The 2015 National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity is less than two weeks away and what better place to watch one of the most beautiful equestrian sports in the world than in Fort Worth, Texas!
Fort Worth was built around the stockyards and livestock exchange. The city would not be what it is today without cowboys, cattle and a thick-cut steaks. You can never go wrong with a filet from one of the classic cowboy watering holes! However, as the city of Fort Worth grows, so do the options of how to satisfy cowboys and fans after a long day in the saddle or the stands.
Whether you are a cowtown native, or a newcomer, there is always a fresh new restaurant or an age-old favorite among Texans and tourists. When the final horse and rider have marked their score and competitions are over for the day, it is time to appease your cravings with award-winning cuisine from Fort Worth’s finest restaurants. We have put together five of our favorite places to wine, dine and brunch; and they all rank No.1 in our opinion!
Horseshoe Hill Cafe: Fort Worth native, Grady Spears, has returned to the Stockyards to share his exceptional cowboy cooking with locals and tourists, giving them a idea of what “dinner on the open range” tastes like. Horseshoe Hill offers the finest in cowboy supper staples, like rocky mountain oysters, chicken fried steak (prepared five different ways), a whole roasted chicken and vaquero-approved tacos. The portions are fit for a king and will leave you wishing you were driving cattle across the plains with Grady Spears as the cowboy chef!
Joe T. Garcia’s: Established in 1935, Joe T. Garcia’s is a world-renowned Mexican cantina providing the best margaritas and traditional Mexican dishes in Fort Worth. The outdoor patio is covered in beautiful flora and lush vegetation along with flowing fountains that provide a peaceful and exquisite dining experience. The house mariachi band serenades guests as they enjoy pitchers of margaritas and top-notch enchiladas. Joe T. Garcia’s is a “must-dine” of Fort Worth that natives and visitors never pass up!
Clay Pigeon Food and Drink: “Made fresh from scratch,” is not a term this restaurant uses lightly. Every dish ordered at Clay Pigeon Food and Drink is made fresh to order by owner and chef Marcus Paslay. Because locally grown ingredients are used, the menu changes occastionally depending on the time of year or availability of ingredients. Fresh harvested game, thick cut steak and duck breast are just a few of the popular items on their latest menu. If you’re craving fresh and nutritious cuisine, Clay Pigeon Food and Drink is the place for you!
Max’s Wine Dive: Don’t let the name fool you! Dive on into Texas grapefruit mimosas, wild rice and blueberry pancakes and world-famous fried chicken for brunch…or stay for dinner and enjoy braised lamb shank, shrimp and grits and a wine menu fit for any connoisseur. Didn’t finish that bottle of wine? No worries, they provide “doggie bags” for that. Max’s Wine Dive is an eclectic, relaxing and funky place to enjoy wine from around the world and superb eats from executive chef, Stefon Rishel.
Shinjuku Station: Hold the steak; more sake, please! Located in the South-side of Fort Worth, this sushi bar and restaurant is all the rave among locals. Endless sushi options, fresh spins on classic Japanese dishes and an expansive sake menu attract crowds to this Fort Worth favorite. Beautiful portraits from native, Japanese photojournalists line the walls of the intimate dining room. Take a journey across the ocean and enjoy a night of outstanding service and sushi at Shinjuku Station.
You don’t have to go very far to find the most unique fashion in the world. It is Sacks 5th Avenue meets cowboy boots in this eclectic town where any fashion trend goes! Check out some of the best boutiques and speciality stores to keep you and the entire family looking cowboy trendy during the NCHA World Championship Futurity.
Leddy’s Ranch: Making their debut in 1941, M.L. Leddy’s built a legacy through quality saddle and boot making. They later expanded into the western fashion market and now carry some of the finest fabrics in cowboy and cowgirl fashion. From handmade boots to evening wear, Leddy’s Ranch fulfills every fashion connoisseurs dream to slip into a fabulous pair of boots and beautiful cowboy inspired clothing.
Onslow’s: For the New York cowgirl, this is your place to find a stunning cocktail dress, or a fancy pair of leather leggings to pair with a cute top. Throw on a pair of boots with any of Onslow’s outfits and you are the definition of cowgirl chic! Onslow’s caters to every woman’s individual style and the endless fashion possibilities developing trends can offer.
Maverick Fine Western Wear: Established in 1987, “The Maverick”, as most loyal customers call the storefront, has provided only the best in exquisite western fashion for men and women. Double D Ranchwear, Vintage Collection, Ryan Michael, Vogt silversmith and Rod Patrick boots are a few of the most popular brands The Maverick carries. Their expansive boot collection and unique collection of turquoise jewelry will leave every cowboy and cowgirl looking like they’ve stepped out of a western magazine. Stop by The Maverick to shop the finest in western wear and home decor!
The Best Hat Store: The name of this time-honored, hat store speaks for itself. The fellas at The Best Hat Store only offer the best in customer service, quality hats, unique shaping and perfect fits. We recently caught up with The Best Hat Store employees, A.K.A. cowboy lid fitters and shapers, to give our audience a little insight to fall felts and a little history behind the American Hat Co. brand, you can check that story out here. Out with the old and in with the new! Let Danny, Clayton and Ryan put you in a new lid for the NCHA World Championship and Futurity.
