Fort Worth’s 10 Best Restaurants Are The City’s True Taste Makers In 2022

We’ve reached the top of the 2022 edition of the annual Tastemaker Awards, CultureMap’s culinary event party spotlighting the best talent in Fort Worth’s restaurant and bar communities.

celebration includes an editorial series in which we feature nominees in categories such as Chef of the Year, Bar of the Year and Best Breakfast. Check out our page with all the nomineesall of which were voted on by a panel of judges made up of former CultureMap Tastemaker Award winners and local F&B experts.

There’s also our Best New Restaurant tournament, a bracket-style competition that started with eight nominees and is now down to four finalists. You can still vote; Click here.

Who will win? Find out at the Tastemaker Awards party on May 10 at 4 Eleven, 411 S. Main St., hosted by comedian CJ Starr, where attendees can dine at nominated restaurants and find out who the winners are in all categories. . (Tickets are on sale here.)

Here are the 10 nominees for Best Restaurant of the Year 2022:

Coconut Shrimp
The Near Southside restaurant fills a unique niche, a spinoff of the Hawaiian hot food trend. Their specialty is the Hawaiian Shrimp Plates, which you can get in one of five flavors, along with sides like rice, pineapple, and avocado. Other menu items include the Shrimp Taco and Bubbles, a Hawaiian mochi ice cream. Their propensity for easy takeout has made them a pandemic hit.

Reata Fort Worth
A Western-themed restaurant with Southwestern fare and a rooftop bar with views of Fort Worth have made it a longtime institution. Signature dishes include their pepper-crusted tenderloin, as well as blackened buffalo rib eye, chicken fried steak, and stacked chicken enchiladas.

Empanadas del Campo
Little gem of a restaurant opened in the middle of the pandemic, serving Argentinian style empanadas with meat, vegetables and sweet fillings. Founder Andrea Cacho-Gigante oversees an operation of handmade empanadas baked daily on site, as well as artisan pastries. Regular varieties include beef, chicken, and shrimp, but there’s always a daily special, and Argentinian-style offerings such as the one with ground beef, eggs, raisins, onions, red peppers , green olives and Argentine spices, are their most popular.

Belenty’s Love Vegan Mexican Restaurant
A small but growing local chain offers a vegan version of Mexican cuisine. Founder Belén Hernández is a skilled chef who previously owned two taquerias and transformed her recipes into vegan versions of burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos, as well as a few American items such as vegan burgers and cauliflower wings. Even milk and cheese are plant-based. It now has three locations including Fort Worth, the original in Granbury and a new location in Keene.

Fort Brasserie & Pizza
Fort Brewery was founded in 2018 with a vision of exceptional craft beer, food, wine and live entertainment, with a casual atmosphere and large outdoor patio. The beer is brewed on site and the menu is a crowd pleaser with pizza, soft pretzels, beer cheese dip, burgers, salads and soft serve ice cream.

Grill with vine wood
Historic downtown restaurant Grapevine specializes in steaks and seafood with house recipes with a creative twist. think filet mignon bruschetta and lobster-stuffed ravioli. It’s a steakhouse experience but in a slightly more casual (and less expensive) setting. Fans love its consistency, which is the highest praise, with great service and a great selection of cocktails and wines.

Il Modo
The Italian restaurant at the downtown Harper Hotel champions authentic Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on pasta with high-end ingredients such as mafaldine, ribbon-shaped pasta, with heirloom tomatoes and kale; and rigatoni with dry-aged beef bolognese. There are also appetizers, a few pizzas, and staples including salmon, chicken, tenderloin, and lamb, along with a sharp wine list and classic cocktails.

nasty butcher
The signature restaurant at the renovated Hotel Sinclair is a modern steakhouse from DRG Concepts, owner of restaurants such as Dallas Chop House, Dallas Fish Market, Chop House Burger, and Wild Salsa. The menu features premium cuts of beef, raw seafood bass, hand-rolled sushi, oysters, crab, lobster and swordfish. Highlights include the double rib steak for two served at the table. The elegant decor echoes the Art Deco theme of the building.

Wild Acre Brewing Company
Founded in 2016, Wild Acre is both a craft brewery and a restaurant. The Tap Room at the former Ranch-style Bean Factory, just east of downtown, features a beer garden with picnic tables and a live music stage. The Camp Bowie Boulevard Brewery opened in 2020, portion hearty but chef-led dishes like Wagyu melt, Cuban press, French dip, chicken lollipops and Spam fries, plus draft beers, ciders, wine by the glass in a cool space with a exposed brick floor and many televisions.

Provencal room
The restaurant at the Mule Alley complex of Fort Worth Stockyards is by chef Marcus Paslay (Clay Pigeon, Piattello). The menu is upscale American comfort food – think smoked prime rib with Texas caviar – with steaks, chicken fried steak, oysters and sides such as crispy okra, braised greens and cheddar cheese grits. The cool space has two floors, including a loft-level dining area.

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