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Coming to the Van Cliburn Competition in May...What's best in the Ft Worth/TCU area?

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Will be there for several days.

Best Regards.
Ron Carter

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  1. Have lunch at the Cafe at the Modern Art Museum and McKinley's on University.
    BBQ: Angelo's on White Settlement Rd
    Mexican: La Familia on Foch in the So7 area
    Reata in downtown has really unique cowboy cuisine and amazing steaks. Their rooftop bar is wonderful innice weather.

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    La Familia Restaurant
    1111 La Salle Ave, Waco, TX 76706

    1. In the immediate TCU area -
      Carshon's Deli - great sandwiches in general, excellent pastrami - seriously no-frills decor, only open until 3pm, closed Sunday.
      Fuzzy's Taco Shop (original location) - funky, non-traditional, tacos and other plates. Good breakfast options.

      A little to the north, in the rejuvenated Southside on Magnolia Av -
      Ellerbes - upscale, some local ingredients, seasonal menu
      Yukatan Taco Stand - Latin/Tex-Mex options
      Spiral Diner - Vegan/Vegetarian
      Lili Bistros - Burgers to Rack of Lamb
      The Usual for cocktails
      King Tut - Greek, but you probably figured that one out

      West 7th Street (So7) is FW’s new, trendy restaurant/residential area. An easy drive from TCU directly north on University, just the other side of I30, on the easterly edge of the Cultural District. If you’re cab dependent, this is a great couple of blocks area to walk around and decide on your lunch/dinner choice - lots of options.
      Tillmans Roadhouse - Texas Classy
      Brownstone - hasn’t been received well, but reviews run the extremes
      Terra Mediterranean
      Fireside Pies - very good, large, sharable salads and other apps. Pizzas.... eh.....
      Patrizio’s Pizza
      Taco Heads - taco truck
      Yofe Yogurt Cafe - sandwiches and yogurt.

      Fine dining (some open for lunch) -
      Baily’s Prime Plus - W. 7th Street area
      Lanny’s Alta Cocina - W. 7th Street area, west of the above options
      Grace - Downtown
      ChopHouse - Downtown
      Lonesome Dove Western Bistro - Stockyards

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      Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
      2406 N. Main, Fort Worth, TX 76106

      King Tut Restaurant
      1512 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

      Fireside Pies
      5717 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

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      1. re: CocoaNut

        Bonnell's at 1-20 and Bryant Irven Road is one of my favorite Fort Worth restaurants. It serves what I call upscale Texan food including a number of wild game dishes in a nice, yet casual setting. Jon Bonnell often comes out and talks to the diners. I have seen him bring out free appetizers to people waiting for their meals. Reata and Lonesome Dove serve similiar type food and are good places also. I like Bonnell's the best of the three though. I got denied entry to another Fort Worth eatery once because I was not dressed "business casual" which I am still trying to figure what that means on a hundred degree day, especially for one who has worked in the landscape business and as a white collar worker. I went to Bonnell's wearing nice blue Bermuda style shorts and a yellow Polo shirt and was treated like a king by Jon and the rest of the staff. No reservation required.

        Forth Worth is a cool town with a mixture of cowboy and high society culture as well as a substantial Latino and African-American population. You can find good BBQ, Tex-Mex, Mex-Mex, country cooking, and other styles of cuisine. They even have good food at a couple of museums.

        Bigray in Ok

        1. re: Bigrayok

          Wonderful, I'm sure we'll be wed fed!

          Can't wait and many thanks to all for responding!

          Best Regards,
          Ron Carter

        2. re: CocoaNut

          Thanks for the heads up about Yucatan ... I didn't realize they'd opened on Magnolia. Got the garlic shredded beef nachos to go tonite ... yummmm. I'll definitely be going back.

          It's been awhile since I've been to King Tut for Middle Eastern, but I was underwhelmed a few years back.

          Lonesome Dove is a professional operation, which distinguishes it (sad to say) from a lot of other restaurants in FW. You should get good food there.

          I've heard lots of raves (from non-foodies) about Terra, haven't been there yet. Brownstone, I read one review I thought was vicious and definitely applied Dallas standards. You can do that, but you may not be eating much. I intend to try it ...

          Didn't get my debit card back last time I ate at TIllman's, and I'm sure you know what a PITA that is ... didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. They bring them back (if you're lucky) on a piece of log with a clip glued to the top of it ... make sure the cutesy doesn't part you from your card if you go. I'm still not sure quite what happened ...

          Lanny's in my experience hasn't lived up to its reviews. There's a big difference between an anonymous review and a special pull all the stops out show put on for an influencial foodie ...

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          King Tut Restaurant
          1512 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

          1. re: CocoaNut

            Is there a Fireside Pies in FW? Plano?

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            Fireside Pies
            5717 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75024

          2. On Thursdays Il Cane Rosso has their mobile pizza oven at Times Ten Cellars on Foch St. Really good pizza and relaxed atmosphere.

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            1. re: Barbara76137

              Great to know about Il Cane Rosso in FW!

              rcarter31 - if you're looking for a little more 'local' flavor, Fred's Texas Cafe is also in the same area as the above So7 recs - Burgers, live music on the outside patio/deck, TX honkey-tonk flair. (Local-chain) Gloria's is east on 7th in Montgomery Plaza - Salvadorian and Tex-Mex.

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              Fred's Texas Cafe
              915 Currie St, Fort Worth, TX 76107