Ramen and poke have arrived in the West 7th shops.
Chef Jesus Garcia’s Oni Ramen is open at West Seventh and Foch streets, marking both his return home and his new venture after an award-winning career as a sushi chef.
“This seemed like a good fit for a ramen shop,” he said this week.
“It’s such an interesting cuisine, and open to so much interpretation. I love soups. It’s a good way to carry on in Japanese cuisine.”
A different restaurant nearby, Hanabi Ramen, has drawn steady crowds, particularly on chilly days. And Garcia built his following on the west side as a chef at Little Lilly Sushi.
“This place came available [when Kin Kin closed] and it was the easiest to get open,” he said.
“People are ready to try it.”
He recommends starting with a taste of the salt broth, “before the flavors — the broth and noodles have to be good before you start hiding anything.”
The miso ramen is the base for dishes such as a ramen spiked with Carolina reaper peppers, ghost peppers and habaneros.
That’s why it’s called Oni, a Japanese devil-ogre of folklore.
The spicy tuna poke bowls come over a bed of white or brown rice with a choice of toppings.
Southlake Thai ...
Thailicious is open in Southlake, and the lunch crowd has already discovered a good deal.
Thailicious’ lunches include an egg roll or appetizer, salad and tea for $11.95, and the 20 choices include panang curry, spicy basil “kra prow” or Sriracha fried rice.
It’s the second Thailicious for the family who owns Spice Thai and Thai Select in Fort Worth.
... and Southlake soul
Also open nearby: Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, the Arizona comfort-food restaurant that started as a soul-food cafe and has broadened into a full-service dinner restaurant.
Lo-Lo’s is known for chicken-and-waffles (and breakfast all day), but also serves a “famous soul food platter” with a choice of fried, smothered or boneless chicken, catfish, cod or salmon croquettes, plus sides.
For dessert, there’s red velvet cake with pecans, banana pudding or peach cobbler.
More Salsas, please
Salsa Limón is adding not one but two new locations.
The former Salsa Museo chrome diner is closed though operating as a food truck on the same site until a new Salsa opens in the River District, off White Settlement Road.
Another new Salsa Limón will open in October downtown in a former burrito shop at 550 Throckmorton St.
Another new Thai
Tuk Tuk Thai, on West Seventh Street, is the second location for a Berkeley, Calif., restaurant.
Tuk Tuk replaces the second Happy Bowl, which remains open at its original White Settlement Road location.
NY in Grapevine
It’s another pizza-and-pasta, but NY Pizza & Pasta in Grapevine has a new owner offering more salad and pasta choices.
Ardian Dervishi formerly worked at one of the Cafe Italia locations and has owned a Flower Mound restaurant. He’s expanded the NY Pizza menu at 110 N. Main St.; 817-251-1234.