Fort Worth Restaurants offering to-go and meals for delivery : Near Southside, South Main Village

Foodie friends, we are in unprecedented times right now and we are all dealing with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Every aspect of our lives is currently impacted as we have all been advised to stay home to flatten the curve of this devastating virus.

Every industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, especially the restaurant industry. Part of what makes Fort Worth so special are the small and unique restaurants that we love to frequent and discover. Now more than ever is the time to support local businesses, especially restaurants.

Restaurants and other food and beverage establishments have quickly shifted their business model to an entirely a curbside pick-up or delivery model. Even fine dining restaurants have pivoted to affordable family-style meals.

Chances are your favorite restaurant that you would normally visit has adopted this model. Also, chances are that you are doing more home-cooking than usual and you need a break. So, continue to support your favorite restaurants by ordering to-go meals from them. If you are looking for other restaurants to support, here’s a list.

Please note things change on a day-by-day basis for many of the restaurants, so show patience with them as they adapt. Picking up the food with contact-less curbside service ensures that restaurants don’t loose their slim margins paying a delivery service. (I’ve also included Venmo information for places that are collecting extra funds to support their furloughed staff).


Derek Allan’s BBQ – 1116 8th Ave Fort Worth, Texas 76104

PRE-ORDER MENU | GRAB & GO MENU | Call in 817-238-3840 or Text your order to 972-896-6624 | Tues – Thurs 7AM – 3PM | FB Updates

Derek Allan’s BBQ is one of my favorite craft BBQ spots in Fort Worth. You can pre-order by the pound or just pick up from their grab & go menu. Their brisket sandwich is a favorite of mine. They are also selling meats from their meat locker.

Salsa Limon – 1465 W. Magnolia Fort Worth 76104

Online order | MENU | Mon – Fri 7AM – PM, Sat 8AM – 10PM, Sun 8AM – 9PM | Website | FB Updates | 682.250.4842 or order through their app | Delivery through Door Dash, Favor, or Counter

If you need your El Capitan fix, don’t worry Salsa Limon is still there for you. In addition to their regular menu, Salsa Limon is offering familia style packs. The best way to order is to download their app or place your order online and then pick up curbside. Also check out their social media to see where their food truck will pop up.

Ellerbe Fine Foods – 1501 W Magnolia Ave 76104

MENU | 817-926-3663 | Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-8pm. | In order to ensure you get your order, please call ahead and plan to pick-up (or schedule delivery); curbside and delivery are available | FB Updates and Menu | Alcohol Menu available | Farmer’s Market Co-op Boxes, $60 (Tues, Thurs, Sat) | Website

Melt Ice Creams – 1201 W Magnolia Ave Ste 115 76104

MENU | 1pm – 9pm | Place your order online for Curbside pick up | (817) 886-8365 | Delivery: Favor, Caviar and Grubhub | Pick up at meyer & sage | Dinner service: Ellerbe Fine Foods, Magdalena’s, Shinjuku Station, Hot Box Biscuit Club, Reata Restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine (Fort Worth) Waters Restaurant – Sundance Square

In these uncertain times, I don’t know about y’all but Ice Cream is self care at this point. Load up on pints at the Magnolia scoop shop or put some in your to-go orders from Ellerbe and Magdalena’s. Pick some up at Meyer and Sage next time you stop there for a heat and eat family meal. If you’d like to spread some joy to the healthcare workers in Fort Worth you can order ice cream for medical emergency staff through Melt at Happiness for Heroes and they will deliver ice cream on your behalf.

Spiral Diner and Bakery – 1314 W Magnolia Ave 76104

MENU | ONLINE ORDERING | | (817) 332-8834 | Mon – Fri: 11AM – 9PM, Sat – Sun: 9AM – 9PM | Doordash and Curb-side pick up

Paco’s Mexican Cuisine – 1508 W Magnolia Ave 76104

MENU | (817) 759-9110 | 9AM – 8PM | Website | FB Updates |Alcohol Menu available

Paco’s is offering family-style meals for curbside pick-up | You can also pick up a “Care Package” to-go! It will be one 350ml of el Jimador Tequila, two Topo Chico USA, and margarita mix. All for only $25! They are also offering grocery packs for $20: 30 Eggs, 2 Cilantro, 6 Serranos, 8 tomatoes, 1 Avocado, 1 Onion, 1 Sugar (4lb), 1 Salt (26oz), 2 Limes

Nonna Tata – 1400 W Magnolia Ave Fort Worth 76104

(817) 332-0250 | Hours 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Check their FB for updates and menu

Avoca – 1311 W. Magnolia Ave.

MENU & ONLINE ORDER | OPEN DAILY 9am-3pm | (817) 924-1514 | FB updates | Online Store | Walk in / Curbside pickup

Stir Crazy Baked Goods – 1251 W. Magnolia Ave.

(817) 862-9058 | 8AM – 6PM | Website | FB updates | Order by 10am for delivery

Call to reserve your items and then pickup curbside at their 5th avenue entrance. Check their FB for daily menu updates.

