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What to Eat and Drink in Fort Worth

What to Eat and Drink in Fort Worth

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As the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When arriving in Fort Worth, the first thing I noticed was the Art Deco architecture; it was stunning. It was easy to extrapolate that Fort Worth enjoyed a boom during the 1940s, as a majority of the buildings and even warehouses displayed quintessential architectural elements from that period.

This ultra-clean city has a lot to offer, from tree-lined streets to amazing museums like The Kimbell, which at the time of my visit had a free exhibit that included Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, and Matisse. Exploring the city quickly reveals that it has a lot of history: there’s the site where John F. Kennedy gave an impromptu speech before he was assassinated in Dallas and the newly renovated Sundance Square — don’t be fooled by thinking this is one block. This “square” is 35 blocks, and includes many shops, restaurants, and an expansive outdoor community space where movies are shown during the summer.

When you say Texas, most people think BBQ and pig roasts, cowboy boots and hats. One of Texas’s most renowned chefs, Lou Lambert, has a great space in Fort Worth that he uses for private events and pig roasts in the Near Southside. Chef Lou put on one of the most beautiful pig roasts I’ve ever attended. The only thing that outshined the décor was the food. The glorious smell of the pig roasting, the buzz of servers delivering whiskey cocktails from a local distiller, and the live music by Fort Worth’s own Luke Wade, a contestant on The Voice last year, all came together to create a unique and delicious experience. Dining on expertly roasted pork, mac and cheese, and grilled asparagus was a great way to start my trip.

If you like breakfast, then you’ll be very happy with your options here. My first breakfast was at Brewed, a kitschy coffee house and restaurant that feels like your friend’s living room. I ordered the house-made scones; the rosemary, Asiago, and Canadian bacon scone was ethereal. The chilaquiles with serrano grits and veggie scramble were up next — the little bit of heat from the chilaquiles worked really well with the creamy grits. Brewed is well-known for biscuits and gravy, and although I was full, the temptation to order some was really strong.

With the cool, rainy weather, it seemed like a good idea to get a coffee drink. I chose Avoca, a local coffee roaster and coffee house. You can watch the owners at Avoca roast coffee on-site from the internal window. They sell their bagged coffee at their shop, so you can just grab your favorite roast and go. The baristas clearly take as much pride in making your coffee as the owners do in roasting it. My mocha was well-balanced and beautiful. It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to drink it, but the sweet smell of a light roast and chocolate beckoned me to take a sip.

Walking around a city can make you hungry, and it was time for lunch. A stop into The Little Red Wasp was just what I had in mind. As you walk into the restaurant, you’ll notice the large map on the wall that shows all of the local food suppliers they use. The menu at Little Red Wasp has a good variety of dishes to choose from, and since I came here to eat, I wasn’t ordering salad. I was in Texas and I felt obligated to try their BBQ chicken with mac and cheese, subbing out the Brussels sprouts for snap peas. The chicken was to die for. Seriously. Tender, juicy, and melt-in-your-mouth good. The sauce had a deep, rich reddish brown color with flavors to match and a tiny bit of heat. The mac and cheese was equally as good and perfectly al dente (who wants mushy noodles? No one!). I left very satisfied and actually glad that I ordered the lunch size; otherwise, I would have eaten twice as much.

One of the distilleries in Fort Worth is TreyMark Distillery, which produces a unique-tasting vodka. Yes, vodka is a neutral grain spirit and should be tasteless, but all vodka has some flavor, simply from the terroir and the products from which it’s made. TreyMark makes their vodka from black eyed peas and corn. The distillery is located in an old refurbished firehouse. The vodka has a clean flavor with a bit of a nutty taste. A little different for a vodka, but definitely a tasty one.

What to Eat and Drink in Fort Worth - Recipes

- 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
- 3 tablespoons blackening spice
- 1 tablespoon cumin, ground
- 3/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 (6 inch) tortillas
- 1 teaspoon oregano leaves, dried
- 2 1/2 cups yellow onions, diced
- 2 cups green bell peppers, chopped
- 1 1/4 cups green chile peppers, roasted and diced with juices
- 1/4 cup fresh jalapeno peppers, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups chicken stock

Blackening Spice [Mix all ingredients, well]
- 2 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon Guajillo chile powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon cumin

1) Combine 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of the blackening spice, ½ teaspoon of the cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon of the nutmeg.

2) Sprinkle the pork evenly with this mixture, and mix by hand until thoroughly combined.

3) Heat the oil in a heavy 4 quart pot over high heat.

4) Add the meat and, stirring as necessary, cook just until browned.

5) Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, getting as many of the tiny pieces out as possible, and set aside.

6) In the same oil, fry the tortillas over high heat until browned and very crisp, and then drain on paper towels.

7) Combine the remaining blackening spice, cumin, nutmeg, and the oregano in a small bowl, and then add to the hot oil.

8) Cook the seasonings over high heat, stirring constantly, until they roast, about 10 to 15 seconds.

9) Add 1 1/2 cups of the onions, and cook, stirring constantly and scraping the pan bottom well, for 10 to 15 seconds.

10) Stir in 1 cup of the bell peppers, 1/2 cup of the green chilies, and 2 tablespoons of the jalapeno peppers.

11) Cook for 8 minutes, stirring fairly often, constantly toward the end of cooking time, and scraping the pan bottom well each time.

12) Stir in the garlic, cook, and stir a few seconds.

