Most people recognize North Side as the home turf for the Fort Worth Stockyards. And, while the historic district is popular for its nod to the city's western heritage, there are many notable places worth visiting that continue to enrich the history and Latino community that make up the North Side.
Entertainment / Attractions
Artes de la Rosa
Drive south of the Stockyards on Main Street and a pink, rose-shaped sign might catch your eye. The historic Rose Marine Theater is the home of Artes de Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts, a non-profit focused on preserving, promoting and interpreting the art, culture and history of the Latino community.
The organization was founded in 2000 and also manages Teatro de la Rosa, Fort Worth’s only Latino theater company. Aside from serving as a venue for Latino art and cultural performances, the theater facilitates art programs to the community and youth in low-income neighborhoods.
North Side High School’s Mariachi Espuelas de Plata
These young musicians are making a lot of noise not only around town but around the world. This past summer the group of students shared the classic Mexican genre during a 10-day trip to cities in Europe such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The mariachi has performed in Carnegie Hall and in 2017 they were named National Champions in the Mariachi Competition at the Jose Hernandez Mariachi Nationals in Los Angeles.
Not all markets have a photo-worthy mural painted by local artists, but this small store does. A mural dedicated to North Side’s mariachi, Espuelas de Plata, graces the exterior representing the vibrancy of the art community. Local artist Arnoldo Hurtado led a team of artists that brought the mural to life.
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum
The museum, formerly known as the National Cowboys of Color Museum, was founded in 2001 by Jim and Gloria Austin to highlight the contributions of individuals of Hispanic, Native, European, Asian and African descent. One can learn about the history of Mexican vaqueros through the museum’s permanent exhibit which includes journals, photographs and other historical items.
Where to Eat
Esperanza's Restaurant & Bakery
Esperanza’s is a one-stop shop for pan dulce paired with an authentic Mexican menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just a few blocks away from the Stockyards, and neighboring the its sister restaurant - Joe T. Garcia's - the eatery is popular among locals.
Los Zarapes serves a buzzy weekend crowd for brunch and often serves as a meeting spot for community events. Some of the menu items like Huevos con Nopales (cactus) are sure to stick with you. Get it?
A culinary visit through North Side is incomplete if one doesn't stop at Jr’s Taqueria. The taqueria is best known for their Tacos Tapatios, which look like a flauta since fried. Tacos are topped with cabbage, tomatoes and sour cream.