The three local Greek food festivals are as different as the cities they serve.
The one in Dallas, in September, is big, hot and crowded.
Fort Worth’s, in November, is cozy, indoors and feels like holiday season.
But Euless’ Greek festival is literally in between.
The ouzo slushes and flaming saganaki are served up again this weekend, for the 23rd annual Mid-Cities Greek Fest on Cullum Drive off Euless Main Street near Texas 10.
This festival is outdoors under autumn skies, hosted by charming volunteers from St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
The dinner menu offers combination plates with Greek chicken, dolmades and spanakopita (spinach pie), or there’s also a lamb chop platter or gyros.
Stands also sell Greek cookies, breads, wines and beer, or “Greektinis” (a beer with an ouzo shot).
The children’s area and folk dancing are expanded this year.
The GreekFest is open for a special “taverna” dinner Thursday, then from 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. for lunch Sunday at 303 Cullum Drive, east of Euless Main Street; 817-283-2291 or 817-545-9644, midcitiesgreekfest.info.
(And don’t miss the Fort Worth Greek Festival, Nov. 7-9: 2020 N.W. 21st St. at Texas 199; fortworthgreekfestival.com.)
A F + B Sundays get an ‘A’
The still-new American Food & Beverage restaurant continues to evolve on what is now called Crockett Square.
Chef Jeff Harris’s new fall menu is in place. But the most notable addition at “A F + B” lately has been the family-style “Sunday supper.”
Fine-dining restaurants often do a more casual Sunday-night meal. At A F + B, it’s a $25 special.
For example, last Sunday’s “supper” was a grass-fed Windy Bar Ranch beef meatloaf with wood-grilled broccoli, an arugula salad, blackberry-almond buckle for dessert and A F + B’s stellar cornbread.
Bacon & bison
Also out with a new fall menu: Max’s Wine Dive in the So7 shops near Trinity Park.
Chef Stefon Rishel, already known for unusual dishes and specials, adds “Reuben empanadas” with prime brisket and red cabbage kraut.
Other new items: bacon-wrapped bison meatloaf with a jalapeño-blueberry sauce, and brunch items such as a tiramisu French toast with espresso syrup.
Dining at the draughthouse
The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is known more for beers than food, but it has a special menu lined up Friday for celebrity Stephen Beaumont’s visit.
Five local beers chosen by Beaumont and prepared by Bird Cafe chef David McMillan will be served with five small plates of poached salmon, Thai chili mussels, a meat-and-cheese selection, slow-braised pork with spinach and a dark chocolate mousse dessert.