Whether you’re visiting Fort Worth on a per diem budget or you’re just wanting to get a little more for your money, we have some suggestions for how to eat more and spend less! 

Camp Bowie District

Lucille’s Stateside Bistro has been serving up favorites like the Dutch Baby pancake and a variety of eggs Benedict options for almost 25 years. Most of the breakfast items are under $13. If you splurge on a lump crab meat eggs Benedict, your tab will hit $17.


At Szechuan, the weekly lunch special includes your choice of soup, an egg roll and a selection of the most popular Chinese menu items for $11.


You will dine like royalty at Samson’s Market Bistro, specializing in Ethiopian cuisine. All of the dinner menu items are under $15 for a nice variety of beef, lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant’s also BYOB.  

TOTAL: $40


The Original Mexican Restaurant has been serving patrons since 1926, including the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt. While the specials will blow your budget, the flautas, nachos and cheese quesadllas will ring you in around $10. Bonus -  all tables are served chips and homemade salsa. 


Kincaid's is another area stalwart that has been serving up delicious grub since 1946. A regular hamburger will cost you about $7 or you can opt for the Cowtown Deluxe for just $9. Fries and onion rings are extra. 


Doughboy Donuts is the place to go to start your morning off right for less than $5. Flavors rotate but some favorites include: Bam Bam (topped with Fruity Pepples), Cookie Monster (topped with Mom's Everything Cookies) and Oreo. 

TOTAL: $35

Cultural District

Start the day at the venerable Montgomery Street Café. Biscuits and gravy will run you $3. French toast is $4.95.


For lunch, the Kimbell Art Museum'Buffet Restaurant offers amazing chef-prepared buffet items. A small plate of your choice of soup, sandwiches and salads is $10. A large plate is $12.50. You can wander through the museum’s permanent collection at no charge.

Make a meal in the Eddie V’s Prime Seafood bar during happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Salt and pepper shrimp and an order of Pacific Ahi tuna tartare will run about $20. Or feast on Point Judith calamari and one of the happy hour signature beverages (like The Real McCoy) for the same price. To get the specials, you have to sit in the bar, but that’s no problem – it’s home to some of the best people watching around. 

TOTAL: $37.50


Blue Sushi Sake Grill’s happy hours run weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m. and all day on Sunday. You can eat extremely well in the bar from the happy hour menu: try one of the 23 raw and cooked sushi rolls at $5.50 each. Add a pork gyoza ($6.50) or the delicious edamame hummus ($6). Wash that down with a sake bomb ($3.50) or a $7 signature house martini. 


Righteous Foods is a great spot to grab-and-go if you're in a hurry. The walk-up coffee bar offers various scones, coffee, pressed juices and more.


Cafe Modern is a hidden gem located within the Modern Art Museum, known mostly by locals. The lunch menu is a delight with entrees landing you under $15 a dish. Salads, soups and starters are hearty and start out at 8$. 

TOTAL: $38