The new Arlington mayor loves food, if you couldn’t tell.
Mayor Jim Ross was a restaurant customer for years, and then he turned the space upstairs from his law firm into Mercury Chophouse Arlington.
It’s a prime steakhouse. But his taste runs everywhere from pancakes to pizza to all-you-can-eat tacos.
Ross listed more than 20 of his favorite Arlington hangouts in a recent episode of the Eats Beat podcast, available on YouTube, iTunes or anywhere podcasts are served. Here are a few:
“Thank God for this great family,” Ross said, naming Aziz Kobty as one of his favorite chef-owners and Prince as a pick for a casual lunch between Fort Worth and Dallas. Open for lunch and dinner daily; 817-469-1811, princelebanesegrill.com.
▪ Breakfast Brothers, 130 E. Bardin Road, is former nightclub celebrity Rickey Booker’s all-day soul food restaurant.
“I went down there, and man, I fell in love with the place,” Ross said, recommending chicken-and-red-velvet-waffles and greens.
It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; 682-323-7584, breakfastbrothers.com.
▪ Moni’s, 1730 W. Randol Mill Road, is Ross’ pick for pizza and for the Kaba family’s hospitality.
“It’s absolutely a regular go-to place,” he said; 817-860-6664, monispastapizzamenu.com.
▪ Piccolo Mondo, 829 E. Lamar Blvd., is a traditional fine-dining Italian restaurant.
It’s Ross’ favorite place to meet for business or conversation between Dallas and Fort Worth besides his own; 817-265-9174, piccolomondo.com.
▪ Al’s Hamburgers, 1276 N. Fielder Road, has been around 65 years in three locations as a classic old-time burger and plate-lunch diner and breakfast cafe.
“It’s like going home,” Ross said; 817-275-8918, facebook.com/alshamburgerstx.
▪ Bigotes, 1821 E. Abram St., is Ross’ favorite “hole-in-the-wall” for its all-you-can-eat enchiladas and tacos.
“If I finish the first plate, I’m really doing well,” he said.
▪ Social House, 1705 N. Collins St., is a brunch and bar hangout in Champions Park and also in Fort Worth.
“Great brunch — I’m really happy to see Social doing so well,” Ross said; 682-276-3830, socialhousearlington.com.
▪ Mercury Chophouse, 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., is Ross’ own restaurant.
And — that view.
“You can look out at Six Flags at night and see the people in the rollercoaster,” he said.
“You can see the scoreboard at Globe Life. You’re eye-level with the fireworks. When AT&T [Stadium] is lit up, it’s gorgeous.”
These days, Mercury also promotes the sea bass dinner and vegetarian options.
“We wanted to create an elegant-dining steakhouse with an atmosphere second to none,” he said; 817-381-1157, mercurychophouse.com.