A what? A Gastro-Tour! It’s just so much more fun than sitting in
one restaurant for the whole meal, after all, you’re visiting a new city and
you’ve got a chance to explore, right? So
this a great way to make the most out of your trip! Your accommodations for the Mid-Year Program
are located in Fort Worth’s West 7th District, which makes for a
perfect location to restaurant hop. So
bring on the Gastro-Tour!
West 7th is one of Fort
Worth’s "Restaurant Rows”. I highly
recommend getting together with friends and doing a gastro-tour in this easily
walkable area of fun, refreshing and new urban development. Here’s how it
works: Pick one restaurant for appetizers, another for your second course or
appetizers part II, your third location for the entrée and a fourth for
When my husband and I restaurant
hop, we always share the food on small plates and enjoy a cocktail. Most of our servers want to skip their shift
and join us as we venture to a handful of places and explore the menu of 3-4
area restaurants. This was our most recent Gastro-Tour:
First Stop: Times Ten Cellars –
they source grapes from Napa Valley and ferment on-site in huge steel tanks,
visible from the "tank room”. We sat in causal oversized upholstered chairs
with and oversized coffee table and enjoyed the Cabernet Franc with a selection
of cured meats and cheeses.
Second Stop: Waters Restaurant. This is a fine dining establishment with an
incredible seafood menu, but we just go straight to the bar! No reservation or
tie needed. We grabbed two chairs and
small pub table near the big windows facing Crockett Street while we indulged
on the ridiculously decadent lobster stuffed avocado and a glass of pinot grigio.
Fred’s Texas Café (Featured on
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) – We shared
a cheeseburger with our choice of fixins’ made to order, skipped the fries, and
washed it down with a small soda or draft beer.
Tillman’s Road House– Table side
S’mores and decaf coffee – Yes, we saved the best for last! The chocolate bars,
graham crackers and flavored marshmallows (orange, maple and coffee flavored)
are all made in house. Served with skewers and a small table top flame, you
toast them and assemble your classic campfire treat.
Other great places for the
adventurous foodie: Mash’D, Kona Grill,
FW Market + Table, Velvet Taco, Rodeo Goat, Salsa Limon, Thirteen Pies, and
If you’ve got time for a brunch,
make sure you pick Max’s Wine Dive, a short walk from the hotel.
This small, bistro style pub is a
go-to place for Brunch. It has a great wine and champagne list and even better
food, as it is famous for its low and
slow fried chicken, with (brace yourselves) a glass of champagne. The two actually pair amazing well
together. Max’s slogan of "Brunch
without champagne is just a sad breakfast” has never been so true. Definitely order the fried chicken but get
the Tiramisu French toast as an appetizer to share while you await for the
fresh made fried chicken, and it’s also available gluten free. I suggest making
a reservation via Open Table or call ahead!
Enjoy your trip to Fort Worth and leave with a
happy and full belly. See you at the Mid-Year!