Amon G. Carter Stadium, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX
This weekend TCU and Arkansas meet in Fort Worth for the first time since 1991, when they were Southwest Conference rivals. Coaches Gary Patterson & Bret Bielema have faced each other before in 2011’s Rose Bowl, which ended with the Frogs victorious over Wisconsin & sealed a perfect season for the Frogs & future NFL QB, Andy Dalton. I’ll be rooting for the Frogs since my daughter is a senior at TCU, but I’ve lived in Arkansas for 20 years so any victory will be a little bittersweet. Unfortunately, my family will not be able to attend because the following weekend is Parent’s Weekend & we will be there rooting for the Frogs against Iowa State. However, I’m sure there are a lot of Razorbacks heading down I-30 to Fort Worth this coming weekend and I thought I would share some of my favorite places to eat, drink and hang out when we’re in Fort Worth, Texas.
I have heard several radio personalities mention Joe T. Garcia’s (2201 N. Commerce St.) as a place to include on your culinary tour of Ft. Worth and they are not wrong. Joe T’s serves two things: fajitas & enchiladas. Don’t let that deter you from eating there. There are numerous sides, great salsa and the tastiest margaritas. Order a pitcher – you won’t be sorry. In addition to the food, the restaurant itself is a visual treat with fountains, gardens and a sprawling outdoor seating area. On weekend nights, prepare to wait. In fact, no matter what meal you choose to eat there, I would recommend arriving as early as possible. Parking is a challenge at times so I highly recommend an Uber to & from. Joe T’s is located in the Stockyards and if you have time, it’s a really fun area to explore. Each day at 11:30 & 4:00 real Texas cowboys will drive a herd of Texas Longhorns down the main drag. You can even attend Cowboy Church, if you’re still around on Sunday.
The Stockyards, Ft. Worth, TX
Other places to eat in the Stockyards that I can recommend are Riscky’s BBQ (140 E. Exchange Ave.), Love Shack (burgers by Ft. Worth chef Tim Love – 110 E. Exchange Ave), and Lonesome Dove Western Bistro (a more upscale eatery from Chef Love-2406 N. Main St.).
Woodshed Smokehouse, Ft. Worth, TX
If you’d like to stay closer to the TCU campus, there are several options for good food. My favorite is Woodshed Smokehouse (3201 Riverfront Dr.), another Tim Love creation. It’s barbecue like I’ve never had. Very interesting flavors, great sides and the atmosphere can’t be beat. It sits on the banks of the Trinity River and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Parking is a challenge so take advantage of the valet. Game day will be crazy at the Woodshed but it’s definitely worth it and you can have a cold beer while you wait.
Down the road a bit is Torchy’s Tacos (928 Northton St.). This chain is taking Texas by storm. Great food, excellent queso & good service. You can choose from a LONG list of tacos, including the Democrat & the Republican, but I highly recommend the Fried Avocado. My daughter would tell you to get the Trailer Park and make it “trashy”. It’s ALL good though. The line will be long but amazingly by the time we order, someone has always vacated a table & we sit right down. They also serve alcohol and there is outdoor seating as well as indoor so if it’s crowded inside, just go out the back door and there are picnic tables outside.
If you’re just feeling like a sandwich, but a darn good one, try East Hampton Sandwich Co. (1605 S University Dr.). I HIGHLY recommend the Meyer Lemon Chicken Sandwich. It’s truly my favorite sandwich ever, but many people swear by the Lobster Roll too. It’s rare for me to leave the Fort without hitting East Hampton. I’ve even been known to put one in a cooler and bring home when we don’t have time to eat there.
Kincaid’s Hamburgers, Ft. Worth, TX
Feeling like a burger and a shake? Try the original location of Kincaid’s (4901 Camp Bowie Blvd.) in a charming, older section of Ft. Worth, complete with cobblestone streets. It’s located in an old grocery store. The burgers are old-fashioned & the shakes are thick & tasty.
Paris Coffee Shop, Magnolia District, Ft. Worth, TX
Breakfast/brunch options are plentiful in Fort Worth. In the historic Magnolia District, not too far from TCU, you’ll find a classic diner, Paris Coffee Shop (704 W. Magnolia Ave.). You won’t find much here reminiscent of Paris but you will find a good breakfast and a lot of locals. Occasionally, even a few cowboys. Closer to the University, McKinley’s Bakery (1616 S. University – Suite 301) serves up not only a delicious array of baked goods & pastries but one of my favorite breakfasts in Fort Worth, the “paleo breakfast”, which consists of bacon & eggs, avocado and a bowl of the freshest berries. If your hotel is downtown near Sundance Square there are two great brunch spots I have dined at, Bird Cafe (155 E. 4th St.), which has both excellent food and great atmosphere, and Taverna (450 Throckmorton St.), which is good for any meal but serves a rich, delicious Vanilla French Toast that I sometimes crave.
Sundance Square, Ft. Worth, TX
If you’re there on Friday evening and want a great steak, as many visitors to Texas do, I can recommend the following restaurants: Grace (777 Main St.) – upscale modern cuisine & huge wine list. Bob’s Steak & Chop House (1300 Houston St. – inside the Omni Hotel) – just good steak and potatoes with their signature carrot, too. Capital Grille (800 Main St. – no connection to Capital Grill in LR) – excellent steaks and seafood in a classic, upscale atmosphere. We had Thanksgiving Dinner here last year & it was REALLY good. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse (812 Main St.) – steaks and seafood in an upscale atmosphere, downtown Ft. Worth. If sushi is your thing, try Blue Sushi Sake Grill (3131 W. 7th). It’s good food, beautifully presented. If you’re in the mood, have a fishbowl drink with a friend. You can also try a “TCU Tower” (sushi), unless you’re an Arkansas fan & don’t want to curse yourself. This restaurant is right on the edge of the Cultural District and West 7th area, which is also a fun area to explore with three world-class museums: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Kimball Museum and Amon G. Carter Museum of American Art. If you have extra time on Saturday, you can visit one of these museums and you’re still just down the road from TCU, when game time rolls around.
The Kimball Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Enjoy your stay in Ft. Worth. We feel so thankful that we have been able to explore & enjoy both the city and it’s people for the past four years. You’ll have a great weekend & hopefully if your team loses, at least you’ll have eaten well. If they win, you’ll have the best of both worlds.