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Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Where to drink in Fort Worth right now: 5 best bar patios to hit in May. Patios are a hot topic in town, especially this month, when the weather (mostly) cooperates to create a comfortable outdoor experience. But sometimes our patio desires don’t involve a desire to order a meal. Here are five of Fort Worth’s best bar patios to check out before the scorching summer arrives in June.

2. Shocking sudden closure leads this round of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has much good news: ice cream in Southlake, ramen in Keller, salads in Denton, and pizza in the Near Southside. Sadly, there's a big closure and the clock is ticking. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.

3. Bakery-cafe with sourdough bread and cookies soon to break in Fort Worth. A new sourdough bakery and café will soon rise in southwest Fort Worth: The Sour Boule – named for the round loaf of French-style crusty bread – is set to take over the former Busy B’s Bakery space at 3701 Southwest Blvd. The bakery is from Alexis Misner, who has been selling sourdough bread and cookies under the name "Misner Family Farms" at local farmers markets for the past year.

4. Toys R Us to open its first airport store at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Global toy store chain Toys R Us is opening its very first location in an airport, and guess which airport that is: our own Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)! Yay. According to a release, the store will open in Terminal A, and is slated to open in time for holiday season 2023.

5. Biggest winners and fieriest moments from the 58th ACM Awards in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dolly Parton sang rock 'n' roll, wheeled a goat on stage, and Facetime'd with Willie Nelson. The 58th annual Academy of Country Music Awards - held Thursday, May 11 at the Star in Frisco - were a wild and sometimes wacky celebration of country music in 2023.


Shocking sudden closure leads this round of Fort Worth restaurant news

News You Can Eat

This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has much good news: ice cream in Southlake, ramen in Keller, salads in Denton, and pizza in the Near Southside.

Sadly, there's a big closure and the clock is ticking.

Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news:

Boozie's Brewery & Gourmet Sandwiches, the full-service brewpub featuring bountiful sandwiches, is closing. The concept — from a team that included Bruce Conti, who is also the landlord, plus chef David Hollister and brewer Bobby Mullins — opened two locations mere months ago: one in Fort Worth in the former Wild Acre brewpub space at 6479 Camp Bowie Blvd. and a second location in Fairview.

Hollister, an acclaimed chef who made the list of Top 10 Chefs in CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards, confirms that the restaurants are closing, saying he only just learned of the closures himself.

"It was definitely fast and unexpected, and after only four months," he says, more graciously than surely any person on the planet would be under the circumstances.

Hollister was previously at Wild Acre, but Fort Worth diners remember him best for his Dagwood’s sandwich shops – one on Foch Street and the other by Ridgmar Mall. Wherever he goes, sandwich fans follow for favorites like the Reuben with house-brined Akaushi Wagyu pastrami, and the Cuban Press with braised Duroc pork shoulder.

The Fort Worth Boozie's also earned a spot on CultureMap's monthly Where to Drink column in March, where it was lauded for its craft cocktails and multiple beers on tap.

The restaurants will remain open for the rest of the week with generous discounts, including $7 for all sandwiches and $5 for drinks.

"We’ll be here until Sunday for the staff we do have left to make some money while they're looking for another job," Hollister says. "Some of these guys I was able to place at other restaurants but, if anyone knows of any leads of places looking for help, I’d love to pass the information along."

Boozie's is not the only sudden shutter with which Conti has been involved: 38 & Vine, an innovative wine bar in Fort Worth that notably allowed customers to pour self-serve sips, was forced to close abruptly in April; Conti was a partner in the business.

Handel's Ice Cream, the acclaimed ice cream shop concept from the Northeast, is about to open a location in Southlake at 2645 E. Southlake Blvd.; a spokesperson confirms that they'll be opening "soon." Headquartered in Ohio, Handel's made their debut in Texas in 2019, where they currently have 10 locations either open or about to be, including Flower Mound, Grapevine, Plano, and McKinney, along with locations in the Northeast, Arizona, Alabama, California, Oregon, and Nevada. Founder Alice Handel first began serving ice cream out of her husband's gas station in Youngstown, made with fruit picked from her own backyard. The menu now includes more than 150 flavors of ice cream and yogurt, although shops don't have that many at one time. They're known for good-quality ingredients and for making their ice cream daily, starting with a base made by Handel's corporate that's shipped to the store. They also offer unique Northeast-style flavors such as peppermint stick, black raspberry truffle, and orange pineapple, and eight vanilla options including vanilla, vanilla raspberry chip, and vanilla with lemon Oreos.

