25 Best New Restaurants in Fort Worth (final)

The Bearded Lady
1229 7th St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
817.349.9832
Beardedladyfw.com

Aside from the craft brew selection,
beer batter is the star here, as it coats everything from green tomatoes and okra to cactus strips and beer brats. A gradually growing menu offers a limited selection of sandwiches, including gourmet grilled cheese and a hefty feta and avocado-stuffed burger. The well-received Near Southside gastropub, where the ladies are actually clean-shaven, is admired for its street-side patio and charming house-like interiors, as well as for having a kitchen that’s not afraid to fry.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
3010 S. Hulen St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76019
817.763.0145
bravoitalian.com

This summer Tanglewood residents were happy to see Bravo! Cucina Italiana
take over the former Covey Restaurant & Brewery space in Trinity Commons, which closed abruptly  in 2010. The southern Italy-inspired "ristorante" is a national chain from the same restaurant group that owns and operates Brio Tuscan Grille, but Fort Worth is home to Bravo!'s first location in Texas. Dishes include lobster ravioli, Portabello and gorgonzola flatbread, filet mignon and a lengthy list of gluten-free items.
Tina’s Cocina
961 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.367.9807
Posole is a mild Mexican soup
made with shredded pork or chicken, hominy, radishes, lettuce and lime juice that’s hard to find on Mexican restaurant menus in Fort Worth. Not the case at Tina’s Cocina, a new order-at-the-counter eatery opened by Juan Solis, part-owner of The Usual bar, on West Magnolia Avenue this fall. Juan’s mom is Tina, and she provided guidance for creating the casual restaurant’s breakfast, lunch and 

dinner menu, which includes chilaquiles (eggs scrambled with corn tortilla crisps and green sauce), fideo (vermicelli noodles simmered in a tomato-based broth), tortas and taco platters.
Little Lilly Sushi • 6100 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116, 817.989.8886, Littlelillysushi.com
There is no trendy bar scene with martini lists or sushi rolls doused in neon-colored sauces.
That’s because Little Lilly Sushi isn’t about flash. Head chef Jesus Garcia’s emphasis is on fresh taste, quality, and a continual exploration of Japanese culinary techniques. The young chef gained knife skills and know-how while working at Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Abacus, Piranha Killer Sushi, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Shinjuku Station and at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, bringing together a multitude of experiences that have resulted in his best execution yet. Try Garcia’s seaweed paper-wrapped hand rolls, hamachi sashimi, and ramen when available, or simply ask for whatever the chef recommends.
Del Frisco’s Grille
154 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817.887.9900, Delfriscosgrille.com

Now diners can get a Del Frisco’s steak at both ends of downtown,
but why would you when at the shiny new, two-story Del Frisco’s Grille, located in the recently opened Sundance Square plaza, there’s comfort bar food like cheese steak eggrolls, grits with Cajun lobster sauce, chorizo-topped garlic shrimp flatbread, and chicken schnitzel with sweet potato spaetzle? And with a list of two-fisted sandwiches like the green chili cheeseburger and edamame falafel pita, dining here is laid-back and fun. Save the prime steaks for the other end of the block.
The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge • 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.926.0968, Theliveoak.com
Having undergone a chef change (or two),
The Live Oak is constantly evolving, both in menu items and in music scene. Don’t fall in love with a dish, because chances are it will be off the menu on a future visit, which can either be frustrating or adventuresome. We miss the chicken fried buffalo and the Hawaiian poke the restaurant opened with, but loved a recent roasted beet salad and shaved ribeye sandwich. What makes The Live Oak such a special dining destination, other than patrons can stay for show, is the uncovered rooftop patio and its amazing skyline view that, during cooperating weather, is not to be missed.
Sol de Luna • 3005 S. University Drive , Fort Worth, Texas 76109, 817.923.2377, Soldelunarest.com
Forgo the chain burrito bars and visit this low-key dive,
located next to Texas Christian University, for Venezuelan-Mexican fusion food, including fried empanadas, arepas (stuffed Venezuelan flatbreads), quesadillas and pepitos – Venezuelan hoagie-like sandwiches. We like the array of protein selections, from grilled shrimp and beef fajita to pork and avocado chicken, and that black beans can also come refried. Owner Frank Sigala graduated from TCU this year, and patrons will likely find him behind the ordering counter closely watching food prep. Don’t miss the Venezuelan custard, created from Sigala’s mom’s recipe.
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