We moved to the Fort Worth area in January 2019. We had no clue about the location or where to look. Since my husband and I love to explore and dine out locally, we decided to seek out social media using the hashtag #fortwortheats on Instagram.
Since then, we’ve discovered a bunch of hotspots that’s become our favorite go to. In this crazy COVID-19 times, I know many of these places may go out of business. Some of them are doing curb-side pick up to save their business. In honor of #supportlocalbusiness, I’m listing a few of my local favorite eats.
Gemelle: This place screams fun spot along with amazing Italian goodies. Lip smacking oh em gee good! My first time there, I was maybe 15 weeks pregnant and was craving a night out. Mind you, it was literally 100 degrees at the time. The place was packed and the only seating available was outside. I noticed the fans on the deck so I didn’t seem to mind. Although, pregnant and heat didn’t mesh well with me at the time. Now, where am I going with this? Oh yes, you have to get their Crispy Chicken Fettuccine ‘Alfredo’. It wasn’t heavy at all. Light on the sauce and thick crispy crust outside the chicken. I devoured it. SO GOOD. Recently, we did a date night take out from them and they did not disappoint. Cesar salad, pasta and pizza makes the world go round.
Cane Rosso: we were exploring this cute street called Magnolia Ave in downtown Fort Worth that reminded me of home. Local restaurants and cute hot spots of wine bars and breweries. Came Rossco stole my heart with their pizzas. Because every pizza you purchase, they donate to the Cane Rosso foundation. Dog lovers unite! And get their Billy Ray Valentine pizza!
Right now, you can donate a pie or ten to help feed the frontline.
Heim Barbecue : We drove by one day and saw the line out the door. We looked closely and there wasn’t room inside. Luckily, they opened a bigger place on the other side of town so we went to check it out. Their brisket is SO GOOD. Where I’m from, you can definitely tell the meat differences. Beef > pork bbq. Do go. Make sure you save room for their spicy Mac and cheese.
Melt Ice Creams: Also on Magnolia Ave. If anyone knows me, I can’t tolerate a ton of dairy and gluten. This place offers so many dairy free AND even offer gluten free waffle cone. Their almond cone is amazing. Get your scoop or three as soon as you get out of the house. Better yet, just order curb-side pick up for the entire family.
Waters Texas: This restaurant was really our first nice dinner out in Texas since we moved. Like other places, packed, make a reservation, sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail or two before seating. And for dinner, enjoy this one. Savor every moment.
Gypsy Scoops: Our apartment neighbors had told us about this place and we never stopped going. It was that addicting. Summers in Texas are brutal. Their ice cream is next level brutally delicious. The ice cream is so unique. The lavender flavor has me wondering how to make it at home. Their Cookie Monster ice cream is my favorite. It’s bad enough they remember me and what I order.
Zoli’s NY Pizza: This place is one of the unique pizza place I’ve gone to. Outdoor things to do for the kids, outside the restaurant has a separate ice cream parlor. Do go if you want some lactose goodness. They offer so many varieties of pizza and have specials on certain days. Go follow them on IG to catch it. We did curb-side pick up with them and I don’t know why we never ordered their Cheesy Blaster breadsticks before. Once we have freedom, it’s on my checklist.
Hot Box Biscuit Club: We needed a place to “date” for breakfast while Warrior Annie was still in the NICU. Getting out to this place was just what the doctor ordered. So needed and unbelievably mouth watering goodness. I left the place with a full stomach and heart and a week later Annie was discharged.
I’ve linked all the restaurants in their names. Please go and support them. As of right now, they’re all doing curbside pickup. They’re super appreciative of their customers doing their part to help their business so we can all go back to our lives and enjoy food.