Cowtown Marathon & Half Marathon
Fort Worth, TX USA
February 23, 2014

Dining in Fort Worth, TX

Once a cattle drive stop on the old Chisolm Trail, it's no wonder that Fort Worth, Texas has an abundance of restaurants featuring prime beef and other tastes of the southwest. What is a delight, however, is the wide range of other dining options available in the Fort Worth area. The variety of culinary experiences available to Fort Worth residents and its 5.5 million annual visitors, alike, is one of the contributing factors to making Fort Worth one of America's Most Livable Communities. Here are just a few dining choices that help Fort Worth live up to its new self-proclaimed status as the City of Cowboys and Culture.

Elegant Dining
True to Fort Worth's Western heritage, there aren't many restaurants in the area where jeans aren't acceptable dining fashion. If you're looking to dress up a bit, however, there are several restaurants to consider. In Fort Worth's cultural district, Saint Emilion is a Zagat-rated restaurant offering a three-course prix fixe menu, a chef's menu and daily blackboard specials. Dress is business casual. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday. A true taste of western cuisine is found at Bonnell's Fine Texas Cuisine in the Hulen/South area of Fort Worth. Chef Jon Bonnell fuses Southwest, Mexican and Creole styles to design his award-winning menu of organic Texas beef, wild game such as buffalo, elk and ostrich, and fresh seafood. Ellerbe Fine Foods near the southwest region of Forth Worth, Eddie V's Prime Seafood in the West Seventh area and Grace in downtown Fort Worth also offer fresh, innovative dishes to please even the most refined palates.

Casual Dining
Jeans may be acceptable attire at these restaurants, but don't let that fool you into thinking that the cuisine is any less inspired or special at these more casual restaurants. Lili's Bistro on Magnolia, for instance, offers unique lunch menu items such as lamb pitas and veggie sliders and dinner meals of macaroon flounder and Texas paella. Other excellent restaurant choices for great cuisine without the fancy dress requirements are Reata Restaurant featuring Texas cuisine, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Saprist! Bistro and Wine Bar, Blue Mesa Grill and Rufino's Ristorante Italiano.

Comfort Food
Joe T. Garcia's in the stockyard region of Fort Worth is a beloved landmark to natives of Fort Worth. It's Mexican entrees and baked goods have enchanted diners for more than 60 years. Several other Fort Worth restaurants specializing in good comfort food were featured in Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," including Chop House Burgers on West Park Row Drive and Fred's Texas Cafe on Currie Street. Other national television shows have jumped on the Fort Worth bandwagon, as well. Renowned chef Duff Goldman waxes poetically about the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro's Tomahawk Chop on Food Network's show, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," and Riscky's BBQ takes center stage on an episode of "Food Paradise."