13) Add the flour, stirring until well blended and scraping the pan bottom clean, and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring and scraping almost constantly to make sure the mixture doesn't scorch.

14) Add 1 cup of the stock, scraping the pan bottom until all the browned bits are dissolved, and then add the remaining 4 cups of stock.

15) Stir until well blended, and scrape the pan bottom clean again. Continue cooking over high heat, stirring occasionally.

16) Meanwhile, remove 1 cup of the stock from this mixture, and place in a food processor.

17) Crumble the fried tortillas, add them to the processor, and process until the tortillas are finely chopped, about 30 to 45 seconds.

18) Stir the tortilla mixture into the cooking stock mixture.

19) Stir in the remaining onions and bell peppers, and then add the meat, stirring well.

20) Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring and scraping fairly often (be careful not to let the mixture scorch) for 50 minutes.

21) Stir in the remaining green chilies and jalapeno peppers, and simmer and stir for 15 minutes.

22) Skim off any oil from the surface, and serve immediately. Use water to thin if necessary, or when reheating.

Eat. Drink. Cowtown.

2020 gave us lemons, so we’re making lemonade – and a whole lot more. In lieu of our yearly festival, we’re hosting a week long celebration of our culinary community. From curbside specials to perfect pairings, your local food and beverage faves will be giving you the most delicious ways to help keep Fort Worth strong.

Avoca Coffee Roasters | Special menu item featuring a TX Bourbon Butterscotch Latte. Additionally, daily coffee + pastry pairings Monday thru Friday, with a pop-up by Hao & Dixya Saturday from 11-2. | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-924-1514

Baked by Brewed | House Made Dessert Only with Adult Crafted Coffees, Milkshakes, Beer & Cocktails | Concept launching Friday, Oct. 23 | 817-945-1545

Big Kat Burgers | Offering their burger that would have been featured at the 2020 FWFWF, the Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger. | Check out their website for a daily location for their food truck on the website. | Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sunday, Oct. 25

Black Kat Pizza | Special event with three FWFWF participants featuring a six course dinner extravaganza that will showcase Jaime's (Owner of Black Cat) and Trevor's (Pitmaster at Brix Barbecue) love affair with food as well as beautiful beer pairings with the help of Erin Rahr of Rahr & Son's. The evening's courses will range from charcuterie, to aged tomahawk steaks, to dessert you'll never forget. Each course comes with an ENTIRE beer. A few of the pairings will be exclusive Rahr & Sons offerings, available for a limited time. Tickets are limited get yours HERE. | Sunday, Oct. 25

Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine | Special Prixe Fixe Menu featuring Bonnell’s Classics, as well as a few new items from the upcoming Fall Seasonal Menu. View the menu here. | Cost: $65 per person, with option to add cocktail and wine pairings for $25 per person | Tuesday, Oct. 20th - Saturday Oct. 24th | 817-738-5489

Brewed | Hosting a special event: Lakewood Brewery Pint Night! Will have 4 Lakewood Brewery Crafted Beers available and will pair with snack items like Brisket Egg Rolls, Pulled Pork Sliders and Mac and Cheese Bites | Friday, Oct. 23 | 817-945-1545

Brix Barbecue | Special event with three FWFWF participants featuring a six course dinner extravaganza that will showcase Jaime's (Owner of Black Cat) and Trevor's (Pitmaster at Brix Barbecue) love affair with food as well as beautiful beer pairings with the help of Erin Rahr of Rahr & Son's. The evening's courses will range from charcuterie, to aged tomahawk steaks, to dessert you'll never forget. Each course comes with an ENTIRE beer. A few of the pairings will be exclusive Rahr & Sons offerings, available for a limited time. Tickets are limited get yours HERE. | Sunday, October 25

Dayne's Craft Barbecue | Special event featuring HOGTOBERFEST: Whole Hog Barbecue, House-made Bratwurst, Live Polka Music and Oktoberfest Beer. A fun spin on their typical Texas Barbecue menu. Get updates and details HERE. | Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-889-1678

Dough Boy Donuts | Special menu item offering Donut breakfast sandwich | Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sunday Oct. 25 | 682-841-7797

Dusty Biscuit Beignets | Special menu item featuring fan favorite Crème Brûlée Beignets. These feature a hot French Quarter-style beignet that is filled with housemade crème pâtissière, drizzled with our bourbon-vanilla syrup and pure cane sugar, and brûléed. | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-841-9255

Ellerbe Fine Foods | Ellerbe is offering a three course dinner menu + wine pairings, for guests to enjoy in the restaurant or curbside. Enjoy a delicious Italian meal Ellerbe-style. For $38++ per person, we're featuring the following menu: First Course - Demases Farm Winter Squash and Grilled Romaine with Creamy Garlic and Cracked Pepper Dressing, Torn Croutons, Toasted Texas Pecans Second course - Braised Beef Ragu with Roasted Market Tomatoes, Rigatoni, Italian Herbs, Shaved Grana Padano Third Course - Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cake with Port Poached B&G Garden Pears, Whipped Mascarpone, Toasted Pinenuts. Our wine pairing is available for dine-in or curbside as well: To Go: 1 Bottle of Each Wine ($35 for the wine pairing package) Franco Serra Gavi Piedmont, Italy 2018 AND TorCalvano Sangiovese Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Tuscany, Italy 2016. Dine In: 4oz of each wine ($18 for the pairing) Franco Serra Gavi Piedmont, Italy 2018 AND TorCalvano Sangiovese Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Tuscany, Italy 2016 AND Belstar Prosecco, Italy NV | Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 817-926-3663

