Favorite Eats in Fort Worth

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.

2019 Recap

I have nothing but love for 2019. I look forward to 2020 with a lot of gratitude and hopes.

First, Justin took up a job 1335 miles from home. We rang in 2019 in freezing Lake Placid, NY. We sold our country house in Virginia, packed up everything, and moved south to unknown territories. We stopped and enjoyed Nashville on the way. Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of my best friends got married in New Orleans. Soon after we moved into a temporary apartment, Jameson got hit by a car and dodged a bullet from it just fine. We bought a new construction home right away. I got a job working two different offices full time. We flew to Boston for Roderick’s 40th birthday bash. We took up hot yoga. I started That Deaf Girl Vlogs. We spent our 6 year anniversary back in Bluemont, VA where we got married. I became pregnant with our first child. I began Birthfit workouts in our garage gym. My dear mother had a double stroke and miraculously, thankfully survived. I began to find out scary things were happening during my pregnancy and fell into a dark place for a while but also had so many positives moving forward. We moved into our brand new home. We did a maternity shoot in heart of Waco, Texas. We saw Joe Rogan and ZBB live. We explored so much of the Fort Worth/Dallas area and have new found love for it. Thanksgiving was spent in Houston with our good friend Holly and the boys. We had an awesome remote Baby Shower. Justin received a promotion and took up Brazilian jiu jitsu. We enjoyed our first warm Christmas in Texas with Justin’s sister and our nephew.

I know there’s so many more I could add on to this blog post.

I could not think of a better way to close out the year than spend our last night alone with the three pups, surf and turf dinner and a brownie gnocchi with ice cream dessert.

This year has taught me many wonderful lessons. I’m thankful for the extreme hardships and amazing blessings.

2020, let’s do this!

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Last year I shared a list of wisdoms I’ve learned over the years on 32.

This year has been a crazy, wild ride. Between selling our beautiful home, moving during a blizzard, traveling a thousand miles to a new home in an unknown location, meeting new people, new jobs, new living situations, and growing a life.

I’m continuously grateful for how far I’ve come. I’ve shared some of my past wisdoms as well as new ones.

1- Make room in your heart for the unimaginable. Always believe in miracles.

2- Do what scares you. I say this all the time. I’ve longed to speak on a special needs platform and finally submitted a proposal on a whim. Stay tuned.

3- Don’t let the bad outweigh the good.

4- Change is good! Just look on the bright side of the future.

5- Life is really too short and precious. Never take anything for granted.

6- Take pictures. Always. Be notorious for random ones. They’re the best.

7- Never stress on the tiniest stuff. Let it go and see what kind of magic returns in its place.

8- It’s okay to have emotions and be vulnerable. Never bottle them up and always remember it’s okay to cry.

9- Stop comparing yourself to others. You are who you are and always have been. Just believe it.

10- Do take care of your mental health.

11- Date night in doesn’t have to be boring. Be creative. Order Hello Fresh in, cook it together and put on a movie while you eat.

12- Keep exploring and see what the world has to offer. While this might be on hold for a while, more research and saving for us!

13- Do check out the local restaurants. If you’re a fun foodie like me, I’m always checking out the new flavor in town! And no, fast food chains don’t count.

14- Technology is amazing. Keep in touch with your friends and family near and far. Always keep them close to your heart.

15- Do take social media breaks. In fact, take several.

16- Be passionate about something bigger than yourself. It inspires growth.

17- Know that there is always light out of the darkness. Whatever rock bottom you hit, the top is just waiting for you to shine. When the time is right.

18- I truly believe everything happens for a reason. It will always work out because it’s meant to be. When it doesn’t, know that there’s always something bigger for you, just need to close the door for the next one to open.

19- Always remind yourself how far you’ve come. Be proud of the fact that you’re taking the path that was paved for you.

20- Please floss. Daily.

21- Never let grief take over and always choose hope.

22- Let mean people be mean. Life has a way of bringing them into your life to challenge you and make you a better person out of it.

23- Always trust your dog when it doesn’t like a person. For real.

24- Kindness alway goes a long way. Treat others how you would want to be treated.

25- Don’t let your disability define who you are as a person – Even though it may seem like denying the power and overwhelming significance of the experiences in my life, you’re not insulting yourself, not weak, not asking for sympathy. You’re you. See the person first, disability second.

26- Aspire to inspire others. Whether it’s sharing your story or smiling for no reason.

27- Trust your gut.

28- Keep chasing that dream of yours and don’t be afraid to share it. Here’s mine. I always aspire to keep auditioning and one day model for Sports Illustrated. It will be on hold for quite some time. Until then, keep reaching for the stars.

29- Be picky about vibes and energy you surround yourself with. You owe yourself that much.

30- Sarcasm and cursing is always okay in my book. Keep being you.

31- Keep smiling. I mean it. It’s always a good day when you see others smile.

32- You are not required to house someone else’s feelings. Take it easy on yourself.

33- Always love and love hard.