Cat City Grill – 1208 W Magnolia Ave Fort Worth, 76104

(817) 916-5333 | Website | Mon – Fri 11AM – 2PM, 5PM – 8PM, Sat 10:30AM – 1:30PM | Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Dessert & Wine Menu + Family Style Menu |Curbside or Free Delivery (6 mile radius) | Alcohol Menu available and daily specials | Protein Packs available for $65 (includes 2lb Ground Beef, 2lb Thick Cut Bacon, 2lb Chicken Breasts, 2x 6oz Filets, 2x 8oz Pork Chops & 1dz Eggs) | FB Updates and Menu

Heim – 1109 West Magnolia Ave. Fort Worth 76104

MENU | 11am 8pm | (817) 882-6970 | Curbside to-go/Delivery: Favor | Website | FB Updates | Alcohol Menu available

Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia – 1310 W Magnolia Ave 76104

LUNCH MENU DINNER MENU | 817-877-0700 | Mon – Fri: Pickup from 11AM – 2PM for lunch (phone orders only) 3:30PM – 4:30PM for dinner (online orders only) orders must be placed before 2PM for same day service Website | FB updates | Alcohol Menu

Benitos – 1450 W Magnolia Ave

FB updates & Menu | 817-332-8633 | Mon-Thu 11:30 am to 8:00 pm , Fri-Sat 11:30 am to 9:30 pm, Sun 11:00 am to 8:00 pm | FAMILY PACKS FOR 4 – 12 Item Combo $34.95 (Choose any combo of Enchiladas, Tacos, Flautas or Tostadas from menu at, Fajita for 4 $44.95 | Website

Gus’s Fried Chicken – 1067 W Magnolia Ave 76104

MENU | Sun – Thurs: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm | (817) 927-4693 | Website

Fort Brewery & Pizza – 1001 W Magnolia Ave 76104

(817) 923-8000 | Tues – Sun 11AM – 8PM | Website | Full menu and take and bake meals available (Solo & Family Size ) | FB Updates and Menu | Alcohol Menu available

Cane Rosso – 815 W Magnolia Ave Fort Worth 76104

(817) 922-9222 | Sun – Thurs 11AM 9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM – 10PM | Website | FB Updates | Alcohol Menu available| In person to-go, curbside pick-up, in-house delivery (if available), online delivery order through Uber Eats |Large family-size pastas ($40, feeds 4) Full pans of ready-to-reheat brisket lasagna ($60, feeds 4-6) | 50% ALL bottles of wine for take-home | Pomegranate Moscow Mule mix-at-home cocktail kits ($8) (+ additional cocktail options coming soon!) | $12 mix-and-match six packs of bottled/canned beers

Brewed – 801 W. Magnolia 76104

Online Order MENU | (817) 945-1545 or | Mon- Fri 11AM – 2PM, 4PM – 7PM, Sat – Sun 10AM – 3PM, 4PM – 7PM | FB Updates and Menu | Alcohol Menu available | Website | Weekly fresh market

Shinjuku Station – 711 W Magnolia Ave 76104

(817) 923-2695 | FB Updates and Menu, Regular Menu available| Mon 5PM – 8PM, Tues – Thurs 11AM – 8PM, Fri 11AM- 9PM, Sat 5PM – 9PM | Website | Alcohol Menu, Melt Ice creams available | Curb-Side pick up | Delivery: Door Dash, Uber Eats, Caviar, and Favor | Go Fund me to support feeding the medical community

Shaws Patio Bar & Grill – 1051 W Magnolia Ave 76104

Regular MENU Curbside MENU | (817) 926-2116 | Tues – Thurs 11:30AM – 7:30PM, Fri-Sat 11:30AM – 8:30PM | Delivery Available | Alcohol Menu Available Friday Happy Hour Specials

Old Neighborhood Grill – 1633 Park Place Fort Worth 76110

FB Updates & Menu | (817) 923-2282 | 8am – 8pm | Delivery – Grubhub


Four Sisters Taste of Vietnam – 1001 S. Main St. Ste 151

MENU | (682) 385-9353 | Tues – Sat 11AM – 9PM | Curbside pick-up | Delivery: Grubhub & Ubereats | FB updates and Menu | Pantry Menu available | Website | Alcohol Menu available

Game Theory – 804 South Main Street Fort Worth 76104

MENU | 4PM – 8PM | (817) 203-4217 | Rent a Game | Pre-Order available | Delivery Available | Pantry Items available | FB Updates | Alcohol Menu available

Hot Box Biscuit Club – 313 S Main St. 76104

FB updates and Menu |(817) 887-9019 | Wed – Sun: 9am – 2pm | Regular Menu Items and Family Comfort Meals available for Pre-Order (on their website) | Website | Alcohol Menu available

Locust Cider – 710 S. Main St76104

MENU | Order to go, Pick up in Taproom | (817) 344-7035 | Hours 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM| FB Updates | Website

Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe – 401 Bryan Ave 76104

(817) 708-2739 | 8AM – 8PM | Carry-out, Curbside pick-up, Delivery | Website | Menu | Beer Menu | Pantry Items available | FB Updates

Treat yourself to one of Funky Picnic’s amazing burgers along with a crowler to go. Check out their Facebook for news and virtual events like trivia.

Canon Chinese Kitchen – 304 W Cannon St 76104

MENU | (817) 238-3726 | 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM |Curbside, Delivery: Uber Eats, Favor, GrubHub, and Caviar | Website | Pantry Essentials available

Black Cat Pizza – 401 Bryan Ave. Ste. 109 76104

MENU | (817) 489-5150 | 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Website | Alcohol Menu available | FB Updates | 15% off whole pies on WEDNESDAY aka Walk It Out Wednesday! | Pizza Kits: The Classic Kit: includes 2 personal size dough balls, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. $14, The “House Divided Kit”: includes 2 personal size dough balls, sauce, cheese, and toppings to make a TMNT and a red Fang pizza. $18

The Bearded Lady – 300 S Main St Fort Worth 76104

MENU | Regular Menu and Family Meals available (check FB for Family Meal options) | (817)349-9832 | Tues – Sat 11AM – 8PM | Website | FB Updates

Coco Shrimp – 318 Bryan Avenue 76104

MENU | (808) 371-1760 | Mon- Thurs 10:30AM – 9PM, Fri-Sat 10:30AM – 10PM | Curbside pick up, Delivery within 3 miles | Website | FB Updates