Fixe Southern House | Special prix fixe menu with Fixe favorites. Available during lunch and dinner. View the menu. | $40 per person, with option to add select bottles of wine with a special price of $36/bottle | Monday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 25 | 682-707-3965

FnG Eats | Winter is Coming “Take Out” Old Fashioned Dinner | Dinner includes 4 courses for two people (Share Appetizer, Salad, Entrée, Share Dessert, 2 bottles [4 drinks per bottle total] - FnG Best Damned Old Fashioned) | Menu: Poached Apricot and Marscapone Crostini + FnG Waldorf Salad + FnG Best Damned Old Fashioned Cotton Club One Minute Steak + Bourbon Sticky Toffee Pudding | Cost: $150 per couple ($75 Per Person - Excludes Tax and Gratuity) | Friday, Oct. 23 | 817-741-5200

Four Sisters - A Taste of Vietnam | One FREE Pork Belly Bao with a purchase of an entree on mention of Eat. Drink. Cowtown. Limit one per customer. | Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 682-385-9353

Funkytown Donuts & Drafts | Donut and Beer pairing featuring donuts for 2: (8) minis + (4) canned beers from Martin House | Menu: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Donut Paired with Martin House Superfast Jellyfish (pineapple sour beer), Blood Orange Bullseye Donut Paired with Martin House Orange Cream Beer, Peanut Butter Filled with Dark Chocolate Glaze Paired with Panther Island Sweet Fang (Peanut butter chocolate stout), Pecan Pie Donut Paired with Martin House Hefeweizen | Pre-order is required by calling or emailing at least 24 hours in advance. Pick up at Sundance Square location only (132 E. 4th Street) on Friday between 11am - 3pm OR Saturday between 11am - 3pm OR 5pm - 9pm. | Friday, Oct. 23 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | [email protected] or 817-862-7337

Gold Ribbon Confections | FWFWF Fan Favorite TX Dugout Pie - Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie made with TX Whiskey and served with a scoop of MELT ice cream | Monday, Oct. 19 - Saturday Oct. 24 | 682-227-6040

GRACE | Six Course Tasting | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-877-3388

Grand Cru Wine Bar | Grand Cru Wine Bar is now open for indoor service and will feature a special Fall Flight & Bite Tasting for EAT. DRINK. COWTOWN! This fantastic flight includes: Delicious Apple Cider Maple Meatball Skewer paired w/Tormaresca Primitivo - Savory Pumpkin Hummus paired w/Le Clos Viognier - Popcorn w/Sesame-Glazed Pistachios paired w/Kraemer Blanc de Blanc Brut | Cost: $20 per person | Grand Cru will be happy to bag up your special Flight to-go upon request. | Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-923-1717

Grounds & Gold Co. | Special Menu served in evenings from 4pm to close featuring Bourbon Marinated Beef Bulgolgi Tacos served with a Maple Bourbon Pecan Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette. | Get a free slice of Gold Ribbon Pie with purchase of two dinner specials when you mention Eat. Drink. Cowtown. | Monday Oct. 19 - Saturday Oct. 24 | 682-227-6040

JOY Macarons | $5 Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches | Saturday Oct. 24 - Sunday Oct. 25 | 682-707-3604

Kent & Co. Magnolia Wine Bar | Mention EAT.DRINK.COWTOWN for all offers. FIRST OFFER: 15% off all to go wine Tues Oct 19th - Sat Oct 24th. SECOND OFFER: Select $5 Bubbles or Red, White, and Rose Wines with purchase of Salmon Board or Charcuterie Board. Tues Oct 19th - Thurs Oct 22nd. THIRD OFFER: Select $5 Bubbles or Red, White, and Rose Wines and Craft beer Saturday Oct 24th Noon - 5 PM. | Enjoy all of our food and wines on Friday Oct 23rd from 6 to 10 pm with Live music from The Voice season 3 stand out Aquile! | 817-632-6070

Leaves Book and Tea Shop | FIRST OFFER: Tea Tasting box that can be used as a standalone tea tasting or paired directly with Stir Crazy Baked Goods' FWFWF offerings | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | SECOND OFFER: Take home cocktail kit for two inspired by soon-to-be-open Tulips | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | THIRD OFFER: Take home mocktail kit for two designed by Elevated Elixir | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 FOURTH OFFER: Special tea pairing matched with Carpenter's Catering | Thursday, Oct. 22 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 682-233-4832

Legal Draft Beer Co. | Mention EAT. DRINK. COWTOWN. and get 10% off your beer purchases – for there or to go! | Thursday, Oct. 22 - Saturday, Oct. 25 | 682-410-4442

Little Red Wasp | Special menu item offering Pork Shank Carnitas (Charro Beans | Jalapeño Slaw | Avocado | Corn Tortillas) | Available for lunch and dinner | Monday Oct. 19 - Sunday Oct. 25 | 817-877-3111

Mac's on Main | Four course dinner prix fixe including appetizer, soup/salad course, entree and dessert. View the menu. | Cost: $45.00 | Offering discount on select wines with dinner | Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-251-6227

