Diners in Fort Worth, TX
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A medium-rare steak in a venerable Fort Worth restaurant is indeed a thing of beauty. But local diners are adding new food choices to their dining routines, whether they’re opting for a lunchtime tropical salad or dinner from a Vietnamese Ban Mhi food truck.
The Fort Worth food scene has blossomed, bringing new foods – and new ways to enjoy them – to town. Farmers markets, food trucks and quick-service gourmet prepared foods are all on the increase, as busy families discover ways to eat well, but conveniently, and discerning foodies look for dining adventures.
Eating Out – at Home
“Nobody cooks anymore,” says Chef Todd Bush, owner of Oliver’s Fine Foods in Fort Worth and Mansfield, full-service restaurants that also offer extensive selections of prepared foods and gourmet items for takeout. “We have a lot of businessmen and business women at our downtown location who come in and want us to heat up prepared things for them for lunch, and lots of people who come by for family meals. We’ve filled a niche.”
Bush says his customers are drawn by his restaurants' emphasis on fresh, nutritious food, whether they come for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the premises, or choose from a rotating selection of house-made goodies to take home.
On any given day, they might find entrees like Beef Roulades filled with Spinach, Mushrooms and Boursin Cheese, Mango Salsa Chicken or Short Smoked Salmon with an Orange Soy Vinaigrette, and dozens of side dishes. Oliver’s also stocks “grab & go” items that include fresh produce, salads, cured meats, sauces, marinades, dressings, dips and desserts.
Ellerbe Fine Foods and Market sells kitchen and artisan gifts, food specialties, wines, soaps, candles and more. Its restaurant and catering services are popular with diners who share a passion for dishes based on fresh, seasonal, sustainable ingredients.
Those who prefer a DIY dinner are finding Fort Worth’s farmers markets the perfect places to pick up fresh ingredients for a healthy meal. Everything at Cowtown Farmers Market is grown or produced within a 150-mile radius of Fort Worth. Open year-round, Cowtown shoppers also find breads, gifts, honey, flowers and more. Other popular markets include the Rufe Snow Farmers Market and Ridgmar Farmers Market.
Food Trucks Grow Options
In search of variety to spice up your food life? The downtown Fort Worth Food Park can keep you busy for months with its changing daily roster of food trucks, serving gourmet bistro fare, Mediterranean specialties, cupcakes, Mexican food, burgers, bacon dishes, grilled cheese, Vietnamese food and more in a green, park-like setting.
Family-friendly and located near the city’s arts and entertainment scene, the park often hosts live musical events.
The park, says founder and owner Chris Kreuger, “takes food trucks to the next level,” a big plus for diners, but also for the many up and coming chefs helping to put Fort Worth on the culinary map.
“Food trucks serve the same high-quality food as restaurants, but their overhead is so much lower that a chef can have his own place without the cost of a brick-and-mortar building,” Kreuger says. “That really helps increase the variety of food people can enjoy.”
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