Culture Map Fort Worth
Written by: Stephanie Allmon Merry

Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails are going the extra mile. A one-mile extension of the beloved hike and bike path has opened at Waterside, a bustling dining and shopping complex. And a new car, bike, and pedestrian-friendly bridge connects Bellaire Drive to Watercourse Drive on the city’s Southwest side, linking more than 40 miles of trails around Fort Worth.

According to a news release, Waterside’s developer, Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Company, worked with the Tarrant Regional Water District to build the $1.5 million bridge, which is a part of more than $3.5 million of public amenities on site.

Trademark also collaborated with nonprofit Streams & Valleys on enhancements to the trail extension, including new signage for joggers and cyclists and a large public art piece by Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O Wade” made from repurposed equipment from the original Lockheed Martin Recreation Association playgrounds.

Waterside offers direct access to Trinity Trails, which meander alongside the Trinity River.

“Five years ago, Trademark made a promise to work with TRWD and Streams & Valleys to help make this trail extension at Waterside a reality,” says Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark, in the release. “We are proud of delivering on this commitment and all Waterside has done to add value to southwest Fort Worth.”

Waterside, which opened in 2016, is a 63-acre mixed-use development at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive. Phase one includes…

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Written by: Gordon Dickson

Amazon wants to take an even bigger bite out of the grocery industry in Fort Worth.

The online retail giant, which also owns Whole Foods Markets, has launched grocery pickup at its Fort Worth store, which is in the Waterside development off Bryant Irvin Road.

Customers order their food and sundries online using Amazon’s Prime Now application, and the food can be picked up at Whole Foods in about an hour for no additional fee, or in as little as a half-hour for a $4.99 fee.

No word yet on when the grocery pickup will also be offered at Whole Foods locations in Arlington, Colleyville and numerous places in the Dallas area.

Here’s how it works:

  • Amazon Prime members place their grocery order in…
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Fort Worth Weekly
Written by: Shilo Urban

French explorer René-Robert Cavelier sailed into Texas’ Matagorda Bay in 1684 after missing his intended destination, the mouth of the Mississippi River. He led three failed expeditions to find the river’s entrance. Lost somewhere near Navasota, La Salle’s mutinous crew killed him in an ambush before he could ever make the connection between Texas and Louisiana.

The idea for newly opened Tricky Fish was born in Matagorda Bay, a fishing hotspot for trout, redfish, oysters, shrimp, and blue crab. Owned by Addison-based Razzoo’s, the first iteration of the Cajun-inspired eatery opened in Richardson last fall, followed by the much-delayed Fort Worth edition in Waterside this summer. 

I arrived at the shiny new restaurant during a quiet weekend lunch, circling around the make-your-own mimosa bar stocked with strawberries and fruit juices. During weekdays, Tricky Fish offers…

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Just when you wonder whether chain restaurants can ever get anything right, along comes Tricky Fish.

The new contemporary cousin to Addison-based Razzoo’s opened this week in the Waterside shops, and might be that center’s biggest success yet.

Tricky Fish is billed as more of a Gulf Coast seafood shack than Razzoo’s, but the menu honestly combines plenty of Cajun spice with grilled or fried seafood platters, sandwiches, burgers, salads and sides like fried okra spears or Tillamook cheddar mac-and-cheese.

The signature “tricky” dish has blackened tilapia, salmon or redfish ($14.50-$19) topped with crawfish etouffee and served with dirty rice and okra sides. It’s enough to share.

Like Razzoo’s, Tricky Fish is generous with the spice.

Wisely, the owners didn’t stray far from what they know.

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Todd Unger, WFAA

FORT WORTH — It may not be the first place to do it, but it’s certainly a gesture that is resonating in Cowtown.

A recently opened development in southwest Fort Worth, called Waterside, is now home to popular stores like REI and the city’s first Whole Foods.

A lot of the attention lately, though, has been paid to three reserved parking spots toward the front of the area’s massive parking lot.

The spaces are saved under reserved signs for “Wounded Warriors.”

“I have not seen this in person anywhere else,” says Jesse Spivey, who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The Marine veteran says he uses the spots because he suffered injuries during combat, including a bad hip.

“Some days when I get out of my car, it hurts a lot. It’s nice to have a shortened walk,” Spivey said.

That was the idea when developers at Trademark Properties looked into the concept last fall.

“We’ve gotten great feedback,” says Edward Manuel, one of the project’s lead managers.

Manuel says while they had long heard of spots reserved for pregnant women, even the elderly, the veteran spots were something they felt was needed.

“We thought who better to give parking to than people who have served our country?” he said.

The spaces received a recent viral boost when Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn retweeted a photo of the spots circulating on Twitter.

For former U.S. Airman Angel Ayala, who served during the Gulf War, the signs represent a change in the public’s perception of veterans.

“We didn’t have anything like that back then,” he said. “Forty years ago, they really didn’t have anything like that. The people, culture and attitude has changed. I feel the support.”

