Little Red Wasp
Tucked between all the downtown steakhouses along Main Street, this gastropub has a strong gourmet accent, thanks to chef Blaine Staniford, who also helms the kitchen at nearby sister restaurant Grace. Order this to go: Staniford’s pork carnitas are not what you’d expect, and they’re fabulous. A smoked pork shank finds the meat actually falling off the bone; take a forkful and tuck into delicate corn tortillas with a smidge each of avocado, charro beans, and jalapeño-laced slaw. Juicy Maine scallops, seared at the edges but silken underneath, sit atop a creamy polenta pillow with green beans alongside. The caramelized brussels sprouts make the best starter, but it’s hard to pass up the deviled eggs, made with spicy Best Maid pickles. Pro tip: Of the cocktail kits, tops is the namesake LRW: reposado tequila, pepper puree, mint, lemon, and jalapeño-teased honey.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
City: Fort Worth