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Sep 28, 2012 08:40 PM

My two day itinerary in FW - comments appreciated!

Hello - I have had so much fun reading all your posts. I'm going to be driving up to FW from Austin for a couple of days next month, and I think I have it distilled down to a good plan. I would love feedback.

This will be me, my 8 year old son, and my husband. Not looking for refined high-end this time, and definitely looking to immerse the kiddo in Cowtown culture. Will be going to the Chihuly exhibit in Dallas, but, well, here's the plan and the questions:

Arrive late Thursday afternoon
Amon Carter (open late on Thursdays)
Dinner - Fuzzy's - Q: is this a truly delicious destination-worthy place? Intrigued by reports of the shredded garlic beef - I love carne deshebrada - is it anything like that? My husband saw the words "spicy pork" on the menu and was sold - anyone had that? So, there, or should we head up to the Stockyards after our fill of Remingtons and Russells? Thinking of Cattlemen's, but we will be road and museum-weary....

Breakfast - Paris Cafe
off to Dallas for Chihuly - any lunch spots near the Arboretum or between south FW and Dallas?
Dinner - Love Shack or Cattlemens (maybe do Cattlemens this night, Love Shack on Thursday? Unless Fuzzy's wins....)

Breakfast - Esperanzas
Babe's - Burleson
Head home

Thanks for any input - looking forward to the trip, and I promise to report back.

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  1. Fuzzy's is "good" but not what I would call destination good, another "taco" place near Amon Carter is Revolver, which is very good, but may be on the higher end of what you're looking for.

    As far as the Aboretum goes, you can take a picnic in and eat there or I'd suggest looking at Good 2 Go Taco on Garland Road, cajun at Aligator Cafe, or Barbec's. All are very good.

    I'd recommend looking at Woodshed possibly over Cattleman's, although it's not in the stockyards.

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    1. re: MarcusB

      Since you hail from Austin - home of great BBQ, and having myself eaten at the Woodshed, you'd fair much better staying with Cattleman's or H3 Ranch in the Stockyards.

      As to Fuzzy's.... it's good, not a typical Mex or Tex-Mex taco. They were quite unique until deciding to franchise a few years ago. Now, they're popping up on "every corner", so no longer carry the anticipation of "going to FUZZY's". Still, I say go and enjoy - the one south of downtown, across from the TCU campus is the original!

      Love Shack (Stockyard location) makes the best burger in FW - but JMHO. :)

      Understanding I haven't been to either in awhile, I'd suggest downtown's Cowtown Diner above Paris Cafe for breakfast. Last time I was at Paris, it was all seniors' seniors (and I'm not in want for grey on the head). The food was pretty bland and uninspired.

      1. re: CocoaNut

        Thanks, CN. I'm thinking Cattlemens for the atmosphere and to make a cattle trifecta (Cattle Drive, Cattlepen Maze, Cattlemen's steak), how does it compare to H3?

        When a 'hound such as yourself says "best burger," I am there. Oops - don't mean to start a best burger discussion - those words just confirm our choice...and give me a little meat-chill to boot.

        Completely understand the Fuzzy's gestalt - keeping it on the list for a quick, easy, possibly even "take out and back to the hotel" dinner after the museum.

        Can't find a breakfast menu for Cowtown Diner, but it looks like it has perfect atmosphere...especially since we keep telling the kiddo we are going to Cowtown!

        Thanks for the input!

        1. re: saticoy

          I looked for the Cowtown menu and see "under new mgmt" so will hedge away from my rec. so sorry.

          1. re: CocoaNut

            OK, thanks. Hey - do you recommend H3 over Cattlemens? I'm checking them out more closely and I think maybe I have too much invested in my Cattle trifecta. How do the steaks compare?

            1. re: saticoy

              It's been a long time since I've eaten at Cattleman's, so I'd hate to compare the steaks between the two. If you asked one of the loyal to either, you'd probably get a convincing argument both ways.

      2. re: MarcusB

        The picnic idea is perfect! I checked out Revolver's menu - it does look good - adding it to list thanks.

      3. The little guy could grab a little Cowtown culture with a quail and eggs breakfast at Fred's Texas Cafe in FW (opens at 10:30). There is absolutely nothing refined about the place, which is why it is so great.

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        1. re: Veggo

          Veggo - this place looks great. Do they do breakfast other than Sunday brunch? We won't be there on a Sunday, but forget the kid, I want ME some quail and eggs! Otherwise, should Fred's divert us from one of our other choices, food-wise?

          1. re: saticoy

            I just called them. The quail is just Sunday, bummer. On a good note, they have allready done their annual Hatch chili roast (I bought 10 pounds last year) and you can get a bowl of green chili, or some Hatch on their otherwise outrageous specialty burgers.

            1. re: Veggo

              Tragedy - quail and eggs is almost worth staying another night for. Thanks for the chili recs!

        2. Actually, there is an "outpost" of the best, most authentic tacos in Dallas on Gaston Avenue in Lakewood not terribly far from the Arboretum.
          Tacos La Banqueta Puro DF. It's attached to a Fina gas station.
          Be sure to have the tacos Suadero. They're only $1.35 each!

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          1. re: twinwillow

            Sounds really good - maybe keep to burgers and steaks in Cowtown, and pick up a sack of tacos in Dallas....hmmm.....

            1. re: saticoy

              If you should go to Tacos El Banqueta, be sure to ask for fresh onions and chopped cilantro on your tacos. And absolutely, don't forget to ad their incredible green sauce from the bottle!

          2. I would say Fuzzy's is not a destination, but it's a good option if you're close by. The grilled shrimp are a favorite of mine, and the pork is not bad. I've gotten it a couple times on the nachos per a recommendation here. It's not expensive (unlike Revolver ...), so you could order several dishes to try. I like the shrimp in crispy tacos or the taco salad. Obviously tacos are a great option for trying several different things. I like to ask for extra cilantro.

            Breakfast is a bit of a challenge in FW as noted on another thread ... there are some good weekend brunch options, like Sapristi or the Modern (Museum of Art).

            I ate at Teppo after seeing the Chihuly exhibit (which is great), and was very pleased with that choice, but I seem to recall they're not open for lunch? There are other options in the same area. We went during the heat of the summer, so were quite hungry, hot, and tired afterwards, so close was good. I love picnics too. Central Market would be a good place to stock your basket.

            I like Babe's and Love Shack ... Bonnell's is a good place to experience the local cuisine. I admit I've never been to Cattlemen's--I'm not very old school. I have been to Fred's ... great burger (believe I had the blue cheese) but the edgy atmosphere on that particular day was a bit more than I bargained for.

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            1. re: foiegras

              Actually, Fuzzy's does a pretty good breakfast. They do a mean huevos rancheros and I like their fried potatoes.

              As to Fred's Texas Cafe, one of their great features is the patio - I think I read it was closed for some reason (refurbishment?), so if you opt to go there, call ahead about the patio. I find their indoor dining a little claustrophobic. Also, I've only been during the afternoon, but can imagine it might get on the rowdy side later.