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Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Then you'll find lots to smile about at la Madeleine, 6140 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ft Worth, 817-654-0471. Here you'll find wonderful breakfast choices like their French Country breakfast with eggs, bacon or sausage, a yummy fresh baguette, and a tasty French style potato pancake.Don't worry if you are not an early riser, they have lots of tempting options on their lunch and dinner menu too.
Two more local favorites not to be missed are Chef Point Cafe and Fred's Texas Cafe. Now once you pull up to Chef Point Cafe, 5901 Watauga Rd, Watauga, TX, 817-656-0080, and find yourself in front of a gas station you may hesitate taking my advice. But trust me--through those doors waits some of the best food you will ever find like escargot, cioppino soup, blackened stuffed pork chops, and bread pudding with hot cognac sauce!
And a visit to Fred's Texas Cafe, 915 Currie St, 817-332-0083, will give you a chance to sample even more taste bud treats like the Diablo burger, a tasty rib eye with enchiladas plate, and their famous quail and egg breakfast. Another fun local favorite is Smoke, 901 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, 214-393-4141. Here you'll be tempted by home cooking specialities like green chile & brisket Hash, Hungry Bear Ham,cheese grits and hominy casserole, and genuine drop biscuits.
If you want reasonably priced Tex-Mex food try one of the El Fenix Mexican Restaurants, call 214-747-1121 for a list of locations, including locations at 11075 Harry Hines, 972-241-2171; and 1601 McKinney Ave, 214-747-1121. For something a little fancier, head to the Blue Mesa Grill, 5100 Beltline Rd., Addison, TX, 972-934-0165. If you've always want to sample great tamales, drop in at Hot Damn Tamales, 713 W Magnolia Ave, 817-926-9909. Here you can choose from over 10 different types of tamales including one that can be served for dessert!
If you are going to be exploring the charming downtown of Grapevine, TX you'll be happy to know that you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast at the Main Street Cafe & Bread Baking Company, 316 Main St, 817-424-4333. Or if lunch is more to your liking, the locals think you'll love the great food, including their fish tacos, at the Baja Mexican Grill, 112 William D. Tate Ave, 817-481-3422.
Going to head instead to the Denton Texas area? Then you'll want to check out the Chestnut Tree Garden Tea Room, 107 W Hickory St, 940-591-9475; or Hannah's Off the Square, 111 W Mulberry, 940-566-1110. If an old fashioned sundae or soda would make you smile, get ready to grin as you walk into Beth Marie's Old fashioned Ice Cream and Soda Fountain, 117 W Hickory St, 940-384-1818.
If your spice of choice is barbecue, then you'll want to head on over to Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 7770 Forest Lane or one of their other 11 locations, 214-691-1494. Here you'll find great smoked meats and an ice cream machine in case you treated your taste buds to just a little too much sauce. For a great barbecued sandwich drop in at Angelo's, 2533 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, TX, 817-332-0357; or Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, 302 N Market St., 214-744-1610.
A place that touts the fact that it sells buckets of ribs, chicken, catfish, crab legs, and 74 kinds of beer, like Dick's Last Resort, 1701 N Market St, 214-747-0001, has to be worth a try. If you'd rather sample Cajun cooking, head to Razzoo's Cajun Cafe, 318 Main St., Fort Worth, TX, 817-429-7009.
If a great hamburger is what you crave, the locals recommend you head to Keller's Drive In, 6537 E Northwest Hwy, 214-368-1209; Louie's, 1829 N Henderson, Dallas, 214-826-0505; or the Prince of Hamburgers, 5200 Lemmon Ave, 214-526-9081. Though I wouldn't normally recommend a deli and bakery in a gas station, Rumpy's is the exception. This yummy German bakery & deli is located in the Valero Gas Station at I-35 & exit 497 on Frontage Road, 940-612-1121, in Gainsville and is know by all the local freeway travelers as a must stop and for good reason. Once you taste their tasty cake slices and fritters you'll be sure and want to take some out to the rig for later. Oh and don't forget their deli meats and cheeses.
Since you're in beef country, you'll have to break down and eat some red meat or I don't think they'll let you out of town. So why not get it over with at the local favorite Cattlemen's, open since 1947, 2458 N Main St, 817-624-3945, Old San Francisco Steak House, Restaurant Row, 10965 Composite Dr., 214-357-0484; the Star Cafe, 111 W Exchange, 817-524-8701; or the Trail Dust Steak House, 10841 Composite Dr., 214-357-3862.
If you are feeling a little swanky, head on over to Reata, 500 Throckmorton, Fort Worth, TX, 817-336-1009, for neat dishes like oven-roasted chicken with Dutch-oven potatoes or an excellent chicken fried-steak and mashed potatoes, For good measure end the evening with a serving of West Texas Chocolate Pecan Pie!
If just a great meal isn't enough to satisfy you, then you'll find happiness at Medieval Times, 2021 N Stemmons Freeway, reservations required, 214-761-1800. As you munch on your four course banquet, you can witness dramatic horsemanship, falconry, jousting, and hand-to-hand combat.
Just can't decide what sounds good? Then head for Restaurant Row, Composite Drive just off Walnut Lane at the Stemmons Freeway. Here you''ll find all kinds of restaurants ranging from home cookin' to fancy cuisine. You'll also find all kinds of fast food restaurants scattered around town, with a pretty good selection along Harry Hines St. and South Buckner Blvd.
Now if your idea of a good time is to skip the food and get right down to drinking and dancing then you'll want to head out to Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817- 589-1711. Billed as the world's largest honky-tonk and dance hall, Billy Bob's has 30 bar stations, a huge dance floor, and a gallery of cement hand prints of some of country westerns most famous acts, all squeezed into a tiny 100,000 square foot building.
Need something sweet to keep up your energy? Then you'll find happiness at the Cupcake Cottage, 5015 El Campo Ave, just off Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, 817-732-5670. Here you'll find all kinds of yummy goodies to tempt you including chocolate, applesauce, lemon, and seasonal flavors in both regular and babycake sizes. And while you are this close to Camp Bowie, why not explore this area where you'll find lots of neat shops like the Artful Hand and PS The Letter.
If the next day you find you need another sugar fix, no problem. Just head on over to the Sweet Shop, 2000 White Settlement Rd, Fort Worth, 817-332-7941, for yummy helping of Fudge Love or one of their signature tuxedo truffles. Or drive to Plano and Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, 2909 W 15th St, 972-612-9949, for some yummy flavors like dinosaur egg, wedding cake, Texas praline, or Barry White chocolate. Another fun stop is the Soda Gallery, 408 N Bishop Ave, 214-946-SODA. Here you will find over 200 varieties of soda pop to tempt your taste buds including Frostie Root Beer, Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Hank's Orange Cream, and RC Cola.
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