Girl & the Pit barbecue cafe reopens in Fort Well worth

Natasha Smith of Lady and the Pit.

Natasha Smith of Girl and the Pit.

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Rarely does a restaurant transfer and get much better.

But that could possibly be the case with Girl & the Pit.

1 of Texas’ rare woman-owned barbecue eating places — but acknowledged far more for veggies, house cooking and desserts — Woman & the Pit has returned right after a two-year absence, reopening in a converted fast-food items stand at 5301 E. Lancaster Ave.

This tends to make co-owner Natasha Smith’s 3rd locale given that Woman & the Pit opened nine many years ago in the vicinity of South Padre Island and then moved to Fort Worthy of, at first into the Handley neighborhood.

Given that that locale closed two a long time back, Smith has been driving an Amazon truck and hoping to reopen.

“I’m also previous for that!” she mentioned.

“This is my enthusiasm. This is what I appreciate.”

This time, her cafe with pitmaster Kenneth Barton (“I’m the Lady, and he’s the Pit”) is less difficult.

There’s only seating for 24 men and women, and all the lunches and dinners occur packed to go.

But term has gotten about east Fort Worthy of and west Arlington about this minor stand where by you can not only purchase brisket or smothered pork chops, but also opt for from about 12 refreshing veggies and sides

Heaps of spots serve pulled pork or ribs with beans or potato salad.

But not everywhere has barbecue or smoked hen with squash casserole, collards and pineapple product pie.

Lady & the Pit is a hybrid barbecue-residence cooking restaurant. There is a whole barbecue menu. But there is also a each day writeboard record of platters known as the “Lady Exclusive.”

On a usual the latest working day, the specials ended up fried or smothered pork chops, meat loaf, spaghetti or hamburger steaks, furthermore a la carte goods this sort of as gumbo or smoked-hen salad. (Chicken-fried steak is a particular Wednesdays, fried catfish Fridays.)

The listing of vegetables normally takes up five traces on the writeboard: broccoli-rice casserole, cucumber salad, cabbage, yams, baked beans and a half-dozen additional.

On a the latest day, younger families sat sharing barbecue platters together with solitary diners pecking delicately at a vegetable plate.

Girl & the Pit is recognised for a few consistent winners:

The collard greens are well balanced and have snap. They are not extremely sweet, smoky or salty.

“Ask everyone about my collard greens,” Smith stated.

The squash casserole is typical, with tons of squash and with out the sugary flavor observed at other eating places.

Smith’s peach cobbler with a crumble crust is reminiscent of some of the finest east Fort Value dining establishments from times gone by.

(But the pineapple product pie has its personal devoted following.)

Snith and Barton chose a new location on hallowed floor for east Fort Value dining places — close to the former destinations of both a lot-missed John Carter’s Position and just lately closed Smokey’s Ribs, offering a few goods comparable to both.

The setting up went up 50 a long time in the past as a person of the city’s very first Taco Bells on a corner that was earlier known for a push-in.

Girl & the Pit is open up for lunch and evening meal Wednesdays by means of Sundays 682-301-1421, fb.com/LadyAndThePit.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Really worth guy who covered significant faculty soccer at 16 and has moved on to two Tremendous Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also published a lot more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, places to eat and food stuff.

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