Magdalena's | Featuring a Special Curbside Paella + Wine Dinner | Menu: Spanish Cobb Salad - Romaine, Chopped Farm Eggs, Spanish Chorizo, Avocado, Cotija, Poblano Buttermilk, Seafood Paella - Shrimp, Little Neck Clams, Mussels, All Natural Chicken, Sofrito, Oregano, Spanish Chorizo, Bomba Rice, Lemon Aioli, Accoutrement - Spanish Baguette, Spanish Tortilla, Almonds, and Olives | Serves: 4 $70 (food only) Food available hot or cold with heating instructions | Pre-order available through October 19th at 3:00 PM by email: [email protected] | October 21 pickup from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Wine Add-ons Available - 2017 Poseidon Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley $28 2017 Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills Lake County, CA $32 Selections available through Put A Cork In It | Pre-order by 3:00 PM on Monday, October 19 by calling 817-924-2675 | wines will be available for pickup at Magdalena's with your curbside order on Wednesday, October 21

MELT ice creams | Special Fall MELTshake (Apple Butter ice cream, apple brandy butterscotch, blended with milk to make it rich and creamy, topped with whipped cream, walnut oat crumble and roasted apple chunks) | Special Cost: $6 | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-886-8365

Michaels Cuisine Restaurant & Bar | Special Curbside meal offering a Mixteco dinner of our MC Happy hour chips & dips, Maggi-Lime Salad, MC Ancho Mixteco casserole, Borracho beans and TX whiskey Peach cobbler "Empanadas Mexicanas" (Feeds 4+) | Cost: $80.00. The Mixteco Dinner can become a Party by adding Our South Texas Margarita Kit for $45! | Monday, Oct. 19 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 817-877-3413

Pearl Snap Kolaches | New signature menu items including Zucchini Chips, Onion Strings and the Signature Salad | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-233-8899

PROPER | Three course menu and cocktail pairing with a special collaboration by St. Germain brand ambassador and spirits specialist, Jones Long and local Chef, Victor Villarreal of the up and coming restaurant La Onda. View the menu. | Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Saturday, Oct. 24: 4p-9p , Sunday, Oct. 25: 11a-4p | 817-984-1133 (special giveaway from St. Germain with purchase of meal package).

Rack Attack BBQ | Special Event with Live Music and Certified Hereford Beef, Brisket Empanada smothered in queso blanco, and paired with Panther Island Brewing, newly released Queso Blanco Mexican Lager. Both items come together as a package. View the event page. | Friday, Oct. 23 | 682-410-4442

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company | FIRST OFFER: Mention Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival and get 25% off Curbside beer and merch. | Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 817-602-6567 | SECOND OFFER: Special event with 3 FWFWF participants featuring a 6 course dinner extravaganza that will showcase Jaime's (Owner of Black Cat) and Trevor's (Pitmaster at Brix Barbecue) love affair with food as well as beautiful beer pairings with the help of Erin Rahr of Rahr & Son's. The evening's courses will range from charcuterie, to aged tomahawk steaks, to dessert you'll never forget. Each course comes with an ENTIRE beer. A few of the pairings will be exclusive Rahr & Sons offerings, available for a limited time. Tickets are limited get yours HERE. | Sunday, Oct. 25

Reata Restaurant | Featuring FWFWF Favorites Buffalo Blue Cheese Meatballs, Jalapeño Cheddar Grits and BBQ Molasses BBQ Chicken with Cowboy Beans and Loaded Potato Salad and BBQ Sauce Smoked Pork Belly Taco with Fire Roasted Salsa, Pickled Red Onion, Candied Jalapeños Finished with an Avocado Crema Tamale Burger with Fried Onion Strings, Pico, Sundried Tomato Cream, Pecan Mash on a Brioche Bun Pickle Brined Fried Chicken on a Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onion Waffle finished with Spicy Maple Syrup Abuelita Pumpkin Flan | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-336-1009

Stir Crazy Baked Goods | Special menu offering showcasing options for FWFWF's Nite Bites: Whiskey Cherry Cake, Manhattan Cupcakes, TX Whiskey Maple Pecan Minipies | Thursday, Oct. 22 - Saturday, Oct. 24 | 817-862-9058

Tributary Cafe | FIRST OFFER: Special burger featuring the Chicory Coffee rubbed burger with blue cheese, tiger sauce onions and Arugula | SECOND OFFER: Special menu item featuring blackened pork chop with creole mustard cream and green onion cheese grits | Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | 817-832-0823

Waters Restaurant | FIRST OFFER: Waters will be offering a complimentary order of our amazing calamari with the purchase of two entrees and the mention of Eat. Drink. Cowtown. | Monday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 25 | SECOND OFFER: Special in home cooking instruction for our New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp available for curbside pick up. Each to-go package will include all ingredients needed to make the dish, a video instruction by Chef Bonnell and step by step instructions. | Thursday, Oct. 22 | 817-984-1110

50 Things to Eat in Fort Worth Before You Die

FunkyTown Donut’s recently opened a store on Rosedale and they bring a whole new game to donuts. Each donut is unique and will show your taste buds what a real donut is like. Their Totally Toffee donut is perfect for any chocolate loving, sweet craving, donut lover.

2. Challah French Toast with Berries from Bird Cafe

While Bird Cafe has some pretty decent lunch and dinner menus, their brunch menu is where it is really at. This french toast is one of the things that proves it all.

3. Blue Goat Burger from Rodeo Goat

If you are craving a burger, you’ll have to go to Rodeo Goat and get yourself one of these burgers. The juicy patty is complimented with blue cheese slaw, caramelized onions, and garlic herb mayo. Rodeo Goat never disappoints, no wonder it is a Fort Worth favorite.

