Fort Worth is one of my favorite places in Texas. It overflows with genuine Texas charm. The people are friendly, the downtown is beautiful + historic, and there is beef tenderloin on every menu. If you only have a few days, these are the places I recommend.
OMNI FORT WORTH
Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, the Omni Fort Worth is the ideal place to stay. It's conveniently located across the street from the convention center, and it's a quick five-minute walk to Sundance Square. There are several restaurant choices, all of which serve delicious, local cuisine: Bob's Steak & Chop, Cast Iron, Wine Thief, and Whiskey & Rye. Cast Iron puts out a hearty breakfast spread complete with eggs + sausage served out of a cast iron skillet, while accommodating gluten-free diets with separate baked goods and a toaster. The day I went, Bob's Steak & Chop featured a light and flavorful beef tenderloin chili. Eat all you want because the fitness center is spacious and has every piece of equipment you could need.
The friendly service and comfortable rooms round out the reasons why I love staying here. Rooms are decorated with a pinch of Ft. Worth flavor, but overall, are relatively neutral. The bathrooms are large and the beds comfortable. They take great care to make sure each room is clean and well stocked with necessities. Also, if you sign up to be an Omni Select Guest, they'll deliver a complimentary coffee or juice to your room each morning.
If you come for a ten-hour-day conference or a vacation, either way, you need a spa treatment. The facilities at Omni's Mokara Spa are modern and relaxing. I had one of the best massages of my life, and the natural facial products are all organic and soothing.
Grace. If you have one night in Fort Worth, dine at Grace. It sits on the ground floor of the Petroleum Club building (777 Main Street), and features Modern American Classics. The interior is far from what I expected to find in Fort Worth, and the food was even more surprising. Service? Impeccable. I had such a fabulous experience at Grace, this precious place will be featured in a post on her own.
SPECIAL EVENTS AT GRACE:
Every day from 4-6 pm, Grace offers half off bubbles // Every Wednesday, the "Women and Wine" event features three wines paired with light bites for $10 // Skip the Valentine crowds and enjoy the Paul Goerg Champagne dinner on Thursday, February 11th. Full event list [here]
LONESOME DOVE WESTERN BISTRO
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. Now this is what I would expect to find in Fort Worth. Dark, intimate, and a little rustic. Reminiscent of your childhood ranch house (or at least mine). It works for a romantic dinner out just as well as a large client dinner. Everyone will tell you to visit the Fort Worth Stockyards, and this place is right in the middle of all the action. Order a steak and take it all in.
Reata Restaurant. Located in Sundance Square in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, Reata features Legendary Texas Cuisine. The tenderloin tamales + jalapeño cilantro soup are famous here (pictured below). It is simple to order gluten free, and they'll even toast you special gluten-free bread upon your request. I have yet to find a restaurant with more character, the food is delicious, and the servers treat you like an old friend.
Thompson's Bookstore. I passed what seemed to be an ordinary-looking bookstore on my walk back to the Omni from the Petroleum Club. Only it was late, and the sounds from within and the secretive look about it made me think it wasn't really a bookstore. Nope. I stumbled upon Fort Worth's newest cocktail lounge housed in a building with a history that goes back to 1910. It's dark + mysterious and the cocktail menu is long + adventurous. Very Alice in Wonderland. Go.
Are there any of your favorite places you would add? Email me! Christie@LetsUncork.com
Sponsored by: Omni Fort Worth
Photography: Christie McMillan