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10 best things to eat in Fort Worth

foiegras Mar 13, 2010 12:23 PM

I was thinking we need one for Fort Worth, too ...

Tortillas, chips, and salsa (fresh masa made daily) at the Mexican Inn on 8th Ave
Crispy tacos with grilled shrimp and extra cilantro at Fuzzy's
Bread pudding at Sapristi
Kobe blue cheese burger at Cafe Modern
Guacamole at La Familia

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    unclepat RE: foiegras Mar 13, 2010 09:45 PM

    Pizza - Mellow Mushroom.
    Its just madness, purely wonderful pies are made here.

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      CocoaNut RE: foiegras Mar 14, 2010 01:00 PM

      Will have to give this some thought, but,
      - Fire & Ice Pickles by themselves, at Ellerbe's are worth the trip; otherwise, the shrimp po-boy (in season) ain't shabby.
      - Anything at Nonna Tata - although I haven't had the pleasure of the their antipasto plate which is comprised of ingredients currently on-hand in the kitchen.
      - Stockyard location of the Love Shack's burger.
      - For breakfast, Paco and John's Huevos Divorciados.
      - Zeke;s fish and chips

      If allowed to move from Ft. Worth proper
      Buon Giorno's hot chocolate in Grapevine....
      Social Bakery's French Silk Pie (old Celebrity location @ Lincoln Sq)

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        foiegras RE: CocoaNut Mar 14, 2010 09:27 PM

        I forgot Zeke's ... I always get the fried shrimp. Fried okra's pretty good. The drive-through is an adventure all by itself ;)

        What do the fire & ice pickles come with?

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          CocoaNut RE: foiegras Mar 15, 2010 09:35 AM

          You could probably get the pickles with anything you ordered, but 3 little slices came on the side with my pulled-pork sand (wouldn't advise that). I tried making the pickles myself from a recipe I found online. OK, but not close to what Ell makes - wish they sold them jarred.

          Edit: I'll note that my saying "pickles by themselves" was in jest, only making a point of how good those little green rounds are.

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          kindofabigdeal RE: CocoaNut Mar 15, 2010 06:28 AM

          RE: Nonna Tata CocoaNut, is there any restaurant that makes anything without ingredients currently on hand in the kitchen?

          Is this as opposed to the French air diet? http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/201...

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            foiegras RE: kindofabigdeal Mar 15, 2010 09:36 AM

            I'm assuming this means that the antipasto is not a standard offering, but varies each day depending on what's on hand ...

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              CocoaNut RE: foiegras Mar 15, 2010 09:48 AM

              The antipasto is on the menu everyday ( 3 different ones as I remember - meat, cheese and something else (?) - seems like one had something to do with breads ), but the contents of each changes based on what is being served from the entrees. There is a standard menu with many standard expectations, as well as off menu specials.

              As told to me by one of the servers : the antipasto plate changes and is comprised of ingredients currently on-hand in the kitchen

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            Scagnetti RE: CocoaNut Mar 15, 2010 08:36 AM

            Great list!

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            CocoaNut RE: foiegras Apr 4, 2010 11:28 AM

            I haven't eaten here, but came across Bistro Louise in the Star Telegram while checking out the Easter buffets - looks like they offer a buffet every Sunday.

            Looks to be French inspired and on the moderately expensive side. Predominantly good reviews on Google search. http://www.bistrolouise.com/

            Bistro Louise
            2900 S Hulen St Ste 40, Fort Worth, TX 76109

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              CricketTX RE: CocoaNut Apr 6, 2010 03:28 PM

              Oooh Baby! Here we go:

              1. Bananas Foster from Eddie V's (OMG!)
              2. Chocolate meringue pie from Carshon's deli
              3. Puffy tortilla chips from Caro's Mexican food restaurant on Blue bonnet circle
              4. Rueban Sandwich from the Swiss Pastry Shop
              5. Chicken Salad, Pimiento cheese and Egg salad sandwiches from the Lunch Box
              6. Filet from Del Frisco's dowtown (I promise you wont find a better steak in FW)
              7. Pancakes from Yogi's
              8. Calamari app from Eddie V's
              9. Pizza from Mama's Pizza
              10. Burger and fried Okra from Kinkaid's

              I have been to Bistro Louise and its very good. Older people tend to go there, like 50 and older so I dont go for dinner much...

              Swiss Pastry Shop
              3936 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

              Bistro Louise
              2900 S Hulen St Ste 40, Fort Worth, TX 76109

              Lunch Box
              6333 Camp Bowie Blvd Ste 236, Fort Worth, TX 76116

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                GreasySpoon RE: CricketTX Dec 21, 2011 05:47 AM


                Older people won't hurt you! They're usually non-violent.

