Too often lunch is a rushed affair, a quick drive-thru meal or a granola bar while we work. But sometimes you have a reason to enjoy a lovely and leisurely lunch — and that reason usually involves girlfriends — so where do you go?
Head to these Fort Worth restaurants when you want to hang with your besties for an afternoon. And if you leave with the perfect Instagram picture, well, even better.
Cafe Modern’s plates are as pretty as the views at Tadao Ando’s architectural masterpiece. Executive chef Denise Shavandy uses locally sourced ingredients to pack the lunch menu with delicious dishes such as squash blossom tamales and the spring pea falafel. Sunday brunch is just as good.
No lunch visit to Lili’s is complete without an order of famous Gorgonzola fries, the perfect complement to the bistro’s salad, sandwich, and soup combos. Round out the meal with the signature banana upside down cake or the doughnuts and coffee ice cream.
Local Foods Kitchen
Tucked away in the cozy Tanglewood neighborhood, Local Foods Kitchen has become the go-to place for ladies who lunch. Display cases are chock-full of delicious salads, sides, meats, and breathtaking desserts. Fridges are stocked with retro drinks alongside wine and kombucha. There is nothing here you won’t want to try.
With its iconic green tables and yellow chairs, the cheery Lunchbox in Ridglea has been synonymous with Fort Worth ladies who lunch, well, forever. Customers keep coming back thanks to favorites like the signature chicken salad and fruit salad with poppy seed dressing.
Felipe Armenta, owner of popular Fort Worth eateries Pacific Table and The Tavern, has expanded his restaurant resume with Press Cafe. Located in the burgeoning Clearfork development, Press is delightfully hip with views overlooking the Trinity River. A solid menu, consisting of several sandwich and salad lunch options, also features larger entrees and craft cocktails.
Revolver Taco Lounge
After a brief hiatus, owner Regina Rojas has reopened, and the menu is better than ever. For a casual lunch with the girls, no visit is complete without a trip to the unlimited taco buffet, which includes several guisada dishes, homemade tortillas, café de hoya, and agua frescas. We also love the huitlacoche quesadillas.
Swiss Pastry Shop
Swiss Pastry Shop is famous for its Black Forest cake, along with other beautiful desserts and top-notch breakfast. But this also is the place for you and your pals to ignore the calorie count and order a Fort Worth cheesesteak with Hatch chile queso blanco. For something daintier, go for the California croissant with turkey, Swiss, avocado, and tomato.
The highly regarded cafe at Neiman Marcus has been a Fort Worth institution for decades. You go to The Zodiac for the complimentary popovers and consomme and keep returning for soup, salad, and that tuna pecan sandwich.
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