Fort Worth’s food scene is on fire, with a flurry of restaurants just opening. There’s a little something for everyone, including acclaimed chef-run restaurants and bar-run restaurants with generous outdoor space.
Here are 5 must-try restaurants recently opened in Fort Worth:
Blonde in a bottle
The Arizona-based concept opens March 24 in the West 7th entertainment district at 2821 Morton St. — the fifth location for this friendly chain whose combination of food and drink, TVs and entertainment options, and expansive outdoor spaces has proven to be an irresistible formula, especially in these post-pandemic times. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches served on homemade bread and pizzas like the Carnivoro with Italian sausage, pepperoni, bolognese sauce and mozzarella. They also do a serious brunch, with dishes such as Butterfinger French Toast with Whipped Cream, Butterfingers, Texas Toast, and Nutella Cream Cheese.
The newcomer to the Cultural District is a spin-off of a gourmet Saltillo steakhouse known for its beautiful clay bricks. It’s a collaboration between Adrian Burciaga, former general manager of Cafe Modern, and third-generation restaurateur Juan Ramón Cárdenas, and it’s at 3268 W. Seventh St., in the former Mr. Gatti’s Pizza space, where he incorporates local ingredients from Fort Worth and northeastern Mexico, such as kid goat, nopales and red hawthorn, as well as an eye-catching tres leches dessert topped with ice cream molded in the shape of a curved ammonite shell.
Restaurant in the former Blu Crab space at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. is from chef Ben Merritt (Fixture, Ben’s Triple B) but is a small step up from those more casual spots, with steaks on the menu and decor that includes chandeliers. In addition to steak and half roast chicken, the menu has a good amount of seafood, including oysters, fried catfish and lobster corndogs, as well as pasta and mac and cheese which you can get with a choice of lobster, bacon or crayfish.
Parker County Icehouse
Chef Stefon Rishel and his Trident Restaurant Group are trending with this indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar in Aledo, where they offer food, drink and alfresco entertainment, including live music. It’s kind of a second draft of the nearly identical Berry St. ice cream house they opened briefly in 2021. The menu is basic but appealing, with burgers, chicken fried steak, Cajun pasta, a Philly cheesesteak with onions and mushrooms, and raucous Rishel-style dishes such as chicken skewers with peanut butter and jelly.
Restaurant and beer garden in the former Bearded Lady space at 1229 Seventh Ave. is a new concept from the team behind Irish pub Durty Murphy, The Winchester Tavern, The Local and Durty Crow. There’s plenty of beer as well as a gastropub menu with burgers, fried pickles, salads, sliders and great beer snacks: fries and queso, fried cheese curds and baked potatoes loaded. There’s also a strong German influence in dishes such as the Bavarian pretzel, Black Forest sliders, dog bratwurst with sauerkraut and German potato salad, and a clever basket of schnitzel fingers with Fried pork schnitzel fingers served with fries and gravy.