10 Places Worth the Drive to Fort Worth

By Farah Fleurima  |  December 4, 2013

Ask most Dallasites what their favorite Fort Worth haunts are, and you’ll typically get blank stares that imply, “who the heck drives out to Fort Worth from here?” But gastronomes in the know are aware of the abundance of dining riches our sister city to the west has to offer. Here are several worth filling up the tank for… which will fill up your own tank with tasty goodness.

  • Fort Worth Food Park

    The F-Dub got it together to establish a permanent food truck situation well before Dallas did, and marvelling at the outdoor space is reason enough for a drive. Several trucks, such as Good Karma Kitchen and Salsa Limon, are fixtures here, and others pop in on a rotating basis. Grab a spot at one of the picnic tables, a craft brew from the cantina, and feast!

    2509 Weisenberger St.; 972-850-8736

  • Woodshed Smokehouse

    Tim Love’s casual eatery, beer garden and performance venue took off pretty much the day the doors opened, and folks have been flocking for pulled pork sandwiches, brisket-stuffed piquillos, specialties like the 16-Hour Beef Shin and even (gasp!) salads.

    3201 Riverfront Dr.; 817-877-4545

  • Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar

    This new downtown spot is just around the way from its sister resto and Fort Worth dining icon, Grace. The menu is straightforward, with big sandwiches and salads making a splash, as well as simple entrees including roast chicken with charred lemon and an arctic char over mashed yukons.

    808 Main St.; 817-877-3111

  • Sera Dining & Wine

    A brand-new star in the Fort Worth dining firmament, Sera took over the old Sapristi! space and features tapas of Spanish and French influence. Pig ear frites are getting a ton of buzz, though the less adventurous can enjoy a classic tortilla espanola.

    2418 Forest Park Blvd.; 817-927-7372

  • Rodeo Goat

    When the menu confronts you with burgers named The Telluride (green chili chutney, poblano goat cheese, Hatch chilis) and the Ravi Shankar (red curry, peanut butter, carrots, coriander chutney), you stick with the burgers. But definitely save room for fries and drinks like the Moontang (moonshine and Tang. Yes).

    2836 Bledsoe St.; 817-877-4628

  • Pacific Table

    A play on the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, this hot new seafood restaurant boasts a happy hour featuring specials on sushi and oysters, as well as beverages. Steak, sandwiches and salads round out the menu in this elegantly modern space.

    1600 S. University Dr.; 817-887-9995

  • Brewed

    Among a handful of new-to-DFW coffeehouse concepts that serve java and beer, wine and/or cocktails, Brewed also turns out some deliciously fresh fare, aiming to stick with organic, natural, local ingredients. A rotating flavor selection of deviled eggs, duck fat fries and Texas BBQ pot roast are among the house favorites.

    801 W. Magnolia Ave.; 817-945-1545

  • Grace

    Chef Blaine Staniford’s exquisite New American cuisine helped put Fort Worth on the map as a gastronomic destination. An unbeatable wine list makes it easy to find pairings for the lives of Maine diver scallops and Kobe pot roast.

    777 Main St.; 817-877-3388

  • Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine

    Chef Jon Bonnell takes pride in the state’s bounty, and it shows on the menu starring Oysters “Texasfeller,” a Southwestern Smoked Chicken Stack and Grilled Diamond H Ranch Semi-Boneless Quail.

    4259 Bryant Irvin Road; 817-738-5489

  • Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

    Tim Love’s original Western bistro is back after a fire in late August. All your game favorites like rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, elk loin and kangaroo carpaccio nachos remain, as well as hand-cut beef steaks.

    2406 N Main St.; 817-740-8810