15 Best Fort Worth Restaurants Perfect For Outdoor Dining
As I write, Fort Worth is fall weather. I love the golden sunlight, the cooler temperatures, the colorful leaves and the nice breeze while I sit on my favorite shady terrace and enjoy small plates and a margarita. Fort Worth embodies its mottos: “Where the West Begins” and “Cowboys and Culture” and is known for its twice daily cattle drives and many barbecue and Mexican dishes. But there is so much more. Let’s explore my favorite foodie finds (in no particular order) and inventive adult drinks in a patio setting where we can practice plenty of social detachment while still enjoying a variety of cowtown dishes.
Janie H. Pace
1. Reata on the roof
Named after the majestic ranch in the epic 1950s movie Giant starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, Reata is my favorite place to whisk off out-of-towers for the full Fort Worth ambience. Enjoy the expansive areas of downtown and Sundance Square from the rooftop bar and terrace. Here you will find legendary Texan cuisine like my favorite fillet tamales, famous steaks like the Blackened Buffalo Rib Eye or the 16-ounce Cowboy Bone-In Rib Eye with Cook’s Butter. I recommend an old fashioned Firestone and Robertson whiskey or a Habanero Lime Margarita. Wrap it up with the best West Texas pecan pie like mom used to make or dessert tacos with caramelized bananas and chocolate sauce.
Janie H. Pace
2. Joe T. Garcias
You can’t visit Fort Worth or spend an evening on the deck with Joe T. Garcia in the Stockyards. In Fort Worth since 1935, you’ll find classic Tex-Mex food amid a garden of fountains, waterfalls, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and giant shady oaks. You don’t need a menu because it’s simple – beef or chicken fajitas or cheese enchiladas and beef tacos with the works. We both enjoy; I order the fajitas and my husband gets the enchiladas and tacos. The pitcher of margaritas is notorious at Joe T’s. Let’s just say, “Go ahead and do it.”
Janie H. Pace
3. Home barbecue
Over the past five years, the award-winning home barbecue has grown from meat club parties in the backyard to a food truck to Magnolia Avenue and its newest location with a spacious deck and additional picnic tables on the premises along the Trinity River. Pitmaster Travis’ farm-to-smoker grill is slowly cooked over oak fires with all of its secrets accumulated. Get the lean brisket sandwich with a side of bacon toasted ends and green chilli mac ‘n’ cheese. Enjoy your favorite frosty beer with Travis’ Heimburger and wrap it in his wife Emma’s homemade banana pudding. He also makes breakfast tacos daily from 9am to 11am.
Janie H. Pace
Headed by Chef John Bonnell and Chef Anthony Felli, Waters Restaurant in Sundance Square combines the flavors of Louisiana with a touch of the southwest. Maine diver scallops get a golden-yellow Tex-Mex touch, while my favorite jumbo crab cakes are made from solid lump crab meat. You’ll love the fresh Alaska halibut as well as the ranch-to-table Wagyu beef. From Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm to 6pm, enjoy happy hour drinks on the shaded terrace with small plates like Maine lobster macaroni and cheese, oyster mushrooms or The Dirty Dozen, a flight with premium oysters.
5. Tia is on the bluff
Tia’s on the Bluff offers authentic homemade Mexican cuisine in its renovated family home and offers a relaxing experience on the terrace. My favorite is the Skillet Fajita plate with a choice of chicken or steak with grilled onions and peppers, chilled beans, Spanish rice, guacamole and pico de gallo. Try starters like the freshest guacamole, queso supreme with ground beef, guacamole, pico de gallo or specialties like chicken mole, enchilada plates, carne guisada or fish tacos. You need to save space for Tres Leches Chocolate Cheesecake. Check the website for special opening times.
6. Shinjuku Station
Named after a Tokyo train station, Shinjuku Station is a Japanese izakaya or informal Japanese bar in West Magnolia that offers spacious al fresco dining, sake, Japanese whiskeys, hearty cocktails, and tasty snacks. Here you will find an imaginative sushi menu with my favorite treats: the peppercorn tuna and, if you are brave, the seared squid. Try the inexpensive tempura with black tiger prawns and red snapper. The self-made bento box is ideal for lunch. Reservations recommended.
