Best Of Dine and Drink

BRUNCH SPOT
Max’s Wine Dive
Lots of votes for this relatively new place in town and lots of reasons for those votes on the menu. But we also like the fact that there are a number of gluten-free options — including the BAD ASS Gluten Free Fried Chicken. That’s hard to find. Nation’s Restaurant News named the concept in its Top 50 Trending Tables in 2013.
2421 W. 7th St., Ste. 109, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.870.1100,
maxswinedive.com/fort-worth-west-7th-st
Blue Mesa Grill
1600 S. University Drive , Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.332.6372
550 Lincoln Square, Arlington, Texas 76011, 682.323.3050, bluemesagrill.com
Taverna
Fort Worth, 450 Throckmorton Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102,
817.885.7502, tavernabylombardi.com
HAPPY HOUR DESTINATION
Bar Louie
Happy hour destination, yes, but also a meeting destination for businesses both profit and non-profit. Couple the atmosphere, a street corner view of West 7th Street and a rooftop patio, and you have the perfect location for meeting, visiting and getting things done.
2973 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.566.9933 • 4001 Bagpiper Way, Arlington, Texas 76018, 817.617.4300, barlouieamerica.com
Whiskey and Rye
Omni Hotel, 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth, 817.535.6664, whiskeyandryefw.com
Del Frisco’s Grille
Sundance Plaza, 154 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.887.9900, delfriscosgrille.com/fort-worth
BEER PUB WITH GOOD GRUB
The Bearded Lady
This West Magnolia joint in a restored Craftsman bungalow fits right in to the urban personality of this rapidly expanding inner city scene. And the reviewers are flattering. It bills itself as a “gastropub,” but the Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy warns that “if the food stays this good, customers will mistake it for a restaurant.” Fort Worth, Texas reviewer Jessica Llanes found the environment eclectic, the crowd diverse, the food excellent and the beer list extensive.
1229 7th Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.349.9832
Flying Saucer
111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.336.7470, beerknurd.com/stores/fortworth
Brewed
801 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.945.1545, brewedfw.com
LOCAL AND FRESH
Parker County Farmers Market
Fresh produce, flowers and other plants and just about anything else you could desire at a farmers market.
215 Fort Worth St., Weatherford, Texas 76086, 817.599.4080
Cowtown Market
3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116, 817.763.0193, cowtownmarket.com
Sayers Farmers Market
5507 E. Belknap St., Haltom City, Texas 76117, 817.838.8526
MOST MISSED RESTAURANT
Ray’s Prime Steak & Seafood
3206 Winthrop Ave.
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
Sapristi
2418 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76110
Patrizios
2932 Crockett St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107
NEIGHBORHOOD DINER
Old Neighborhood Grill
The gathering place on the Southside for comfort food and good conversation. The staff knows most people by name and also their favorite dishes.
1633 Park Place Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76110, 817.923.2282
Montgomery Street Café
2000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.731.8033
Paris Coffee Shop
704 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.335.2041, pariscoffeeshop.net
DINING AL FRESCO
Joe T.’s
There simply is no better setting available within driving distance. Whether you are on a date, have a group or a party for a hundred people, this classic garden can handle your needs.
2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, Texas 76164, 817.626.4356, joets.com
Del Frisco’s Grille
Sundance Plaza, 154 E. 3rd St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.887.9900, delfriscosgrille.com/fort-worth
Ellerbe Fine Foods
1501 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.926.3663, ellerbefinefoods.com
SLICE OF PIE (PIZZA)
Mama’s Pizza
Pizza joints come and go. Some add fancy stuff to the toppings. Some give their pizzas exotic names. And then there’s Mama’s. Unchanging. Unbeaten.
Multiple locations
mamaspizzas.net
Fireside Pies
2949 Crockett St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.769.3590
1285 S. Main St., Grapevine, Texas 76051, 817.416.1285, firesidepies.com
Mellow Mushroom
3455 Blue Bonnet Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76109, 817.207.9677
mellowmushroom.com/store/fort-worth
USE OF BACON
Fire Oak Grill
House Cured and Smoked Molasses Bacon
They do the work themselves and use the bacon in many dishes. We particularly like the House Cured and Smoked Molasses Bacon Eau de Cologne and After Shave. Just kidding, but we wish …
114 Austin Ave., Weatherford, Texas 76086, 817.598.0400, fireoakgrill.com
Bird Café
Bacon Lollipops
55 E. 4th and Commerce streets, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.332.2473, birdinthe.net
Max’s Wine Dive
Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Bleu Cheese
2421 W. 7th St., Ste. 109, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.870.1100, maxswinedive.com/fort-worth-west-7th-st
MEAL ON WHEELS
Good Karma Kitchen
The idea here is to serve a market that traditionally has been underserved by providing gourmet gluten-free vegetarian food products that emphasize taste and quality.
817.995.9801, thegoodkarmakitchen.com
Salsa Limón
salsalimon.com
Sauzy’s
Twitter: @sauzysfoodtruck
DRINK WORTH TOASTING
VIP — Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
If you don’t already know, a clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin and a sweet orange, and that’s the flavor in Svedka Clementine Vodka. But Del Frisco’s infuses that with fresh Hawaiian pineapple. “Infused” is the key word here. Think fresh pineapple soaked for two weeks in the vodka. This can be a very efficient drink.
