Best of 2021: 10 restaurant features from Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth

Thai Monkey offers a variety of authentic dishes from all regions of Thailand. (Courtesy Thai Monkey)
Thai Monkey offers a variety of authentic dishes from all regions of Thailand. (Courtesy Thai Monkey)

Thai Monkey offers a variety of authentic dishes from all regions of Thailand. (Courtesy Thai Monkey)

Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth are home to restaurants that serve up a variety of entrees, flavors and aesthetics. Here is a look at 10 local eateries featured by Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

Boca 31 in Keller home to dynamic blend of Latin American cuisines

Boca 31's cuisine incorporates influences from throughout Latin America, and owner Andres Meraz said he draws on his extensive culinary experience at The Ritz-Carlton and Restaurante Akelarre, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Spain.

Doc's Street Grill owner brings Caribbean flavors to Roanoke

“I picked the kind of food that I enjoy,” Doc's Street Grill owner Steve Alade said. “I grew up around a lot of West Indians and Caribbean individuals, and also, I’m of Nigerian descent, so [there’s] a lot of the similarities between the culture.”


Del Campo Empanadas in Fort Worth celebrates anniversary

Del Campo Empanadas offers an array of empanadas filled with beef, chicken, shrimp, and other meats or vegetables, but the Argentine-style offerings are the most popular, according to co-owner Andrea Cacho-Gigante and Rebeca Gigante, her daughter. The sweet empanadas also have their share of fans.

Cafe Medi in Keller traces success to family atmosphere, recipes

Cafe Medi’s menu features many classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes, such as gyros made with roasted beef and lamb, and dolmas—grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions, dill and other seasonings. Owner Manos Moursi said other favorites include moussaka, a type of casserole made with eggplant, beef, Parmesan and bechamel that is topped with marinara.

Owner of Thai Monkey restaurant brings taste of home to Roanoke

Thai Monkey owner Koung Xaymoungkhoun is not your typical businessperson. Along with her authentic Thai restaurant in Roanoke, she not only has two other restaurants in the metroplex, but she is also a nursing student.

Owners of Fort Worth's Beacon Cafe on Beach Street look to keep diner's traditions

Beacon Cafe on Beach Street’s menu focuses on American-style comfort food with some Tex-Mex options. The cafe also features the Aviators Coffee and Espresso Bar, in addition to tea, hot chocolate and fruit smoothies.

Roscoe's Coffee House owner finds niche in Keller

In addition to its coffee offerings, Roscoe’s Coffee House also serves housemade baked goods, fruit smoothies and breakfast tacos. As business continues to improve, owner Alan Spicer said he would like to add lunch fare to the menu.

Los Compadres brings upscale, Mexico City-style Tex-Mex cuisine to Roanoke

The restaurant’s Mexico City-style recipes are all derived from chef Jose Mendez’s family—his mother, aunt and wife all contributed their knowledge to the menu. Using only fresh, high-quality ingredients, everything on the menu is homemade.

Despite unique name, Fort Worth seafood restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric

Out of everything on Shuck Me’s diverse menu, chief operating partner Bill Curci said it is known for its fried catfish. Shuck Me offers fried combo baskets, which include different ratios of catfish, shrimp and oysters.

Kassandra's Mexican Kitchen: Local restaurateur's business becomes community spot

“I love this business,” Kassandra's Mexican Kitchen owner Juan Perez said. “Every morning I come here, I’m so happy because I have a job, and I always thank the Lord because I have this place to work.”
By Steven Ryzewski
Steven Ryzewski is the editor for Community Impact Newspaper's Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth editions. Before joining Community Impact in 2021, he worked in hyperlocal journalism for nine years in Central Florida as an editor, sports editor and correspondent.