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Mar 18, 2010 09:46 PM

Drew's Place - Excellent meat and three

It would be nearly impossible to find this place just driving around. It's a couple of blocks off of Camp Bowie Rd and in what looks like a residential section.

Five of us went for lunch. All the vegetables were fantastic, the collard greens and fried okra were particular standouts. Green beans, northern beans, mashed potatoes, etc. were all great.

The smothered pork chops are the specialty of the house and are amazingly good, I got takeout the next day and my wife got them again. Several people at other tables were ordering the whole catfish and fillets. My son got the chicken fried steak, which was actually two smaller, very tender steaks with great coating and luxurious cream gray. Baked chicken with brown gravy was my choice. My only complaint was it was so tender, even the bones were soft and sometimes hard to pick out, but worth it. Only medium note was the cornbread which was a bit dry, but was great for soaking up the pot liquor of the greens.

The next day I picked up some fried chicken to go since it takes 20 minutes to prepare. The hot sauce for the wings was highly recommended. The fried chicken was good, but didn't live up to the bar set by the dishes from the day before. Sweet potato pie was very light, spicy, I prefer a little denser, but worth having.

If you're anywhere in the area, you've got to check it out.

Drew's Place Restaurant
5701 Curzon Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

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  1. I've heard about this place, but never been. Zeke's is on Curzon ... I guess Drew's must be on the other side of Camp Bowie in Como. I will check it out soon ... thanks for the report. I'm always looking for a great chicken fried steak ... and smothered anything is yum.

    1. I'd love to see them open a branch in Dallas near me.

      1. Just wanted to note they are closed Sun/Mon, as I suspected they would be.

        Isn't Drew's running the cafeteria at City Hall now?

        1. Had a late lunch there today ... chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, fried okra, cornbread, sweet potato pie, and a glass of milk.

          The food was all good, nothing really knocked my socks off ... but what did impress me was the very friendly and detail-oriented service. (Fred, meet Drew ...) The waiter knew who was there for the first time (me and another guy). He really seemed to love what he was doing and the restaurant, and to want everyone to come back--should be normal, when you think about it, but how rare is that?

          When I asked for coffee with dessert, he said that if he made a pot and no one drank it during the slow hours, 'she' would get mad if it had to be poured down the drain. And quite right--we definitely shouldn't be wasting such a resource-intensive product. He asked if I wanted a glass of milk instead, and brought it in the giant glasses they serve water and soft drinks in. I used to order milk everywhere I went as a child, and it is hard to get a good, fresh glass of milk, which is what I got.

          Agree with you on the cornbread muffins (a little dry) and sweet potato pie (denser would have been good, and a little less sweet).

          A good place to go for comfort food and a friendly vibe ... I like it, and I want to go back and try the smothered pork chop. I have a feeling it's the kind of place you could go on a bad day, and walk out feeling better.

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          1. re: foiegras

            Went back for the smothered pork chop ... I can live without it. The mac & cheese was very good, and the chocolate cake was good too. Definitely not too sweet. Also had the candied yams, which didn't seem candied to me ... just steamed. No added fat in those, which was nice.

            The people at the table next to me were literally moaning. I wanted to swivel around and directly inquire as to their exact order ... but I did not. I gathered it included catfish, collard greens ("Like spinach, but so much better"), buffalo wings (which they praised), and mac & cheese ("This is real mac & cheese"). I also heard "This tastes like something Aunt Bea would make." A real Aunt Bea, or Aunt Bea of Mayberry fame, I wondered?

            Now I want to try the buffalo wings ... and the catfish. The mac & cheese will become a standard part of my order now, I imagine ...

          2. Went back with a friend recently ... she loved the fried chicken. You know how when the fried chicken is really great you pick the little pieces of breading off the back and eat them, trying to pretend it's not over? That's what she was doing.

            I had the wings awhile ago ... they come out as completely plain fried wings with the sauce on the side, and it's not your standard wing sauce. So I can live without those ...

            I had the chicken fried steak again, and it was really good--significantly better than the last time I had it. Now I gotta go back and try the fried chicken ...

            The owners were there ... I don't know Mrs Drew's name, but I was really impressed with her--super friendly and nice. She should give lessons, I would send people to her from other restaurants ;)

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            1. re: foiegras

              So now that you've been a few times, I just have to ask. Do they call you by name? After going there ONCE, the lady at the front counter has never forgotten our names. My husbands goes there about twice a month with the gang at work. It's like going home to eat lunch! Not so great for the waistline but yes, you do feel so much better leaving after a hard day.

              1. re: ftworthchow66

                No, they do not ;) But that's OK ... when you post in detail on CH it's best not to be remembered too well, I always feel ...