812 Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.877.3999, delfriscos.com/fort-worth
FWMAGarita — Rio Mambo
Rio Mambo is a popular spot with the staff of Fort Worth, Texas magazine for meetings of the creative team. So … Publisher Hal Brown thought we ought to have our own drink and invented one. Get it — FWMAGarita? It’s similar to a Mexican Bulldog — a frozen margarita in a schooner but with a small bottle of champagne tipped upside down in the schooner, rather than beer. No, we didn’t get any reader votes on this. How would they know? Do we care? No. Try it your ownself.
multiple locations
riomambo.com
Bosc Pear Martini — Grace
Grey Goose Le Poire Vodka, Amaretto, Lemon, Vovetti Prosecco and a slice of Bosc pear.
777 Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.877.3388, gracefortworth.com
FRESHEST CATCH
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
The ambiance is elegant, the steaks and seafood fresh, the wine outstanding and there’s even live jazz in the V Lounge. This is a perennial favorite in our readers’ poll.
3100 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.336.8000, eddiev.com
Waters — Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine
2901 Crockett St., Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.984.1110, waterstexas.com
Pacific Table
1600 S. University Drive, Ste. 601, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.887.9995, pacifictableftworth.com
BITES AFTER MIDNIGHT
Ol’ South Pancake House
Whole generations of Fort Worth residents have grown up having breakfast at all hours from this old favorite. It’s also a late-night hangout for TCU students cramming for an exam. But it’s not just pancakes — there’s a full menu of other choices.
1509 S. University Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.336.0311, olsouthpancakehouse.com
Café Brazil
2880 W. Berry St., Fort Worth, Texas 76109, 817.923.7777, cafebrazil.com
Velvet Taco
2700 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.887.9810, velvettaco.com
CRAFTY BREWER/DISTILLER
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
We like the location, what the company did to revitalize an area of South Fort Worth, the community involvement with not-for-profit organizations, the Mid-week Tasting, the emphasis on being green and the special events that Rahr stages. Oh, and we also like the beer.
701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.810.9266, rahrbrewing.com
Revolver Brewery
5650 Matlock Road, Granbury, Texas 76049, 817.736.8034, revolverbrewing.com
Firestone & Robertson
901 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.840.9140, frdistilling.com
WINE SELECTION
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
The wine cellar is extensive — and interesting, if you can con your server into a tour. And there’s always a sommelier around to help you pair the wine with your meal.
812 Main St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.877.3999, delfriscos.com/fort-worth
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
4259 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109, 817.738.5489, bonnellstexas.com
JR’s Steak and Grill
5400 Highway 121, Colleyville, Texas 76034, 817.355.1414, jrssteaks.com
MEAL WORTH A DRIVE
The Grille at Hill Country Harbor
The food by Executive Chef Steve Mitchell is reason enough to make the drive, but the added attraction is the beautiful lakeside dining on Possum Kingdom Lake. And you can arrive by car or boat. We’d suggest by car if you are traveling from Fort Worth. Might be interesting to try a boat, however.
3415 Point Road, Graford, Texas 76449, 940.779.7600, harborliving.com/amenities/the-grill
The Classic at Roanoke
504 N. Oak St., Roanoke, Texas 76262, 817.430.8185, theclassiccafe.com
Mary’s Café
119 Grant Ave., Strawn, Texas 76475, 254.672.5741
SWEET INDULGENCE
The Wild Mushroom 
Cheesecake

Since The Wild Mushroom’s Jerrett Joslin once owned Randall’s Gourmet Cheesecake, this place knows from cheesecake. Lots of other reasons to dine here as well, but save a little room for this special treat.
1917 Martin Drive, Weatherford, Texas 76086, 817.599.4935, thewildmushroomrestaurant.com
Leah’s Sweet Treats
4910 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ste. Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.731.5223, leahssweettreats.com
Ultimate Cupcake
3316 Fort Worth Highway, Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087, 817.596.9090, ultimatecupcake.net
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Avoca Coffee
Owners Jimmy Story and Garold LaRue are dedicated — and their dedication is rewarded by equally dedicated fans of this Southside meeting spot. LaRue’s family has been in the coffee business for five generations. They roast on-site, and the smell is delicious in and of itself. But that pales to the taste.
1311 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 682.233.0957, avocacoffee.com
Brewed
801 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.945.1545, brewedfw.com
Buon Giorno
915 Florence St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.698.9888
2350 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, Texas 76051, 817.421.7300, buongiornocoffee.myshopify.com
DINE ‘N’ DASH
Campisi’s “Take & Bake” Pizzas
To guard against that craving for your favorite Campisi’s pizza after hours, you can take one of the restaurant’s freshly made pizzas home to bake at your leisure.
6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76116, 817.916.4561, campisis.us/#!fort-worth/cws2
Central Market’s Dinner For Two To-Go
4651 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, 817.989.4700, centralmarket.com
Oliver’s Fine Foods Prepared Meals To-Go
Sundance Square
415 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 817.744.7980
2751 E. Broad St., Ste. 109, Mansfield, Texas 76063, 682.518.6339, oliversfinefoods.com