After a year of closings and unpredictability, Fort Worth restauranteurs are looking to new beginnings. With several highly anticipated spots offering a variety of cuisines all across town, here is a snippet of what 2022 has in store for the Fort Worth restaurant scene.
Updated February 2022
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Chef Tim Love is spicing up Mule Alley with his new Mexican restaurant, Paloma Suerte. Meaning "lucky dove", the cactus garden and colorful deconstructed piñata decor flowing throughout the space give it a playful energy. In true tex mex fashion, start with the table side skillet queso before devouring your birria tacos with one of their various paloma cocktails in hand. From ten different frozen margaritas on tap to personalizing your own ranch water, you are sure to find the perfect drink to accompany your delicious meal.
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Want to eat a delicious meal and be active at the same time? Courtside Kitchen has the best of both worlds, a bomb menu and several pickleball courts, so the whole family can join in on the fun. Fuel up for your next match with some gourmet sandwiches or power bowls while sitting courtside, literally! After your day of pickleball, treat yourself to a drink at the swanky indoor bar or out on the lively patio with fire pits and TVs to watch your game of choice or the live action on the courts!
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If you're a seafood lover, this is the spot for you. From the owners of Fixture, Fitzgerald recently opened in Fort Worth's Ridglea neighborhood in the former Blu Crab location. This modern steakhouse has a comfortable feel, with leather couches and mahogany wood accents. Stay tuned for some of their signature dishes, such as the shrimp & crawfish fondue, lobster corndogs and crab beignets. Be sure to save your appetite for the hummingbird cake for the perfect end to your meal!
Photo courtesy of Fitzgerald
Photo courtesy of Quince
With a location down in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, this will be the first location in the states. Replacing the Bartaco space in the WestBend shopping Center, Quince will be a chic rooftop bar with epic views of the Trinity River. The menu will feature Thai inspired cuisine with a Spanish flare, including ceviche, sushi, steaks and bowls. Dine at Quince for a brunch or dinner and sip on some of the most Instagrammable cocktails in town.
Brix is ditching its current "Smokestream" location on Bryan Avenue for its first brick and mortar restaurant on South Main Street. Chef Trevor Sales puts his special touch on Central Texas Style Barbecue, with tender meats bursting with flavor and sides that will make your mouth water. With plans to open early the summer, look forward to eating the best brisket of your life out on the patio or the rooftop bar.
Down in Fort Worth's historic Southside district, chefs Dustin Lee and Michael Arlt's pride and joy is expected to open early this year. Serving New American cuisine with a twist, expect to see some wild flavors from touches of the South to eclectic international influences. While the full menu is a secret, the Thai lobster bisque and the Mezze Maniche with white bolognese sauce are two highly anticipated divine dishes.
With its second location opening in Museum Place early this year, Don Artemio is an authentic Mexican restaurant with an upscale feel. At it's original location in Saltillo, Mexico, Chef Juan Ramón Cárdenas is known for his specialty tortillas, roasted goat, and homemade mole. To reflect its cultural district location, the interior will be designed with a Northeastern Mexican style, including pottery and clay to celebrate its Mexican Heritage.
After this family owned Fort Worth classic burger joint decided to close its flagship location on Currie Street, Fred's Texas Cafe is ecstatic to open this Spring at Camp Bowie West in the former Buffalo West space. You can't go wrong with any item on the menu, but burgers and chicken fried steak are their specialty. Come on down to Fred's during happy hour for beer and margaritas and stay for live music on the brand new event stage.
With locations in Dallas and Houston, naturally Fort Worth was the next spot for a new Truck Yard. Opening this fall in far North Fort Worth at the Alliance Town Center, this adult playground will feature a 38 foot ferris wheel and an indoor bar named the West Texas Pole Bar, with several stages for live music. Expect to see the classic outdoor games, food trucks, a full bar and expansive indoor and outdoor patios to kick back and have a good with friends.
From the Trident Group, Tre Mogli Cucina Italiana is an authentic Italian restaurant with both a downstairs and rooftop full service bar. With plans to open in April, the new location will face historic Main Street, backing up to its sister restaurant, Wishbone & Flynt. Chef Stefon Rishel will be serving delicious homestyle Italian cuisine with all pastas made from scratch. Picture yourself lounging in one of their red booths with velvet accents, indulging in their signature dish, the cacio e pepe.
The central business district is getting a cosmopolitan upgrade. From the owner of the Little Red Wasp, 61 Osteria will open in late 2022 on the ground level of the iconic downtown Fort Worth building, First on 7th. At this glamorous gem, Chef Blaine Staniford will be serving up Italian fare using simple and local ingredients. Some of the coolest features of the space are the wood burning hearth, a rotisserie, and a pasta room. With floor to ceiling windows and an open air patio, expect some spectacular views of Burnett Park and its captivating sculptures.