Southern food is a staple of many Fort Worth restaurants, but only a few take an upscale approach to it — among them Reata, Buttons and Chef’s Point.
Entering the high-end Southern food fray soon will be Fixe, a chef-driven restaurant from Austin.
As the former executive chef at Eddie V’s in the Museum District, Fixe co-owner and chef James Robert has spent plenty of time in Fort Worth.
The city’s growing restaurant scene and warm hospitality, he says, make it a perfect fit for the restaurant’s second location.
“There are a lot of similarities between Austin and Fort Worth,” he says.
“Fort Worth has a small-town feel with great culture and people, just like Austin.”
Recently named one of OpenTable’s Top 100 restaurants in the U.S., the original location opened in downtown Austin in 2014.
With its rustic atmosphere and cutting-edge takes on classic cuisine, Fixe was an immediate hit.
Occupying a 6,100-square-foot space at The Shops at Clearfork, the Fort Worth store will mimic the original, with an open kitchen, antique decor and Southern hospitality-style service.
The restaurant will be open initially for happy hour and dinner, then eventually lunch and brunch.
Food will be made in-house from scratch, Robert stresses.
Dishes will include a beef tartare with crispy oysters, pickled gooseberries, cornmeal pancakes and celery root remoulade; lobster and crawfish pot pie; deviled eggs with smoked trout roe, fermented cabbage and grated ham; and fried chicken served with spicy honey.
The must-order dish, Robert says, is a serving of freshly made flaky and buttery biscuits.
“Every single order is cooked to order,” Robert says. “They come straight out of the oven, steam bellowing out.”
The restaurant will be outfitted with a patio, wine room, bar area and two private dining spaces.
It is scheduled to open late January/early February.
5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth. fixesouthernhouse.com.