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Fort Worth Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Eater Fort Worth Heatmap. We're fixing our gaze upon our neighbor to the west to point out what's new, what's hot, and where hungry Cowtowners are flocking to dine right now.

This first rendition of the Fort Worth Heatmap features a new cheese-centric spot where long lines are forming, the city's newest food truck park, two taco joints (one counter-service and the other with white tablecloths), and a sexy new sushi haven.

Got a suggestion for a restaurant you think deserves to be added — or deleted from— the next Heatmap edition? Drop us a line or leave a comment below.


—Malcolm Mayhew

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Clearfork Food Park

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1541 Merrimac
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth’s newest food park offers a scenic atmosphere overlooking the Trinity River, games for kiddos, a shaded pavilion, a beer stand run by the Fred’s Texas Café gang and truck grub from some of North Texas’ finest, like Salsa Limon and Good Karma.

2. Fred's Texas Cafe

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915 Currie St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 332-0083
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Cowboy chef Terry Chandler's long-running burger and brunch dive has always drawn the massive crowds, but now everyone has a place to sit, thanks to a new enclosed patio that's bigger than the actual restaurant.

3. Lee's Grilled Cheese

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5040 North Tarrant Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76244
If you thought food truck Lee’s Grilled Cheese didn’t stand a chance opening a brick and mortar nearly 30 minutes north of its original Fort Worth Food Park home-base, you have underestimated the power of Lee Perez and Keith Lee Weber’s Back Breaker sandwich, topped with pulled pork and mac and cheese. The place is such a hit, the Lees are taking over the space next door.

4. Little Lilly Sushi

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6100 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(817) 989-8886
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Chef Jesus Garcia’s menu at this new west side Japanese resto rotates more by his imagination than by season. Pray you’re there when he’s doing his duck and oyster okonomiyaki. Pork belly ramen’s excellent, too. Order a California roll, we don’t know you.

5. Magnolia Cheese Co,

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(817) 945-2221
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Slowpoke lines at this cozy new café and cheesemporium on Magnolia Avenue are worth enduring for the venison sausage melt and cut-to-order cheese planks. Save room -– and pennies -- for the $8.50-a-slice chevre cheesecake.

6. Reservoir Bar & Patio

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1001 Foch St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 334-0560
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Pretty, loud people gather in this pretty, loud room –- newly opened in W. 7th area -- for bro-talk and good gastropubbing. Chicken and waffles comes with chicken tenders breaded in Cap’n Crunch. (Trust us, it's good -- and we're not 12.)

7. Revolver Taco Lounge

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2822 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 820-0122
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Authentic Mex Mex served in a classy, white table-clothed environment. Corn tortillas made in-house, as you watch. On weekend nights, look for Revolver’s new sidewalk tequiza, a build-your-own-taco stand pushing $2 tacos.

8. Rodeo Goat Ice House

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2836 Bledsoe St
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 877-4628
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The Wynne family (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth) gets in the burger biz via this new West 7th b-joint, housed in an old candy factory. Clever toppings and housemade sauces are great but the real sweethearts of this Rodeo are the juicy patties, ground daily in-house. Killer patio and brews, too.

9. Ryan's Fine Grocer & Delicatessen

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(817) 945-2770
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Well-bearded and biked residents of hipster neighborhood Near Southside finally got their long-wanted grocery store when Ryan’s opened earlier this month. Bonus: Attached is a deli that serves beautiful salads and sandwiches stacked with house-cured meats, including a Reuben to end all Reubens.

10. Torchy's Tacos

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928 Northton St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 289-8226
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Austin taco chain makes Fort Worth debut, touting the essentials: the Dirty Sanchez, Maine Root soft drinks and that green chile queso. Warning: Les Miserables-long lines.