4. Cappuccino from Avoca Coffee

Head on over to Avoca Coffee and expect to stay there awhile. Avoca is known for its relaxing ambiance that only a local coffee shop could have. Not only will you enjoy the atmosphere, but the cappuccinos are killer with their taste and creamer designs.

5. Turkey Avocado Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries from Brewed

Photo by Merissa De Falcis

Brewed is definitely one of the biggest hot spots around Fort Worth, so of course it made it to this list. Grab a friend, coffee, this sandwich (don’t forget the fries) and you have yourself the perfect little lunch date.

6. The Thirteenth Pie from Thirteen Pies

The Thirteenth Pie from Thirteen Pie always changes, so you’ll never know what you’ll get. However, it always promises to be the most fantastic and unique pizza you’ll ever eat. This one is has clams on it. Have you ever seen that on a pizza before?

7. Blue Moon Mojito from Mash’d

If you need some drinks after a hard day of work, Mash’d on West 7th is your place to go. Their Blue Moon Mojito is perfectly refreshing and sweet. Check out their happy hour to get all your fave mason jar drinks for way cheaper.

8. Vegan Nachos from Spiral Dinner

Photo courtesy of @spiraldiner on Instagram

Not even the biggest meat eater can deny these nachos. Spiral Diner proves that eating vegan doesn’t mean losing flavor.

9. Happy Hour at Blue Mesa

Say yes to margaritas and unlimited quesadillas. Not only is the food cheap during happy hour at Blue Mesa, it’s delicious too.

10. German Pancakes from Ol’ South Pancake House

Most say it’s actually best to go to this breakfast restaurant at night in order to satisfy those late night cravings. Nonetheless, these pancakes are good any time of the day.

11. Ice Cream Cone from Melt Ice Cream

Found in Fort Worth, Melt Ice Cream is iconic to the area. It’s hard to tell you which flavor to get because they are always changing. However, I promise you cannot go wrong. Plus, you can always try every flavor till you find your perfect match.

12. Texas Waffle from Vickery Cafe

Always wanted to have a waffle in the shape of Texas? Well Vickery Cafe is your place. It’s a patriotic breakfast for any true Texan.

13. Lobster Mac & Cheese from MAX’s Wine Dive

This is the place to go if you want the delicious combo of lobster and mac & cheese. It’s the perfect amount of cheesy goodness and fresh lobster.

14. The Gus from Cane Rosso

Cane Rosso is named the “Best Pizza in Dallas” so obviously you have to try it. The Gus includes sausage and mushrooms, which you can never go wrong with.

15. BLT from Righteous Foods

If you are craving a little California while in Texas, Righteous Foods is the place to go. The bright interior makes you feel like you are in the Golden State even on a rainy day. Go for lunch and try their BLT for a healthy take on the classic sandwich.

16. Crazy Burger from Holy Frijole Food Truck

Fort Worth’s food trucks always have the best food, and Holy Frijole is no exception. Their Crazy Burger seems to have the name for a reason: it’s crazy good.

17. Bagel Sandwich from Yogi’s Deli and Grill

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who know and love Yogi’s, and those who have never been there. I promise there is no in-between.

18. Create Your Own Pizza from Pizza Snob

You don’t know pizza until you’ve tried Pizza Snob. Located right on TCU’s campus, it’s a fan favorite for all the students. Choose your own cheese, sauce, and toppings to create a one-of-a-kind person to call your own (trust me, you won’t want to share).

19. Brunch at Social House

Social House is known for its lively, social atmosphere. So no wonder brunch is the best meal to eat here. Choose between options such as the Breakfast Tacos, Belgian Waffle, or The Elvis (banana waffle with bacon and peanut butter) and enjoy some time with your friends and family.

20. Chicken and Waffles from Fixture

You can’t come to Texas without trying chicken and waffles, and there is no better place to go other than Fixture. As you can see, Fixture puts an elegant, modern twist on all of its dishes. You won’t think the same about chicken and waffles ever again.

21. Popsicle from Steel City Pops

Before you come to Fort Worth, you may think “popsicles are just popsicles”. But that my friend, is where you are all wrong. Steel City Pops will make you change how you redefine “popsicle”. Choose between any of the creamy popsicles or fruity popsicles to see how a real popsicle is done.

Check out our rankings so you’re prepared next time you go in.

22. French Toast with Fruit from Cafe Brazil

Cafe Brazil is a must if you are in Fort Worth. Although they have both breakfast and lunch foods, most would say you’ll have to go with the breakfast. This french toast will explain why.

23. Beef Ribs from Woodshed

Woodshed’s signature taste is one of a kind, including their ribs. Smokey wood flavors sink deep within the tender meat which pulls apart oh-so easily. All you’ll have left is bone.

In addition, the outdoor patio creates a lively scene that makes you feel like you are having a BBQ party back home. You can even bring your dog to sit outside and eat with you.

24. Fajita Plate from Joe T. Garcia’s

Joe T.’s is a Fort Worth classic and should definitely be one of the first places you hit up when you come to Texas. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in the area, but this is one that tops them all. Go for a fajita plate for a flavor packed meal.

25. Donuts from Dough Boy Donuts

Getting your hands on Dough Boy Donuts can be a little tricky since they are a food truck always on the move. However, once you do it is worth totally worth every ounce of effort.

26. Sugar Cookie from J. Rae’s

Photo courtesy of @jraesbakery on Instagram

You don’t know sugar cookies until you’ve been to J. Rae’s by West 7th. Each bite is a little piece of heaven that’ll surely make you crave for more. The sugar cookies designs change by season, but you can always call in an order if you’re desiring something a little special.

