I am always amazed when I hear how much Fort Worth has grown since I was a child. It bewilders me people come to Cowtown for vacation, but if you are ever out in about in the wild west of Dallas, here’s some of my Fort Worth. I grew up in Fort Worth, loved it so much that I stayed here for college and the next ten years. Over that time I’ve found some hidden gems and wandered this metroplex end to end. This is my list of short reviews on amazing spots in DFW. It may be a family outing, date night spot, or just somewhere cool I’ve stumbled upon. Take it for what it’s worth, my two cents. I would consider the * spots iconic Fort Worth.
Celebrating with a Dinner Date
Old school charm. All of the class, taste, and finesse that you would expect from a grown-up’s steakhouse. The friendliness and brilliant customer service epitomizes Texas hospitality.
Grown Up Outing
Firestone & Robertson Distillery
Great Food for the Family or a Date
Food Truck Parks
Clear Fork Food Truck Park
Fort Worth Food Truck Park
– Over the last year, the atmosphere here has changed somewhat from when it first opened. They cater to the TCU student/young working professionals in the area, and if dogs bother you while you eat…go elsewhere.
Nostalgic for College
Go any time and they will be buzzing. The line is worth the wait. Unique tacos, good breakfast, and seriously delicious queso.
I seriously crave their food. So worth battling for barstools.
You will catch the bike rider crowd on the weekends and college kids pretty much any time – good bagels, awesome French toast.
The Mellow Mushroom
Best crust ever. Lots of beers on tap. Don’t go in a rush. Sit back and enjoy the hot cheesy goodness.
Go get the crepes, you’ll be glad you did.
Blue Mesa Grill
Maybe not nostalgic for everyone’s colleges days, but I spent a lot of time here. Their happy hour bar & snacks are hard to beat and it was always a treat to meet a friend here for their brunch buffet. Recently I stopped in for lunch with my little ones. I was FLOORED by the extensive children’s menu – decent price, SO MANY side options and great variety of entrees. SCORE!
Sandwiches, Burgers & Lunch Spots
I have eaten their chicken salad and fruit with poppy-seed dressing since I was a girl. What can I say, it’s engrained.
Galligaskin’s on Camp Bowie*
The oldest sub shop in Fort Worth, a hit with the high school lunch crowd, and always a welcomed stop by my kids.
Sometimes packed, some times no parking…always so good. They have the BEST chili cheese fries. Period. Their unique take on burgers and caramel pretzel shake are good reason to keep coming back.
Once upon a time on Old Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, a little girl fell in love with petit fours.
This quaint TCU bred ice cream sandwich shop located in the West 7th complex. Seriously, what more do you need to know?
Curly’s Frozen Custard*
Just go. A fellow frog introduced me to this one, and I am grateful. My thighs, not so much.
Owned & operated by one of the sweetest girls I know, Sugar Bee is tucked in the Shoppes at Brownstone in Arlington, serving up whoopee pies, cupcakes, cake balls, pies, cookies…and very beautiful wedding cakes.
King Tut’s Egyptian
Where else can you enjoy schnitzel made by a real life master chef?
Maybe you’re skimming and you will miss these Hidden Gems?
Magnolia Street in Downtown South. Eat your way down the street. Thank me later. You’re welcome.
These little restaurants are as eclectic as their owners. You usually have to show up before they open and wait. But, the food, coffee, and service are oh, so worth it.
Make a day of it, Revolver Brewing in Granbury, Texas…offering unique crafts and tours with live music most Saturdays, it’s no wonder this beer joint is expanding.
Don’t just take my word for it!
A Big Event or Out of Town Guests
Joe T. Garcia’s
Expect the wait that accompanies one of Cowtown’s biggest tourist’s spots. The margaritas will make the wait fly by…bring cash though – no cards here!
Cooper’s Pit BBQ
Texas de Brazil
Yep, all places I’ve actually stayed. I am picky people! So, if they made the list, I was impressed.
Omni Fort Worth, downtown
Worthington Hotel by Marriott, downtown
Hyatt Place on Exchange, Stockyards
Hilton Hotel Fort Worth, downtown
Check ol’ FW out: http://www.zagat.com/b/dallas/10-places-worth-the-drive-to-fort-worth
Fort Worth has some iconic must see, do, and go to spots. It doesn’t matter if you are born & raised, on stay cation, or new in town…these places should be on your list. What would make your list of Cowtown Classics?
The other night, we celebrated some old school diner food with twist. Behold, the patty melt…
1# hamburger meat, divided into four portions
1# sliced mushrooms
1 sweet onion, sliced
And one icy Sam Adams Summer Ale for grilling in the 100+ heat (or it you’re me, a nice glass of iced tea)
Season the meat with Penzey’s 4/S Special Seasoned Sea Salt & fresh ground pepper and form into patties. Grill the patties through and top the hot patty with a nice melting cheese (we used pepper jack) . Then pile on the caramelized onions and mushrooms. Half sandwich for easier chomping.
You could serve your ooey gooey melt with classic tater tots or try zucchini tots. They were AMAZING! Even the proclaimed squash haters gobbled them up.
I think I will finish this diner meal off with a nice shake…
The Chocolate Milk Shake (or frozen hot chocolate)
What’s your favorite diner dish?