The roll of new restaurants in Fort Worth continues. Check out nine new and revamped joints that beg for a visit.
In Fort Worth, we love a brewery with food attached to it, and the newest entry into this category of restaurant/breweries does not disappoint. You can grab appetizers like a chewy pretzel or brisket-stuffed avocados, pizza, burgers and sammies, or a whole entrée if you’re hungry. If you’re missing the fish and chips from the old Trinity Tavern/Pour House, the version here just might suit you.
Hot of the presses, the new fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant opened doors in early August at Waterside. If you’re looking to add more of a plant slant to your diet, this place may become a go-to staple.
Carps at Magnolia
If you’re a fan of Carpenter’s Café, check out their food truck at the Magnolia Wine Bar. You’ll find a unique set of offerings, including Asian Zing nachos (inspired by Katrina Carpenter’s love of an appetizer at a national chain restaurant that shall not be named). There are others, mostly tapas-type selections, including burgers, a vegan-inspired avocado toast and nibbles meant for sharing. Wine down with the Carpenters Thursday-Saturday.
Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wines
It’s a prix-fixe pizza joint that serves elevated pies. The happy hour Turkish lamb pizza with sumac and onion had me drooling. Also included in the cost: lobster bisque, house-made Kobe beef meatballs and dessert pizzas. You will love the Nutella Pizza that's topped with sweet hazelnut spread and mascarpone cheese. Unlike a standard buffet, the pizza comes to you in the hands of strolling waiters. This is definitely not your kid’s all-you-can-eat pizza place!
Guapo is the result of the amicable split between Mariachi’s Dine-In owner Ashley Miller and chef Angel Fuentes, who remains at Mariachi’s former space on Sylvania Ave. The restaurant doesn’t have a website yet, but the kitchen produces king-sized street tacos with bold flavors showcasing slow-roasted lamb, traditional pastor and birria tacos.
One thing Fort Worth doesn’t have in abundance is restaurants that serve Italian food. The new restaurant in the chic Kimpton Harper Hotel serves breakfast and dinner, and the petite but solid menu features some traditional favorites and new choices.
Maria’s Mexican Kitchen
Chef Felipe Armenta is expanding his impressive resume of restaurants in Fort Worth. Building on the success of The Tavern, Pacific Table and Press Cafe, Arementa's fourth restaurant embraces a more traditional style Mexican food restaurant that pays homage to his mother Maria’s family recipes. Apparently, Armenta’s mama’s mole is fairly legendary, and that’s reason enough to stop by.
Do we really need a new craft donut place in the Fort? Why yes, yes we do. Parlor serves about two dozen donut flavors along with shakes, coffee, kombucha and sandwiches. Also, if you can’t eat a traditional donut, you can grab a keto and/or gluten-friendly donut here.
Want the traditional New York-style pizza slice –– the kind that you fold over to eat because the weight of the toppings will slide off the slice onto your lap? The kind where you have to slurp the stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese? Look no further than this Deep Ellum transplant, which opened a Fort Worth location on West 7th in July.
The little vegan joint that could is now open in a brick-and-mortar location off Camp Bowie. And yes, they also serve animal proteins as well. The chorizo is house-made (and it cries out for you to include it in the queso fundido). Jackfruit birria tacos and dairy-free sorbets that you can opt to spike with a little rum round out the inventive menu.
The beautiful restaurant in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is now a Wolfgang Puck enterprise, and Chef Jett Mora walks a line between imaginative cuisine and fresh takes on some Fort Worth favorites.
Roy Pope Grocery
Odds are, if you’re a second- or third-generation Fort Worth native, someone in your family has a story about the historic grocery store tucked away in Arlington Heights. The new-and-improved Roy’s is now open, courtesy of Fort Worth restaurateur Lou Lambert and partners Roger Chieffalo, Mark Harris and Chris Reale. So grab a hot dinner and some sides to go, or sit a spell with coffee, pastries, wine and tapas on the dog-friendly patio.