Hoshi Ramen has opened in Keller at 1301 Keller Pwky. #200 with ramen, soba and udon noodles, rice bowls, and salads. They have six varieties of ramen including the classic Hoshi ramen, Texas ramen with brisket and chicken karaage, kimchi ramen, veggie ramen, and bulgogi ramen with Korean BBQ beef. Other dishes include korokke (Japanese potato croquettes), steamed BBQ pork buns, bulgogi salad, tonkatsu, and fried shrimp curry rice. Hoshi is from Fort Worth resident Injun Shim, who also owns Taki Ramen Japanese Noodle and Pub in Wichita Falls. They'll serve sake, soju, wine, and beer, once they acquire a liquor license.

Pie Tap Pizza Workshop + Bar, the upscale pizzeria from Rich Hicks (Tin Star, Mooyah, Taco Lingo) has opened its long-awaited location in Fort Worth, at 1301 W. Magnolia St., which they announced on Facebook. The pizza is among the best in Dallas, featuring fermented dough with an emphasis on the thin crust rather than an avalanche of toppings, designed by Giovanni Mauro, a veteran chef and pizzaiolo who has owned restaurants such as Old School Pizzeria and Nora's Wine Bar in Las Vegas; he and Hicks worked together back in the early days of Romano's Macaroni Grill. The first location debuted in mid-2016 in Dallas' Design District, where it pioneered the concept's menu of pizzas, pastas, beer, and wine. Hopefully not too sophisticated for Fort Worth, although one comment posted on the page is not reassuring: "The pizza really needs more cheese," the comment says. "I just tried it and Domino's is better. What's missing is the cheese."

Salata has opened a location in South Denton at 1931 S. Loop 288 with built-to-order salads & wraps, soups, tea, and lemonade. The chain has five salad bases, 50+ toppings, and 11 dressings. This is the 92nd location nationwide, and is from franchisees Todd & Joanna Jones, who plan to open more locations in Denton.

Razzoo's Cajun Cafe has launched a new menu which includes the return of customer favorite Firemouth Wings. Other new items include bacon-wrapped shrimp with jalapeño, crab cakes, peel & eat shrimp, Creole pork chop with jalapeño cheese sauce, mashed potatoes & green beans, blackened redfish over dirty rice, shrimp Carnivale with bell pepper & onions, and chicken stuffed with boudin.

Melting Pot has a new Best Fondue Friends Forever (BFFF) menu, with a 3- or 4-course meal featuring Melting Pot’s enhanced BFFF cheese and chocolate fondue plus new offerings like Bacon Mac & Cheese Fondue topped with crispy bacon, and Lavender & Blueberry Chocolate Fondue, with white chocolate and blueberries topped with decadent blackberry "caviar."

Fuzzy's Taco Shop has three new limited-edition menu items featuring elote: an Elote side, a 6-ounce portion made with corn, queso, jalapenos, feta, and Fuzzy Dust; Chicken Elote Double Stack Taco with elote, fajita chicken, and rice; Chicken Elote Bowl with the same ingredients in a bowl. Available through Sunday June 18.

Tiff's Treats is bringing back their signature Chip's Mix, a special two-dozen package with chocolate, double chocolate, oatmeal, and peanut butter chocolate chip varieties, available through May 21, for $42. Tiff's Treats uses a one-of-a-kind variety of custom-made chocolate chips, a little-known secret that, thanks to CultureMap, is a secret no longer.

Starbucks has introduced its summer 2023 beverages: Chocolate Java Mint Frappuccino features blended Frappuccino roast coffee, chocolate, mint, and Frappuccino chips, finished with a layer of mocha sauce, whipped cream, and a chocolate cookie mint sprinkle topping; and White Chocolate Macadamia Cream Cold Brew, featuring Starbucks Cold Brew sweetened with macadamia syrup, topped with white chocolate macadamia cream cold foam, and finished with toasted cookie crumbles.