27. Tenderloin Tamales from Reata

Photo courtesy of @neauxsalads on Instagram

If you’re craving a little upscale dining, Reata is the place to go. This ranch-styled restaurant is perfect for any event. Any tamale lover will go berserk over these tenderloin tamales (a starter). They are one of their most popular items for a reason.

28. Tequila Lime Chicken Nachos from Yucatan Taco Stand

These nachos will keep you begging for more. Share with a friend (or don’t) to have one of the best dishes on Magnolia.

29. Purple Oreo from Fruitealicious

The most refreshing drinks on TCU’s campus come from Fruitealicious. This bubble tea shop is known for their fruity tea drinks, however, their Purple Oreo drink is out of this world. It is made with taro and tastes exactly like an Oreo milkshake. Who doesn’t love that purple color!

30. Tacos from Velvet Taco

As you might be able to tell, we take our tacos very seriously in the Fort. Thus, our next stop comes to yet another great taco stand. From Buffalo Chicken to Falafel, this taco stand has something for everyone.

31. Pad Thai from Spice

Located on Magnolia, Spice is one of the all hailing queens of Thai food. Packed with tons of flavor, this place delivers only the best. The Pad Thai is a classic that you’ll have to get your hands on.

32. Specialty Donuts from Papa Yun’s Donuts

There is a reason why you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to take your pick from Papa Yun’s Donuts before they sell out: they are down right delicious. Their specialty donuts are only sold on the weekend and change frequently. However, if you have a specific flavor in mind, you can do just about anything by calling ahead an order.

33. Trailer Park Taco and Queso from Torchy’s Tacos

Some say that Torchy’s Tacos are one of the bests in town, which I definitely agree with. Although Torchy’s did not start in Fort Worth, it is by far a favorite. So much, that many bring out-of-state family here, along with other places. Their Trailer Park Taco includes a bed of fried chicken (it’s Texas what do you expect) that you will sure devour in seconds.

34. Tacos from Taco Heads

Taco Heads is another taco place that you’ll have to visit when in Fort Worth. There are so many good tacos at this place, I really couldn’t tell you which one to try.

35. Custard from Curly’s Frozen Custard

There are not many custard places down here in the South. However, Curly’s is one place that lives up to the name of true custard. If you’re anywhere from the North, this place will take you back home.

36. Brisket and Ribs from Last Supper BBQ

This food truck is hands down one of the best BBQ places in Fort Worth. You have to get there early before they sell out. It’s that good. Last Supper BBQ is only open on Saturdays, so you have to check their Facebook for updates.

37. Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Stuffed Grilled Cheese from Gorgonzilla Food Truck

Food trucks in Fort Worth always come up with the best, craziest food creations. Gorgonzilla specializes in all kinds of grilled cheese. Try their Pulled Pork and Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese, you can thank me later.

38. Warm Cookies from Tiff’s Treats

The best part of these cookies is that you don’t even have to leave your house to get them. Yes, they deliver. Not only do you not have to leave to pick them up, but they are delivered just as warm as they would be if you made them in your own oven at home.

39. Fried Oreos from the State Fair of Texas

If you visit Fort Worth during the State Fair (located in Dallas), you have to take the ride over. This iconic fair is known for frying every kind of food you can imagine. Don’t forget to save some room for these Fried Oreos that put regular Oreos to shame.

40. Sushi from Blue Sushi

Blue Sushi is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Fort Worth. If you’re not the biggest sushi fan, try hitting this place up. The wide variety of sushi fits everyone from the beginner to the most experienced sushi eater.

41. Breakfast Tacos from Melis Taqueria

Hidden off the main roads you’ll find Melis Taqueria. Although it is not the most popular taco place, it is a Fort Worth gem. Go for some breakfast tacos to see how they really should be done.

42. Chocolate Cake from Stir Crazy Baked Goods

Stir Crazy has some of the best baked goods in Fort Worth. However, its chocolate cake is sure to please any mouth.

43. House-made Cherry Almond Milk from Juice Junkies

This homemade milk from Juice Junkies will make you realize what true wholesome ingredients are really about. It’s the perfect amount of creamy and sweet that will make you feel good inside and out.

44. Macarons from JOY Macarons

Ok fine, JOY Macarons isn’t exactly in Fort Worth (it’s close to Dallas). But it’s close enough of a drive that it is a must for any macaron lover. I highly recommend the Pistachio and Salted Caramel flavors.

45. Unlimited Nacho Bar at Chuy’s

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Everyone in the Fort Worth area knows (or should) about the unlimited nacho bar during Chuy’s happy hour. Yes, that unlimited chips, unlimited queso, unlimited everything. For sure one of the best Tex-Mex restaurants in the area.

46. Ice Cream Sandwich at Sweet Sammies

The best ice cream sandwiches in Fort Worth come from Sweet Sammies. Choose between a variety of Blue Bell ice cream flavors and cookies to create your own beautiful masterpiece.

47. Specialty Pizzas from Mellow Mushroom

If you are looking for your not-so-average pizza, you’ll have to check out Mellow Mushroom. Their pizzas are topped filled with mouth watering ingredients. If you’re drooling at the picture above, order the Bayou Blue and Red Skin Potato Pie.

48. Banana Nut Waffles from Press Cafe

If you are a brunch person, you’ll have to head over to Press Cafe and try these waffles. Almost a combination of breakfast and dessert, you get the best of both worlds.

