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Jun 15, 2010 03:22 PM

Tonight in Ft Worth - Tex Mex or Burger recs required

Hello Hounds,

In Ft Worth for a few days.

I've looked at the other posts and they are all a little out of date.

Could someone recommend either a great Tex Mex (not Joe-T's) or a great burger, between downtown (Main St), the Stockyards, or out on Camp Bowie near the Modern Museum.

Thank you!


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  1. Love Shack has pretty good burgers. There's one at the Stockyards and another in the So7 development not too far from the Modern.

    1. I used to like Dos Gringos (obviously in the guilty pleasure category), which is right across from the Modern, but last time I was there they garnished my food with hair ... which has put me right off them. If you feel lucky, I do like their cheese enchiladas. I believe there is processed cheese involved, so not for purists.

      Second Love Shack (extensive discussions of their food in other threads), and my personal favorite is the Mexican Inn on 8th. Avoid the Original Mexican Eats Cafe (or whatever it's called) on Camp Bowie ... same category as Joe T's.

      You'll also be close to Fuzzy's at Berry & University.

      Original Mexican Eats Cafe
      4713 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

      1. I ended up in Lanny's Upscale Mexican. Excellent dinner, lovely room, delightful staff (including Lanny himself). The tasting menu showed little in the way of Mexican heritage, hewing close to new American. Excellent shrimp crostini to start, soup next, with a solid base. Salmon over wilted spinach in a beurre blanc sauce, followed by excellent tenderloin in a wine reduction / demi-glace. Ok cheesecake to finish. That was $60 and worth it, without knocking it out of the park.

        I'll go back, and next time hunt around the menu. Lanny can cook, no question. He might try something a little riskier, but that might be just me looking for adventure when out of town!

        Thanks for the other recs. I'll follow up.


        7 Replies
        1. re: aguy239

          WOW! From Burgers/Tex-Mex to Lanny's. That's a leap! ;)

          1. re: CocoaNut

            Yes, quite a leap, but a good one. I get a bit desperate stuck up on the higher floors of the Omni, where I stay more or less once a month. I've also found your various recommendations, and enjoy them. I've been to Lonesome Dove, which I thought was excellent. And to Del Frisco's downtown which is what you'd expect of a steak house (I love the hat hooks inside the front door) Am keen to try Reata, which I will do in January.

            Thank you!


            1. re: aguy239

              Since it appears you're in the area on a regular basis, here are some other restaurants for you to look at on W. 7th St.

              Tillman's and Brownstone - both (new?) American

              Freds TX Cafe - what it says - burger, live music

              Gloria's - Tex-Mex/Salvadorian (Americanized

              Fireside Pies - good pizza, very large salads meant for sharing (fyi

              The following blog is a pretty good overview of FW by food and geo category - don't know how/why Grapevine and Southlake made the list as they're both suburbs. You'll see that both the Stockyards and Camp Bowie have listings. Magnolia Ave has some restaurants of note, some established, others new/trendy. Look at Ellerbe's and Yucatan Taco Stand.

              1. re: CocoaNut

                don't mean to threadjack, but I have a friend from El Salvador in town for the weekend and do you think he'd like Gloria's? I mean, he grew up there but has been in the US 20 years.

                El Salvador Restaurant
                1910 W Irving Blvd, Irving, TX 75061

                1. re: Barbara76137

                  I'd call ahead and make his request. See what happens. I know their roots in the restaurant business began graciously small and most unpretentious.

                  1. re: Barbara76137

                    No on Glorias....try out Market Latina on N Main and Long (NWC). Pretty authentic Salvadoran food there.

                2. re: aguy239

                  I've only had a few appetizers at Reata, but they've been very good. Enjoyed them in the bar area overlooking Sundance Square.

                  Fred's in January wouldn't be my choice, since I enjoy sitting outside there and doesn't January=FW Stock Show=Ice Storm here?

            2. Now if you want a cigar bar with reasonable food go to Pops Really nice folks, and a wide variety of cigars to boot.