When in Fort Worth, Texas

It really is true, everything is bigger in Texas!  And boy howdy, when in Fort Worth, Texas, or near Fort Worth, you are in for a real treat.  Downtown Fort Worth has gone through a renaissance in the past 10 years…it is vibrant, culturally alive, and, of course, a foodie’s paradise.  Discover amazing works of art at the world-renowned Kimbell Art Museum, take in a classic rodeo down in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, and, what we love most about FW:  dine at some of the best restaurants this country has to offer.    Below are a handfull of our favorites.  And Fort Worth natives mean it when they say:  “Come on back, ya’ll!”  Trust us, you’ll want to come back time and time again.  Yee haw!

Now…let’s get down to business.  The following dining joints are about as good of Texan cuisine as you will ever find.

Click into each restaurant below for a full expose.  Enjoy!

Hard Eight BBQ
Hard Eight BBQ
Hard Eight BBQ
Wanting some classic Texas BBQ?   Look no further…Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell (about 10 minutes from the D/FW International Airport)is Texas BBQ at it’s very best.  You won’t find better Q, and the experience is true Texan…right off the ranch!  You will not be disappointed in this BBQ joint, we promise you that!  Click above for full expose!
688 Freeport Parkway
Coppell, TX 75019
M-Thu- 10:30 – 9pm
Fri- Sat: 10:30 – 10pm
Sun: 10:30 – 8pm
Live music every Friday and Saturday on the patio!


Reata, Fort Worth
Reata, Fort Worth
Reata Restaurant in Sundance Square in historic downtown Fort Worth is about as upscale, yet classic Texas cuisine as you will ever find.  The restaurant spans four beautiful floors, and boasts a gorgeous rooftop patio with full bar and dining.   Reservations are recommended…and boy are they worth it!
310 Houston Street
Fort Worth, Texas
Reservations strongly recommended
Hours: Lunch, 11am to 2:30, Dinner, 5pm – 10:30 – 7 days a week
Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant
Joe T. Garcia's
Joe T. Garcia’s

Joe T’s is a Fort Worth institution.  Heck, it’s even a Texas, or United States institution.   It has been a family-owned restaurant since 1935 and has been loved for many, many generations over the decades.  You just can’t go wrong with the amazing atmosphere and of course classic TexMex and margaritas.   Your choices are simple:  Enchilada dinner…or fajitas. Click through, and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Joe T. Garcia’s, Fort Worth, Texas.  James Beard winner.  And classic Fort Worth TexMex restaurant extraordinaire.
2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 625-4356
Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm.  (reservations only taken for parties of 20 or more…but don’t worry…the seemingly forever line moves very fast.   The place serves up to 1,200 people on any given day). 
Tim Love’s Woodsheed Smokehouse
Tim Love's Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX
Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX

Chef Tim Love, undoubtedly, has made a name for himself in the culinary world.  Currently, he is arguably one of the best there is and the top of his game.  He stays true to Texas cuisine in his restaurants, from the Lonesome Dove in the Stockyards, to one our favorites joints:  Woodshed Smokehouse.  It’s BBQ, but kicked up a few notches.   The last time we dined, with my father, Jerry, he had the buffalo sausage, Wesley had the pulled spiced pork tacos, and I had the ramen noodles in bone broth topped with a quail egg.   Not your average, run-of-the-mill Texas BBQ…but absolutely amazing.  Sitting right on the edge of the Trinity River, you just can’t ask for a better dining experience.   Do yourself a favor next time you’re in Fort Worth, check out one of Tim Love’s places, such as the Woodshed Smokehouse.   Incredible.

Woodshed Smokehouse on the Trinity, Chef:  Tim Love
3201 Riverfront Drive
Fort Worth, Texas
Breakfast: 10 – 11am, Mon – Fri, 8am – 11am, Sat – Sun
Lunch: 11am – 10pm, Sun  – Thurs, 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat
Late Night Bar – Till Midnight, Wed -Sat
Pendry’s World of Chilies and Spices
Pendery's, Fort Worth
Pendery’s, Fort Worth

There is no other place on the planet (well, at least not that we’ve found) where you will find a larger assortment of chili powders, spices, rubs and everything else in between.   Can’t make it to the locale in Forth Worth? Check our the website…it’s so much fun to pursue their seemingly endless word of spices, rubs and culinary delights.  They’ll send you the catalog for free, too, just email them at:  [email protected]!

Pendery’s World of Chiles & Spices
1407 8th Avenue.
Ft. Worth, TX 76104
(214) 741-1870′
Retail store hours:  Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm (CT) and Sat, 9am to 3pm.
Order online, and/or join Newsletter at:  www.penderys.com
Email [email protected] for free catalog (it’s awesome).

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