Where to Eat
Where to eat in Fort Worth right now: 5 restaurant meals perfect for sharing
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, our thoughts turn to romance. The real test of whether you're meant to be together: Can you share a dish with them?
If the answer is yes, you’re in luck: This month, our Where to Eat feature is dedicated to restaurants with excellent shareable dishes. (And here's our list of restaurants with Valentine's Day offerings.)
Opened this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the city’s hottest new Italian restaurant comes from Adam Jones and Blaine Staniford, the same owner-chef team behind two of the city’s finest restaurants: Grace and Little Red Wasp, both also downtown. The menu is heavy on handmade pastas, the house specialty, but you can make a shareable meal from the appetizers and “snacks,” from head-on blue prawns with salsa verde, to hearth meatballs, made from a mix of brisket, pork and veal, and served with hearth tomato sauce, to the blue fin tuna crudo with crispy farro and horseradish gremolata.
One of the most criminally overlooked Mexican restaurants in Tarrant County, this upbeat, family-owned spot in south Arlington serves a made-for-two meat-lover's paradise: Parrillada Mexicana. A mountain of beef fajitas, chicken fajitas, pork ribs, and pork sausage is served on a smoking, sizzling platter, with rice, charro beans and pico de gallo. Seasoned pros know to throw in grilled shrimp for an extra $6. El Ranchito has a fun, couples-friendly atmosphere: On weekends, there’s a mariachi band and an Elvis impersonator performs at least once a month – good, silly fun.
Little Lilly Sushi
Sushi is an inherently shareable dish, and some of the city’s best is served at this long-running spot on the west side, which recently reopened after a fire (and has a Keller location in the works). Owner Chih "Danny" Liu’s menu is made up of sushi rolls and sashimi filled with both traditional and exotic ingredients. For novices, there are California and Philadelphia rolls. Those with more adventurous appetites can choose from marinated salmon roe, sea urchin from Japan, and bluefin tuna belly from Australia. There’s a larger selection of vegetarian items than what you usually find at a sushi restaurant – plus mango or green tea cheesecake, perfect for sharing.
New Near Southside hotspot is tailor-made for those who love to share. Their subhead is "family-style Italian," with many entrees served in choice of individual portion or in family-style portions so large that sharing is pretty much mandatory. (The menu even has a category called shareables.) You can’t go wrong or hungry with any of the pastas. The cacio e pepe with cracked pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese is especially divine, while the Bolognese, made with a mix of beef, pork, and veal, is as rich as it is filling. Dim lights, cool drinks, and five-star service make this a dining destination for those with romance on their minds.
Downtown steakhouse has all the makings for a night out: You start with dinner, then hang in the trendy bar on the first floor and people watch. If you’re too tuckered out to drive home, you can get a room since the restaurant is part of the Sinclair Hotel. For dinner, the ultimate shareable dish is the gargantuan Tomahawk steak, a 32-ounce rib-eye, dry-aged for at least 31 days, that's designed for two people to share. You're meant to supplement that with shared sides such as brown butter roasted cauliflower, creamed spinach with nutmeg béchamel, or Brussels sprouts with an orange chili glaze.