Doors open and close throughout the years, just as many choose to move down to sunny Texas for cheaper living and warmer climate. What many Chicagoans miss the most from our home city is the food. Listed below are the newest places in the Metroplex serving a slice of Chicago. Enjoy dining at all of these fine establishments.
That Place! A Chicago eatery, 729 Hebron Parkway, Suite 190, Lewisville TX, 75057-5133
The hot dog saga began in 1976 in the basement of a building on Western Ave. The dream began much earlier when on a Sunday his father took him to the corner of Addison and Lake Shore Drive, where there was a hot dog cart and he fell in love. After the Western Ave. stint, Mike & Kathy Simons got married and opened a 500 square foot sandwich shop in Geneva Ill, with a hot dog cart across the street in front of the Kane County Court House. Mike Simons does believe it was 1979 the Chicago tribune named them the best Hot Dog in the western suburbs. As they were transferred they would take breaks to re-enter the restaurant arena, A 50’s Diner along with a Steak & Seafood restaurant were their Florida enterprises. They were transferred to Elkhart, Indiana in the restaurant hotel, then it was sold 2 months later. They bought a building and started Chicago’s downtown eatery which featured the same menu they are using today. We were awarded best pizza in Northern Indiana. The beefs are huge and you cannot go wrong with Vienna products. Maxwell Street Polish, Ruebens. That Place! Pizza cut in squares upon request and also has the right amount of sauce and ingredients in every bite. Comfortable seating and always meeting another Chicagoan when I am there. Love the décor on the walls of Chicago memories. Huge beefs, good tasting Kronos gyros, hand cut fries, salads with Kathy’s homemade Garlic ranch dressing and more. A good variety on the menu and everything is made to order. A must try!
JB’s Wings and Thangs, “WE BEAT THE “ODDS”
1600 Watauga Rd, Blue Mound, TX 76131 817 204-8733
“We are The Strong Family. Our restaurant is named in honor of the son we lost in 2013, Johnny Bryant Taylor. I moved to Fort Worth Texas to show my children something different. Other than family, the only thing we missed was the cooking. So my family and I decided to master the dishes that we missed. Unfortunately, in the process of building our brand, I lost my oldest son. The loss of my son was the very reason I moved from Chicago… Gun Violence! My son’s death taught me that your dreams can be snatched away if you wait too long, So we’re here today to share our cooking talents with the world. My family and I are here to bring your taste buds to life as well as show you a family that beat the “odds”, Chicago-style dishes with a little extra love. We season our chicken and catfish to perfection. They’re both fried in 100% pure corn oil served with golden fries and bread. The chicken and catfish are topped with our famous homemade ketchup and hot sauce based sauce. The “G” sauce is so good and addicting. You can also get them without sauce, it truly is that great!! This combination is sure to be a delight to your taste buds. Also Kronos gyros, Vienna beef, pizza puffs, chicken tenders, rib tips on Friday/Saturdays only, wings! I love the Strong family & their enthusiasm with all the hard work they put out every day bringing some of the best BBQ, wings and other goodies on the menu. That “G” sauce is so delicious! I recommend and support their efforts in bringing their dream to Texas.
Hershey’s Palace, 5201 Jacksboro Highway , Fort Worth, 76114, 817-378-0253
Carry out only – no seating
Hershey’s Palace tells us, “We grew up in the south side of Chicago and had a restaurant at 151st & Halsted for years. We came to visit our daughter’s home during Thanksgiving of 2012. We could not believe they were grilling in 60-degree weather! The next year, 2013, we moved to the DFW area, excited to start a new journey”.
Hershey started out catering food from home, until they seized an opportunity to open dine-in restaurant in Breckenridge Texas where folks could sit down and enjoy these tasty creations. Hershey loves keeping the passion of making food favorites created over the years and decided to bring that flavor to Fort Worth, Texas.
Beef Eaters Grille (Food Truck) 682-BEEF-401
Food Truck Parks, Fort Worth, TX 76052, (682) 233-3401
Amy Cochran a native Kankakee county Chicagoan has been in business for about a month and works out of her truck in Tarrant county areas. Amy states, “”I make my own Italian beef from the inside round used Angus beef local as possible. I make my own au jus from the beef rendering Syracuse Italian sausage locally from Ponder Texas. I make my own house hand-cut and seasoned French fries.
Menu $ 6.00- $ 10.00
Chicago Style Italian Beef From scratch, slow roasted beef sliced thin with Italian seasoned au jus on a hearthy fresh baked roll topped with hot giardiniera
Italian Beef and hand cut fries 10.00, Italian Sausage and hand cut fries 10.00, Combo and hand cut fries 10.00 , Poutine 7.00 , Kids Beef or Sausage and fries 6.00 , Drinks or Dessert 1.50