Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 6 restaurants for holiday guests
This year, the holidays will look very different, especially for those traditionally welcoming friends and loved ones outside of town. Your group may be smaller this year, but you still need to know where to take them for unique Fort Worth dining experiences.
This month’s Where to Eat is dedicated to half a dozen restaurants that can host a group, meet various diets, and in one way or another offer a dining experience unmatched only in Fort Worth. (Click here for a full list of restaurants serving Christmas dishes.)
For many families, going out for breakfast is a time-honored tradition. This longtime cafe near Southside is one of the city’s most popular breakfast spots. It offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for groups of all sizes. There are breakfast items for an appetite, both skimpy and not, with options like cereal bowls, pulled pork hash, freshly made cookies and pastries, and three variations of chicken and waffles. An in-house coffee bar offers sweet and no coffee drinks, from flavored lattes to café au lait and cold nitro brews. Good news for late risers: breakfast is served all day.
Barbecue: home BBQ
Any visit to Fort Worth these days must include a barbecue. Homegrown home BBQ is often considered the best in town. While Heim’s original location near Southside is a bit small, the second location is at 5333 White Settlement Rd. Offers plenty of legroom, including a large outdoor deck. The restaurant’s typical bacon brandies are of course a must, as is the sliced moist brisket. There are also excellent burgers and breakfast tacos filled with brisket and jalapeno cheddar sausage. (There is also a third location in Dallas, near Love Field Airport.)
Brunch: press café
Located near the Clearfork area at 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd, this brunch destination is loved by locals not only for its extensive menu, but also for its views of the Trinity River. The restaurant is located next to the Trinity Trails and takes brunch very seriously. It offers a small but varied menu of French brioche toast with homemade ricotta, burritos, and omelets, as well as non-breakfast items like homemade burger, steak, and eggs. There is a nice selection of wines, craft cocktails and coffee drinks made from avoca coffee.
Good food: Wicked Butcher
After this steakhouse in downtown DRG Concepts at 512 Main St. was closed for months due to the pandemic, it recently reopened in time for the holidays. Located in the renovated Art Deco Wunder Sinclair Hotel, the restaurant offers an atmosphere for special occasions, but is casual and approachable – perfect for families. Big ticket items include a double-rib steak for two that is served at the table, as well as oysters, crab, lobster, swordfish, and a variety of premium cuts of beef.
Healthy Eating: Fair Food
There is always one person in the family who threatens to spoil the fun of decadent vacation dining by wanting healthy food. Local chef Lanny Lancarte’s Righteous Foods is a great option for health conscious dining without being a total spoilsport. The menu includes as many dietary restrictions as kitchen styles – there are burgers, soups, pasta, sandwiches, tacos, salads and bowls in the colors vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, keto-friendly and nut allergy-conscious forms. There is also a large, colorful terrace.
Tex Mex: Los Vaqueros
Joe T. Garcias is the natural place to long for Tex-Mex, margaritas, and a patio outside the towers. But nearby Los Vaqueros at 2629 Main St. offers a similar experience without having to wait. The North Side Institution of the Cisneros family specializes in Tex-Mex classics: fajitas, enchiladas, chalupas, nachos, tacos, chimichangas. There are several combination dishes with all of the above – perfect for sharing. The weekend brunch includes migas, mimosas, and huevos rancheros. House margaritas are both tasty and strong. When the weather is nice, take a seat on the beautifully designed terrace.