Living in a larger and ever-growing city means lots of choices for dining out. Fort Worth has scores of restaurants contributing to a flavorful mix of dining options, from hearty meals to quick bites. Plus, there are plenty of sweet treats, so be sure to save room for dessert. Here's a sampling of some of the best-known among locals:
Beef and Barbecue
One of Fort Worth's longest-standing barbecue traditions is Riscky's Barbeque, which has been in business since 1927. The first location was a few miles from the Stockyards, and the restaurant has since expanded to six locations for barbecue, a fine-dining steakhouse, a Trailboss Burgers location and full-service catering. Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, which began in Dallas in 1910, has several locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with the Irving and Alliance Center locations closest to Fort Worth. Two other longtime local favorites for brisket, pork ribs and turkey are Railhead B-B-Q and Angelo's.
Local favorite Joe T. Garcia's has been around since the 1930s. And check out Cantina Laredo for dishes topped with signature sauces like chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms. Gloria's lets you munch on free chips and black bean dip before your meal arrives, or you can head to Dos Gringos for an original Mexican pizza.
Steak and More
Steaks are the order of the day at Lonesome Dove and Hunter Brothers' H3 Ranch. Cattlemen's Steak House in the Stockyards District serves internationally renowned steaks, which can also be shipped all over the country. The menu at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is built around USDA prime beef. Ruth's Chris Steak House downtown is another favorite.
For elevated Southwestern cuisine that also includes Creole and Southern influences, try Reata Restaurant in Sundance Square -- don't miss the rooftop patio for refreshing drinks and excellent views.
In addition to steaks, Texas de Brazil serves dishes such as seasoned lamb and Brazilian sausage. Bob's Steak & Chop House features USDA steaks seasoned a variety of ways. Other preferred places for steaks in Fort Worth include Hoffbrau Steaks and The Capital Grille.
Find Greek and Middle Eastern fare at Byblos, Hedary's Mediterranean Restaurant and Chadra Mezza & Grill, or French cuisine at Cacharel and Saint-Emilion. Enjoy Asian food at Sushi Axiom and Latin-flavored specialties at Mijo's Fusion.
Favorite places for modern American classic fare include Grace, Z's Cafe, Vidalias in the Worthington Hotel, Cast Iron at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and Houlihan's, which serves made-from-scratch meals along with live music in the Alliance area. Charleston's Restaurant is a casual, upbeat restaurant with traditional American classics, and Ol' South Pancake House has been a Fort Worth tradition since 1962, serving everything from pancakes to steaks. Ellerbe Fine Foods uses fresh, local ingredients to create farm-to-table menu items, while Buffalo West offers upscale comfort food in a relaxed atmosphere.
In 2013, Grace owner Adam Jones opened Little Red Wasp downtown, and it has quickly become a favorite for diners seeking a relaxed atmosphere, refined yet reasonable menu, huge beer selection and extensive wine list.
Curly's Frozen Custard's specialty desserts include a variety of sundaes, malts and shakes. Mother Rucker's Sweets sells gourmet fresh-baked cookies, brownies, handmade chocolate bars and confections. Keep your sugar rush regional by stopping at one of several area Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores, operated by Oklahoma-based Braum's. Even if you opt to enjoy dessert at home, Fort Worth is well represented in the grocery aisles: Dannon yogurt company has operated a major production plant here since 1979, and Brenham, Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries has two major facilities in Forth Worth, with six total in the metroplex.
Breweries, Distilleries & Wine
At Martin House Brewing Company, Fort Worth's newest brewery, visitors can enjoy craft beer brewed on site. Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, founded in 2004, brews more than 5,000 barrels of beer annually and offers a selection of year-round and seasonal beers. Creating TX Blended Whiskey and "White Dog" bourbon, Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. is the North Texas area's only artisanal bourbon whiskey distillery.
Wine lovers can select from among 200 wines from all over the world at Kent & Co. Wines, where patrons may order by the glass, bottle or to stock their own cellars. At Winslow's Wine Cafe, friends gather to sample among 33 carefully selected wines by the glass. Times Ten Cellars brings flavors harvested from Cathedral Mountain Vineyard near Alpine, Texas to wine lovers at its Fort Worth and Dallas locations.
Fort Worth Food Park, located downtown, rounds up several of the city's gourmet food trucks each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Food trucks also gather at Clearfork Food Park, Cowtown Chow Down and Food Park @ Thistle Hill, as well as during Open Streets and Friday on the Green in Near Southside.
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