Top places to eat around Fort Worth

Marcelino Flores wears a face mask as he delivers food to a table at Picos restaurant in Houston on Wednesday March 10, 2021. Picos, like many restaurants across the state, continue to operate at reduced capacity and urge customers to wear masks despite Texas Governor Greg Abbott ending state mandates for COVID-19 security measures on Wednesday. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

The city of Fort Worth has a lively food scene that any horned frog will appreciate.

You don’t have to travel to Dallas to find foodie favorites and quirky finds when Fort Worth has an abundance of TCU classics and chains on-site in DFW. See local frogs and visiting families below for food recommendations.

New to the scene

ZAAP kitchen shop outside Fort Worth. Photo credit: Frances Wetherbee

Zaap Kitchen recently established its newest location in the WestBend mall near University Park. This Lao and Thai street food replaced PopBar popsicles with a whole new cuisine of traditional Thai noodle and soup dishes.

The crispy garlic wings, Lao green papaya salad and Lao fried rice are some of the many signature dishes on the menu.

Pick up your favorite dish and a traditional Lao iced coffee for lunch or dinner and take a seat at WestBend’s public tables. The Zaap kitchen is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

If you can’t get in, try delivery on the Chow Now app or call the Fort Worth location to pick it up by phone or order online.

Lunch with a view

The Press Cafe is a modern twist on coffee to cocktails, open for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner. After a bike ride on the Trinity Trail, treat yourself to a starter of your choice or come with your family and dog for dinner in tow.

The Trinity Trail location has patio seating and two stories of indoor seating and a bar. All outdoor seating is dog friendly with a view of the start of the Trinity Trail.

The happy hour offers a cheaper option for drinks and starters from Monday to Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Mondays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Press Cafe menu features a variety of American dishes, including one of the 50 best burgers in Texas. This is evident from the Texas Monthly poll in 2016.

The Cafe Modern is located in the Museum of Modern Art. It is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but will have a number of options when it reopens.

Cafe Modern uses local ingredients to create seasonal dishes for museum visitors and guests.

During normal opening times, the café is open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. for dinner. Visitors can sit in the dining area or at the bar overlooking the water of modernity and a lawn with the infamous metal tree sculpture in sight.

Hidden gems

Angelo’s Grill is at the end of White Settlement Road near the Fort Worth Stockyards. Angelo’s offers a change in the landscape for a log cabin, local feel-good atmosphere. It has served the Fort Worth people for over 60 years and even offers to ship its famous grilled meat.

Visit poultry, beef, pork, flavored sausages, and classic landscapes. Angelo’s has a full bar and a beer menu. Order a take-away or sit and linger in the animal-covered dining room.

Angelo’s is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., depending on the day.

Lunch at Angelo’s BBQ. (Frances Wetherbee / TCU 360)

Circle donuts is a must. With donut holes that can rival Krispy Kreme and Kolaches to satisfy any Texan in need of the classic Czech snack, this little pastry shop has it all.

Come to Circle Donuts for a morning treat or a hot cup of coffee. This small company is open from 5:00 am to 12:30 pm and will send you on your way with its classic white bags that read “Donut worry, be happy”.

Fast frog favorites

Eatzi’s offers a variety of options including hot dishes of the day, fresh sushi, salads, soups and pasta. The garlic bread and the cinnamon rolls are different from any other bakery with the same level of quality for the sausage products.

Eatzis Market offers takeaway pounds like salmon or vegetables as well as daily specials. Pizza Fridays is a $ 12 homemade pizza deal, or a $ 28 pizza, salad, and bottle of wine – an offer worth sharing!

Sit on the covered terrace and listen to the Italian opera music or take your meal home with you, complete with all the sauces and cutlery you might need.

Eatzi’s famous logo store front sign. (Frances Wetherbee / TCU 360)

Dutch’s is a TCU fan favorite and an integral part of the university restaurant scene. The newest edition, the Burrito Bar, offers students and burrito lovers a local twist on Mexican chipotle-style food.

The Burrito Bar has both a patio and indoor seating, as well as easy options to perform.

Come on Taco Tuesday for unbeatable deals or order a traditional mix of burrito, bowl or taco salad. The Burrito Bar also serves Tex-Mex breakfast favorites.

Local classics

HG Sply Co. is the perfect answer to a lunch or dinner location when a dining party member has an allergy or intolerance of almost any kind. All menu items can be prepared gluten-free or dairy-free.

The popular Fort Worth location is on the river with a large outdoor terrace and bar scene that is great for dining indoors. HG is Fort Worth, famous for its delicious vegan queso and kombucha mule drink.

Choose between sandwiches, starters, salads or self-made bowls. Dine outside with your dog after a long walk on the adjacent path or come for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 3pm.

Texas tacos

Torchy’s Tacos has sly names and a lively scene.

With names like the Republican, Democrat and Trailer Park, Torchy’s offers tacos from the ground up and keeps the menu updated with monthly specials with some vegetarian and a wide variety of meat options.

While Torchy’s isn’t entirely Texas-based, it’s loved by DFW locals, visitors, and TCU Horned Frogs, with two locations in Fort Worth. They have put their specialty margaritas and queso on the menu for a visit.

Torchy’s specialty Queso Dip. (TCU Student Media)

Fine dining

Lonesome Dove is the perfect choice for a festive steak dinner.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards, the themed restaurant is easy to miss at first glance. The small shop front and boarded wooden doors blend seamlessly with the rest of the old west.

Its unusual starter options, such as kangaroo carpaccio nachos or rabbit rattlesnake sausage, set this steakhouse apart because of its menu. The restaurant is themed closely based on the novel Lonesome Dove. Choose between seafood and steak cuts and add a south side for the ultimate Wild West experience.

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