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Mellow Out at Mellow Mushroom

 

There’s a holiday for everything. Pizza lovers, mark your future calendars for May 15th, National Pizza Party Day. I went to one of my favorite pizza restaurants in Fort Worth to celebrate, Mellow Mushroom. My usual drink of choice is beer, but this time I decided to let summer come early and try a specialty mixed drink. All of the Mellow Mushroom drinks make you feel like you are relaxing on a beach (without the hassle of sand in your crack and sunscreen streaked across your face).

They told me that their most popular speciality drink is the Shroom Tea (vodka, gin, rum, Triple Sec, Razzmatazz, Blue Curacao, sweet n’ sour, and Sprite); it’s their version of a Long Island iced tea. Not only is this a great deal at $4.00, but it was deeeeelicious and it reminded me of an adult cherry limeade.

My next two drinks were very similar. The first, was named the Head Bitch in Charge and the Pearl Jam.  HBIC is Myers Rum, Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Coconut, Apricot Brandy, orange and pineapple juice. It was a very frothy, orange juice cocktail with a coconut aftertaste. My favorite drink of the night was the Pearl Jam.  This is a mix of Smirnoff Orange and Vanilla Vodka, club soda, and orange juice.  A dreamsicle in a glass with some oomph!

Stop by Mellow for some pizza (obvi) and choose from their bottled, draft, or canned beers ($4-6), wine list, or specialty drinks ($4-7) while enjoying their laid-back atmosphere.  Great music and staff made this an awesome visit that I would highly recommend a visit.

Mellow Mushroom
3455 Bluebonnet Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76109 | 817-207-9677
OTHER LOCATIONS

Current Happy Hour Specials:

  • Sunday-Friday (4-7pm) $2 Well Liquor and House Margaritas
  • Texas Sundays- $1 off Texas Beers all day (excludes High Gravity and Seasonal Beers)
  • Margarita Monday- $2 Margaritas
  • Trivia Tuesdays- Extended Happy Hour until 9pm
  • Wino Wednesdays- $2 House Wines from 4-7pm
  • Thrifty Thursdays- $2 off Pitchers (excluding seasonals) from 4-7pm

This Place Doesn’t Bite

Being a Virgo, I don’t often step outside of my comfort zone, but one stop to Bite City Grill in Fort Worth changed that.

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Bite’s signature cocktails are all named after the twelve astrological signs. The menu lists characteristics and celebrity for each sign. Additionally, each signature drink comes with a eye dropper of the bitters that they suggest you add to the drink to your liking (the bartender said to experiment and only add a little at a time). I decided to try a Scorpio, Sagittarius, and a Capricorn.

The Scorpio included tequila, mango puree, lime, jalapeño, and mint. It was described as “determined, powerful, magnetic, emotional, and passionate”. (Sounded to me like the guy in high school that had a crush on me but didn’t understand the word “no”.)  The famous Scorpio listed was Bill Gates.  The drink was presented with the jalapeño and lime on a toothpick as garnish, and I went ahead and squeezed the lime and dropped the jalapeño in for full effect. The first taste was great; not too sweet, the mango was non-existent, and the small slice of jalapeño provided a little bit of spice that this drink needed to kick me in the mouth. The Scorpio came with their fruit bitters, and I went all-in and squeeze the entire dropper in my drink. The bitters acted as a neutralizer and completely overpowered the sweetness of the original drink. Overall, the Scorpio was a new twist on the simple rocks margarita.

The best drink of the night was by far the Sagittarius, and if you’re a Bourbon drinker, it’s a must-try. It’s smoked bourbon, sweet tea, limoncello, and St.Germain, but will say the main attraction is the smoked bourbon. The drink was delivered in a mason jar with a lid on, which I thought was a bit odd; once I opened the mason jar, I quickly realized the logic of the lid. They use a special gun that smokes tea leaves to fill the mason jar with smoke. As soon as you unscrew the lid, a wave of smoke engulfs you. (This is some second-hand smoke I’m totally OK with!) The first taste is definitely a surprise … the drink truly does taste like it was smoked. As I mentioned earlier, this is a must for any bourbon fan.

Bite is tucked into the back corner of Montgomery Plaza, a place where several restaurants/bars have tried before, but not succeeded. The atmosphere at the bar is the perfect spot to unwind during happy hour (4-6pm) after a hard day at the office. And, to top it all off, the bar has a few televisions if you are interested in grabbing a few drinks during the big game.

