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Fort Worth City Guide

Where To Eat and What To Do In Fort Worth, Texas

While there may be some overlap in locations and culture, Fort Worth is much more than just a satellite city to Dallas. Both were founded and established along the Trinity River, but Dallas developed into a much more “big city” atmosphere, while Fort Worth leaned more into its western heritage and the Texas Longhorn trade. Known now for its casual and friendly environment, Fort Worth is growing at a rapid pace while still remaining faithful to its roots and traditions. There are too many things to do and eat for a short list, but we’ve assembled some of our favorites that are sure to be enjoyable for people of all ages, walks of life, and interests.

Best Places to Eat in Fort Worth

Because of its casual and welcoming atmosphere, there are tons of different food scenes that cater to all the different cultures and backgrounds. Of course, Texas is broadly known for Tex Mex and BBQ, but there’s also plenty of incredible food options for all times of day, from breakfast to burgers.

Best Burgers

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Rodeo Goat

Dutch’s Legendary Hamburgers

M&O Station Grill

Fuego Burger

Best Tex-Mex & Mexican Food

Los Asaderos

Joe T Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

Los Molcajetes Mexican Restaurant

Torchy’s Tacos

Mezcales Mexican Bar & Grill

Best Pizza/Italian Food

Oliva Italian Eatery

Hysen’s Nizza Pizza

Pizza Snob



Best BBQ

Heim Barbecue

Woodshed Smokehouse


Dayne's Craft Barbecue

Panther City BBQ

Best Breakfast

Ol’ South Pancake House

Vickery Cafe

Paris Coffee Shop

Montgomery Street Cafe

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

Top Things to Do in Fort Worth

Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, it’s time to go out and explore. From world-class museums to the fastest track in NASCAR, there truly is something for everyone. Also don’t forget that there’s much more in Fort Worth beyond these picks, so if you like a certain kind of activity, more fun is just a quick search away!

Fort Worth Water Gardens

If you’re looking to relax for an afternoon, the Fort Worth Water Garden is a beautiful oasis in the city where you can sit in the shade and enjoy watching the water features and surrounding environment. It has an elegant stepped design that the water flows down into a central pool, as well as lights for viewing at dark. Above all else, it’s quiet and surrounded by nature so you almost forget you’re even in a city and can just soak in the surroundings.

Texas Motor Speedway

With enough permanent lighting to light up 11 NFL stadiums, the Texas Motor Speedway is an amazing place to experience events, day or night. Also living up to the “everything’s bigger in Texas” mantra is the 20,622 square foot TV screen, which was installed in 2014 and was the largest HD LED screen in the world at the time. TMS hosts events of all kinds that are truly spectacular to witness and should be at the top of the list for racing or car fans, no matter what kind you’re into.

Fort Worth Zoo

Fun for kids, adults, or both, the Fort Worth Zoo not only has incredible animals and exhibits, but also behind-the-scenes experiences (coming soon). Housing a whopping 540 species, you could spend days looking through every habitat to find every animal. For those on a more limited schedule, the zoo has an easy-to-follow layout and online map to prioritize and plan what you want to see while you’re visiting.

Sundance Square

For those who enjoy being downtown and shopping, Sundance Square is perfect for you. Not only is it an entire 36-square-block district dedicated to this, but it has 145 events each year! With food, jewelry, clothes, art, and more, Sundance Square can occupy any shopping enthusiast for hours – if not days.

Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Last but certainly not least, the Fort Worth Aviation Museum has nearly 30 types of aircraft (both planes as well as helicopters) on its property. Seeing historical, modern, and even canceled concept aircrafts next to each other truly is a sight to behold, and anyone with interests in aviation, engineering, or the armed forces (or Top Gun’s F-14 Tomcat) will love it.

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