The good news about hotels near the Fort Worth Convention Center: most have at least one really excellent restaurant. There are also two fantastic restaurants (Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse) practically right outside the convention center doors.
A classic Fort Worth establishment, Reata has been serving cowboy favorites since 1995 and is a short walk from the Convention Center. The menu consists of favorites like the Charbroiled Rib Eye with Cook's Butter, Martha's Vegetable Plate (seen above) Carne Asada topped with Reata's Cheese Enchilada's and Tenderloin Tamales (below).
Capital Grille is one of the closest restaurants to the Convention Center, and it’s one of our favorite white tablecloth establishments. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu offers a wide range of surf or turf options, along with 350 wines.
We’d put the dinner and wine menus at Grace up against any other white tablecloth restaurant in any big city. House-made charcuterie, lamb belly dumplings, steaks and Chef Blaine Staniford’s seven-course tasting menu (available in omnivore and vegetarian versions) will dazzle even a jaded palate.
If you linger long in Fort Worth, you’ll hear about Blue Zones® –– a project that aims to increase the life and health of residents. Istanbul Grill’s menu is heavy on the Blue Zones® plant-based foods, but Mediterranean favorites like gyros, shish kebabs and lamb are also featured. The casual restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Little Red Wasp
Little Red Wasp is Grace’s perky younger sister establishment, open for lunch, dinner and brunch. The Wasp is a bit more casual and offers a killer cheeseburger, brisket pot stickers, and a short rib eggs Benedict that’s on the weekend menu.
Riscky’s Barbecue has been serving up classic Texas ‘cue for 80 years. You can get all you can eat beef ribs, tacos, burgers and chicken fried steak, along with all the classic barbecue joint sides, for lunch or dinner.
Located on the ground floor of the Texas & Pacific Lofts Condominiums, the T&P Tavern is actually the original train station diner, which was remodeled nine years ago into a fun, casual gastropub. Dinner service comes with two dozen beers on tap, a cocktail menu with a railroad theme (try the Train Wreck), and traditional pub fare, salads and pizza.
Waters is Chef Jon Bonnell’s take on seafood, and one of our favorite chefs does "Fort Worth Fancy" like nobody else. The lunch and dinner menus are full of oysters and fresh, sustainable fish, along with some meat and vegetarian entrées to keep any diner happy.
Looking for quick bites?
If you can’t sit and stay a spell, here are a few fast-casual choices that will fill you up in a hurry.
Casablanca Coffee offers a pretty traditional menu of deli favorites, with a few surprising twists –– like the schnitzel sandwich and a goulash pasta. It’s only open weekdays, and only for breakfast and lunch.
Jake’s Burgers serves up breakfast on the weekends, along with lunch and dinner daily. The fare’s pretty simple: the aforementioned burgers, jumbo hot dogs, chicken fried steak and a list of appetizers that are simple but sturdy. The sweet potato fries with the house-made marshmallow dipping sauce are not to be missed!
Salsa Limon has one of the most delightful success stories ever. A few years ago, the enterprise went from a taco truck that people chased enthusiastically through the city to a couple of brick-and-mortar stores. The expansion into Sundance Square means that just about anyone can grab a fresh taco, torta or quesadilla.
Taco fillings range from vegetarian to tripe, lengua, and of course beef, chicken, and pork. You can also get a fresh horchata, or sangria if you prefer. Salsita is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
How to get around downtown
Catch Molly the Trolley approximately every 15 minutes at stops near the Omni or Sheraton Hotels, the Intermodal Transportation Center (if you’re coming in by train from the airport), Hampton Inns & Suites, the Worthington Hotel, or the Marriott’s Fairfield Inns and Suites.