For many of us, summer means breaks from school and work. With a little more free time, we stay up a little later and out a little longer. Eats are needed to keep us going through the night.
Fort Worth has plenty of venerable after-hours standbys like Ol’ South and Salsa Limon. But there are also several new night-owl destinations to try. This month's Where to Eat is dedicated to these new late-night spots.
Here are 7 restaurants where you can eat late at night:
Upscale taco spot in the WestBend shopping center is the first Texas location of a Connecticut-based chain. It has many things going for it: good prices, a varied selection of tacos, and a nice patio that overlooks the Trinity. Tacos are of the street-style size and come filled with ingredients such as ancho-crusted tuna, tempura-battered cod, cauliflower with romesco sauce, and roasted duck with a tamarind glaze. There are also rice bowls, sides such as elote and chipotle slaw, and housemade agua frescas in flavors like ginger grapefruit. Open until midnight daily.
Bru City Stadium
Located across from AT&T Stadium, at 1004 N. Collins St., this newly opened brew and burger joint is an offshoot of the original in Euless, with more an impressive selection of nearly 20 burgers and more than 100 craft beers. Burgers come in both the straightforward and gourmet variety. The signature is the "Crime Scene," a towering monster piled high jalapeno chips, sauteed garlic, cayenne pepper, bacon, and a fried egg. The menu also includes sandwiches, hot dogs, and sides like German potato salad. Open until midnight Friday and 1 am Saturday.
Funkytown Donuts & Drafts
The second location of this gourmet doughnut shop, recently opened downtown at 132 E. 4th St., in the old Cupcakery spot, touts two things the Near Southside original lacks: beer and late hours. The shop serves four craft brews on tap, and will rotate them seasonally. Doughnuts — both yeast and cake — are made on-site, from scratch, in a variety of rotating flavors, such as maple and candied bacon, Fruity Pebbles, and crème brulee. While most doughnut shops are only open for breakfast and lunch, the downtown Funkytown is open evenings as well, until 11 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Fort Brewery & Pizza
Latest project from Near Southside sibling developers Will Churchill and Corrie Watson is at 1001 W. Magnolia Ave., in the former Chimera Brewing Co., and one of the few in the area to keep late hours. It specializes in thin-crust pizza and craft beer, made by new brewmaster Jeremy Whitehead. Pies come with toppings such as prosciutto, goat cheese, and housemade meatballs, as well as barbecue sauce and brisket from nearby Heim BBQ. Vegan cheese is available, as are gluten-free crusts. Other dishes include mini calzones, a caprese sandwich on housemade bread, and jumbo breadsticks. Open until midnight Monday-Saturday.
Late-night cookie cravings can be sated at the first Fort Worth location of this national chain, located at 2868 W. Berry St., near TCU. Choose from nearly a dozen types of freshly-baked cookies, from double chocolate chunk to peanut butter chip to Snickerdoodle. There are brownies and ice cream, too. A big bonus: Insomnia delivers. Open until 3 am nightly.
Super-popular restaurant in Burleson is known for its unique piece of décor: a vintage Airstream trailer. Better yet, the kitchen is inside the trailer. Owned by the same team as Rio Mambo, The Rim aims to bring the gourmet food trailer experience to an inside restaurant. The small menu of mostly American staples includes a maple-butter fried chicken sandwich, a burger topped with beer-braised onions and bourbon barbecue sauce, and a hot dog sprinkled with crisp pork belly and barbecue mustard aioli. There's also a wide selection of craft beers. Open until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Opened in May, the Fort Worth offshoot of this Dallas-based mini-chain landed in a good spot for late night dining: the bar-crowded West 7th Street area. Located at 3001 Bledsoe St., the restaurant offers a huge menu of Thai and Japanese staples: fried rice dishes, curries, and a whopping 66 varieties of sushi rolls. Zenna is one of the few restaurants in the city to keep super-late hours every day, just as they do in Dallas: They’re open until 3 am nightly.