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              jefelang RE: foiegras Sep 19, 2010 03:53 PM

              BUTTONS! The Sunday brunch is terrific and that fried chicken harmonizes with the jazz playing in the background.

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                missanusha RE: foiegras Dec 30, 2011 02:45 PM

                - Cream puffs from the Swiss Pastry Shop (now I'll have to try the rueben sandwich that Cricket mentioned)

                - Brioche from Black Rooster Bakery. Most of their breads are delicious, but the fresh brioche warm from the oven is heavenly

                - pancakes at Ol' South Pancake House

                - Beat The Yanks at Wiener Man (I know it's a truck, but it's really yummy....)

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                  foiegras RE: missanusha Dec 30, 2011 06:41 PM

                  Yes, the bread at Black Rooster is wonderful. I had a fabulous ham, butter, and salt sandwich on French bread there (which would have hit all the unhealthy food groups had it only had sugar).

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                    CocoaNut RE: foiegras Jan 9, 2012 05:51 PM

                    on my list.

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                  foiegras RE: foiegras Jan 9, 2012 04:07 PM

                  Cornbread (possibly the best I've had) and caramelized banana sundae at Bonnell's.

                  1. mrmexico25 RE: foiegras Jan 16, 2012 11:32 PM

                    If someone doesn't post something on here about the gas station restaurant in Watagua I'm gonna scream!

                    CHEF POINT CAFE MAN COME ON!

                    That place is so good, it's scary.

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                      twinwillow RE: mrmexico25 Jan 17, 2012 04:13 PM

                      I for one, wish it was closer to Dallas!

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                        foiegras RE: mrmexico25 Jan 17, 2012 05:59 PM

                        I went once and had the 'better than sex' fried chicken. It so wasn't.

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                          twinwillow RE: foiegras Jan 17, 2012 07:09 PM

                          Thanks for saving me a trip.

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                            mrmexico25 RE: twinwillow Jan 17, 2012 07:24 PM

                            I've had their meat loaf, ox tail and crab cake pasta. All were excellent.

                            They're a bit prices but so worth it. The "what nots" and bread pudding were the stand outs though. Very good.

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                            CocoaNut RE: foiegras Jan 23, 2012 07:33 AM

                            The few time that I've been, it seems he excels with his pasta dishes which I've enjoyed greatly - for that, I'd definitely recommend. The burgers appear to also be very good. A friend order one and I cringed when he said "well done". But it came out thick and remarkably, still very juicy when cut it half.

                            On the flip side, I've had the very expensive and nothing remarkable chicken and waffles; also the salmon once - it was fine, but then unless you overcook it, there's not much to go wrong with salmon. I would hope by now, they would be serving the bread warmed to order rather than the little toasted baguette rounds that sit around for who knows how long.

                            Agreeing with missanusha, I thought the food and service had fallen a little after the first expansion. That was the chicken and waffles visit and the last time I've been. Maybe he doesn't do as well with volume cooking. (He had a full-on restaurant a few years ago that didn't make it.) But by now, I'm sure he has a loyal following and good for him. Great success story!

                            Funny, but compared to my grandmothers rich, but fluffy bread pudding, CP's is a heavy square of compact bread soaked in very sweet custard or maybe it was the pool of thin sauce that was sweet. Sorry but the way it's hyped on the menu.... I was very disappointed.

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                              foiegras RE: CocoaNut Jan 24, 2012 06:09 AM

                              I think the menu hype was part of the reason for my disappointment as well ;) And agree that it is far from 5 star. I'm all for selling yourself, but let's keep a bit of reality in the picture ;)

                              On Sunday night after doing a huge 'spring clean' all day, I was craving the coconut cream pie at Lambert's. They, along with everyone else, are closed on Sunday night (and also Monday). I couldn't think of a single place to go get anything comparable on a Sunday night (besides trying my luck at Central Market). They really roll the sidewalks up around here ...

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                                CocoaNut RE: foiegras Jan 24, 2012 08:59 AM

                                The Pantry in McKinney!! lol

                                Seriously, they have the best coconut cream (not meringue) pie I've ever eaten - dense custard filling that's not overly sweet. But alas, they are far, far away and only open till 2pm, probably not at all on Sunday. :(

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                                  foiegras RE: CocoaNut Jan 24, 2012 04:55 PM

                                  Every time I go by that place, it's closed :) I usually eat at Patina Green ... next time I'll have to try The Pantry. Paris Coffee Shop in FW keeps similar hours (closes at 2:30, closed on Sunday period).

                                  You should try the coconut pie at Lambert's ... no merigue, whipped cream and toasted coconut on top. I read that the filling has coconut milk as an ingredient. The crust is crispy and minimal, no more and no less than it needs to be.

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                                    CocoaNut RE: foiegras Jan 25, 2012 08:57 AM

                                    I'll have to try Lambert's. Thanks for the tip. I tried Paris' once and it was overly sweet (for me).

