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Birthday dinner in Ft. Worth? Help me pick a place?

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Staying downtown Ft. Worth at the lovely Renaissance for my Birthday... so, I need to know...

Where would you want to spend your 30th Birthday dinner? Somewhere near the hotel. We're both very open on cuisine and looking for for the bill to be under $200 (with tip and cocktails) for 2. A couple of breakfast lunch suggestions also welcomed! There for 2 nights. Is Lonesome Dove a good one, I've heard about it from some Chicago friends and booked a table for one of the nights... ?

I am completely unfamiliar w/ Ft. Worth. I've been in the towns surrounding, but never downtown. A lot of the focus seems to be on Dallas, but I could be wrong, so I apologize for not knowing where to start in Ft. Worth.

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    1. I like a lot of the suggestions in the thread CocoaNut linked to ... if it were my 30th birthday, however, you would find me in Dallas. Probably at Cadot. Toasting the advent of time travel ;)

      1. Haven't been to Lonesome Dove, but it is definitely on my short list, along with Bonnell's, of places I want to try for Texas cuisine. We really enjoyed Lanny's for dinner, and the Cafe Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is great for lunch or Sunday brunch. Love Shack is Tim Love's burger place in the Stockyard's -- great for a casual lunch, sometimes has live music, outdoors only, should be nice this time of year.

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        1. re: strong95

          There's also a Love Shack on 7th, which would be closer ... but you may well want to go to the Stockyards. The one on 7th has some indoor seating.

        2. Oh! Great other link! Thank you! Ooooh Lanny's, I had forgotten that I had heard about Lanny's, thanks so much for the reminder strong95!

          1. For lunch or Sunday brunch, go to the Cafe at the Modern Art museum. Excellent food with a pretty view, too.

            I personally love Reata on Houston St. Even if you don't eat there, go get a Clear Fork Cherry Limeade cocktail. Wow.

            1. With all these FW recommendations, I've never heard Mercury Chophouse mentioned. Wife and I went there once and were very impressed with the food and service! Granted we paid a tad higher than Tiffeecanoe wants to spend but that was for a few drinks and a decent tip. We are planning on going back fairly soon to be doted on again. Have we missed something that someone hasn't mentioned???

              1. Love Shack on 7th and Fred's are both fun for lunches, with music going on outdoors, drinks & good food...

                Reata is wonderful - maybe hit up the patio if it's nice outside? They have awesome shrimp & grits, the tamales aren't impressive, the soup was divine. Pirhanas was good, too.

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                1. re: jhanchey

                  Just wanted to note that Fred's is ... how shall I say ... a cultural experience. Most of the staff seem to prefer their grittier clientele. The blue cheese burger is great ...

                  There was another group there next to me who were there killing time waiting for something, don't know what. They 'did not belong'--and perhaps I didn't either. I was wearing my lined Burberry trench, which *is* my winter coat--I don't think there were any others there ;) Someone put Willie Nelson's 'Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind' on the juke box, which I was enjoying as always ... but it was accompanied by a great many loud 'If they don't like it, they can go back to Dallas!!' comments. I wasn't sure if I was included in the 'they' or not ... I live in FW, but I have to admit I wasn't nearly as ... gritty as most of the other patrons. I'm talking extremely authentic denim & long greasy hair (and that's just the guys). I didn't think the food was worth the non-inclusive atmosphere. The bartender was sweet to me.

                  I knew Fred's was 'different,' but I still wasn't quite prepared for the reality. I've been to other dives, and I don't think I've ever run into one anything like this hostile. Usually if you don't belong, they just look at you like a zoo animal or something ... that's cool.