North Texas-based Tuesday Morning discount chain closes down with mega-sale

Shopping News

In sad sad news for discount shoppers, Tuesday Morning, the Dallas-based home and lifestyle goods chain, is closing its stores nationwide, after it previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2023.

The chain is hosting a going-out-of-business sale at all stores in 25 states across the U.S. Shoppers can save up to 30 percent off the lowest ticketed prices across the stores on a wide variety of home decor.

Tuesday Morning was one of the original off-price retailers specializing in name-brand, high-quality products for the home, including textiles, home furnishings, housewares, gourmet food, toys, and seasonal décor, at prices below those found in department stores, catalogs, or on-line retailers. They opened their first store in 1974.

The sale will include discounted home décor for every room like bedding, bath, furniture, lamps, and kitchen; plus toys, pet supplies, luggage, beauty, crafts, seasonal decorations, and more.

Shoppers are advised to take advantage of the new price reductions and bid farewell to this iconic retailer.

Select fixtures, furnishings, and equipment will also be available for sale.

Gift cards will be honored through May 13. All sales are final.

Merchandise purchased prior to April 28, 2023, may be returned within 14 days of the purchase date with the original receipt and in accordance with usual policies.

There are 59 locations in Texas, as follows:

Abilene: 3301 S 14th St
Allen: 190 E Stacy Rd Ste 1530
Amarillo: 3415 Bell St


  • 2737 W Park Row Rd
  • 1104 W Arbrook Blvd

Austin: 10225 Research Blvd Ste 3000B
Brownsville: 1601 Price Rd
Cedar Park: 5001 183A Toll Rd Ste J100
Conroe: 1406 N Loop 336 W
Corpus Christi: 4102 S Staples
Dallas: 6465 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 354
Denton: 2608 W University Dr
Euless: 2911 Rio Grande Blvd Ste 400
Farmers Branch: 14303 Inwood Rd
Friendswood: 172 S Friendswood Dr
Frisco: 4995 Eldorado Pkwy Ste 520
Galveston: 2727 61st St
Garland: 401 W Interstate 30
Georgetown: 1103 Rivery Blvd Ste #270

  • 10516 Old Katy Rd
  • 901A N Shepherd Dr
  • 5419 FM 1960 W Ste E
  • 1365 Kingwood Dr

Irving: 7787 N MacArthur Blvd

  • 870 S Mason Rd
  • 24427 Katy Frwy

Keller: 1580 Keller Pkwy FM 1709
Kerrville: 851 Junction Hwy
Lakeway: 2300 Lohmans Spur Ste 145
Lewisville: 2325 S Stemmons Frwy Ste 103
Longview: 305 NW Loop 281
Lubbock: 7020 Quaker Ave
Marble Falls: 2511 N US Highway 281
McKinney: 117 S Central Expwy
Midland: 4610 N Garfield
New Braunfels: 651 N Business Interstate Hwy 35 Stre 1400
Paris: 3552 Lamar Ave
Plano: 1601 Preston Rd Ste F
Rockwall: 1117A Ridge Rd
Round Rock: 110 N Interstate 35
San Angelo: 3578 Knickerbocker Rd
San Antonio:

  • 3910 McCullough Ave
  • 2945 Thousand Oaks Dr
  • 12651 Vance Jackson Rd Ste 128
  • 18450 Blanco Road
  • 6808 Huebner Road
  • 8421 N US Hwy 281 Ste 105

Shenandoah: 17937 I-45 S Ste 125
Sherman: 2711 N US Highway 75
South Padre Island: 410 Padre Blvd
Spring: 4690 Louetta Road
Temple: 3064 S 31st St
Texarkana: 2315 Richmond Rd Ste 9B
Tyler: 322 East SE Loop 323
Universal City: 3150 Pat Booker Rd Ste 112
Waco: 5201 Bosque Blvd Ste 380 Bldg 3
Waxahachie: 1700 N Hwy 77 Ste 166
Weatherford: 735 Adams Dr
Webster: 20740 Gulf Frwy Ste 140

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Fort Worth billionaire reigns in this week's 5 most popular stories

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Fort Worth billionaire is 3rd richest woman on the planet in 2023, says Forbes. Her fortune took a tiny hit this year, but Fort Worth’s Alice Walton is the woman with the third biggest bank account in the world. According to the 2023 Forbes World’s Billionaires List, released April 4, Walton has a net worth of $56.7 billion.

