This is another one of those Fort Worth institutions. Reata originally heralds from the small Texas town of Alpine, and takes its name from the famous ranch in the James Dean movie “Giant”. The Fort Worth branch is the only other branch, and it’s a bold but phenomenal take on regional cuisine. What does it do so well? Exemplary service, for one thing, with every element of the dishes explained by knowledgeable staff. The food itself has a spicy, sultry, Mexican flavor to it: think of tenderloin tamales with pecan mash, or salivate over smoked quail with jalapeno cheddar grits!