with feta, olives, capers and a garlic-lemon vinaigrette ($9.99, $11.99 with chicken).

The rest of the menu is an upgraded selection of reliable barroom fare, including the Saucer’s renowned turkey burger with jalapeño-pesto mayo featured elsewhere in this edition of

The Saucer’s family kinship to Rodeo Goat shows in the beef-chorizo San Miguel burger with pico de gallo and a fried egg ($9.79 with a side) and the stroganoff burger with mushroom stroganoff, sour cream and Swiss.

At weekend brunch, there’s also a choice of blueberry pancakes, jalapeño-chorizo biscuits and gravy or a bacon-egg-cheese skillet with those cheese-jalapeño tater tots.

The Saucer serves lunch and dinner daily until about 11:30 p.m., later on weekends and earlier on Sundays; 111 E. Third St., 817-336-7470,

Wait for it

Update: The new Yolk breakfast cafe in Sundance Square will open soon, probably by the end of March. But not this week or next.

Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana is the next major opening in Fort Worth, coming next weekend in the Village at Camp Bowie where a burger grill closed.

Also due this spring: Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza in Southlake’s Park Village (by mid-April), Avoca Coffee’s new Foch Street shop in Fort Worth, Heim Barbecue’s new Magnolia Avenue home and the Original Pancake House’s new South Hulen Street location.

Curl up to a cone

If you liked National Pancake Day this week, you’ll love the special “free cone day” Tuesday at Dairy Queen.

Dairy Queen will give away free soft-serve cones to celebrate its 76th anniversary, and will donate part of the receipts to Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Local Dairy Queens in north Fort Worth, Euless, Hurst, Keller and Roanoke will participate.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in