49. Fried Chicken and Jack Sandwich from East Hampton Sandwich Co.

If you are in Fort Worth on a budget, but don’t want to compromise taste this sandwich is your answer. The Fried Chicken and Jack Sandwich proves that sandwiches don’t have to be boring.

50. TCU Donut from Circle Donuts

Last but not least, you cannot go to Fort Worth without getting yourself a TCU donut from Circle Donuts. Fort Worth bleeds purple and once you visit, you will too.

Eating in Fort Worth: What’s Your Favorite Spot?

Recently I spent a few days in Fort Worth and when the time came to drive home, I didn’t want to leave. Here are a few spots I hit. Tell me where to go next time.

Recently I spent a few days in Fort Worth and when the time came to drive home, I didn’t want to leave. The cover story of current issue of D Magazine is devoted to Fort Worth. We highlighted as many activities, shops, museums, restaurants, and events as we could cram into the space we had. Needless to say, we could have added 20 more pages and still missed some quirky cool spot.

The staff divided the city into beats and each of us took an area and combed through it. I picked The Stockyards. I called my old (old!) friend and real cowboy, Steve “Cowboy” Murrin.

After a few hours, I asked him where he wanted to have lunch. He continued his talk on the history of the area and steered me to the front door of the Star Cafe, where they have been serving food since the early 1900s. Cowboy and I feasted on a thin T-bone steak while my friend dug into a thick chicken-fried steak covered in cream gravy.

Here is my quick guide to The Stockyards. I’m headed back soon and would love to hear about your favorite spots in Fort Worth.

Eat and Drink - Best Restaurants in Fort Worth

Fort Worth cuisine is as flavorful as the city's rich heritage and world-class artistic masterpieces. Featuring Texas’ best ingredients and a mix of flavors from around the world, the award-winning chefs in each of the districts are making local dining something you cannot miss. The annual Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is something every person must attend. There you will admire some never before seen dishes.

You can find our Italian Restaurant on Camp Bowie Boulevard, in the Historic Camp Bowie District of Southwest Fort Worth. What used to be a military training camp is now a 30-block strip full of great restaurants, shopping, and more.
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Hoya Korean Kitchen reopened in June 2017 and is located next to the Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth.
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Los Vaqueros is filled with family history, family recipes, and family memories. From our family to yours, welcome to Los Vaqueros!
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Where To Eat, Drink and Play in Fort Worth’s Historic Magnolia Ave and Near Southside Neighborhood

There are so many amazing dining destinations in Fort Worth, but Magnolia and Southside continue to be one of our favorites! Check out our favorites, along with some of the must stops in the area!

Heim Barbecue is one of the best Texas BBQs in Fort Worth!

While I don’t often list chain restaurants, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken calls us to Magnolia often!

Brewed Coffee Shop has amazing food, but the Scotch Egg is only served on weekends, which makes me a little sad!

Hot Box Biscuit Club may not change your life, but it might.

We love Melt Ice Cream, and after one taste, you will too!

Free Play Arcade‘s Fort Worth location brings fun games to Southside! The venue offers, as the name suggest Free Play on hundreds of video games, and craft-style cocktails and food!

I love Old Home Supply! From cast iron tubs to a huge assortment of old windows and much, much more!

La Gran Plaza is a regional shopping center with mariachi bands, clowns and daily entertainment for the kids!

Ephemera Terrariums When my oldest son left for college, my youngest and I visited Ephemera to make him something as a going away gift, and visited Ephemera for the first time! He loved putting together his own terrarium!

Thistle Hill Historic Mansion is a restored Cattle Baron’s Mansion, and in addition to tours offers fun events, including Murder Mysteries!

SiNaCa Glass Blowing Studios you can watch as they make incredible glass pieces, or even help! They have fun classes, walk-ups and much more to help you make and take home a glass ornament, hummingbird feeder or much more!

Stage West’s intimate theater is a must for live theater lovers!

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The 7 Best Happy Hours Around Fort Worth

It has been a long day at school and work, so what will put you in a good mood? The happiest of hours of course. Recently turning 21, I have found that there are a significant amount of restaurants in the Fort Worth area that offer a great amount of deals during their happy hours.

So catch up with some friends and grab a cheap drink (we are college students, duh) or enjoy some good priced food for a celebration at the following places.

1. Kona Grill

With a combination of many drink deals, Kona Grill has a mouth-watering food happy hour menu as well. Get a group of friends and split a variety of plates like half priced flatbreads, savory lettuce wraps, or melt-in-your-mouth artichoke dip.

On Wednesdays, we wear pink and get half priced bottles from Kona. On Monday to Friday between 5pm – 7pm and 9pm – 11pm this is the place to be. Oh, Sunday is happy hour all day, so make it a fun day on a low budget.

2. Blue Mesa

For $4 you can get a margarita or mojito, chips and salsa, and unlimited quesadillas. Yes, you definitely heard that right, unlimited quesadillas. If that smoking deal doesn’t sell you, Blue Mesa has a fun patio atmosphere that is available for happy hour Monday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm. You definitely do not want to miss that deal.

3. Blue Sushi

Let’s roll with some deals and enjoy some yummy sushi while we do it. Not only does Blue Sushi offer a delicious variety of Japanese cuisine, there are some killer deals that make eating there that much better.