2. Restaurant starring soup dumplings to open in Fort Worth's Near Southside. Fort Worth is getting an exciting new dumpling spot from a team of high-profile collaborators. Called Teddy Wong's Dumplings & Wine, it'll be a Chinese restaurant with a stellar selection of dumplings and Chinese classics, opening in the Near Southside, at 812 W. Rosedale St., in the space previously occupied by Le's Wok Asian Food.

3. Hill Country nature preserve steps up conservancy efforts with new wildlife plans. A Hill Country park is getting some new features and wildlife this year. The Horseshoe Bay Nature Park, located 60 miles northwest of Austin (about three-and-a-half hours from Fort Worth), will be expanding its conservancy this year through the use of new signage, bee populations, and owls.

4. Edgy new Asian restaurant Eazy Monkey coming to Fort Worth's Magnolia Ave. A rad new restaurant from a powerhouse chef will open in a coveted spot in Fort Worth’s Near Southside neighborhood. Called Eazy Monkey, it's an Asian-themed restaurant that will open in late summer at 401 W. Magnolia Ave., the space previously occupied by Fixture, which closed in late 2022.

5. Popular Fort Worth wine bar with innovative self-serve sips closes suddenly. An innovative wine bar in Fort Worth has closed: 38 & Vine, which notably allowed customers to pour self-serve sips, has closed its location in the Foundry District, as well as a sibling location in Boerne, Texas. As a silver lining for sad Fort Worth wine lovers, they are having a quick close-out sale featuring great wines at amazing prices.

Photo by Nancy Mowins Farrar

Popular Fort Worth wine bar with innovative self-serve sips closes suddenly

Wine Bar News

An innovative wine bar in Fort Worth has closed: 38 & Vine, which notably allowed customers to pour self-serve sips, has closed its location in the Foundry District, as well as a sibling location in Boerne, Texas.

According to Jennifer Demel, who founded the concept with her husband (and former Diamondback pitcher) Sam Demel, the business was doing well, but they're closing due to a dispute with a business partner. She's reluctant to give specifics since a lawsuit is involved.

"We had no intention of any of this happening," Demel says. "We were even looking at opening a space at DFW Airport and had every intention of continuing to grow it. But it wasn’t possible."

38 & Vine opened in in December 2019, inspired by the look and feel of an intimate European cocktail lounge. The space featured an innovative dispenser system that allowed customers to serve themselves a taste or a full glass of wine, offering an opportunity to try rare labels or sample a variety before deciding on a selection for the night.

The concept was big on education, including a 10-seat private tasting room for small group tastings, educational classes, and private reservations.

"It has been such a fun experience these past years for our team, getting to meet and talk with people about wine, and working with our vendors to find the weirdest and most fun things you don’t always see on a wine list," Demel says

They opened the location in Boerne in June 2022, and were also co-owners of Lazy Daisy Coffee Bar on Camp Bowie Boulevard, partnered with landlord Bruce Conti. That has also closed.

"It's hard for us, looking at these businesses that were both successful, and feeling like neither should have ever been closed," Demel says. "We had a great customer base and following and support, and we're so grateful for that. As the tears flow, we cannot say 'thank you' enough for the support our customers have shown since we opened our doors."

Demel says she's not sure for now what their plans will be moving forward — but in the interim, there's good news for Fort Worth wine lovers, since they are having a close-out sale featuring great wines at amazing prices.

"We have all our remaining inventory uploaded to our website for purchase over the next two days," Demel says. "All wine is offered at cost to give the most amazing pricing, and people can stock up just in time for Easter weekend."


Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.

Beast & Co.

