Perhaps not an obvious feature of this gateway to the West, the culinary scene in Fort Worth has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years, with local ingredients regularly wending their way into the plethora of Texan and globally-inspired menus across the city’s restaurant portfolio. There are so many extraordinary eateries; here are just a few of the best.
Since its inception Grace has established quite a fan base and stands as a firm favourite on the city’s blossoming food scene. It offers modern, classic American dishes with a bit of oomph, such as pecan smoked scallops, bison tartare and crispy fried oysters, alongside a seemingly endless wine list; and all in a supremely chic environment. This is the place for fine-dining in Fort Worth.
Little Red Wasp
Barely a block away from refined sister restaurant, Grace, you’ll find its alter ego. Little Red Wasp created rather an apt ‘buzz’ upon opening; an understated, trendy eatery with a great vibe that pulls punters from near and far. It has a line-up of simple American fare – burgers, chips and dips, cobb salad, the much-loved Reuben – but all executed perfectly, leaving a trail of sated guests.
Billy Oak Acres BBQ
For an altogether more authentic, no-frills dining experience, head North West towards Lake Worth where, on a rather unassuming roadside patch, you’ll discover Billy Oak Acres BBQ. A far cry from the classy environs of many other offerings in Fort Worth, we love the bucolic charm of the set-up and the rustic BBQ menu that is cooked by Billy himself. Some of the best pulled pork you’ll find… and that’s enough to get us there.
The Woodshed Smokehouse is the gourmet answer to the dozens of rustic BBQ joints you’ll find dotted around Fort Worth. Run by one of the state’s most revered chefs, the Woodshed is located right on the Trinity River, so when it comes to settings, you won’t find much better than this. We recommend the stuffed Brisket, but some of you might prefer having a taste of rattlesnake (yep, that’s on the menu). When in Texas…
Sera Dining & Wine
Spanish tapas with a lovely wine list, yes, but there is more to Sera than meets the eye. It covers all the staples while also catering for the more daring diner with a menu that includes exciting twists on the familiar. If you’re up for something new, try blood sausage croquettes or little neck clams.
Taking residence in the glossy quarters of Sundance square, this gastro pub is a crowd-pleaser. Its lavish Victorian architecture, emulated from European designs, gives way to cool exposed brickwork and a sprawling bar. What we love about Bird Café is the small plates, so you can plough your way through much of the menu (which also lists all the local suppliers). The perfect place to share – but will you want to?