Roots Coffeehouse – 400 Bryan Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

MENU | (817) 503-7344 | 8AM – 3PM | Website | Curbside pick-up | FB updates

Wishbone & Flynt – 334 Bryan Ave 76104

Curbside MENU | (817) 945-2433 | Tues – Sat 11AM – 8PM, Family Meal pick-up 4 pm to 7:30 pm | Curbside pick-up | Ordering early is strongly suggested | Website | FB updates | Alcohol Menu available

Southside Cellar – 125 South Main 76104

Craft Beer and wine to go, order at (682) 703-2184 | 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Website | FB updates

Leaves Tea & Books – 120 St Louis Ave 76104

Online Shop and Menu | 682-233-4832 | 8AM – 5PM | Audiobooks | Website | FB updates

If you have extra time right now, pick up a book from Leaves Book and Tea shop. Check out their online menu and pick up your book curbside. While you are at it grab a liter of tea or loose-leaf tea to unwind with at home. Check out their daily story time on FB.

Dusty Biscuit – 105 South Main Fort Worth, Texas

(817) 841-9255 (call or text orders) | 8:30AM – 10:30AM |Regular Beignet menu available and Family Style Meals | FB Updates | Website

The Table – 120 St Louis Ave 103B 76104

Online shop | (682) 703-1092 | Sun & Mon : 11 am – 2 pm, Tues – Fri : 11 am – 7 pm, Sat : 8 am – 4 pm | limited grocery items, prepared foods, fresh bread | Curbside pick up | Website | FB updates

Rahr Brewery – 701 Galveston Ave76104

FB Updates | (817) 810-9266 | Fri & Sat 12PM-7:00PM | $5.00 6-packs, $20.00 a Case. $10 wristbands for future Thursday and Friday Taproom hours good for 3 beers. $5 from each wristband sale goes directly to their furloughed co-workers | Website

Crude Craft Coffee Bar – 804 S Main St 76104

MENU | (682) 224-5541 | 7AM – 12PM Tues – Sun | This week, beginning today, they will be offering their 6 inch mini strawberry cake for purchase. call/email to reserve or pre-orders

Hop Fusion Ale Works – 200 E Broadway Ave 76104

682-841-1721, email at | 12PM – 8PM 7 days a week | You can call us at or just simply drive up | FB Updates | Website

Brix BBQ – 218 Bryan Ave Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Pre-order at or direct message on social media | Website | FB Updates and Menu | pre-pay for contactless pickup | Saturday pickup

Arcadia Coffee Shop – 324 Bryan Ave, Ste. 110

MENU | FB Updates | Tues- Fri 7AM – 2PM, Sat – Sun 8AM – 3PM

Stay safe y’all. Stay home and wash your hands. We are in this together and please continue to support the small businesses that need you now more than ever. Look for the Downtown, Foundry District and Northside version. Westside, Tanglewood, Riverside and River District version.

Where to eat in Fort Worth : Restaurants offering to-go and meals for delivery : Downtown, Foundry District, Northside

Foodie friends, we are in unprecedented times right now and we are all dealing with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Every aspect of our lives is currently impacted as we have all been advised to stay home to flatten the curve of this devastating virus.

Every industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, especially the restaurant industry. Part of what makes Fort Worth so special are the small and unique restaurants that we love to frequent and discover. Now more than ever is the time to support local businesses, especially restaurants.

Restaurants and other food and beverage establishments have quickly shifted their business model to an entirely a curbside pick-up or delivery model. Even fine dining restaurants have pivoted to affordable family-style meals.

Chances are your favorite restaurant that you would normally visit has adopted this model. Also, chances are that you are doing more home-cooking than usual and you need a break. So, continue to support your favorite restaurants by ordering to-go meals from them. If you are looking for other restaurants to support, here’s a list.

Please note things change on a day-by-day basis for many of the restaurants, so show patience with them as they adapt. Picking up the food with contact-less curbside service ensures that restaurants don’t loose their slim margins paying a delivery service. (I’ve also included Venmo information for places that are collecting extra funds to support their furloughed staff).


Cowtown Brewing Company – 1301 E Belknap St 76102

MENU | 11AM – 10PM | Website | 817-489-5800 | FB Updates

Cowtown Brewing will continue to offer it’s full menu and tasty beers. In addition, you can also order a Survival Kit for 4. This includes 2 proteins, 2 sides, bread, BBQ sauce, & 1 dozen eggs, 1 gallon of milk & 2 rolls of TOILET PAPER. Try their latest release La Cabra Dorada, available in a 4-pack.

Grace – 777 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

MENU | Tues – Sat 4PM-8PM | Website | 817.782.9004 | FB Updates | Alcohol menu available

Grace is one of the fine-dining restaurants that have adjusted their menu for curbside pick-up. Their “Have Grace at Home” menu changes weekly but you can still count on favorites like Chorizo Stuffed Dates to be on the menu. They also have wine to-go.

203 Cafe – 215 Commerce St. Fort Worth, TX 76182

Mon – Fri 8AM – 2PM | Website | 817.782.9004/ | FB Updates

They are also offering grocery essentials: a dozen eggs, a gallon of 2% milk and a loaf of wheat bread for $12.95. Contact them for more information.

