Lobster lovers, take note: there’s a celebration of the succulent crustacean taking place this week at one of Fort Worth’s best seafood restaurants. The first full week of fall also brings multiple pairing dinners, including wine, beer, and whiskey. Foreign flavors are celebrated, too, including those from Mexico via a Top Chef candidate, and German fare during Fort Worth’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration. Guten tag!
Tuesday, September 25
Lobster Celebration at Waters Restaurant
To commemorate National Lobster Day, the Sundance Square seafood restaurant will offer several succulent features. Go for fried lobster tail bites ($25), a lobster Louie salad ($16), and fire-grilled lobster tail over penne pasta with oyster mushrooms and pesto ricotta ($41). Executive chef Anthony Felli, who spent years at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse downtown before joining Jon Bonnell’s restaurant team, is behind the crustacean creations.
Revolver Beer Dinner at Social House
Three hearty courses paired with beers for $24.95 is a steal, and even more so when the beers are from local favorite Revolver Brewing. Courses include choice of lump and blue fin crab cakes or salad, and smoked baby back ribs or pan-seared salmon with fingerling potatoes. Pound cake with drunken berries will serve as dessert. Beers include Revolver’s Anodyne, Blood & Honey and Sangre y Miel, the brewery’s first sour beer. Dinner will begin promptly at 7 pm.
Wednesday, September 26
Balcones Dinner at Fixe Southern House
Waco’s whiskey distillery, which just marked 10 years, will be featured at this five-course Southern-inspired dinner. Menu standout dishes include fried halloumi cheese over salad, tender belly burnt ends with pickled peaches, blackened ribeye, and hors d’oeuvres like smoked oysters and pimento cheese slathered on “everything” crackers. Balcones whiskeys and cocktails will be served with each course. Reservations are $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and dinner starts at 6 pm.
Thursday, September 27
Oktoberfest Fort Worth
Touted as a festival so authentic, guests will forget they’re in Fort Worth. The three-day soiree returns to Panther Island Pavilion to celebrate German culture with food, music, dancing, and games. Spaten and Oktoberfest craft beers will be available for purchase, along with dishes like schnitzel with sauerkraut and German potato salad; Bavarian pretzels; sausage platters; sandwiches; käsebrett cheeseboards; and strudel. Tickets range from $5-$10 ($15 for a three-day pass), or $65 for a three-course dinner by Reata. Purchase in advance through September 26 and get a free commemorative stein. The revelry runs through Saturday.
7-Course Oaxaca Mexico Wine Dinner at Café Modern
Chef Ix-Chel Ornelas, a finalist on the TV show Top Chef Mexico, will serve as the guest chef for this magnificent, multicourse meal. Lucky guests will be treated to octopus salad, corn soup, taquito with chile relleno, quail in black mole sauce, and Oaxacan chocolate cake with ancho chile jam. Each course will be paired with a wine from Casa Madero vineyards in Mexico, the oldest winery on the continent. Seats are $155 per person ($135 for museum members), plus tax and gratuity, and dinner begins at 6 pm.
Friday, September 28
Wines of Languedoc France at Grand Cru Wine Bar & Boutique
There are two options to sit and sip renowned French wines at the West Magnolia Avenue boutique wine bar: one with small plates and one with cheese pairings. The former features smoked salmon and cucumber canapes, shrimp Provençal, cheeses, tomato, herb and olive flatbread, and a cassoulet of white beans, duck and lamb sausage. The small plate pairing begins at 6:30 pm, and seats are $40 per person. The cheese pairing features cheeses from Switzerland, Wisconsin, California, and France and begins at 7 pm. Seats are $20 per person. Gratuity is not included for either option.