Bite City Grill
2600 West 7th Street | Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 877-3888
www.bitecitygrill.com
facebook.com/bitecitygrillFW | @bitecitygrill (Insta & Twitter)
Happy hour: Monday – Friday, 4-6pm

Current happy hour specials:  

$1 Off All Draft Beers…

$6 Zodiac Sign Of The Month…


White By The Glass

5   Arca Nova Vinho Verde, Portugal
5   Dr. Loosen Riesling, Mosel, Germany
5   Sterling Aromatic White, Central Coast, CA
5   Bouchard Aine & Fils Chardonnay, France
5   Zonin Prosecco, Veneto, Italy

Red By The Glass
5   Bouchard Aine & Fils, VDP Pinot Noir, France
5   Joseph Castan Cote Du Rhone, France
5   Trevinto Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
5   Pacific Sur Cabernet, Central Valley, Chile 

Small Bites…
5   Baba Ganoush / Caramelized Onion / Sour Cream / Fine Herbs / Naan Bread
5   Beef Jerky / Seasoned Beef Jerky
8   Lamb Meatball / Foie Gras Cream Sherry Reduction Sauce / Manchego Cheese
8   Charred Octopus / Peppadew Peppers / Ginger Aioli
6   Shishito Peppers / Sea Salt / Romesco Sauce
10   Braised Short Rib / Caramelized Onion / Horseradish Cream
9   Margherita / Roasted Tomato / Basil / Fresh Mozzarella Cheese / Tomato Sauce

Flip-ping Good

Flips is one of those places that you find a reason to go to.  Since there’s really a little bit of everything here, that’s not hard to do. 

A mouth-watering burger, a mini-arcade, a to-die patio (complete with plenty of seating, misters, and a huge projector), six pool tables, two bars, plenty of flat screens, incredibly clean restrooms, and bomb-a homemade chips are just a few of my favorite things about this laid-back resto.

Flips has something for families, sports nuts, pool junkies, bar flies, and the rest of us (though I guess I am considered a bar fly, so the rest of YOU).  Walking into Flips, you are greeted by a HUGE stuffed bear on either side of you and a friendly hostess.  You choose which bar or seating area fits your needs at the moment (basically whichever is closest to the huge flat screen playing what you want to watch or the large taxidermy* you want to sit under) and take a seat to peruse the menu of goodies. 

Drinking at Flips seems like a good idea, and when you see the happy hour prices and drink specials, you realize that it’s a brilliant one.  They not only have a stellar happy hour lineup, but they also offer deeply discounted drinks each day, (wait for it…) ALL DAY.  They aren’t slouches over there, that’s for sure.  The drinks are just strong enough to make them interesting but not so strong as to make you questionable while trying to balance on one foot to get the 8-ball in the corner pocket to win the pool game (it darn near made me more confident I was going to make it!).

The sweet potato fries are pretty darn good along with the hand-cut potato chips.  You can’t go wrong with most of the food unless you’re a vegetarian (which a mural on the wall very clearly states isn’t healthy).  The burgers are made with USDA choice chuck and are freshly ground.  All burgers are $8 so it eliminates the dilemma of whether to splurge and spend the extra $2 for the mushroom swiss vs. the traditional.  The serving sizes won’t leave you wanting more; Flips portions are very value oriented.

The wait staff is friendly and very outgoing.  They can chat to you with a smile and still do their job very well.  I don’t think I ever had less than a third of a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper before another was offered up.  Also, have them tell you about the fireballs … you must try.

The only drawback about this place for this Dallasite is just that, I live quite far from it.  From now on, the meetings that take me across the Metroplex will be strategically scheduled to ensure a pocket of time to visit the Flips bear (who has his own Facebook page … seriously). http://www.facebook.com/?sk=ru#!/LILLFLIP?ref=ts

*No animals were harmed for the specific purpose of display in a Flips building.  All taxidermy was purchased at a charity auction whose proceeds went to the preservation of wildlife … ironic, eh?

Drink strength: 3.8
Overall: 4.4

Flips Patio Grill
www.flipspatiogrill.com
Fort Worth | 6613 Fossil Bluff | (817) 847 4424 | www.facebook.com/flipsfortworth | @flipsfortworth
Grapevine | 415 West State Hwy 114 | (817) 251 9800 | www.facebook.com/flipsgrapevine | @flipsgrapevine

Fort Worth Location:
Happy Hour | all day Monday, Tuesday-Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. | $2 domestic drafts, $3 import drafts and wells 

Monday | $2.25 domestic bottles, $2.50 domestic pints, $3.50 import pints and house wine, and $3.25 wells
Tuesday | $3 Tito’s, $5 Tito’s and Red Bull, $2.50 drafts, LIVE MUSIC at 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday | $3 22 oz. domestic drafts
Friday, Saturday | $2.25 domestic bottles, $2.50 domestic pints, $3.50 import pints and house wine, and $3.25 wells
Sunday | $2.75 Corona

Grapevine Location:
Happy Hour | Monday-Friday, 3-8 p.m., all day Thursday | $2 domestic drafts, $3 import drafts, $3 wells

Monday $4 bomb shots, $3 Crown and down, $2.50 wells
Tuesday | $2 domestic pints, $2.50 import pints, TRIVIA at 7 p.m.
Wednesday | $2.50 22 oz. big boy domestic drafts, $2.75 Tecate and Corona bottles
Friday | $2.75 Tecate and Corona bottles
Saturday | $2 domestic pints, $2.75 Tecate and Corona bottles
Sunday
 | $2 domestic pints