Janie H. Pace
7. Railhead Smokehouse on Montgomery
“Life is too short to live in Dallas!” That is the motto in the Railhead Smokehouse. My standing order here is the sliced beef brisket sandwich plate with beans, potato salad and a shiner draft beer. My husband gets his brisket sandwich with hand-cut fries and a beer. They’re famous for the meaty, tender ribs piled high, grilled turkey, bologna, cheddar peppers, the coldest beer in Fort Worth, and the spicy, flavorful barbecue sauce. Watch out for the daily specials on the outside patio and the partially enclosed patio when the temperatures get colder.
8. Snooze AM Eatery
The Snooze AM Eatery has a large wraparound terrace with plenty of tables for guests who long for breakfast and brunch. You’ll find bravacado toast, rustic bread toasted with garlic oil, smashed avocado, honey jam with red onions, and roasted tomatoes topped with two cage-free eggs, sunny side up, with citronette and parmesan vegetables. Or try the Chili Verde Benedict, consisting of tortillas with green chili sauce and melted cheese with slow-cooked pulled pork or barbacoa beef of your choice, garnished with poached cage-free eggs, green chili hollandaise, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. Or choose your favorite French toast, pancakes, classic omelets or scrambled eggs, tacos, burritos, prawns and grits or their Sammies. Get your favorite java, bloody mary, michelada, bubbles, mimosa, morning margarita, or cold pressed juices. Snooze stands for sustainable food resources that give back to the community, recycle nearly 90 percent of their waste, and work to be the best of the best.
Grace, a New American restaurant on 777 Main Street, offers premium steaks and creative cuisine paired with fine wines and sleek, contemporary decor. Order champagne and a sausage board in-house or enjoy small plates, happy hour meals and seasonal cocktails on the cozy outdoor terrace or leisurely up to the spectacular bar. Chef Blaine Staniford offers a 7-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Partake in a choice of oysters, blue prawns, or fillet wrapped in bacon. My favorite is the Maine Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Janie H. Pace
10. The bearded lady
This 1920’s cottage and patio near Southside with numerous umbrella picnic tables is home to the LUST burger, Fort Worth’s top burger. Try wrapping your mouth around this half-pound hand-formed prime Angus lining that’s loaded with feta and chopped roasted poblano and topped with melted gouda, avocado, and caramelized onion strips. Yes, you get the lettuce, tomato and cucumber on the side. Don’t miss an ice cold draft on tap at this most popular craft beer bar in town.
Janie H. Pace
11. Press Cafe
The Press Cafe at Clear Fork Trailhead on Edwards Ranch Road has plenty of patio space with umbrella tables and gas fires. The Cafe Burger combines a thick hand-formed and homemade Angus pate with an English mix of spicy, double Gloucester cheese, striped with Stilton, caramelized onions, with sliced cucumber, fresh, crispy watercress, Romesco aioli and a poppy seed bun. This award-winning burger comes with handmade chips. Choose from crispy salads, sandwiches and café specialties like the Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Then top it all off with a creative cocktail, brew, wine or a Japanese whiskey flight. Don’t miss the tiramisu for dessert.
12. Flying Saucer Draft Emporium
The Flying Saucer has the most extensive selection of beers and the largest covered beer garden and terrace in the city center. Keep up to date with the latest beer arrivals and earn your plate on the wall. The salads, pizzas, sandwiches and brats with German potato salad and cabbage are hard to beat.
13. Taco Diner in Sundance Square
The Taco Diner extends the dine-in to the outside terrace right on Sundance Square, where a lot of people can watch. Start with queso, guacamole, nachos, quesadillas, or shrimp ceviche, then add the tacos made to your liking, as well as enchilada combo plates. My standing order is the flan for dessert.
14. Grandma Nanny
It’s like eating in your Italian grandmother’s kitchen. Nonna Tata is a small room in the hospital district with outdoor space to enjoy your pasta ai gamberi and tiramisu. Come early; No reservations possible. Bring your own wine, bottle opener, and wine glasses. The restaurant is only available against cash payment.
15. Branch and bird terrace
This outdoor terrace with exceptional views is now open with modern communal plates and cocktails on the Sky Lobby level on the 12th floor of the Frost Tower in downtown. Enjoy a $ 12 lunch Monday through Friday. For dinner, order from the Farm, Sea or Ranch collections. Get half price bottles of wine for dinner on Wine Wednesday. Counter service, roadside pickup, or just take-away; There are currently no waiters.
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