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Where to Eat Now 2015

No. 10 Le Cep

Fort Worth

Photograph by Kevin Marple

Let’s play a guessing game. I’ll say the words “small, new, refined French restaurant,” and you tell me where it is. If you answered Fort Worth, congratulations. You’ve obviously been following the fortunes of Le Cep. Located in Cowtown’s burgeoning cultural district, the unlikely dining venue is the brainchild of Sandra and David Avila, a couple who had dreamed of starting a European-style restaurant long before David’s job brought him to Texas, in 2013. Now, thanks to the Avilas’ passion, Fort Worthians are settling into Le Cep’s gracious, contemporary dining room to feast on dishes like a perfect poached egg sitting atop port-infused chopped porcini sprinkled with bacon crumbles, a rosy breast of duck in a heavenly thyme-spiked jus, and the magnifique Louis XV, a regal chocolate and hazelnut dessert that 46-year-old Sandra—who is the chef—learned to make when she was studying at a school founded by rock star chef Alain Ducasse. But perhaps the greatest novelty of dining here is that the chef is actually in the kitchen, as opposed to on TV or off at some posh gala. At Le Cep, everything is personally prepared by Sandra and her tight-knit crew. Revolutionary!

Opened October 30, 2014. 3324 W. 7th, Fort Worth (817-900-2468). D Tue–Sat. Reservations required. 

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