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Guide Live
Written by: Leslie Brenner

On the southwest edge of Fort Worth, on the banks of the Trinity River, there’s a new mixed-use development with a shiny Whole Foods Market, a Sur La Table, an Amazing Lash Studio, an REI store and more. Just past Taco Diner, happy-looking children and their parents stroll by or loll about, enjoying their peachy-pink or pale green Steel City Pops on a patio in the shade of a sprawling live oak tree. On the far side, a film plays on a large movie screen in a pavilion with lounge seating, just a hop, skip and a jump from the tidy rows of apartments beyond the bocce court.

You get the pleasant picture. We could be in any affluent suburb, anywhere.

But this development, called Waterside – nearly 7 miles from Sundance Square and 5 1/2 miles from the Kimbell Art Museum – has something special, something hard to find even 40 miles away, in Dallas: a terrific Italian restaurant.

I don’t mean old-school, red-sauce, hiding in neighborhoods hither and yon terrific; I mean modern, octopus-and-favas kind of terrific. Handmade strozzapreti cacio e pepe kind of terrific.

 

Welcome to Piattello Italian Kitchen. Not a big-deal sceney restaurant, Piattello is a laid-back, easygoing, family-friendly pasta and pizza place.

With so much happening on the Dallas dining scene at the moment, you might wonder what drew me to review a casual spot on the far edge of Fort Worth.

First, the talent involved: chef-owner Marcus Paslay (who also owns Clay Pigeon) and executive chef Scott Lewis. Lewis, who got his start working for chef Julian Barsotti as a line cook at Nonna – one of the best Italian restaurants in Dallas – helped Barsotti open Carbone’s Fine Food and Wine as sous-chef, where he stayed until Barsotti debuted Sprezza, his Roman restaurant, last year. At Sprezza, which earned four stars in a review and a spot on my list of the Best in DFW new restaurants of 2016, Lewis was opening co-chef (with Ryan Ferguson). So Lewis has held important positions in three of Dallas’ four top Italian restaurants (the other is Lucia).

Second, the menu: Albeit brief, everything on Piattello’s sounds delicious, which is a rare thing. It took just one quick look to understand that whoever was behind this place has seriously good taste.

That’s why three friends and I found ourselves sipping glasses of Sardinian vermentino and nibbling arancini – risotto balls filled with melty fontina cheese – at a table on Piattello’s patio on a recent Saturday evening. Sure, the refined caponata the arancini sat on could have used a touch more acid (lemon or vinegar); still, those arancini were excellent. Asparagus Milanese wanted a dash of acid, too, but the spears, topped with a quartered six-minute egg and grated pecorino, were perfectly roasted.

Better yet, fresh fava beans, tender octopus, sliced radishes, leaves of celery and frisée communed with green Castelvetrano olives and thin bands of Fresno chile in a salady antipasto snuggled into a pad of saffron aioli; the wonderful dish reminded me of an octopus salad I loved at Sprezza. Not in the mood for octopus? Go for plush Duroc pork meatballs. The trio came in a marinara so delicious I scraped up every drop with a spoon.

The focal point of the spacious, casual dining room is a pizza bar, facing a wood-burning pizza oven. Children who nab seats there are treated not just to the show of pies going into the blazing hot chamber, but also to balls of dough to roll out and play with. How sweet is that?

The pies that come out of that oven, with their medium-weight, nicely charred crusts, are compelling. I especially enjoyed a primavera number – springlike indeed, topped with house-made ricotta, asparagus, spring onions, fontina and rosemary. It’ll be fun to see how the ingredients change throughout the menu as the seasons do.

If I liked the pizza, I loved the pasta. Most recently, there were tender, luscious cappelletti (“little hats”), filled with fresh corn purée and bathed in a buttery sauce with blue crab, corn kernels and tarragon. Strozzapreti cacio e pepe – cheese and pepper – stayed faithful to the spirit of the classic, and the bologonese cloaking tagliatelle had plenty of deep-flavored soul. In each case the pastas – all of them handmade – had beautiful texture. My favorite? Fusille e agnello – corkscrew-shaped pasta with lamb sausage, peas, green garlic, spring onions and radicchio, flamed with brandy and finished with cream. I could almost be tempted to drive to Fort Worth just for that.

Though there are four secondi – main courses – on the menu, I didn’t see many tables ordering them. Nor did they particularly impress. Quail cacciatore served over gnocchi alla romana (puck-size Roman-style semolina cakes) was more like a chunky sauce than a stew. Nothing wrong with it; it just didn’t have the sure focus of the pasta dishes. And the daily fish, halibut, was nicely cooked, but its delicate flavor – along with the spring onion, artichoke, roasted fennel and pistachio that sounded so lovely and springlike on the menu –disappeared under too much tomato-heavy sauce.

 

The desserts, meanwhile, made up for it: a tiramisu-and-panna-cotta layered parfait-type affair; admirable cannoli filled with a sweet version of that house-made ricotta; a sophisticated torta cioccolato (flourless chocolate cake) set on a squiggle of whey caramel and topped with toasted, crushed hazelnuts. Created by co-pastry chefs Bria Downey and Jen Williams, they were all on point. Best of show: their bright-flavored strawberry-rhubarb crostata with a supple yet tender, buttery crust. Garnished with a dollop of whipped cream, a bit of orange zest and a few dill sprigs, it was a knockout.

