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FWBP Food and Wine: Chili Parlor opening at White Elephant Saloon

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Chili Parlor opening at White Elephant Saloon

Chili Parlor

Foodie Philanthropy

Istanbul Grill

Tributary Cafe

Chili is never far from chef Tim Love’s thoughts. Love is passionate about chili, the quintessential Texas dish, but never with beans – he’s a purist in that regard. Now fans can explore all the possibilities at the Chili Parlor inside his famous White Elephant Saloon in the Stockyards.

“The Chili Parlor has been a bit of a pipe dream for me for about 10 years,” Love said. “Back in the day, Fort Worth was known for its chili parlors – in fact, The White Elephant housed one for almost 20 years. I’m just excited to be bringing back a special piece of Fort Worth history. People have loved the chili at Lonesome Dove for years, but as I said, I have always wanted to bring back the simplicity of the traditional chili parlor. No frills, just damn good chili!”

At Love Shack he serves it on his heated chili dog and at Lonesome Dove his Texas Red chili is a stand-alone meal. “I love chili,” he said. He has judged over 20 chili competitions over the years so he is kind of an expert in this field.

The Chili Parlor will be stationed in the back of the bar with a take-out window. To top it off, Love’s signature chili will be available with a variety of fixin’s, including shredded smoked cheddar or white cheddar, crème fraîche or sour cream, yellow and blue corn tortilla strips, chopped cilantro, fresh minced jalapeños, regular or chili-flavored Fritos and crackers or saltines.


Michael Crain launched Fort Worth’s exclusive charity dining event in 2016, raising $10,000 for Girls Inc. of Tarrant County. This year, Feb. 25 is your one-night chance to dine with friends at one of the city’s top restaurants in support of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.

Foodie Philanthropy announced the restaurants that have confirmed they will take part so far: BEE’S DIVE, Bird Cafe, Brewed, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Cannon Chinese Kitchen, The Capital Grille (Fort Worth), Omni Hotel-Cast Iron Restaurant, Central Market, Chadra Mezza and Grill, Clay Pigeon Food and Drink, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Fixture FW, Grace, Joe T. Garcia’s, Kona Grill, La Perla-Fort Worth, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Los Vaqueros Restaurant, Magdalena’s, MAX’s Wine Dive, Pearl Snap Kolaches, Piola Italian Restaurant and Garden, Terra Mediterranean Grill, Reata Restaurant, Righteous Foods, Swiss Pastry Shop, TEXAS BLEU and Tokyo Cafe.

Founded in 1979, The Women’s Center has been inspiring, teaching and empowering women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. The Women’s Center offers general counseling services along with rape crisis and victim services, violence prevention and education and employment solutions.


The Cassidy Building in Sundance Square will add Istanbul Grill in January. After the restaurant’s eight-year run in Arlington, owner Serdar “Sam” Sensel is bringing his authentic Mediterranean – specifically Turkish − dishes to downtown. Authentic Turkish recipes such as moussaka, kebabs, borek (phillo rolls) as well as lamb and eggplant specialties are a rare treat, so Istanbul will be a welcome addition to the area.

Unlike its Arlington location, which is BYOB, the new Istanbul Grill will have a full bar, and Sensel said he does not plan to have traditional belly dancing at this new location. People are now very aware that Turkish cuisine is both healthy and delicious, he said. He is hoping for a mid-February opening.


A tributary is a river or a stream that feeds a large body of water. Tributary Cafe owner Cindy Crowder Wheeler brought her Nawlin’s style fare to Riverside in mid-December, and she is ready to feed your Creole cravings. The menu is sectioned off by river terms such as source, deltas and rapids.

The low-key seafood shack focuses on many different shrimp and crawfish preparations such as crawfish etouffe and shrimp Creole, but the star may well be her seafood gumbo full of shrimp, oyster, crab and okra. The shiplap interior is decorated with kayaks and water skis. You might think you were born on a bayou at the new Tributary Cafe.

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