This Week in Gluttony

These are the 10 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

These are the 10 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

corned beef mac and cheese, Thirsty Lion
Corned beef automatically makes mac and cheese Irish. Photo courtesy of Thirsty Lion

It’s time to celebrate all things Irish, as St. Patrick’s Day is coming up Sunday. But many bars and restaurants are getting the party started a day early. Find menu specials (with lots of corned beef), drink specials, live music, and bagpipers all over town this weekend. This week also brings a bike-and-brews ride, traditional afternoon tea, and a crawfish boil patio party. Sláinte! 

Thursday, March 14

Women in Wine Walk-Around Tasting at Del Frisco’s Grille
Shout out to all the women winemakers — this event honors you. There’ll be 20 women-made wines to taste and explore, including Duckhorn, Veuve Clicquot, Prisoner, and more. Passed hors d’oeuvres will range from cheesesteak egg rolls to ahi tacos. The tasting is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will run from 6:30-8:30 pm at all Del Frisco’s Grille locations.

Saturday, March 16

Michaels Cuisine Saturday “Saint Patty’s Day” Brunch
Chef Michael Thomson will open his restaurant early for traditional brunch favorites like huevos rancheros and chicken fried steak and eggs, along with Irish-inspired dishes like corned beef and cabbage, hot corned beef and Reuben sandwiches, and corned beef nachos. Brunch will be served from 10 am-4 pm.

Angelo’s 61st Anniversary
In 1958, Angelo George opened his namesake barbecue joint on White Settlement Road. The institution will celebrate its anniversary with cold schooners of green beer, $3 chopped beef sandwiches, and bagpiper performances starting at 6 pm. The restaurant is open 11 am-10 pm.

6-Pack Trail, Bike Cruise & Craft Beer Tour
There are seven stops on this six-mile bike ride, which will take participants on a tour of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Stops include Fort Brewery, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Craftcade Pinball Bar, Wild Acre Brewing Company, HopFusion Ale Works, and the Collective Brewing Project. Riders get a beer at each, and then finish up at Brewed for a meal. Plan for an all-day affair as check-in begins at 11 am and the ride ends around 4:30 pm, when dinner begins. Tickets are $55 per person.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Shannon Brewing Co.
The Keller brewery will be tapping some special seasonal beers just for the event, which will feature bagpipes, live music, food, boozy cupcakes, and cigars. Tickets include 10 six-ounce pours and a pint glass. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Pay $40 and get early admission at 11 am, a T-shirt, and a pint glass koozie. General admission starts at 12 pm, and beers will be poured until 5 pm. The main bar will stay open until 9 pm.

St. Paddy’s Celebration at T&P Tavern
Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish nachos are just a few of the menu specialties during this all-day party. Wash it all down with Irish whiskey and green-hued Rahr Blonde, and enjoy live music on the covered patio. The bar and restaurant will be open 12 pm-2 am.

Spring Afternoon Tea at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Celebrate tea in sophisticated fashion with tea and treats among the manicured gardens. The traditional tea menu will feature cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon, chicken salad, and sweets like scones served with jams, lemon bars, and almond cupcakes. Teas include black, jasmine, and chamomile. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children 4-12. Tea time is 3-5 pm.

Kiss Me I’m Irish Express on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Find luck on the rails during this train ride on vintage 1920s-era coaches. The $39 ticket includes two craft beers from Shannon Brewing Co. and heavy Irish hors d’oeuvres from Wise Guys Pizzeria, including corned beef grilled cheese sandwiches on marble rye, shepherd’s pie, and mint chocolate chip cookies. Additional beer will be available for purchase, and each rider will receive a souvenir beer mug. Boarding will begin at 6:45 pm with the train set to depart promptly at 7:15 pm for a two-hour ride.

Sunday, March 17

Shrimp and Crawfish Boil at Waters
It’s a patio party at the Sundance Square seafood restaurant, where chef Jon Bonnell will throw a “Fort Worth fancy” shrimp boil. Available by the pound for $10.50, the boil will come with Bonnell’s andouille sausage, red potatoes, corn on the cob, crawfish, and Gulf shrimp. Visit from 2-7 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration at Thirsty Lion
Located in Euless’ Glade Parks development, the brand new European-inspired gastropub is celebrating the Irish holiday with bagpipers, live music, dancers, and menu specials. Visit the outdoor beer garden for tastes from eight different breweries, or sip on Irish mules, Irish old fashioned cocktails, or an Irish whiskey flight. (Purchase the flight or a cocktail and $2 will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds research to find cures for childhood cancer.) Menu specials are happening now through Sunday and include traditional Scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, corned beef mac and cheese, oven-roasted lamb shank, and whiskey Bing cherry bread pudding. The restaurant opens at 10 am, and live music will begin at 3 pm.