The Cultural District will soon be flush with thousands of rodeo fans as the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo springs to life this January with acrobatic shows, competitions, western-themed parades and lots more.

When one finds themselves hungry, dozens of restaurants are within walking distance, including these 5 picks:

Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya

This cozy restaurant is located one block north of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The menu offers a wide selection of authentic Tokyo cuisine, including dozens of savory ramen bowls, small dishes (including two of my favorite: fried squid legs and asparagus wrapped in bacon), rich soup bowls and a long list of beer, wine and sake.

Japanese cuisine relies on natural, often subtle, flavors rather than the heavy use of sugar and oils. It’s about as guilt-free as sit-down dining gets.


Cork & Pig

If your dining preferences tend to be more traditional, Cork & Pig Tavern is an excellent option. The menu offers a blend of brick oven pizzas, gourmet salads, signature sandwiches, and mouth watering entrees from the grill. Try your hand at a few of these house favorites: Crab and Parmesan Dip, Panzanella Steak Salad, Texas Burger and Carolina Pork Ribs


Lucile's Stateside Bistro

Lucile's is a Fort Worth institution serving up traditional American favorites such as burgers and steaks, pizzas and flatbreads, chicken fried steak and so much more. The menu is endless!


Taco Heads

Taco Heads, which started as a popular food truck, has become a staple of dining life in and around the Cultural District. I’m yet to find a better pozole in town. The rich red broth is balanced by chopped cabbage and sliced radishes. And the portions are perfect, meaning you’ll never feel weighed down after leaving this little gem.


Montgomery Street Cafe

This old-school diner has been serving hungry customers for 70+ years. Classic American-style breakfast is their specialty with hearty helpings of biscuits, bacon and eggs.