Little Red Wasp – 808 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102

MENU | Tues – Thurs 11am – 5pm, Fri& Sat 11am – 8pm | Website | 817.877.3111 | DELIVERY: DoorDash, Favor, Caviar, UberEats | FB Updates | Alcohol menu available

Buon Giorno Coffee – 500 W 7th St Suite 140 Fort Worth, TX

MENU | 6AM – 6PM |(817) 378-4505| Venmo Support: @BGCoffee-Employees | FB updates

Funkytown Donuts – 132 E. 4th Street 76102

MENU | 7AM – 3PM Wed – Sun | Website | 817-862-9750 or email | FB Updates | | Delivery: $25 minimum Complimentary within 10 miles of the shop.| Alcohol menu available


MENU | 817.332.2473⠀ | Mon – Thurs 2PM – 8PM, Fri – Sun 11AM – 8PM | Free Delivery with DoorDash. Ubereats delivery available/ curbside pickup available | Website | FB Updates | Alcohol Menu available

Reata Restaurant – 310 Houston St. 76102

MENU | 11AM – 7PM | Website | 817-336-1009 or email | FB Updates | Alcohol menu available | Reata is also offering a build your own cocktail kit with Hornitos, limes, sour mix and topo chico.

Istanbul Grill and Bar – 401 Throckmorton St 76102

MENU | 12 – 8PM | Website | (817) 879-7801 | FB updates | Alchohol menu available

Waters – 301 Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76102

MENU | 4PM – 7PM | (817) 984-1110 | Website | FB Updates | Dinner for 2 $30 | Alcohol menu available | Venmo Suppport: BRGEmployeeFund

Buffalo Bros – 415 Throckmorton 76102

Order Online | (817) 887-9533 | 11AM – 10PM |Delivery Favor, Caviar, Door Dash | FB Updates | Website

Del Frisco’s – 812 Main Street 76102

MENU | 11AM – 8PM | FB Updates | Website

Neighbor’s House Grocery – 501 W 6th St. Suite 175 76102

FB Updates & Menu | (817) 334-0526 | Hours 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Groceries available through online order form for curbside pick up | Lunch items available for take-away | Take-away heat and eat meals for 2 that include salad & fresh dessert for $30, available curbside first-come, first served beginning at 4PM daily | Website


Meyer and Sage – 2621 Whitmore St, 76107

MENU & online ordering | Mon – Fri 8AM – 6PM, Sat 10AM – 4PM | (817) 386-5009 | Website | FB Updates

Meyer and Sage continues to do what they always do, which is to provide beautiful chef-driven dishes and meals using sustainably sourced food. Visit their Instagram stories for daily updates on what’s available. You can continue to get their grab-and-go options or pick up their ready to heat meals in single, couples or family sized portions. In addition, their freezer is stocked with pints of Melt Ice Creams. You can also pick up grain and gluten-free tortillas from Siete Foods as well as Niman Ranch PRIME beef tenderloin filets, juicy pork chops, and 2 lb. packs of ground beef from family-owned Lone Star Meats. Or boost your immunity with some local Elderberry Syrup from Cassie Green Health. Place your order online, then call them when you arrive for “contactless” pickup.

38 & Vine – 212 Carroll St., Ste. 130 Fort Worth, TX 76107

MENU | 11AM – 4PM (Deliveries after 4PM – 6 bottle minimum) |(682) 703-1887 | Website | FB Updates

Angelo’s BBQ – 2533 White Settlement Rd, 76107

Mon- Sat 11AM – 7PM |(817) 332-0357 | Website | FB Updates | Alcohol menu available

M&O Station Grill – 200 Carroll Street, 76107

Mon – Sat 11AM – 4PM |(682) 703-1887 | Website | FB Updates

Craftwork Coffee- 2700 Weisenberger St, Fort Worth, TX 76107

While Craftwork is temporarily closed you can purchase coffee from their online store. Or you can send someone a Coffee Care Package which would go great with a Zoom invitation for a virtual coffee date. You can also purchase a Gift Card – 100% of the proceeds until March 31 will go to support their baristas. Keep up with their latest news on their Facebook Page.

Blackland Distillery – 2616 Weisenberger Street

Blackland Distillery has stepped up in a big way. They have stopped producing alcohol and have shifted to provide much-needed hand sanitizer for the community. They have donated sanitizer to those in the medical community but they are selling a portion to the public. Sales to the public help defray the costs of providing to hospitals. Sanitizer can be bought in the tasting room from 11AM – 1PM Monday through Friday for $7 (8oz.), limit 2 per person per day. If you buy one of their spirits (and you should) you get a free bottle of hand sanitizer. Get the latest from their Facebook Page.

Dayne’s Craft BBQ – 2735 W 5th Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Dayne’s is still offering his acclaimed BBQ through pre-orders only (Thursday cut-off for orders). Curbside Pick-ups happen from 12-2PM on Saturday. Follow their Facebook page and website for updates and menu options.

For my full guide to the Foundry District, click here.


La Playa Maya – 1540 N Main St Fort Worth, Texas 76106

MENU | Sun-Thur 11:00 – 8:00 pm, Fri – Sat 11:00 – 9:00 pm | Website | FB Updates | Alcohol menu available

La Playa has their full menu available along with family-style meal packages that serve 6. The Classsic Pack for $32 (includes 6 crispy tacos, 6 enchiladas. beans, rice, queso, chips and hot sauce) and their Fajita Pack for $45 (2 lbs. beef/chicken fajita, guacamole, sour cream, beans, rice, tortillas, queso, chips and hot sauce). They also have margaritas available in their pick-up menu.

Magdalena’s Catering – 502 Grand Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164

MENU | Tues – Fri 12PM – 7PM, Sat 10AM – 2PM | 817-740-8085 or 817-296-8215 or you can email | Website | FB updates | Last pick up and delivery at 6:30 pm during the week|Orders must have 2-hour notice for deliveries and 1-hour notice for pick-up
$35 Minimum For Delivery Outside of Fort Worth

Joe T. Garcia’s – 2201 N Commerce St Fort Worth, Texas 76164

Mon – Thur 11am – 7:00pm | Call 817-626-4356 or 817-626-8571 | Website | FB updates

Stay safe y’all. Stay home and wash your hands. We are in this together and please continue to support the small businesses that need you now more than ever. Look here for the Near Southside, South Main Village version. Westside and River District version.

