Considered one of Fort Value’s greatest barbecue and soul meals eating places has discovered a brand new dwelling on the town’s east aspect.
The Lady and the Pit, which closed in 2019 after flourishing for 3 years within the Handley space, will reopen at 5301 East Lancaster Ave. House owners and enterprise companions Natasha Smith and Kenneth Barton are hoping to open someday this or subsequent week.
The Fort Value natives opened the unique location of The Woman and the Pit in Port Isabel. Finally, they moved again dwelling, relocating the restaurant to an previous Pizza Inn within the Handley space of the east aspect.
There, the 2 made names for themselves for glorious barbecue — smoked over mesquite in a custom-made smoker — and Southern and soul meals classics, together with fried pork chops, catfish, and chicken-fried steak, and sides resembling collard greens and candied yams. Housemade desserts included pineapple cream pie and strawberry lemonade cake.
In 2017, Fort Value Journal named it one of many metropolis’s best new restaurants.
Most of menu from the Handley location will make the bounce, both as every day specials or everlasting menu gadgets. A handful of more healthy dishes will likely be added, resembling smoked salmon and smoked mahi mahi. “Lots of people are consuming more healthy today,” Barton says. “We wish to accommodate these diners, too.”
Smoked rooster salad, a well-liked merchandise solely out there on sure days on the Handley location, will likely be a everlasting fixture on the brand new menu. Smith says she’s additionally toying with the thought of including stuffed turkey legs, which are becoming increasingly more popular in Fort Worth.
The barbecue menu will embrace chopped and sliced brisket, pulled pork, sizzling hyperlinks, smoked rooster, bologna, and pork ribs.
Issues with the constructing led the 2 to shut the Handley location in early 2019. Smith and Barton spent a lot of final yr on the lookout for a brand new spot however wished to carry off till the pandemic started to subside.
“This one got here up at simply the appropriate time, when issues had been starting to open up,” Barton says of the constructing, initially a fast-food restaurant. “It wanted numerous work. We needed to intestine it and principally begin from scratch. Nevertheless it’s nearly able to go now.”