1. TACO HEADS
My go-to taco restaurant in Fort Worth is Taco Heads, serving gourmet street-style tacos. It’s worth noting that they offer breakfast tacos all day and they have a fabulous (dog-friendly) patio if you’re looking for an outdoor dining option. Can’t get enough of Taco Heads? Coffee shops all over North Texas sell their breakfast tacos, including Craftwork Coffee, Roots Coffeehouse, SummerMoon, and more. Taco Heads is located off of Montgomery and is the perfect dining option if you’re visiting the Cultural District, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, or an event at the new Dickies Arena.
Heim started as a food truck in Fort Worth and now has two brick and mortar locations, on Magnolia Ave and White Settlement Road. Every visit to Heim must include a side of Bacon Burnt Ends (and if you can’t get enough at Heim, be sure to get the Honey Bastard pizza at Cane Rosso which is topped with Bacon Burnt Ends and Heim sauce). If you’re making an evening out of it, I definitely recommend visiting the Magnolia location and walking around the Near Southside area after your meal. The River location is the biggest and will be the best option for large groups and for outdoor seating.
After winning over the hearts (okay, stomachs) of Fort Worth locals with pizza pop-ups, Black Cat Pizza opened up their first brick and mortar in 2019 in the Soma District. I recommend buying pizza by the slice so you can try several of their constantly changing flavors. While in the area, be sure to do some shopping at The Greenhouse 817, Winton and Waits, LTO, and Morgan Mercantile. The Soma District is also packed full of great breweries and dessert options within walking distance if you’re wanting to spend more time in the area after enjoying your pizza.
Located in a restored 1930s home on a Cannon street, Cannon Chinese Kitchen is packed full of eclectic details and is the perfect spot for your next date night. Food is served family-style, so plan on ordering several dish options to share. If you love your experience at Cannon, you will definitely want to try Tokyo Cafe and Shinjuku Station as they are owned by the same local families.
Spice is a must-visit restaurant if you’re a fan of authentic Thai food. Their curry dishes are my typical go-to but I’ve never been disappointed by a meal at Spice! While you’re in the Near Southside area, you’ll definitely want to take some time to walk along Magnolia or drive a couple blocks to the SOMO District.
Health conscious? Righteous Foods is a restaurant where you can be ensured that all of your food options will be clean and sustainable sourced. Their dietary preference/restriction menu clearly lays out meal options if you are vegan, vegetarian, allergic to nuts, gluten-free, or lactose intolerant. Both the interior and patio offer beautiful aesthetics to complete the dining experience!
If you’re looking for a grab and go option, Meyer and Sage has a wonderful selection of packaged and oven-ready meals in their Foundry District Culinary Studio. Have time to eat in the area? Meyer and Sage has some bistro tables in front of the shop or you can grab a picnic table in the Foundry District’s Inspiration Alley. Just a few fun spots within walking distance include Docs Records & Vintage, Craftwork Coffee, Gifted, and the Grand Berry Theatre. It is also worth noting that the Foundry District offers plenty of free parking for customers of all of their businesses, so that is one less thing that you will need to worry about.