Food & Drink

Fort Worth heads to Campisi’s for steaks, seafood, wine (and pizza)

Red velvet French toast at Yolk, now open in Sundance Square.
Red velvet French toast at Yolk, now open in Sundance Square.

Steakhouses rarely close in Fort Worth, so I asked a west-side friend why one didn’t make it on Camp Bowie Boulevard.

The reply: “We all just go to Campisi’s.”

Campisi’s Italian-style strip was always an insiders’ favorite in Dallas. The iconic pizzeria also serves salmon, seafood, chicken and salads for $10-$20. (Even the steak platter is less than $30.)

“The nice people of Fort Worth have embraced us,” David Campisi said this week.

“We’ve become the ‘neighborhood Italian joint.’ I see people who bring their kids for pizza on the weekend, then come back Monday or Tuesday at dinner for the half-price wine.”

The wrapround patio was packed with pizza customers last Sunday, but even at the end of a long weekend, the crew turned out a perfect blackened salmon fillet with sauteed vegetables.

“People know we still use the same recipes and everything’s homemade, handmade,” Campisi said.

And this might be a surprise, or not: The Fort Worth Campisi’s outsells the other locations for beer and wine, even ahead of Dallas. Campisi credits a busy happy hour.

Popular Campisi’s host Austin Underwood, recently a guest again on the NBC Today show, has added a line of specialty mustards and sauces to his “Austin’s Underdawgs” charity food truck, Campisi said.

Campisi’s just opened a new, larger restaurant and bar in Plano at 4709 W. Parker Road, replacing a small store.

The next Campisi’s will be far from home — Lubbock: “Fort Worth showed us we can go west,” Campisi said.

Campisi’s is open for lunch and dinner daily; 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-916-4561,

The entire menu is also available for home delivery:

Sweet mornings

Yolk, the fabled breakfast-lunch cafe from Chicago, is open in Sundance Square.

Look for red velvet-strawberry French toast, banana-blueberry pancakes and a variety of sandwiches and wraps.

When Yolk first opened in Dallas, Texans wanted biscuits. They’re now on the menu, although the house specialty is cinnamon-roll French toast or breads such as banana-nut, strawberry-orange or lemon-poppyseed.

Go with the fresh raspberry lemonade. It’s open daily for breakfast and lunch till 3 p.m.; 305 Main St., 817-730-4000,

Home plate

Did your favorite Arlington restaurant discontinue its free game-day parking?

Then you need a new favorite restaurant.

Gino’s East, another Chicago favorite, welcomes diners to park there as long as you dine first.

Gino’s deep-dish pizza is incredible and authentic, but it also takes a while, so leave extra time — or take it with you for a post-game tailgate.

Gino’s is open daily for lunch and dinner; 1350 E. Copeland Road, 817-809-7437,

Nearby Texas Land & Cattle also allows pre-game diners to leave cars there. (But Lincoln Square no longer allows game parking.)

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