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Little Lilly Sushi

There are sushi bars and then there are sushi bars. Little Lilly is the later. Lilly’s is running under an old-school philosophy – fish, raw, on a plate speaks for itIMG_1313self. I’m on board with that philosophy. Some newer sushi places have stopped short of adding rhinestone tiaras and sparklers to sushi but they still smother rolls in sickly sweet mayo sauces and misguided presentation as marketing gimmicks to distract from lower quality ingredients.

Lilly’s came as a recommendation from the Marketing Goddess, a good friend and fellow foodie in Dallas. I’m normally on the giving end of restaurant recommendations but Marketing Goddess and I have similar tastes and expectations, so off I went.

Lilly is the owner’s daughter. And the Lilly Roll featured under house specialties is a vegetarian roll created for Lilly since she is allergic to all seafood. If you picked up on the personal touch in those two facts, get ready to feel it up close and in real-time when you take a seat.

Minimalist but well-appointed decor. Small, 6 seats at the bar, 20 seats otherwise. No club music. The patrons seem to be the conservative, well-heeled variety, more concerned with quality than price. Lilly’s seems more the place for conversation, good friends and lingering.

Great. Sushi chef was deeply knowledgeable about the offerings and very good at matching  personal tastes to whats on the menu. I’m not usually a fan of salmon nigiri but he highly recommended the wild New Zealand Salmon, claiming he had not tasted anything quite so fresh and flavourful in a long time. He was right.

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All wins.

Litmus Test: For virgin sushi restaurants I have a litmus test of Yellowtail and Fresh Eel nigiri. If those don’t pass, I won’t order anything else and usually, I won’t return. Both passed with exceptional marks.

Salmon Nigiri: Chef mentioned the wild New Zealand salmon was some of the best he had tried. While I’m usually not a fan of salmon nigiri, I had to agree with him, it was stellar!

Hawaii Roll: Since chef was spot on with the salmon nigiri suggestion I asked him to pick out a IMG_1316roll, something offbeat, something I could not not find elsewhere. He proudly made me a Hawaii roll which is tuna & avocado on the in, escolar on the out, topped with a small amount of light sauce made from lime juice and sriracha. An odd taste combination on paper but the flavours were truly a fantastic experience; lime, like lemon,enhancing the fish, sriracha sneaking in and lingering after the fish flavours dissipated.

Lilly is on the high side, however the quality is likewise high. Here, I believe you are getting what pay for. 3 nigiri (2pcs each), 1 roll – $38.

Lunch: 10 August 2013

Little Lilly Sushi | 6100 Camp Bowie | Fort Worth, TX 76116

Trinity Trail, Redux

Back in May I walked part of the Trinity Trail, from Benbrook to South of Fort Worth. While July isn’t really the best time to be trekking 20 miles in Texas, I really wanted to finish the trail for the experience of seeing “the whole thing”.  Aside from a few legs that go off toward the east side of Fort Worth and out west to the Naval Air Base, I’m done!

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From the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead on University St. its a little more of a urban experience. Straightaway, I ran into a group of food trucks gathering at the river’s edge tucked between office parks and other restaurants. From there it was just a short jaunt to the Trinity Park Trailhead opposite the Botanic Gardens. Around Trinity Park there were a couple of places to cross over the river into downtown; that is if you’re good at hopscotch, the crossovers are stepping stones, not bridges. Railroad crossings, standing kayakers and views of downtown Fort Worth emerged.

From the Trinity Park Trailhead up to the Panther Island Trailhead, downtown Fort Worth came more into focus and actually at Panther Island was easy to hop off the trail and down to Sundance Square, which has been the entertainment nucleus of downtown Fort Worth for many years.

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Crossing the river north from Panther Island downtown Fort Worth started to fade away and more pastoral and river views took center. You’ll also find this part of the trail is not frequented by many people, save a few cyclists. When you cross over the river at Hogsett Trailhead, you might as well have a sitdown and enjoy the last view of downtown.


Beyond Hogsett there was nothing to see except the trees and the river, which were nice but the novelty wore off abruptly for me. After a mile or so it became industrial and for a long stretch there was no shade. I went all the way round to Delga Trailhead  near I-35, which is anchored by the small and lonely Delga Park.  I do not recommend going this far. Beyond Delga it was looking sketchy and the noise from the freeways and factories was not pleasant.

My bottom line for Trinity Trail is I like. I would do it again but only from Art Cowsen to Hogsett Trailheads and I would shoot for April or November.  Pop off destinations would be at Trinity Park for the Botanic Gardens, Kimbell and Modern Art Museums and at Panther Island for Sundance Square.


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I was curious about the big explosion of mixed use real estate around the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 30 or so blocks of it snuck in while I wasn’t looking and it’s growing still. I’ve always liked this area of Fort Worth with its density of parks, museums and crazy criss-cross streets, some still with the original bricks from a horse-based transport era gone by.

I walked the area opposite of the Modern Art Museum and stumbled across Terra, a pan middle eastern restaurant buried underneath a tumble of post modern apartments. Anytime is the right time for kebabs!

The interior is soft mod and comfortable, it’s lively without the need to scream through a conversation. Casual, mixed crowd, good patio space, which is probably quite nice on a day that isn’t 103.

Chicken Kebab. So, I forget that the crowd in Fort Worth likes volume which is the polar IMG_1216opposite to the crowd living in its younger sister, Dallas. I asked Server if it was a double order since the plate weighed 3 pounds. Server laughed a little at my surprised expression and said “Good luck and welcome to Fort Worth!”. The chicken was marinaded in saffron and cream then grilled; pleasantly charred on the out, juicy and flavorful on the in. The rice had a distinct flavor of chelo, the Persian saffron rice, but the long grain rice was mixed with a pan fried vermicelli giving it a more silky texture; perfect. Grilled vegetables were just that although did pick up a faint lemon and pepper taste on what was mostly yellow bells, zucchini, button mushrooms and carrots; good pairing with the rice and chicken.

I could barely finish a third of the kebab, so it made for nice snacks later.

Friendly, informative and efficient, apparently with a good sense of humor.

Prices are a little more than normal about $15-20 for the kebabs but factor in that its seriously enough for two people. Unless you live in Fort Worth.

IMG_1213If you are ever in the Fort Worth near the area hosting the Botanic Gardens, Modern Art Museum and The Kimbell, I would definitely hop over University Ave and take a meal break at Terra. Just remember to bring a friend so you can split one Fort Worth sized plate. Also, parking in this area is completely insane so I’d leave your car at the museum and just walk the few blocks; it will take less time and be more enjoyable.

Dinner: 11 July 2013

Terra | 2973 Crockett St | Fort Worth, TX 76107