Fort Worth's dining scene is on fire, with a burst of restaurants that are newly opened. There's a little something for everyone, including high-profile chef-driven spots and bar-driven restaurants with generous outdoor space.
Here are 5 need-to-know restaurants recently opened in Fort Worth:
Arizona-based concept opens March 24 in the West 7th entertainment district, at 2821 Morton St. — the fifth location for this party-friendly chain whose combination of food & drink, TVs & entertainment options, and expansive outdoor space have proven to be an irresistible formula, especially in these post-pandemic times. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches served on house-baked bread, and pizzas such as the Carnivoro with Italian sausage, pepperoni, Bolognese sauce, and mozzarella. They also do a serious brunch, with dishes such as Butterfinger French toast with whipped cream, Butterfingers, Texas toast, and Nutella cream cheese.
Buzzy newcomer in the Cultural District is a spinoff of a fine-dining steakhouse from Saltillo, known for its beautiful clay bricks. It's a collaboration between Adrian Burciaga, former general manager of Cafe Modern, and third-generation restaurateur Juan Ramón Cárdenas, and it's at 3268 W. Seventh St., in the former Mr. Gatti's Pizza space, where it's incorporating local ingredients from Fort Worth and northeastern Mexico, such as kid goat, nopales, and red hawthorn, plus an eye-catching tres leches dessert topped with ice cream molded into a curvy ammonite shell shape.
Restaurant in the former Blu Crab space at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. is from chef Ben Merritt (Fixture, Ben's Triple B) but is a little step up from those more casual places, with steaks on the menu and decor that includes chandeliers. In addition to steak and roasted half chicken, the menu has a fair amount of seafood including oysters, fried catfish, and lobster corndogs, plus pastas, and a mac & cheese you can get with choice of lobster, bacon, or crawfish.
Parker County Ice House
Chef Stefon Rishel and his Trident Restaurant Group are on trend with this restaurant with indoor/outdoor bar in Aledo, where they're offering food, drink, and outdoor entertainment including live music. This is kind of a second draft of the nearly-identical Berry St. Ice House they opened briefly in 2021. The menu is basic but appealing, with burgers, chicken-fried steak, Cajun pasta, a Philly cheesesteak with onions and mushrooms, and rowdy Rishel-style dishes such as chicken skewers with peanut-butter & jelly.
Restaurant and beer garden in the old Bearded Lady space at 1229 Seventh Ave. is a new concept from the team behind Durty Murphy's Irish Pub, The Winchester Tavern, The Local, and Durty Crow. There's lots of beer plus a gastropub menu with burgers, fried pickles, salads, sliders, and great snacks for beer: chips & queso, fried cheese curds, and loaded baked potato tots. There's also a strong German influence in dishes such as the Bavarian pretzel, black forest sliders, a bratwurst dog with sauerkraut and German potato salad, and a clever schnitzel finger basket with fried pork schnitzel fingers served with fries and gravy.