Your Guide to Restaurant Week

Butterscotch Pudding - dulce de leche, salted caramel gelato and almonds – courtesy photo

This year celebrates the 18th annual charity-dining event known as DFW Restaurant Week. Presenting Sponsor, Central Market, has been a part of it for as long as General Manager of Fort Worth Central Market, Austin Jourde, can remember. What began as one literal Restaurant Week, has slowly extended and now runs from August 10-30. That means 20 days-worth of opportunities for both feasting and philanthropy.

Every year, patrons get dine in style, while benefiting two amazing local charities. For each prix fixe dinner purchased, these participating restaurants will make a $7 donation to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth to benefit families in need. It all adds up. Last year Restaurant Week raised more than $605,500 for the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. What a delicious way to give back to the community.

“We are happy to take part,” says Jourde. “These two organizations line up perfectly with what we do at Central Market. One is helping educate children and supporting families, and the other is fighting hunger in our community − two things that our corporate culture and parent company HEB are all about.” The Tarrant County restaurants all benefit Lena Pope Home. Jourde says, “It is a way for us to support great organizations that are doing great things in our area, as well as supporting all our friends in the restaurant industry.”

Here is the complete Tarrant County List of participating restaurants:

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Boi Na Braza

Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine

Cacharel Restaurant

The Capital Grille

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Citrus Bistro Seafood

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco’s Grille

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Del Frisco’s Grille – Southlake

Eddie V’s – Fort Worth

Ferrari’s Italian Villa


il Calabrese Ristorante and Bar

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse – Southlake

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Mac’s on Main

MAX’s Wine Dive Fort Worth

The Melting Pot

Mercury Chophouse

Michael’s Cuisine

Piola Italian Restaurant

Piccolo Mondo

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse


Restaurant 506 at The Sanford House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Silver Fox – Fort Worth

Silver Fox – Grapevine

Texas de Brazil

Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House – Grapevine

Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine

The Wild Mushroom

Check the restaurant’s website to see what’s in store. Jourde recommends calling ahead for reservations and stating up front that the patron plans to order from their Restaurant Week menu.

Here is one menu preview just to whet your appetite.

Chef Blaine Staniford of Grace and Little Red Wasp will be returning from his invitation to cook at the famous James Beard House in New York on August 3…just in time for Restaurant Week. If you happen to see him, be sure to congratulate him! Staniford will treat diners to a taste of the special menu he prepared for the James Beard House by including a few of the same (or similar) items on his Restaurant Week menu like: his Duroc Pork and Popcorn Panna Cotta.

Butterscotch Pudding – dulce de leche, salted caramel gelato and almonds – courtesy photo

First – (Choose one)

Chatham Bay Cod Croquettes – charred lemon aioli and giardiniera

Chilled Texas Peach Soup – Paula’s goat cheese, basil and charred pepper

Tenderloin Tartare – fermented chili, Brussels sprout kimchi and rice crackers

Second – (add $8 or free with Central Market coupon)

House Made Spaghetti – Texas sweet corn, rock shrimp and ricotta

Third – (Choose one)

Duroc Pork – summer squash, country ham, sweet onions and whole grain mustard

Ocean Trout – pole bean salad, heirloom tomatoes and buttermilk

Fourth – (Choose one)

Popcorn Panna Cotta – corn flake crumble and macerated blueberries

Butterscotch Pudding – dulce de leche, salted caramel gelato and almonds

$45 per person (for food only) or $65 per person (for food paired with wines)

Signature Drink

“Celery Margarita ” – Dulce Vida Organic Blanco Tequila, celery juice, lime juice, agave nectar, muddled serrano peppers served over ice in a tall glass with a salted rim $9