                                    As much as I've heard about The Pantry, I've met a friend there twice for lunch. Stick with the coconut pie and only the coconut pie.

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                                  foiegras RE: foiegras Jul 25, 2012 07:14 PM

                                  I have been craving that Lambert's pie ... called to make a reservation for this weekend, and ... OMG, they're closed!!! I want to cry. Had I known they were closed, maybe I could've tracked down the recipe and requested it for my birthday ...

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                              missanusha RE: mrmexico25 Jan 22, 2012 07:12 PM

                              The food was much better before the big renovation. The portions are still tremendously huge, but the food doesn't taste as good. I love the novelty of "cheap five-star food in a gas station" - but it's not five-star food and it has even less of a gas station feel since the renovations, so there's no real reason to go back.

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                                mrmexico25 RE: missanusha Jan 25, 2012 06:58 PM

                                I totally disagree. I've been there four times now, and would go back regardless of what the "feel" was like - just for the "what nots". Soooo good.

                                The menu items i've tried: Crab cake pasta, Ox tail, meat loaf, and stuffed blackened chicken and was shocked at the quality every time.

                                On a side note, I've never been during a busy time, I try to avoid popular places at noon and 7pm, so I seem to have a more personal experience. I'd eat chef point over most restaurants in DFW.

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                              foiegras RE: foiegras May 9, 2012 03:52 PM

                              Meatloaf at Julie's Fresh Kitchen in Haltom City--a daily special on Tuesdays.

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                                CocoaNut RE: foiegras Aug 9, 2012 10:58 AM

                                ???? Ok, so I googled Julie's and I'm only finding one location (Julies webste) south of 20 on McCart? Your post isn't THAT old, but did they close the HC location?

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                                  foiegras RE: CocoaNut Aug 9, 2012 01:54 PM

                                  Perhaps I was just near Haltom City. I was there to visit one of our retail locations (76135) ... I haven't been back since. The McCart zipcode is 76133, and 76137 is a Haltom City zipcode.

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                                    CocoaNut RE: foiegras Aug 10, 2012 07:24 AM

                                    I suppose it's all relative, but that that's about 30 miles (near)......

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                                      foiegras RE: CocoaNut Aug 10, 2012 09:52 AM

                                      No, where I ate was either in or directly next to Haltom City. There were Haltom City boundary signs all around where I was--that's why I mentioned it.

                              2. alliegator RE: foiegras Aug 9, 2012 10:13 AM

                                The Ella pizza at the Il Cane Rosso mobile oven that parks outside of Times Ten on Thursday nights. I'm no pizza expert, but to me, it's the best pizza in the city. I find myself thinking about it all day on Thursdays just waiting to dig in. Oh, look---I'm doing it now!

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                                  tacosandbeer RE: foiegras Aug 12, 2012 12:28 PM

                                  The burgers at Fred's. Sometimes I plan my arrival at DFW just so I have enough time to stop on the way to mom's.

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                                    foiegras RE: tacosandbeer Aug 12, 2012 08:20 PM

                                    Just wanted to mention that I was pretty happy with the burger I had at Bar Louie the other day. If you're a burger person, it's worth a stop ...

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                                      alliegator RE: foiegras Aug 13, 2012 10:38 AM

                                      Agreed! I go there often, and the burger is great! This comes from a non-burger kinda gal. I like the barbeque one with fried onion straws.

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                                        foiegras RE: alliegator Aug 13, 2012 02:55 PM

                                        That is exactly the one I got ;) With extra BBQ sauce--it didn't come with much. Now that I know how good that one is, I want to try some of the others ... Got a side of the mac and cheese, and wasn't so impressed with that.

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                                          alliegator RE: foiegras Aug 16, 2012 08:53 AM

                                          Haven't tried the mac & cheese, but if you're ever in the mood for something else there, the Mediterranean salmon is pretty good!

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                                        tacosandbeer RE: foiegras Aug 16, 2012 07:31 AM

                                        I'll put it on my list - thanks!

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                                      CocoaNut RE: foiegras Aug 24, 2012 05:09 PM

                                      Had a burger today at Pappas Burger. "Overrode" their med-well standard with my med-rare preference. It arrived beautifully pink throughout the middle, was tender, juicy and beefy tasting - not overloaded with a bunch of seasoning. But like other Pappas establishments, it's pricy, very pricy for a burger - which are 1/2 lb-ers. Upside, they're big enough to split and the kitchen will do that before serving at no up charge.

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                                        foiegras RE: foiegras Jun 7, 2013 04:48 PM

                                        The new BBQ pot roast at Brewed, served over mashed potatoes and broccollini, is pretty good. (The steak, not so much. Kinda important to be able to grill steak to the requested temperature.)

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