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Don Artemio and Goldee’s Barbecue make the James Beard list

A pedestrian walks past Don Artemio.

A pedestrian walks past Don Artemio.

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Two Fort Worth restaurants were recognized as semifinalists in the 2023 James Beard Foundation Awards.

Don Artemio is a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant while Goldee’s Barbecue competes for Best Chef: Texas. Finalists will be announced on March 29th and winners on June 5th.

Since 1991, the James Beard Foundation has given trophies to restaurants across the country. Every year, chefs and restaurants are honored in 23 categories at the awards ceremony.

The nomination for the James Beard Award came as a complete surprise to the co-owners of Don Artemio

When Adrian Burciaga, General Manager and co-owner of Don Artemio, heard about the nomination, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.

“Goosebumps and chills and tears of joy,” Burciaga said of his feelings. “I have honest tears of joy.”

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Adrian Burciaga (left) and Coahuila Cabrito chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas are partners of Don Artemio Mexican Heritage. handout photo

Burciaga hadn’t heard of the nomination until his friend Gino Rojas, owner of Revolver Taco, texted him this morning with the news. Burciaga jumped into action, scouring the James Beard website and checking Facebook to make sure the news was true.

After confirming the news, Burciaga immediately called his wife. Remembering she was on an appointment, he called his partner and friend Don Artemio, chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas.

“We’re all very excited,” Burciaga said. “Very, very emotionally excited.”

Don Artemio opened in April 2022 with the goal of transporting guests to Mexico, not just with the food but also with the architecture, Burciaga said.

Burciaga recalls that in the 10 months since the restaurant opened, it was mentioned that Don Artemio was destined for a James Beard Award, but the staff only cared about making sure diners left happy and with full tummies. Wednesday’s announcement came out of nowhere. Burciaga said it came as a total surprise.

A few must-probs at Don Artemio are the nopalitos fritos tacos appetizer, cabrito al horno or slow-cooked goat dish, the Chilean sea bass in an Oaxacan black mole, and the deconstructed tres leches cake. Burciaga said the restaurant also has 31 Mexican wines ready for opening.

“We’ve had great feedback from the community since day one,” Burciaga said. “We are very excited to be in Fort Worth.”

Don Artemio is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 3268 W. 7th St.

Goldee’s Barbecue’s three pitmasters competed for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Texas

Over at Goldee’s Barbecue, the three pitmasters who jointly own and operate the popular eatery are all aiming for James Beard’s Best Chef: Texas. That would of course be Jalen Heard, Lane Milne and Jonny White.

Goldee’s opened near Kennedale just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in spring 2020. The restaurant never wavered, being ranked #1 in the state for Barbecue by Texas Monthly for October 2021.

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Brisket, sausage, ribs, grits and coleslaw at Goldee’s Barbecue, Bud Kennedy [email protected]

The BBQ area serves brisket, beef ribs, turkey, sausage and many other delicious dishes. Just make sure you get there early to secure a spot in line.

Goldee’s Barbecue is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or until food is gone, located at 4645 Dick Price Road.

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Brayden Garcia is a service journalism reporter at Star-Telegram. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020, where he worked at the student newspaper The Shorthorn. He previously worked for the Dallas Morning News, covering education.