Find the Funk in the Foundry : Foundry District Guide

Driving by the Foundry District, that area in between Montgomery Plaza and White Settlement it can be hard to tell that there’s a lot going on there. However, it does not get more local or funky than the Foundry District with several businesses unique to Fort Worth. This eclectic area exemplifies much of the Fort Worth spirit, old and new.


The Foundry District


This guide gives you an insider’s look into what makes the Foundry District and the areas that surround it so compelling and how you could actually spend a day exploring this eclectic enclave of Fort Worth. This series of everyday exploring focuses on mini-itineraries that help you discover the true Fort Worth focusing on our many home-grown businesses and eateries. The walk-ability of the area adds to the appeal of the Foundry District. 





Get your day started in true Funky Town fashion with a hearty diner breakfast or with breakfast tacos.




In between auto repair shops in this light industrial area you’ll spot Day Break Cafe. Don’t let the no-nonsense appearance deceive you, there’s some good eats inside that locals love. Day Break Cafe is beloved for cheap and delicious eats and their Tex-Mex breakfast options. Choose from classics like pancakes, go hearty with chicken fried steak or stick to their popular traditional breakfast tacos and burritos. 


Day Break Cafe


Craftwork Coffee


Coffee afficianados will want to fuel up for the day at Craftwork Coffee. While enjoying the perfect pour-over try their breakfast tacos, supplied by Fort Worth favorite Tacoheads, or a pastry. This light-filled space provides a soothing starting point to your day. 


Craftwork at the Foundry




Next head on over to Inspiration Alley to take a glimpse into the creative heart of the city. Colorful murals transform what was once an industrial park into an art-forward area that is now the largest outdoor gallery in Texas. These murals reflect the unique viewpoint of some of Fort Worth’s and the regions most prominent artists in a space accessible to all. 





Sprinkled throughout the district you may spot phrases or “mantras”, these are part of the 28 mantras series by artist Brennen Bechtol. You may see inspiring sayings like “I am enough” or “I will smile and impact someone’s day positively” throughout the whole district. Carry these good vibes with you as you go about your day. (Note: to access Inspiration Alley enter through the wood gate in the open area in front of the large mural)


28 Mantras






Shopping options don’t get any more eclectic than the Foundry District. Unexpected discoveries include army surplus, records, alternative remedies, vintage clothes and highly curated finds from around the globe. Engage in some retail therapy as part of your exploration of the Foundry.


Omaha’s Surplus


After exploring Inspiration Alley, continue walking east for a few minutes and you’ll see Omaha’s Surplus.



It’s one of the most unexpected finds in the area but trust me it’s worth a visit. This army navy store has original issue war supplies from WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Afghanistan. Even if you aren’t in the market for a vintage Civil Defense Radio or a Serbian gas mask, it’s absolutely fascinating to walk down the aisles of the store.



Flight suits and jumpsuits a plenty at Omaha’s


If you have kids in tow, they will love having their own custom dog tags printed up. Other fun things to look for are medic and paratrooper bags and tee shirts. I’ve been coming here for many years and my kids love checking things out here!


Doc’s Records and Vintage


Doc’s has a massive collection of vinyl. They’ve outgrown different locations but have settled in to the Foundry District. This large space is perfect for the combination of aisles upon aisles of vinyl. On one half of the store you’ll find vintage clothing and quirky collectibles as well. 



Flip through their organized selection of records to discover just the right record to add to your personal collection or to gift. If records aren’t your thing, don’t pass up the chance to shop their vintage vendors. If you want to walk away with some Fort Worth style, hunt for some pearl snap vintage western shirts, denim jackets, old concert tees or even a pair of broken-in cowboy boots. 




Vintage Pearl Snaps at Doc’s


Vintage Vendor at Doc’s




As soon as you walk into Gifted you know you are in for a unique experience.



This relaxing and almost spa-like space showcases a wonderful assortment of highly curated items to gift to others or to yourself.



This lifestyle and gift shop has everything from the perfect set of earrings to stylish journals and even a nice selection of kids items. Everywhere you look there is a new discovery of covetable treasures and just that perfect gift that you’ve been looking for. As a bonus, if you’re buying an item to gift they will wrap it exquisitely for free. 




Fort Worth shopping tote from Gifted


The Lathery



Have you ever considered your daily ritual of getting ready for the day? Whatever the answer check out The Lathery and you’ll discover unique and luxe grooming products that elevate your morning routine.




Lathery owner, Jonathan Morris


Look for curated grooming products for men and women in this stylish spot that will inspire you to care for yourself in the way you deserve. Owner, Jonathan Morris who also founded the Fort Worth Barber Shop fills the need for thoughtfully selected products that aren’t available anywhere else in Fort Worth. They even have in-house barber but it’s recommended you book in advance. (PS. If you want a bead on the vibe there, just check out their Spotify playlists.) 


Thrive Apothecary



Feeling stressed? Check out Fort Worth’s only doctor-owned CBD business, Thrive Apothecary. They carry high quality CBD oils and their well-trained staff can guide you through selecting your best options. They have even have products for pet health. 




If you’ve worked up an appetite and it’s around lunchtime get ready to make some difficult dining decisions. If you want a true taste of Fort Worth, barbecue has to be on the menu. On Saturday’s, you’ll have to make a choice between traditional style barbecue that has put Fort Worth on the map and the new-wave of craft barbecue that is exploding in the city. 


Dayne’s Craft Barbecue


In this corner of Fort Worth every Saturday at noon you’ll find Dayne’s Craft Barbecue set up at local live music venue and bar, Lola’s Trailer Park.