Worldly restaurant in Fort Worth's Near Southside closes after one year

Closure News

An acclaimed restaurant in Fort Worth has closed: Beast and Company, a chef-driven spot with a worldly/global menu located at 1010 W. Magnolia Ave. in the Near Southside, has closed.

Chef and founder Dustin Lee shared the news on Facebook, blaming the closure on a decline in business the restaurant had endured in recent weeks.

"I would rather fight until every last dime is gone, but after consulting my lawyer and accountant, we must act in the best interest of our employees and also ensure taxes are paid. I hate to say this, but the Beast and Co is closing its doors, effective immediately," he said.

Lee left the corporate world in 2020 and opened The Beast & Co. on West Magnolia Avenue in 2022. He gained a following for an evolving menu of scratch dishes with worldly flair, like soba noodles with coconut curry, burrata with gremolata & grilled bread, and masala spice cake with curry ice cream.

The restaurant did not lack for acclaim, including making the December 2022 edition of CultureMap's monthly Where to Eat column, for "Where to take the hardcore foodie and prove FW has a foodie scene." Author Malcolm Mayhew called it "one of Fort Worth’s best new restaurants," serving dishes that went beyond the city’s norm.

Lee also earned a nomination for Rising Star Chef in Fort Worth's 2023 CultureMap Awards.

In February, Lee stirred up some controversy in a post where he speculated that the city of Fort Worth was not receptive to outsiders. Some commenters said it was more a case of inadequate marketing, while others found it too expensive for anything beyond a special occasion. But nearly everyone said it was a great place with great food, rooted in Southern traditions, but incorporating other cuisines including Western African, Northern African, Vietnamese, French, and Spanish.

Dishes included Italian pasta with goat Bolognese, Thai lobster bisque with a Thai lobster dumpling, and a spicy version of bouillabaisse made with skate wing. The bar featured cocktails with a global focus such as a saffron-tinted Bees Knees.

In his closure post, Lee praised his staff, calling them "the best team in DFW," stating that the failure was his fault, but that he was going to persevere.

"I’m going to keep cooking and putting together bad ass wine lists, wherever that may take me. Be well Fort Worth. Sorry for the missed connection," he said.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Fan Expo lures stellar list of celebrities to North Texas for 2023 edition

Star Power in Effect

Fan Expo Dallas, the largest sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Texas, always manages to gather together an enviable number of movie and TV celebrities, but its upcoming event - taking place June 9-11 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center - is more full of stars than ever.

Although the "top" celebrity is in the eye of the beholder, arguably leading the way is Zachary Levi, still a big star despite the failure of the recent Shazam! Fury of the Gods. On the comic book movie/TV show front, Sean Gunn from the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Jon Bernthal from The Punisher, and Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio from Daredevil will also be on hand.

Star Wars fans will receive a bounty of goodness, as Darth Vader himself, Hayden Christensen, will show up on Saturday. Other Star Wars universe stars appearing include Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, the upcoming Ahsoka) and Vivien Lyra Blair, who played the young Princess Leia in the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.

Nostalgia plays a key part in conventions like this, and fans will get their fill on multiple fronts. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Christie Brinkley, and Randy Quaid will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Lampoon's Vacation. Also appearing will be Peter Weller of Robocop fame and Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, and Oscar Nuñez from The Office.

Stranger Things is one of the most popular streaming shows out there, and fans will get to see both Joseph Quinn and Grace Van Dien, who played key roles in the most recent season. Also appearing is Christina Ricci, who is having a resurgence in her career, having appeared recently in Netflix's Wednesday and Showtime's Yellowjackets.

Other notable names include Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix; Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and other Clerks cast members; Danny Trejo from Machete and more; Paul Walter Hauser from Cobra Kai and more; Gabriel Luna from The Last of Us; Lana Parilla from Once Upon a Time; Bonnie Wright from the Harry Potter movie franchise; and Steve Burns from Blue's Clues.

A variety of voice actors will also make appearances, including Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Kathleen Herles (Dora the Explorer), and more.

The length of stay for the celebrities ranges from a single day to all three days, and all appearances are subject to change; check the event schedule for if/when your favorite star will be making an appearance.

The three-day event also includes family-friendly attractions, comic creators, cosplayers, and more.

