Begun as a wine bar and shop, 44 Bootlegger has morphed into a place to linger for more than just a glass or two. Owners Tammy and Tommy Brown brought aboard chef Jaime Fernandez to make this intimate, likable spot a big hit for evening noshing on the Near Southside. French notes show up in his selection of charcuterie plates and cheese boards, garnished with cornichons, Calabrian chiles, spiced nuts, and handmade mustards. Frites with slightly spicy aioli are downright addictive, and Spanish meatballs are yet another good sharing plate. Larger plates deserving attention include seared scallops over a pool of mild red pepper puree and a special rendition of pork and beans: smoky pulled pork over navy beans with bitter greens for contrast.
City: Fort Worth
Drinks: Beer & wine