Lola’s Trailer Park


This Barbecue upstart makes up just one of the many local up and coming craft pitmasters. Owner Dayne Weaver began in true Fort Worth fashion as a pop-up operation, initially out of his house and then other locations around town. He’s found a permanent weekend venue at Lola’s much to the relief of his many fans. Join local barbecue aficionados as they ‘cue up for ‘cue and be there early because there will be a line.  


Dayne’s Craft Barbecue at Lola’s Trailer Park


Craft barbecue has several hallmarks which pit master Dayne Weaver is a practitioner of. Craft barbecue starts off with a premium quality meats like prime-grade brisket and Dayne’s uses prime black angus brisket and other high quality meats. Craft pitmasters also choose their seasonings carefully focusing on creating or using high-quality seasonings with no preservatives. The meat then gets the royal, high-touch treatment while being cooked over pecan and post-oak in an offset smoker. The pitmaster masterfully watches over the meats and knows by touch just when everything is done.



This is a small batch, time consuming process that is a labor of love for most modern purveyors of craft cue which is why it will generally cost more than traditional barbecue and why they quickly sell out. The proof is on your platter of barbecue which must include the brisket and ribs and don’t forget the sides which include frito pie beans. Also, if they have a special like tacos or bacon burnt ends, it’s always a good idea to get it!


PS. If you happen to be in The Foundry area on the Second Sunday of every month there’s a Farmers Market and live music at Lola’s Trailer Park.


Angelo’s barbecue


Angelo’s barbecue is as iconic as it gets in Fort Worth. This spot has been a Fort Worth favorite since the George family opened in 1958. Expect tender brisket and nearly legendary ribs. The George family still runs the restaurant and they continue to use the same tried and true recipes and techniques that have built their loyal following since opening. They smoke everything slowly over hickory wood using their proprietary seasonings. 



This restaurant maintains its throwback interior, unironically, with a large stuffed bear greeting you at the entrance and a multitude of animal heads adorning the walls.


The bear at Angelo’s


In the same breath that most people talk about their barbecue there is always mention of their ice-cold beer, so enjoy your meal accordingly with a refreshing beverage. Once you decide on your smoked meats, you order cafeteria style at the entrance where you pay before seating yourself. 


Meyer & Sage


If you are looking for something healthier, check out Meyer & Sage for chef-inspired and delicious selections. This spacious grab and go market and culinary studio is full of charm and grace and has been described as “Neiman Marcus meets Anthropologie”.



Locals love their chef prepared meal delivery service full of creative and healthy options. Owner and Chef Callie Salls creates show-stopping charcuterie and grazing boards as part of their boutique catering services.


Owner and Chef Callie Salls and co-owner Allan Crawford


Meyer & Sage Grazing Board


Look beyond the stylish digs and grab a bite from their cold selections for seasonal hummus or protein snack boxes, sandwiches and mini cheese boards. All items are expertly made by chefs using organic, high quality ingredients. This welcoming spot is the perfect place to stay and chill and don’t forget to check out their retail gift section that features local vendors. If you are ending your day here, grab a chef prepared pre-made meal or a mini charcuterie board and snacks to enjoy later. 


Grab and Go section at Meyer and Sage


M&O Station Grill


You’ll find a diner vibe and award-winning burgers at M&O Station Grill along with a bit of Fort Worth history. M&O refers to a subway train that used to transport shoppers to Leonard’s Department Store in Downtown Fort Worth in the early 1960’s. 



Adjacent to the restaurant is a small museum dedicated to the history of Leonard’s Department Store. Leonard’s has a significant place in Fort Worth history because it opened in 1918 as one small storefront and expanded over the years to encompass several city blocks and flourished until the late 60’s when it was sold.



The restaurant is a destination on its own thanks to the hard work, dedication and talent of Chef Danny Baldilla and his family who opened the restaurant over 10 years ago in 2008.  The added bonus of a bit of Fort Worth history makes this place a special spot in town.






The Grand Berry Theater


After lunch you’ll want to head over to Fort Worth’s only art house movie theater, The Grand Berry Theater. This newly founded single screen art-house cinema focuses on indie and local films. The intimate viewing space for the films is a mix of leather chairs and loveseats for a total of just 50 seats. Check their website for their movie schedule.



Perfect Touch Day Spa


If you are looking to treat yourself get over to the award winning Perfect Touch Massage and enjoy a manicure or pedicure. If you are feeling really indulgent, book yourself a reflexology session or a massage. 



Blackland Distillery



The day does not have to end though! You can continue your Foundry discoveries by visiting Blackland Distillery for a pre or post dinner cocktail. Their tasting room is a sumptuous space that features lots of luxe touches, with a large bar in the middle of the space where you can watch your drinks being carefully crafted by an elite crew of mixologists.




The Grapefruit Punch and Hibiscus Fizz are just a few of the drink options they offer that feature the Blackland Spirits which are produced on-site in their technology forward facility.



Grains for the spirits are sourced from Fort Worth based Tex Malt which partners with local Texas farms. They offer small bites from nearby Meyer and Sage that include a grazing board, spiced nuts, seasonal hummus or marinated olives.




Your dinner options range from casual to fine dining. Casual options include tacos, hot chicken and seafood. Fine dining in the Foundry focuses on from-scratch food in a rustically refined setting. 


Austin City Tacos


Don’t let the name Austin fool you, local celebrity chef Juan Rodriguez created the menu at Austin City Tacos with plenty of Fort Worth flair. Take a stroll from the Foundry District to the growing University corridor for your taco fix. Chef Rodriguez’s signature bi-colored hand-made tortillas wrap around generously stuffed tacos with fillings that range from brisket to vegetarian.



