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The Fort Worth Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Welcome to the spring edition of the Eater Fort Worth Heatmap. Here's the part where we answer the question: "Where should I eat in Fort Worth right this second?"

Additions to the new edition of the Fort Worth Heatmap include chef Jon Bonnell's new seafood restaurant, a new enchilada spot, a globetrotting bistro and, oh, just some little pizza place.

IN: Waters, Enchiladas Ole, Red Door Bistro, Campisi's
OUT: Torchy's Tacos, Reservoir, Fred's Texas Cafe

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. Campisi's

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6150 Camp Bowie
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Dallas-based Campisi's opens its first Fort Worth branch, finally sating the cries of Fort Worthians who crave rectangular, thin-crust, Sicilian-style pizza. Love the sauce-less veggie pie.

2. 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.

3. Enchiladas Olé

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901 N Sylvania
Fort Worth, Tx 76111
First time at restaurant bat, and Mary Perez hits it out of the park with this little 'chilada dive. Food is more authentic than fancy, with an emphasis on sauces. Must tries: the enmoladas, chicken enchiladas with verde sauce and old-school red enchiladas.

4. Lee's Grilled Cheese

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5040 North Tarrant Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76244
(817) 479-3220
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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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Red Door Bistro

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4938 Overton Ridge Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 79132
(817) 292-0000
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Last thing anyone expected Donna and Bobby Albanese of beloved Italian resto Piola to do: Not serve Italian. But here they are, in this exquisite, quiet, strip-mall resto, doing wonders with chicken roulade, burgers and beignets.

8. Revolver Taco Lounge

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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.

9. 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.

10. Ryan's Fine Grocer & Delicatessen

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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.

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.

12. Waters Coastal Cuisine

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2900 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
After conquering the wild kingdom at his self-named, game-heavy resto in southwest Fort Worth, chef Jon Bonnell goes all Waterworld on us, turning the old Bailey's Prime Plus into a luxurious ode to the ocean. Nibble away on BBQ oysters and seafood gumbo; the smart shall save a place for lemon icebox cheesecake

1. Campisi's

6150 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, TX 76116
Dallas-based Campisi's opens its first Fort Worth branch, finally sating the cries of Fort Worthians who crave rectangular, thin-crust, Sicilian-style pizza. Love the sauce-less veggie pie.
6150 Camp Bowie
Fort Worth, TX 76116

2. 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

3. Enchiladas Olé

901 N Sylvania, Fort Worth, Tx 76111
First time at restaurant bat, and Mary Perez hits it out of the park with this little 'chilada dive. Food is more authentic than fancy, with an emphasis on sauces. Must tries: the enmoladas, chicken enchiladas with verde sauce and old-school red enchiladas.
901 N Sylvania
Fort Worth, Tx 76111

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

7. Red Door Bistro

4938 Overton Ridge Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 79132
Last thing anyone expected Donna and Bobby Albanese of beloved Italian resto Piola to do: Not serve Italian. But here they are, in this exquisite, quiet, strip-mall resto, doing wonders with chicken roulade, burgers and beignets.
4938 Overton Ridge Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 79132

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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

12. Waters Coastal Cuisine

2900 Crockett St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
After conquering the wild kingdom at his self-named, game-heavy resto in southwest Fort Worth, chef Jon Bonnell goes all Waterworld on us, turning the old Bailey's Prime Plus into a luxurious ode to the ocean. Nibble away on BBQ oysters and seafood gumbo; the smart shall save a place for lemon icebox cheesecake
2900 Crockett St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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