Each year, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (January 15 through February 6) brings nearly one million visitors to the Cultural District to see acrobatic shows, competitions, western-themed parades, and lots more.
The Will Rogers Coliseum is also within walking distance of several popular restaurants and bars that offer everything from fine dining to belt-busting burgers and authentic Mexican street tacos. To make sure you get the most out of your visit, start with our top five restaurant/bar recommendations.
1. One of the closest restaurants is also one of my favorites. Less than a minute's walk to the north is Cafe Modern (3200 Darnell St.), nestled in the world-famous Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The spacious and minimalist restaurant offers a 180-degree view of a placid reflection pool outdoors and West 7th Street. Chef Denise Shavandy brings extensive culinary experience and popular eclectic dishes like the Tandoori Chicken Salad Sandwich and Duck Nachos to the cafe, which also has a full-service bar.
2. Nearby, you'll find two burger joints that are also local favorites. Fred's Texas Cafe (915 Currie St.) opened 37 years ago and is as famous for live music as for its vast burger menu. Come hungry. You'll need the room with options like the Diablo Burger (chipotle peppers, grilled onions, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, lettuce, and tomato) or BBQ Cheddar Burger (BBQ Sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon, onions, pickles, and mustard).
3. Rodeo Goat (2836 Bledsoe St.) was recently crowned reader's choice for best burger by DFW.com. You'll find creative takes on the classic sammy like Chaca Oaxaca (beef, chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo, fried egg, queso fresco, and tabasco-infused mayo).
Both joints also offer a wide craft beer selection to wash down your mega sandwich.
4. If you're from out of town you won't want to miss two of Fort Worth's most famous taco diners. Salsa Limon (929 University Dr.) is the brainchild of Oaxaca-native Ramiro Ramirez, who also co-owns downtown's La Perla Negra. The taqueria serves traditional street tacos with double corn tortillas filled with meat of your choice (asado, barbacoa, lengua, pollo, and more), pickled cabbage, onions, and cilantro. You may find dishes you're not familiar with like the El Capitan (a buttered flour tortilla filled with melted Oaxaca-Jack cheese, cabbage, onion, and meat) and salsita salad.
5. Taco Heads (1812 Montgomery St.) recently moved into the former home of Trevino's after a long stint as a popular food truck. You'll find plenty of reasonably priced, mouthwatering street tacos plus Mexican treats like churros and vanilla bean ice cream to round out your stock show experience.