Lazy J Ranchwear: Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, this fashion-forward, funky store will have you dressed in the most unique bohemian cowgirl fashion and have your man looking dapper in a Robert Graham shirt and Tony Lama boots. Let the fine folks of Lazy J Ranchwear keep the entire family dressed to the nines in brands like Cinch, 3J Workshop, Anderson Bean and one-of-a-kind graphic tee’s that are perfect for layering!
After you have filled up on the best eats in Fort Worth it’s time to take those new boots and duds out on the town! Check out some of our favorite dance halls and bars. From line dancing to relaxing roof-top lounges, these places won’t disappoint!
White Elephant Saloon: This 19th century watering hole is still one of the most popular places among locals and visitors to “cut-a-rug”, enjoy a brew and listen to live music! Owned by celebrity chef, Tim Love and voted “100 Best Bars in America” by Esquire, this place will have your foot tapping and your thirst quenched after a long day of riding or cheering on competitors at the NCHA World Championship and Futurity.
Magnolia Motor Lounge: Live music and cold beer draw the crowds to this rock star meets Texas country bar. The rustic decor and local brews will keep you entertained and satisfied as you listen to native and world renowned bands. Magnolia Motor Lounge is the “happening place” for Americana, Texas country and alternative music fans.
The Live Oak: This little gem is one of Fort Worth’s finest for live music and incredible sound. Enjoy some of the greatest music talents from a beautiful, state of the art music hall. The Lounge offers an extensive list of craft beer and a cozy, relaxing environment to grab a drink before or after a show! Following the show, you can head on up to the Rooftop which boasts beautiful views of Fort Worth, south-side. Check out The Live Oak’s November/December lineup of legendary artists and events to attend while in Fort Worth.
Rodeo Exchange: Since 1986, this saloon has been teaching Fort Worth locals and visitors how to let loose and two-step. Listen to live bands every Friday and Saturday night while enjoying a great drink at a classic Texas honky tonk! This Stockyards favorite will keep you entertained as you two step and line dance the night away.
Scat Jazz Lounge: Throw on your little black dress and sport coat for an evening of local and national jazz talent at this swanky music lounge. Located in the basement of the historic Woolworth building, the Scat Jazz Lounge will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to a 1920’s underground jazz hall. Unwind in this laid back, tranquil and welcoming atmosphere as you indulge in classic jazz music and the happiest happy hour in Fort Worth!
FAMILY – FRIENDLY
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the kids! Mom and dad, there is a “play-day” in here for you too. Plan a day of family fun add these museums and parks to your Fort Worth “to-do” list.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: Drag the boys along, too! The entire family will enjoy a tribute to the women of the west, both past and present. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world that honors the “go-getters” and legendary cowgirls who tamed the prairies, established ranches and made a name for women among the rough and tough cowboy lifestyle. Check out their website for upcoming events and Museum tour times and information.
Coyote Drive-In: Step back in time and park awhile at Fort Worth’s drive in movie theatre. Since 2011, the Coyote Drive-In has been entertaining families and various groups with double feature films on the big screen. Viewers get to take in the 50’s-style drive-in while sitting under a beautiful night sky with an incredible view of the downtown Fort Worth skyline. There’s plenty of parking and amenities such as concession stands, restrooms and playgrounds are available. Pack the family up and enjoy an evening under the stars at the Coyote Drive-In.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens: Spend the day at one of the most beautiful places in Fort Worth! The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens offers many relaxing environments and educational information about the flora found there. With miles of impeccable blooming plants to tranquil water fountains this is the perfect place to get moving and take a nice walk throughout the different gardens. You can also have lunch at The Gardens Restaurant. Not only do they provide an array of scrumptious seasonal cuisine choices, but also a magnificent view of The Botanical Gardens. Take time during your stay to enjoy the peaceful Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Established in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has provided locals and visitors with creative educational information through the science and history of Texas and its neighbors in the west. While visiting the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, guests can enjoy interactive learning models, traveling exhibits and educational films in the IMAX theatre. The entire family will want to participate in learning about Texas, thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company: Over 21? Grab a glass and get to sampling! At least 18? You’ll be admitted…just without tasting privileges. Gather up your friends and spend a Wednesday or Saturday at the Rahr and Sons Brewing Company. While on the tour, you will be enlightened on the brewing process, invited to sample different beer and if the odds are in your favor, there could be a local restaurant or bakery providing food. Founded in 2004, Rahr and Sons Brewing Company has won many awards and given Fort Worth and visiting beer enthusiasts some of the greatest brews to ever emerge from Texas.
We hope you pay a visit to some of RIDE TV’s favorite venues. While you’re out and about, snap a picture of yourself in Fort Worth and use #RIDEnation! Don’t forget to stop by the RIDE TV booth at the NCHA World Championship Futurity. Get out there and explore the Fort Worth area! Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.