This instagrammable spot exudes funky vibes with multiple murals and backdrops on the exterior. Order the Bohemian taco which showcases the 12 hour smoked brisket (you’ll smell that familiar smoky aroma when you walk in) and the cheat day queso with a mix of fries and nacho chips, yes fries, trust me! If you are looking for something on the lighter side, the Baja Shrimp taco is not to be missed. Frozen margaritas are $5 all day if you want to indulge in the official “unofficial” cocktail of Fort Worth. Leave room for their soft-serve ice cream as a dessert. For my full review, click here.



Cook Shack


There’s a hot chicken craze happening and it did not miss Fort Worth. At the recently opened Cook Shack you’ll find another Fort Worth home-grown concept. This location is also a short walk from the Foundry in the University restaurant corridor. Get your spice fix with their spicy fried chicken and ribs. Local chefs crafted the menu and use high quality chicken for their generously sized tenders that are fried to perfection with a crispy skin. You choose your spice level, but be careful because hot means hot here. Their sides include sweet potato fries and mac and cheese. Don’t overlook their salads, the kale salad is one of the best in town. 



J & J’s Oyster Bar


Locals love J&J’s Oyster Bar and that’s why it’s been around for over 40 years. It’s a true Fort Worth institution. 25 years ago they moved from their Cultural District location to an old Taco Bell building which they renovated. It’s worth the walk from the Foundry District to University. Look to J&J’s for seafood po-boys, gumbo, fish tacos, fried seafood and raw oysters (of course) in a super casual almost kitschy throwback environment. You will want to try their chili on cold days, it’s considered one of the best. Check them out during their happy hour for specials on beer, wine and oysters.  



Clay Pigeon


Clay Pigeon is the fine dining star of the Foundry District. Foodies who want to experience exquisite service and exceptional food will want to make a reservation at Clay Pigeon. Accomplished chef, Marcus Paslay, graduated from the Culinary Institute of American and then honed his craft at some of the finest restaurants in the country. He returned to his hometown of Fort Worth and opened Clay Pigeon in 2013. The concept is simple, this is a from-scratch kitchen with an evolving and changing menu that uses seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The bar program receives just as much attention as the food with expertly prepared creative cocktails. Just like Fort Worth, Clay Pigeon has a rustic yet refined aesthetic that have made it a standout in the fine dining scene since it opened. 



This exciting district continues to attract innovative and dynamic business. Look for these new establishments opening soon in The Foundry: 38 & Vine (wine bar and tasting room), Tulane’s (cocktail bar) and Maple Branch Craft Brewery.


So grab some walking shoes and gear up for a day of discovery in the Foundry district and the surrounding areas. It exemplifies so much of Fort Worth from wildly creative art to entrepreneurial pioneers in culture, food, beverage and retail. All this innovation mingles well with all the places that still make Fort Worth, well Fort Worth.


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The Cookery Cooking Class

What happens when you combine a cooking class with a dinner party? You get The Cookery. The Cookery offers a new cooking class concept to Fort Worth by way of Dallas, where the original is located.

The Cookery
A large farmhouse table is where you enjoy the dishes you make during the class

The Cookery opened up on South Main a few months ago and offers hands-on cooking classes. If you didn’t already know I’m a big fan of many businesses on South Main including Four Sisters, Game Theory and Hot Box Biscuit Club.

These interactive classes are meant to go beyond a cooking demonstration. Participants literally have a hand in making different aspects of the three to four course meal.

The Cookery cooking class Fort Worth
Hands on cooking station

What to expect at The Cookery

When you walk in you are greeted by the instructor or assistant. Usually you are offered water, tea or wine. The menu is hand-written on the chalkboard above the cubbies where you stash your stuff. You then grab an apron and are given hand washing protocol. Ie. If you are like me and tons of photos on your phone or camera, wash your hands after. 

During the course of the class, the instructor casually explains the dishes, ingredients and techniques. The intimate setting and class size make it feel like you are almost in someone’s kitchen.

The Cookery Cooking class Fort Worth

Cooking Class Structure

The structure of the class and the courses change depending on the theme of the class. Some class themes include Sushi, Elegant Dinner Party, Pasta, Indian and Farm to Table. I’ve taken the Caribbean Vacation class and the Farm to Table class.

Generally you prepare your first course and perhaps an accompanying cocktail and then sit down and enjoy that before moving on to the next courses. The intimate and collaborative structure of the class ensures that you will get to know the folks you are taking the class with. So, by the time you sit down you will get that “dinner party” feeling. The class-prepared dishes are shared family style.

Meal at The Cookery
Family style dining

Through the course of the evening the instructor drops a few cooking tips related to each dish. I’ve taken cooking classes around the world and consider myself a good cook and each class I’ve taken I’ve learned something new.

Cooking Class at the Cookery

After sitting and enjoying the first course you get to work preparing the rest of the food. For both the courses I took I was pleasantly surprised that all the dishes were gluten free including the desserts. You then again sit and enjoy the fruits of your cooking labor while getting to know other attendees.


I enjoyed the Caribbean Vacation class because it’s a cuisine I’m not familiar with. The dishes were full of unique flavors and easy enough to prepare that they could easily be integrated into a weekday meal or replicated for a dinner party. The Shrimp Asapao Soup was completely new to me and one that I will definitely replicate on my own. The coconut ice cream was decadent and easily made and the rum punch was refreshing.

Rum Punch

The Farm to Table class took simple farm fresh ingredients and elevated them to comfort level cuisine. The seasonal root vegetable bisque was simple and sublime and the crispy chickpeas were a revelation. The apple and pear pecan crumble along with the vanilla bean whipped cream was a delicious ending to the whole experience.