Before you jump in the car and head west, if Dallas is your home, consider this. While I would happily eat at Piattello any day of the week, I probably wouldn’t drive 40 miles just to dine there. Combined with a museum visit or concert? Totally worth it. Or hey – maybe you live there.

If so, tell your friends that your hometown has an Italian spot to rival some of the best in Dallas.

 

Piattello Italian Kitchen (3 stars)

Price: $$$  (Antipasti, soup and salads $5 to $14. Lunch pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and secondi $12 to $20. Dinner pastas, pizzas and secondi $15 to $24. Brunch pastas, pizzas and other dishes $12 to $20. Desserts $8 to $10.)

Service: Friendly, relaxed, efficient.

Ambience: The large dining room, with an open kitchen and seven-seat pizza bar, has a lot of hard edges and angles (and basic wooden chairs). It’s cheerful enough, but not particularly warm or inviting. The patio, on the other hand, is lovely.

Noise level: Despite the dining room’s hard surfaces, it wasn’t too noisy.

Location: Piattello Italian Kitchen, 5924 Convair Drive, Fort Worth; 817-349-0484

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Brunch served Saturday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations: Accepted

Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Most recent health department inspection score: Five demerits (April 24, 2017)

Alcohol: Full bar, with decent cocktails and a thoughtful selection of after-dinner drinks. A one-page wine list, with selections from $40 to $150 per bottle — and plenty of appealing reds at $50 and under — offers mostly Italian vintages. There’s also a small list of wines from a featured winery each month.

Ratings Legend

5 stars: Extraordinary (Defines fine dining in the region)

4 stars: Excellent (One of the finest restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth)

3 stars: Very good (A destination restaurant for this type of dining)

2 stars: Good (Commendable effort, but experience can be uneven)

1 star: Fair (Experience is generally disappointing)

No stars: Poor

Price Key

Average dinner per person

$ — $14 and under

$$ — $15 to $30

$$$ — $31 to $50

$$$$ — More than $50

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Fort Worth Magazine

Every year, Fort Worth Magazine asks readers to name their favorite places to shop, play, drink and eat across various categories. This year Waterside’s outdoor common area, The Grove, was selected by the staff as the city’s best outdoor venue.

We tend to agree.

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Fort Worth Business

Waterside’s first pop-up tenant has opened with Fort Worth-based furniture designer Jovili.

The e-commerce brand has opened a pop-up showroom, giving customers a chance to get a first-hand look at its mid-century modern and contemporary pieces.

“We are responding to our community’s call for local and artisan goods with the addition of Jovili, a very talented furniture company that has roots right here in Fort Worth,” said Angela Hall, marketing director and general manager at Waterside. “Pop-ups are a great way for us to support growing brands, while bringing a consistently fresh vibe to Waterside.”

Jovili’s modern, mid-century and Scandinavian-inspired designs are brought to life by founder Stephen Rivers, who began the company with the belief that everyone deserves high quality furnishings at cost-effective prices. Waterside customers will be able to shop the line’s leather and upholstered sofas and chairs, tables, sideboards and rugs, which can all be delivered free of charge.

“We are thrilled by the opportunity to partner with Waterside, mainly due to our shared passion of inspiring spaces,” said Jovili founder Rivers. “We also love the family friendly locale, easy accessibility from across Fort Worth, and being surrounded by outstanding brands.”

Jovili is located at 5924 Convair Drive #420 (between REI & Steel City Pops), and is open Thursday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Waterside is located at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive.

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Chain Store Age
Written by: Al Urbanski

Last years’ Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, a music and dance fest with rides, drew 130,000 young people on its final day. This summer, Billy Joel will play his 43rd sellout concert at Madison Square Garden, where floor tickets sell in the $200 range. No matter their age or inclination, people still want to leave their laptops and homes behind and be with other people. They just need someone to give them a really good reason to do it.

Nine out of 10 retail purchases still take place in malls, and the retail venues that make good on that challenge will win the lion’s share of that bounty. In the interests of both innovation and inspiration, Chain Store Age thought it was time to single out the venues that put a capital “E” in “experiential” with 10 great examples.

#6. Waterside, a Conscious Place

Trademark Property has so much faith in its new-age experiential concept that it’s branded it. Conscious Place, which takes its cue from the conscious workplace initiative, is defined as an “experiential center of commerce, community, and meaning that seeks to host, inspire, educate and connect community stakeholders.” Waterside, situated alongside the Trinity River in Fort Worth, is Trademark’s first go at the concept, and it’s all-in.

Design and leasing were driven with input from locals. Furniture, games, and art on the grounds were created by local artisans. Micro-restaurants support local entrepreneurs. Mindful of ecology, a 6,600-gallon cistern collects rainwater used for irrigating the project’s green space, shaded by heritage oaks and housing a Community Pavilion.

“We believe the bar has been raised and developers must deliver much more in the future,” said Trademark CEO Terry Montesi.