Although some might consider Fort Worth as part of Dallas, Fort Worth proudly stands on it’s own, offering a rich economic and cultural history. Which is precisely why we decided to revisit Fort Worth for another 12 hour tour. Established in 1849 as a military outpost, Fort Worth has roots stretching all the way back to the Mexican-American War. A lot has changed since then and what was once just a fort has become a thriving metropolitan hub.
Breakfast: Ol’ South Pancake House
1509 S University Drive
Providing quintessential southern home-style cooking morning, noon or night, Ol’ South has been a staple of Fort Worth since 1962. Located near the University area, this restaurant is always bustling and should definitely be your first choice when craving ‘World Famous German Pancakes’ and much, much more. Family owned and operated, Ol’ South is open 24 hours so that you can get your comfort food fix whenever you please. But, beware the drunk college students past 2am.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce Street
People have been buzzing about Fort Worth’s museum district, however you should visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens for a different sort of aesthetic pleasure. Designed by Phillip Johnson and built in 1974, the Water Gardens are an engineering and architectural feat. The main attraction is an active, terraced pool, designed so that visitors can hear the water crashing down around them. Located downtown next to the Convention Center, you can enjoy the calming effect of different pools while strolling through the urban plaza.
Lunch: The Woodshed Smokehouse
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Trinity River Trail, the Woodshed is the brainchild of celebrity chef Tim Love. Dedicated to the culinary arts of grilling, roasting, and slow cooking, this restaurant has a lot to offer. With live music on the patio and even a “Pup Menu” for your K9 companions, The Woodshed represents all the best aspects that Fort Worth has to offer.
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce Street
Since opening its doors in 1998, Bass Hall has become a cardinal feature of Fort Worth’s thriving cultural district. Built in the style of a European opera house, two 48-foot tall angels herald your arrival upon the outdoor Grand Façade, and a magnificent Great Dome crowns the inner concert hall. The building takes up an entire city-block and is home to several prominent performing arts companies such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Texas Ballet Theatre. The building alone is worth seeing, but be sure to check online and see which shows are playing while you’re in town!
Dinner: Joe T. Garcia’s
2201 N Commerce Street
Joe. T Garcia’s is a local favorite for quality Mexican food. Established in 1935 by none other than Mr. Joe T himself, the original restaurant accommodated only 16 guests. Today the restaurant is still family owned and operated, yet seats around 2,000! Boasting a lavish hacienda-style courtyard, complete with pool, cabanas, and fountains — their outdoor arrangement is hard to beat. At Joe T’s the food speaks for itself. The menu is simple, the margaritas are strong and we can’t wait to go back!
Late night Fort Worth has something to offer for everyone. Billy Bob’s, otherwise known as the world’s largest honky-tonk, is the place to be if you’re trying to channel your inner cowboy/cowgirl. They usually have live music; several dance floors and plenty of booze. However, if you’re ready to hang up your spurs and enjoy a more elegant evening, you should mosey down to the West 7th district for a cocktail at Bar Louie and start your night from there.