2 1/2 days in FW...
If the forecast holds, you’ve picked a great weekend for being/eating outdoors. I don’t get to Ft. Worth a whole lot, but there are a couple of places I’d recommend:
Love Shack - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/403345
I like this place. (It's owned by Tim Love) There are pros and con’s and you can read both, but with the weather and for the money, I don’t see how you could go wrong with this pick.
Secondly, Nonna Tata (no realation to Nonna in Dallas) is closed on Sat. and Sun., but if your Lonesome Dove res isn’t on Fri., I'd definitely try to get a table at Nonna’s for Fri. night. It’s only about 6 tables, but if you could be there by about 4:30, you’d be pretty sure to get one when they open at 5:30. After DMN Guide featured it several weeks ago (http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=65712 ) , I went several Fri’s ago. It was fabulous. Four things to remember about your plans to come here: 1) CASH or check only 2) BYOW - no corkage fee 3) Limited wkday hours - closed from 3:00 to 5:30 4) Seating limited to 6 tables, 3 of which will only fit 2 people. So arrive early and plan to wait. You will also be perched atop 4-legged wooden stools w/no backs - but it's not as bad as it seems. When the weather cools, there are 3 or 4 outdoor tables available.
The homemade pastas are melt in your mouth, even the salad was special. The focaccia bread was (rosemary) lemony tender and remember 2 words: "Chocolate Spumoni" Can't wait to go back!
I haven’t been in long years for good reason, but Joe T Garcia is a Mexican food tradition in Ft. Worth. Although the food is edible, it has a frozen dinner look and taste to me – some would argue. But again, they’ve got a great big patio and the weather would be perfect for sipping a rita and enjoying good company.
Sundance Square is downtown, but I honestly know nothing specific about it other than there are a number of restaurants. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542837
Hope you enjoy your weekend.
I agree with everything said thus far. I am from FW and live in NYC now. I really miss Joe T's patio on a nice summer day. If you are looking for an experience and enjoy drinking in the sun there is nothing else like it. BTW the
grandson Lanny has an upscale modern Mexican restaurant called Lanny's if you are looking for another "fancy" meal.
Nonna Tata is fantastic the owner is an incredible and kind woman and you can really taste the love in her food, try to stick to the homemade pasta (gnocchi, lasagna, involtini) whatever she has that night. The antipasto is well worth it and do not skip desesert (torta di limone).
I don't know where you are from and what you are interested in experiencing but if you are interested in chicken fried steak type food then hit Sundance Square's Reata (also has rooftop tables).
The North Side/Stock Yards might be a little more worth you foodie time than Sundance Square if you are interested in Mexican food. There are tons of great Taquerias and some fun touristy stuff if you are interested. Tim Love's duo of eateries and I believe a bar are also located there.
If bar-b-q appeals to you at all then people attest to Angelo's and Railhead. Good luck! I hope you enjoy the city's eats as much as I miss them.