One mile south of AT&T Stadium is a dining experience that spans the culinary gamut: pizza, Tex-Mex, burgers and, succulent steaks. Candlelite Inn Restaurant opened in 1957 and is quirky, yet inviting. A friendly waitress greeted me with chips and salsa where I then ordered one tostada (topped with sharp cheddar cheese) for an appetizer followed by the Italian Steak. A light chopped salad quickly followed with the main course in tow. I opted for the meat sauce on my spaghetti and was glad I did. The thick, hearty entrée, along with the juicy and lightly seasoned steak, really hit the spot. On my way out, I fought the temptation to order one of several cakes and pies at the checkout line.
Texas is famed for its smoked meats, but steaks have rarely been part of that tradition. In Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District, H3 Ranch serves up wood-fired ribeyes, pork chops, sirloin, filet mignon and more. The sweet thighs (glazed with a sweet and spicy sauce) are a favorite appetizer of mine, and the saloon is a lively mix of humorous decor (like saddles bar stools) and choice beer offerings.
Cattlemen’s Fort Worth Steakhouse has been a fixture in the Stockyards since 1947. Everything from the board and batten exterior to the cattle-inspired artwork inside exudes Fort Worth’s Cowtown spirit. For decades, Fort Worth was home to one of the largest meat packing operations in the United States. Possibly the restaurant’s most famous offering, the Heart O’ Texas ribeye steak, is a legendary, marbled slab that’s seared over an open fire in the dining room. Fun starters like “Shoot ’em up Shrimp” and “Texas Toothpicks” round out the authentic Lone Star experience.
4. AL BIERNAT’S
Al Biernat’s in Dallas is an upscale steakhouse with an elegant ambiance and legendary owner. Al Biernat has 30 years of experience as a restaurateur and is a familiar face to patrons at this locale. Caviar, Brie and prawns are popular openers, but the main attraction is Al Biernat’s carefully prepared and garnished steaks. The dress code is elegant, casual attire.
Fort Worth’s celebrity chef Tim Love has a Denton-based restaurant that is becoming one of the city’s premier dining establishments. The gourmet steakhouse has an extensive menu that pulls from Love’s diverse cowboy cuisine background. Where else can you find rattlesnake sausage on the same menu as truffled mac and cheese? What drives folks here are the hand-cut steaks, though, and with Buffalo ribeye, beef tenderloin, and New York Prime Strips only scratching the surface of the offerings, it’s easy to see why.
Featured Image Courtesy: Cattlemen’s Steakhouse