Seasonal Root Vegetable Bisque

The Cookery takes your traditional cooking class and makes it a comfortable, cozy and casual experience with the feeling of cooking in a friends kitchen. This friend keeps the wine flowing and shows you how to make some killer cocktails. This experience is great for couples and girl’s nights and welcoming of all skill levels. 

The Cookery
Enjoying dessert with mi amiga Courtney Gumbleton

The Cookery

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710 S Main St #130, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Black Cat Pizza

I first encountered Chef Jaime Fernandez’ food at 44 Bootlegger a few years ago. His creative, Spanish-influenced small plates provided perfect pairings at the now-shuttered wine bar. I was happy to see Chef Jaime return to the Fort Worth dining scene when he started having pop-ups under the name Black Cat Pizza over a year ago. He would take over Stir Crazy Bakery after hours and regularly sell out.

Pop-Up Beginnings

These late night pop-ups featured his wildly inventive pizza that you could buy by the slice. I remember forcing myself to stay out one night at La Zona (the bar across the street) so that I could go try it out for myself right at 11PM when the pop-up started. It did not disappoint and the wait in a long line and the late night dining hour were totally worth it.

Black Cat Pizza Pop-up at Stir Crazy

South Main Village Location

Fast forward to June of 2019 when Black Cat Pizza transcended pop-up status to become a brick and mortar. The South Main Village area of Fort Worth serves as the location for this casual eatery with the newly opened Funky Picnic situated on the other side of the building from them. The South Main Village area continues to grow and become an epi-center for new and exciting food and drink concepts in Fort Worth.  In good company, they join the ranks of Four Sisters, Game Theory and Hot Box Biscuit Club.

When you enter there’s a small patio with bright orange bistro tables and chairs that punctuate the dark gray walls. The posted menu on the patio gives you a sneak peek at what awaits you inside. The galley style interior space gives you a look at all the action going on with an open prep and oven space on the other side of the bar seating. The rest of the minimal space provides a long bench for seating and a few tables. It reminds me of a hidden gem I would stumble onto while traveling. The global soundtrack helps add to that effect.

Black Cat Pizza Menu

The Menu

What sets Black Cat Pizza apart from most other pizza spots in town is that you order by the slice. Of course you can order by the full pie as well. However, ordering by the slice allows you to try more of their unique flavor combinations. They offer an edited selection of pizzas that make up the regular rotation and a limited-time specialty pizza.

Speaking of unique flavors, you’ll find the TMNT and the Red Fang pizzas on the regular pizza rotation. The mysterious initials for the uninitiated stand for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. This slice takes veggies to new heights with green-hued toppings that consists of kale, pesto and other seasonal greens that could include broccoli or zucchini or even brussel sprouts. Slivers of marcona almonds top it all for a pleasant crunch. These unexpected pizza ingredients work in a delightful and delicious way in tandem with the cheese and notable crust. The textures and flavors combine for a crave-worthy bite that make you forget your getting your daily dose of vegetables from a slice of pizza. 

Black Cat Pizza – Chef Jaime Fernandez

A pizza is only as good as its crust and Black Cat delivers a spot-on version. The crust sits somewhere in between a charred Neoplitan and more billowy thick counterparts. At just the right thickness each pizza gets fired at between 600-650 degrees for 3-5 minutes. In my case it’s good enough to eat and not discard the edges or “pizza bones” as I usually do.

Black Cat Pizza – Red Fang

Moving on to the Red Fang pizza, this pizza continues the theme of non-traditional toppings. The smoky paprika notes hit your nose first before you even take your first bite. Roasted tomatoes gild the lily on the already solid house tomato sauce and add to the sweetness of the thai-chili infused honey that tops the pizza. Onions add a subtle flavor component in the shadow of the Spanish chorizo that provides the spicy counterpart as do the Calabrian chiles that dot the slice. These seemingly disparate ingredients combine to form the perfect blend of smoky, spicy and sweet.

Black Cat Pizza – Pepperoni and Mushroom

Those looking for traditional options have cheese, pepperoni and pepperoni mushroom to choose from. The weekly specials vary and can range from an Al Pastor pizza to a barbecue inspired version.

Black Cat Pizza – Al Pastor Pizza
Black Cat Pizza – Barbecue Pizza

The Latin and Spanish influences on the menu are an exciting cross-over. I was super excited to see a Bocadillo sandwich on the menu. I hadn’t had one since traveling in Spain. The version at Black Cat Pizza stays true to its Spanish origins with a plush baguette stuffed with flavorful cured meats. The only deviation is the topping of an oil drizzled arugula mix and it is a welcome one.

Black Cat Pizza – Bocadillo Sandwich

Places like Black Cat Pizza are what I absolutely love about the Fort Worth dining scene. This is a literally homegrown establishment that grew from a funky pop-up to a full brick and mortar. That is an epic-ally huge jump. And Fort Worth diners are so lucky that Chef Jaime who’s a classically trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu and worked in Spain has not only chosen to stay in Fort Worth but that he has also chosen to focus his efforts on a more than affordable dining option as opposed to his white tablecloth pedigree. This chef-driven approach to pizza takes the pizza pie from humble to haute.

Black Cat Pizza – Chef Jaime Fernandez

The pizza at Black Cat Pizza is unlike any other pizza I’ve ever had and that’s a great thing for Fort Worth. Could you get a cheaper pizza elsewhere – yes, absolutely – but I can guarantee a classically trained chef is not making that pie. The Spanish and Latin influences add to the package and take this casual eatery to another level. Black Cat Pizza is a spot that can put Fort Worth on the map because of its unique offerings and for those that look closely enough for the story told in each slice. 

Black Cat Pizza


401 Bryan Ave. Fort Worth TX 76104

Open 11AM – 10PM, Monday – Thursday

Friday – Saturday 11AM – 2AM, Closed Sunday