How could it have taken so long for Mash’d to bring moonshine to Fort Worth?
The new concept from the owners of TruFire is billed as “food — moonshine — life,” and it’ll open in an expanded former Mexican restaurant on Crockett Square in the West 7th shops.
Like TruFire, Mash’d seems to be a comfortable bar with very good food. Diners at the original Frisco location talk about the fried chicken.
The moonshine drinks are fruit infused and have names such as “Blue Moon mojito” or “Russian hillbilly.” (No, it’s not home brew.)
Executive chef David Kazarian is known for great drinks, good comfort food and great desserts at TruFire, which has a Southlake location, and Mash’d one-ups the dessert selection with a butterscotch-glazed cake and a dark chocolate pot de creme.
Kazarian and business partners chose Fort Worth for Mash’d, he said, because the concept fits the city’s personality.
“It’s a little rebellious, but passionate,” Kazarian said.
Hey, fried chicken and moonshine sounds made for Fort Worth’s cowboys-and-culture Cultural District.
The namesake Mash’d potatoes are made with three cheeses, garlic, roasted garlic and Sriracha butter.
Kazarian also bragged on the moonshine-sauce pork ribs, a baked goat-cheese appetizer with berry-jalapeño marmalade and a beet salad with oranges and charred fennel.
His business partners are Jay Steve from TruFire and noted Frisco entrepreneur Robert Wechsler.
Mash’d will take both the former Hacienda San Miguel and a vacant space next door, he said, opening next spring.
Kin Kin set
Mash’d fills one of two vacancies in West 7th, the other going to Kin Kin Urban Thai, the new “chef Eddy T” restaurant mentioned here last week.
Kin Kin Thai will replace the former MK’s Sushi, briefly The Fish, on the corner of West Seventh and Foch streets. Expect Thai dishes but also American dishes with Thai flavors by chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin of nearby Bite City Grill.
Validation for everybody
Best news of all in West 7th and Crockett Square: Parking is now free at lunch daily.
No more validation tickets for parking before 5 p.m. That should boost daily and Sunday lunch and brunch business at tenants such as American Food + Beverage, Thirteen Pies and Tillman’s Roadhouse, along with busy neighbors.
The time has come for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day dinner questions.
First advice: Book early.
The Cast Iron buffet at the Omni Fort Worth hotel is already nearly full for its $51 Thanksgiving brunch featuring turkey, ham, crab claws and eight desserts; 817-350-4106, omnihotels.com/fortworth. There’s also a $36 Thanksgiving-night dinner.
The other definitive local hotel buffet is at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. Brunch costs $73, or $86 including tickets to the ICE! exhibit with Frosty the Snowman; 817-778-1000, gaylordtexantickets.com.
Most prime steakhouses and many larger family restaurants will serve on Thanksgiving (although few do on Christmas). Ask your favorite, or check choices at opentable.com.