This new southside Fort Worth restaurant has BBQ brisket & burgers, but with a twist
A popular Fort Worth chef is taking a big chance on West Magnolia Avenue. And the question is whether patrons will take their chances with Eazy Monkey. Andrew Dilda has been among the top chefs at almost every leading Fort Worth restaurant, and this time he's decided to do local food his own way. There's brisket from Brix Barbecue. But it's served on wontons or in bao buns.
Asian newcomer to Near Southside puts the fun in funky. Andrew Dilda's long tenures at Reata and Lonesome Dove combine with his time spent as a barbecue consultant in China to produce a clever lounge and eatery. He hits all the right notes for patrons wanting delicious bites with a dive bar sensibility, with equal pampering for the omnivore and the vegan.
Edgy new Asian restaurant Eazy Monkey coming to Fort Worth's Magnolia Ave.
A rad new restaurant from a powerhouse chef will open in a coveted spot in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood. Called Eazy Monkey, it's an Asian-themed restaurant that will open in late summer at 401 W. Magnolia Ave., the space previously occupied by Fixture, which closed in late 2022.
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Local chef Andrew Dilda has spent more than a decade in some of Fort Worth and Dallas' top restaurants. His culinary résumé includes such places as Reata, CBD Provisions, and Lonesome Dove just to name a few. Now, he's taking a step out to open his own spot.
Prolific Fort Worth Chef's First Restaurant of His Own Brings Creative Asian Twists, Daily Brunch & Cool Drinks — Your Eazy Monkey Sneak Peek
Chef Andrew Dilda has always had a passion for Asian food, having grown up in the San Francisco Bay area. But Dilda has called Fort Worth home ever since his father (a Navy man) was transferred to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in the area. Now, after 27 years on the local food scene, Dilda is opening the first restaurant of his own. It's called Eazy Monkey and is located in a historic building at 401 W. Magnolia Avenue that most recently housed Ben Merritt's Fixture: Kitchen and Social Lounge.
The name that Chef Andrew Dilda chose for his Texasian-inspired restaurant on does not reflect the journey that he took to get to this point. It certainly wasn't eazy. From opening restaurants and working kitchens around North Texas, including cheffing at several Tim Love concepts, to traversing Asia for months at a time in a consulting role, Dilda clearly doesn't mind moving at his own pace.
Local chef Andrew Dilda has spent more than a decade in some of Fort Worth and Dallas' top restaurants. His culinary résumé includes such places as Reata, CBD Provisions, and Lonesome Dove just to name a few. Now, he's taking a step out to open his own spot. Dilda and his partners, which include chef Andrew Chen and Sonali Kumar, have taken over the location at 401 W. Magnolia Ave. as the new home of Eazy Monkey In addition to being the former home of Fixture, the historic building was also home of W.F. Laurence Floral Shop, going back some 100 years