Hot for Coffee

Whether it’s fatigue, stress, or the mere tediousness of waking life, Mudsmith Coffee offers the libations to cure what ails you. The coffee shop and hangout spot, which first opened in Dallas’s Greenville in 2013, now has a sister location in Fort Worth. To find the place requires either a lucky explorer’s sense or foreknowledge of its existence, as the…

Little Bite of Heaven

As a career social worker, Melissa Gradel nurtured a secret dream: the desire to break out on her own, and spread smiles and cheer through the purveyance of sugared confections. For many people, owning a bakery seems like ‘paradise’. You set your own hours, you spend days surrounded by iced and sugary goodies; and the localvore movement has even created…

The Wright Places for Home Decor

For almost 30 years, Adrian Wright has helped North Texans transform their homes into expressions of personal style. Over the years, he has seen local tastes evolve to keep pace with growth: as North Texas, and especially Fort Worth, have become more urban and culturally “hip”, homeowners have slowly broken away from traditional styles of decor.

Your New Favorite Spot

Every once in awhile, a new business captures the soul of a community. For the locals of west Fort Worth, Kat Swift is a familiar face. A photographer and service industry wunderkind, Kat has manned the ship at several area watering-holes. She considers Fort Worth’s music community, centered around Lola’s Saloon, as the true home for herself and husband Steve…

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. An old saying of dubious veracity, it nevertheless conveys the esteem in which the humble meal is held. An exquisite breakfast conveys an air of relaxation and luxury, and is generally a treat reserved for long weekends, holidays, and vacations. Yolk, a new breakfast and lunch spot recently opened at 305 Main…

Come Hungry, Leave Impressed

A Fort Worth mainstay, the Vickery Cafe has earned a devoted following thanks to its cozy atmosphere, authentic vibe and carefully prepared comfort food. Located at 4120 W. Vickery Boulevard, the cafe has passed through several owners over the years. Through it all, a loyal clientele has grown out of those who come hungry and leave satisfied from the simple…

Uncommonly Great Food

Proximity to a university or college can serve as a boon to a restaurant or bar. Students provide a readymade and eager clientele, while game days, graduation and other events bring an influx of new patrons — most of whom have standards defined by expediency, rather than quality. It’s easy for “College Standard Bar & Grill” to coast on domestic…

Taco Head of the Class

Once upon a time, west Fort Worth was a wasteland for late-night food options. When the bars closed or the munchies struck, the hungry would drift aimlessly in search of sustenance, and would settle for fast food, whatever was available at 7-11, or the dregs of their own fridges. Then, one bright and glorious day, hope arrived in the form…

A Turkish Delight

For the famished and weary, nothing beats sitting down to a steaming platter of hunkar beyindi, preceded with a few yalanji yaprak dolmas or an appetizer of arnavut jiyeri, topped off with some kazandibi or kunefe, and washed down with an ice-cold glass of ayran.

Gourmet at Ease

The Crystal Springs on the River development promises to transform west Fort Worth along White Settlement Road. This mixed-use entertainment, dining and residential project hearkens back to a time when the area hosted the Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion, a landmark dancehall often credited as the birthplace of Western swing.

December 2015 Hot Spot

For Robbie Werner, the idea of owning her own bakery was born on a 3,500-mile road trip to Canada in 2009. Now, two Fort Worth locations later, Werner is running Stir Crazy Baked Goods with her husband and three children by her side. With an art degree under her belt and time spent working at the Kimbell Art Museum, we…

Oysters Ho!

The sign at 3520 Alta Mere Drive is already inspiring rumbling bellies and salivating palates: the Dive Oyster Bar, the newest project from Mule Pub and Oscar’s Pub owner, Robbie Turman. The happy, smiling blue fish with his mug of beer promises good times, savory food and sudsy refreshment — in short, everything a person could hope for from a…

Saint-Emilion, Vraiment Magnifique

It sits at the top of West Seventh St. like a crown, or a stylish hat: the familiar brick A-frame of Saint-Emilion, an iconic piece of neighborhood architecture that adds a touch of Old World class to its increasingly busy thoroughfare. This quaint exterior contains a restaurant that continues to redefine excellence in service, atmosphere and food. For nearly 30…

A Nightspot Fit for Hemingway

Few men embodied the rugged ideal better than Ernest Hemingway. A pugilist, big-game hunter and master fisherman who saw combat in World War I, Hemingway also personally liberated the Paris Ritz from Nazis, and somehow found the time to write a book or two. Hemingway — or Papa, as he liked to be called — also appreciated a good drink…

Around the World in 500 Beers

You don’t always need an airline ticket, a full tank of gas, or paid vacation days to enjoy the benefits of travel. Some of the very best trips can occur in the comfort of an armchair — via the joys of a good book — or, in the case of World of Beer, while perched on a barstool. World of…