Single day tickets are $33. Three-day passes range from $89-$105, and you can also get the Ultimate Fan Package, which ranges from $129-$145. Discounts are available for kids and family packs. Photo ops and autographs with celebrities are typically an extra cost.

The Tastemaker Awards toast the best in Texas dining for 2023

A taste of Texas

It’s another one for CultureMap’s history books. The 2023 Tastemaker Awards, which recognized Texas' best chefs, restaurants, and more culinary superstars of the year, have finally come to a close.

The series kicked off April 13 with our sold-out Houston Tastemaker Award at Silver Street Studios, then we came home to Fort Worth, to the 4 Eleven, for our second annual event, April 27. The Texas culinary tour steered us over to Dallas' Fashion Industry Gallery on May 4. From there, we took a drive to the Hill Country for Austin’s evening festivities at Fair Market on May 11, then concluded our journey with our second-ever fête in San Antonio on May 18.

The 2023 Tastemaker Awards honor the state’s most innovative culinary pioneers, allowing nominated chefs and restaurants to showcase their talents for guests before announcing the winners during a live ceremony.

Guests sampled chefs’ specialty bites and imbibed a variety of creative cocktails or mocktails, with a few Topo Chicos sprinkled in throughout the evening. But as always, our nominees and winners are the main focus of our program and are the reason we can bring these celebrations to life.

While a panel of local food and beverage pros choses a majority of the winners, the winner of Best New Restaurant is determined by our readers in an online, bracket-style tournament. New this year in each city, a sizzling on-site Burger Throwdown sponsored by Goodstock Beef by Nolan Ryan.

Without further ado, let’s meet our 2023 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winners, listed by city:

Fort Worth:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Fitzgerald
  • Chef of the Year: Juan Ramón Cárdenas, Don Artemio
  • Bar of the Year: Birdie’s Social Club
  • Best New Restaurant: Calisience
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Angel Fuentes, Guapo Taco
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Cafe Bella
  • Best Burger: Dayne’s Craft Barbecue
  • Best Brewery: Martin House Brewing Company


  • Restaurant of the Year: Shoyo
  • Chef of the Year: Junior Borges, Meridian
  • Bar of the Year: Lounge Here
  • Best New Restaurant: Quarter Acre
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Mike Matis, Fearing’s
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Maricsa Trejo, La Casita Bakeshop
  • Bartender of the Year: Haley Merritt, Midnight Rambler
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: El Rincon del Maiz
  • Wine Program of the Year: Pappas Bros.
  • Best Burger: Wulf Burger
  • Brewery of the Year: Manhattan Project Beer Co.


CultureMap Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards 2023
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The ants garnishing Guapo Taco's chips were the talk of the Fort Worth event.

  • Restaurant of the Year: Bludorn
  • Chef of the Year: Mark Clayton, Squable
  • Bar of the Year: Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar and Spirit Lounge
  • Best New Restaurant: Aiko
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Shawn Gawle, Goodnight Hospitality
  • Bartender of the Year: Kristine Nguyen, Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Craft Pita
  • Wine Program of the Year: Nancy’s Hustle
  • Best Pop-Up: Khói Barbecue
  • Best Burger: Burger Bodega


  • Restaurant of the Year: Birdie’s
  • Chef of the Year: Amanda Turner, Olamaie
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Joaquin Ceballos, Este
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Mariela Camacho, Comadre Panadería
  • Bar of the Year: Nickel City
  • Bartender of the Year: Erin Ashford, Olamaie
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: Nixta Taqueria
  • Wine Program of the Year: Bufalina
  • Brewery of the Year: Lazarus Brewing Co.
  • Best Burger: Dai Due
  • Best New Restaurant: Maie Day

San Antonio:

  • Restaurant of the Year: Carriqui
  • Chef of the Year: Robbie Nowlin, Allora, Arrosta
  • Bar of the Year: Amor Eterno
  • Brewery of the Year: Künstler Brewing
  • Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year: The Magpie
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Sofia Tejeda, Hotel Emma
  • Best Burger: Last Place Burger
  • Best New Restaurant: Reese Bros BBQ