Good Grub
Good Grub

Late-Night Dining

In just a couple years, late-night grub choices in the Fort have gone from pancakes and salmonella to a booming scene rich with variety and present at virtually every corner.

In the West 7th Street corridor, Taco Heads (2700 W 7th St) still rules the roost, slinging gourmet tacos until 2am Wed-Sat. Not far below on the taco ladder is The Wild Rooster Bar (3294 Camp Bowie Blvd), serving its full menu until 2am Fri-Sat and keeping the to-go window open ’til 3am. Trough Burger Wagon is still the best walk-up burger option in town, flippin’ and grillin’ until 2am Thu-Sat.

The Near Southside is still your best bet for late-night brilliance. Newcomers Holy Frijoles! Food Truck (1408 W Magnolia Av), parked behind The Usual cocktail lounge, keeps dishing out upscale, authentic Mexican on non-plastic plates until the bar closes at 2am. No late-night list would be complete without TCU-area standbys Salsa Limón (2916 W Berry St), open until 2am every night, and Fuzzy’s Tacos (2917 W Berry St), cooking until 3am on weekends.

(SMTX)FTW-300x250-NOV17Readers’ choice: Fred’s Texas Café, 915 Currie St, FW

Critic’s Top Five:

Chubby’s Burger Shack (7914 Camp Bowie Blvd W, FW) is your spot when you just want to stuff your face. But this quaint little eatery in a sad part of town is about more than just serving size. The beef is flavorful, with a nice peppery bite, and the preparation is perfect –– the cheese is always melted just right.

Dutch’s Hamburgers (3009 S University Dr, FW) uses sweet buns that will either win you or turn you off. Count us in the former category. The sweetness proves a delicious counterpoint to the savory, perfectly seasoned, and juicy beef.

Flips Patio Grill (6613 Fossil Bluff Dr, FW) trades in size for sizzle. The beef has a steak-like quality and melts in your mouth.

Fred’s Texas Café (915 Currie St, FW) is pricey, true, but the good ol’ fashioned Fredburger still represents the standard by which all other no-nonsense burgers in town are measured. The beef is always juicy –– and copious –– and the toppings and buns are fresh.

Mixed Up Burgers (510 Av K, Grand Prairie) is one of the first places in town to serve up burgers with garnishes cooked into the ground beef. After all, toppings on top of your patty are so 2010. At this joint (formerly known as Patty Shack Burgers), the ingredients are fresh and expertly prepared. Select a pre-designed burger or create your own from a long list of “mix-ins,” including all kinds of cheeses, spices, sauces, and everything from bacon to pineapple.



Readers’ choice: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 812 Main St, FW

Critic’s Top Five:

• The cowboy steak at Chef Point (5901 Watauga Rd, Watauga) is 22 ounces of hot-knife-through-butter-tender meat, drenched in a buttery sauce. It’s every bit as decadent as an enormous steak should be.

• It might be a corporate chain, but there’s no denying that the sliced filet mignon at the Capital Grill Restaurant (800 Main St, FW) reaches an unparalleled level of sophistication. The accompanying cipolline onions and wild mushrooms give the dish an earthy, bold flavor base, and the fig sauce takes it over the top. But the star of the show is the steak itself, so tender it feels more like you’re cutting into a pound cake.

• The all-natural beef filet at Grace (777 Main St, FW) is perfectly cooked, with a juicy red mantle and warm red core that’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

• You’ve got to love a place that isn’t afraid to be a little old-school, and the chateaubriand at Ray’s Prime Steak and Seafood (3206 Winthrop Av, FW) is decidedly that. It’s tender and juicy, and the béarnaise sauce is tangy perfection –– and makes you feel like you’re in a scene from Mad Men.

• For fans of marbling, the 18-ounce bone-in rib-eye at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse (2458 N Main St, FW) belongs in a museum. The Stockyards eatery may look like a cowboy theme park, but its steak selection and quality are no joke.



Critic’s Top Five:

• It’s kind of appropriate that newcomer Holy Frijoles! is stationed behind craft cocktail purveyor The Usual — the food is authentic Mexican street food elevated to epicurean heights. It’s a rare taqueria that can match The Usual’s lofty setting, but Holy Frijoles! accomplishes that and more.

• Though its rolling empire has expanded, Salsa Limón’s relentless devotion to fresh ingredients and simple technique hasn’t changed. It doesn’t get much better than the El Capitan taco served at 2916 W Berry St, FW.

• In many ways, all of the great new taquerias in Fort Worth owe a debt to Ernesto’s Taqueria. The taco mecca was serving this style of fresh, authentic fare before it was cool, and it’s still one of the best.

• The jewel of the North Side, Eva Taqueria (3401 N Main St, FW) is as authentic as it gets. It’s a great bang-for-your-buck place, the service is quick, it’s open relatively late on weekends, and it boasts some of the best barbacoa in town.

• Though it’s more on the gourmet side, Chile Pepper Grill (1100 N Main St, FW) serves the best and most authentic tasting huarache in … anywhere. Sure, some of the sauces are “drizzled,” and the presentation is definitely a focus, but at heart, Chile Pepper is an honest-to-goodness authentic taqueria — and a darned good one.