Happy hours include Monday to Saturday, 3pm – 6:30pm and Sunday from 12pm – 8pm. During this time, items from the sushi bar and grill are half price. Even better, if you want a crunch on a Thursday, all crunchy rolls are $5 and beer prices are $2.50.

4. Chuy’s

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2 words: Nacho Bar. At Chuy’s, you can sit at the bar, grab a half priced drink, watch a game, and stuff your face with as many nachos as you please. Not much can quite live up to the dangerous combination. This cheesin’ Tex-Mex happy hour is every Monday to Friday, 4pm – 7pm. If you’re not convinced yet, tortillas are free as well.

5. Social House

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Not only does Social House offer a fun, exciting atmosphere right in the center of the Fort Worth Cultural District, it offers an excellent happy hour.

Monday to Friday from 4pm – 7pm grab a low-priced drink and a half-priced heavenly pizza. So be social and save money.

6. Mash’d

With a laid-back, outdoor patio seating, Mash’d is a great spot to grab a few drinks with friends and enjoy the Texas weather (before it becomes the Sahara).

Mash’d is known for their refreshing variety of Moonshine drinks. Happy hour here is $3 off all drinks, offered Monday – Friday from 4pm -7pm. If you want to munch on a snack while you enjoy your drinks, get the Serious Queso. You seriously will not regret it.

7. Bar Louie

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Are you a burger lover? How about a $1 burger lover? Bar Louie offers $1 burgers on Tuesdays from 5pm – close with a purchase of a beverage. Yeah, I’m sold.

Along with this great happy hour deal, on Monday to Friday from 4pm – 7pm you can indulge in cheap drinks and half priced appetizers. Not only does Bar Louie offer great deals, but head upstairs and enjoy the outdoor rooftop patio to make saving money even better.

Going our for drinks and food with friends is great, but what makes it even better is having it at a deal. Fort Worth offers an excellent selection of restaurants with delicious cuisine and delightful drinks. If you want to have a little celebration, or even make your day better, try one of these happy hour deals and enjoy.

Eating Fort Worth: Grace

Executive Chef Blaine Staniford showcased the new spring menu at Grace in the Fort Worth. Wes Wells ate dinner there last night and has the food porn to prove it.

Since 2008, the Fort Worth dining scene has matured with Grace. The showpiece of industry veteran Adam Jones, and center stage for Executive Chef Blaine Staniford, Grace is a welcome respite from the norm traditionally found in, what many still (incorrectly) consider, a “cow town.”

As elegant as the Princess of Monaco herself, Grace is comprised of glass and steel, more likely to be found in New York or Los Angeles than Fort Worth. Boasting an extensive domestic and international wine list, Chef Staniford continues to serve some of the best beef in the DFW Metroplex. He has expanded his spring menu to including multiple variations of seafood, a welcome surprise I discovered at a dinner they hosted for the media last night.

Passed appetizers showed thought and poise, particularly the butter poached oyster with Alaskan king crab. A picturesque display, individual oysters were served in-shell, atop a bed of seaweed and rock salt. These particular bivalves were procured from the Northeast, illustrated by their medium-dense texture and subtle hint of salinity. A perfect complement to the sweetness derived from the crab.

A particular favorite included two derivations of tartare, the first being a Kona Kampachi, consisting of cured egg yolk, yuzu and white soy, topped with American sturgeon caviar. Perfect for spring, this “designer yellowtail” was light and sweet an ideal appetizer to pair with a crisp white while waiting for a table.

The North Dakota bison tartare took on a more familiar role. Served with charred onion, pickled mushrooms, shave pecorino and a raw quail egg, the bison was rich, tender and full of flavor. The quail egg bound the dish together, while the shaved pecorino added a pleasant nuttiness, further proving that this particular tartare was unique.

Just in time for spring, citrus beets took hold as the most colorful dish of the evening. The orange, purple and crimson vegetables were perfectly cooked and complemented with a blend of crumbled blue cheese, avocado and pistachio.

For those seeking freshly made pasta, Chef Staniford has a few new items to showcase, of note being the Oregon mushroom risotto, topped with shaved black truffle. A finicky dish to prepare, the risotto was exquisitely cooked and the well-marbled truffles provided subtle decadence.

Finally, a whimsical play on a New York City favorite: Pastrami on Rye. Kobe beef cheek was prepped with black peppercorns and coriander, then strategically smoked for two hours over pecan wood. Braised slowly for over twelve hours, this dish was a labor of love and commitment. The ultra-tender pastrami was displayed atop a thin layer of Thousand Island dressing and adorned with a mustard seed slaw and Brazos Valley Gouda. One of the best of the evening.

There is no question that the Fort Worth culinary scene continues to evolve, and Adam Jones comprehends what people desire. Boasting a vibrant bar scene and a business casual atmosphere, Grace is destined to continue its cornerstone status in Fort Worth. The spring menu is inventive, and its festive nature is sure to please those desirous of leaving the cold behind.

Lonesome Dove Bistro

A western bistro in Fort Worth, Lonesome Dove has been around since 2000. It’s located in the historic Stockyards District and owned by Fort Worth celebrity chef Tim Love. He designed a menu influenced by ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since back in Chisholm Trail days.

Open for lunch and dinner, first course choices for dinner include rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, kangaroo nachos, and antelope tacos. For main courses, you’ve got hefty dishes like Rocky Mountain elk loin or chicken fried steak or Wagyu Tomahawk ribeye. Also, the cocktail menu consists of Texas-themed drinks with names like The Willie and Comanche Moon.

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