11. Woodshed Smokehouse

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3201 Riverfront Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 740-8835
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Tim Love's ode to campfire cooking just celebrated its one-year anniversary with a handful of new menu items, including turkey tamales, smoked Brussel sprouts and, for breakfast, the "Sandwich," a two-fisted taco filled with a tenderloin patty, pickled chiles, an over easy egg and lamb bacon. Tim effing rules.

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1. Clearfork Food Park

1541 Merrimac, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth’s newest food park offers a scenic atmosphere overlooking the Trinity River, games for kiddos, a shaded pavilion, a beer stand run by the Fred’s Texas Café gang and truck grub from some of North Texas’ finest, like Salsa Limon and Good Karma.
1541 Merrimac
Fort Worth, TX 76107

2. Fred's Texas Cafe

915 Currie St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Cowboy chef Terry Chandler's long-running burger and brunch dive has always drawn the massive crowds, but now everyone has a place to sit, thanks to a new enclosed patio that's bigger than the actual restaurant.
915 Currie St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

3. Lee's Grilled Cheese

5040 North Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76244
If you thought food truck Lee’s Grilled Cheese didn’t stand a chance opening a brick and mortar nearly 30 minutes north of its original Fort Worth Food Park home-base, you have underestimated the power of Lee Perez and Keith Lee Weber’s Back Breaker sandwich, topped with pulled pork and mac and cheese. The place is such a hit, the Lees are taking over the space next door.
5040 North Tarrant Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76244

4. Little Lilly Sushi

6100 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Chef Jesus Garcia’s menu at this new west side Japanese resto rotates more by his imagination than by season. Pray you’re there when he’s doing his duck and oyster okonomiyaki. Pork belly ramen’s excellent, too. Order a California roll, we don’t know you.
6100 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76116

5. Magnolia Cheese Co,

Fort Worth, TX 76104
Slowpoke lines at this cozy new café and cheesemporium on Magnolia Avenue are worth enduring for the venison sausage melt and cut-to-order cheese planks. Save room -– and pennies -- for the $8.50-a-slice chevre cheesecake.

6. Reservoir Bar & Patio

1001 Foch St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Pretty, loud people gather in this pretty, loud room –- newly opened in W. 7th area -- for bro-talk and good gastropubbing. Chicken and waffles comes with chicken tenders breaded in Cap’n Crunch. (Trust us, it's good -- and we're not 12.)
1001 Foch St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

7. Revolver Taco Lounge

2822 W. 7th St., Fort Worth, TX
Authentic Mex Mex served in a classy, white table-clothed environment. Corn tortillas made in-house, as you watch. On weekend nights, look for Revolver’s new sidewalk tequiza, a build-your-own-taco stand pushing $2 tacos.
2822 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, TX

8. Rodeo Goat Ice House

2836 Bledsoe St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
The Wynne family (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth) gets in the burger biz via this new West 7th b-joint, housed in an old candy factory. Clever toppings and housemade sauces are great but the real sweethearts of this Rodeo are the juicy patties, ground daily in-house. Killer patio and brews, too.
2836 Bledsoe St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

9. Ryan's Fine Grocer & Delicatessen

Fort Worth, TX 76104
Well-bearded and biked residents of hipster neighborhood Near Southside finally got their long-wanted grocery store when Ryan’s opened earlier this month. Bonus: Attached is a deli that serves beautiful salads and sandwiches stacked with house-cured meats, including a Reuben to end all Reubens.

10. Torchy's Tacos

928 Northton St., Fort Worth, TX 76104
Austin taco chain makes Fort Worth debut, touting the essentials: the Dirty Sanchez, Maine Root soft drinks and that green chile queso. Warning: Les Miserables-long lines.
928 Northton St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104

11. Woodshed Smokehouse

3201 Riverfront Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Tim Love's ode to campfire cooking just celebrated its one-year anniversary with a handful of new menu items, including turkey tamales, smoked Brussel sprouts and, for breakfast, the "Sandwich," a two-fisted taco filled with a tenderloin patty, pickled chiles, an over easy egg and lamb bacon. Tim effing rules.
3201 Riverfront Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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