Tastemaker Awards News
8 best new restaurants in Fort Worth compete for top Tastemaker title
In the 2023 edition of our annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, we're honoring the best in Fort Worth food & beverage, from best chefs to best bars to the best restaurant in Fort Worth.
Those bests are chosen by a panel of judges consisting of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts. (The full list of
nominees is here.)
But one category — Best New Restaurant — is chosen by our readers, in a bracket-style competition where eight new restaurants go head to head. You can vote daily for your favorite in our bracket-style elimination challenge, until two finalists emerge.
The winners will be revealed at our party on April 27 at The 4 Eleven at 411 S. Main St. Emceed by Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell, the culinary extravaganza will feature bites from the nominees and sips from sponsors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit nonprofit Cuisine for Healing. (Get your tickets here before they sell out.)
To vote, click here. Don't delay: The first bracket ends on April 15.
Here are our nominees for Best New Restaurant in Fort Worth:
Gorgeous interiors, floor-to-ceiling window views, and upscale Italian dishes like bucatini cacio e pepe and smoked spaghetti carbonara make this downtown spot by restaurant duo Adam Jones and chef Blaine Staniford (Grace, Little Red Wasp) one of the hottest dinner reservations in town.
Food truck was a smash hit when it debuted in 2020, gaining a following for its signature birria tacos, served with a side of beef broth consommé. Owner Jacqueline Anaya opened a brick-and-mortar location on Race Street in 2022, but hours are still limited as she awaits a liquor license.
Chef Tim Love's uber upscale Italian concept in the Stockyards exudes elegance, with cocktails shaken tableside, a dress code, and a partial ban on cell phones. (They're OK at lunch.) Dishes are perfect for sharing, such as the show-stopping Lobster Alison served with sweet corn ravioli and parmesan cream.
Pot-themed sub sandwich chain from Colorado made its Fort Worth debut in the Medical District. There’s no actual marijuana on the menu, there are more than 30 “toasted” sandwiches, along with a full bar and “Munchies” like loaded nachos, meatballs, and pretzel nuggets. Signature sandwiches include the Jamaican Red with grilled chicken, hot sauce and jalapeno, and the Chronic with roast beef, barbecue sauce, bell peppers, and mushrooms.
Also nominated as one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the country by the James Beard Foundation, this upscale Mexican restaurant takes diners on a journey deep into Mexico through cuisine and atmosphere. Dishes like the crispy fried cactus and Chilean sea bass in black mole add to the adventure, along with an array of Mexican wines.
TCU bar and grill from chef Jon Bonnell serves burgers, barbecue, tacos, baked potatoes, akaushi beef hot dogs, and craft cocktails. The menu includes a burger of the week in creative flavors such as the Al Pastor topped with shredded pork and a seared pineapple, or the Sweet & Sour, smothered with pork belly jam and melted Swiss.
3rd Street Market
Bright and airy market and café in Sundance Square comes from foodie couple Dena Peterson Shaskan (Cafe Modern) and baker Trent Shaskan ( Icon Bread) Menu of sourdough sandwiches like bacon, avocado, and black pepper aioli, and soups like French onion changes daily. Fresh-squeezed juices, gourmet coffee, gifts, treats, and cooking classes add to the appeal.
Tre Mogli Cucina Italiana
Upscale Italian restaurant on South Main St. from the Trident Restaurant Group and chef Stefon Rishel is a white-tablecloth, family-style eatery, popular for its focaccia with truffle ricotta, cacio e pepe fritters, and pork milanese, and happy hour menu in the bar.