Kid-friendly eateries that the whole family will enjoy
It’s no secret that Fort Worth is one of our favorite quick getaway spots for a long weekend (check out this downtown Fort Worth hotel we stayed at). The more we go,we love Fort Worth. And it always surprises us that it’s a short thirty minute drive from Dallas. The burgeoning restaurant scene leaves us yearning for the next visit. To make the most of our getaway, we sandwich in a brunch and an early dinner with a trip to a museum. Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly eateries in Fort Worth:
Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack?
Brewed: This all day coffee house and cafe serving breakfast, weekday lunch/weekend brunch and dinner is super kid-friendly at all times of the day. The food is simple and fresh, using organic and local when available and all made in-house. The interior is filled with Texas knick knacks and curio like an old fashioned typewriter to keep little minds busy while waiting for a table. It gets especially busy on weekends. There’s a lovely outdoor patio for the kids to move about if they need a bit more room while you wait for your latte to kick in.
Shinjuku Station: Named after the busiest train station in Japan, Shinjuku Station is a cute hipster Izakaya style Japanese restaurant. Shinjuku Station serves lots of small plates like Chicken Karaage with kewpie togarashi mayo. Steaming slow cooked pork broth with slices of butter-like pork belly, nori, onsen egg, with flavorful black garlic oil hit the spot. The Build-You-Own-Bento lets you customize your meal and was Pikelet’s favorite. There’s a good drinks menu filled with specialty cocktails, sake, beers and wine.
Melt Ice Creams: Melt Ice Creams is our happy place. The little craft ice creamery has rotating flavors like Chocolate Chocolate which uses Dude Sweet Chocolate, a vegan blueberry sorbet with tarragon called Out of the Blue or Beans made with Madagascar vanilla beans. Melt uses fresh and seasonal fruit, pulls their own caramel and makes all the sauces and compotes from scratch. It’s not just one of our favorite kid-friendly eateries in Fort Worth but adults love the cold treats too. There’s a large chalkboard outside for a bit of fun and creativity.
Woodshed Smokehouse: Chef Tim Love’s name is synonymous with Fort Worth’s dining scene and the Woodshed Smokehouse is a popular choice for elevated Texas dining. Set by the Trinity River, snag a seat outside if you can. Your kids can roam about or take a break playing ping pong. Music lovers should check the music calendar to see which bands or Djs are playing. Daily specials comprises of an animal of the day like cabrito, sausage of the day (think rattlesnake or pheasant) and a dessert like peach cobbler. Ribs and brisket,were deliciously smokey and tender and we highly recommend the crispy Brussels sprouts and potatoes with aioli sauce. After dinner, take a family stroll along the Trinity River and enjoy being outside.
Little Red Wasp: Sundance Square is full of restaurants. If you’re staying downtown like we were at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth, take a short walk to Little Red Wasp. If you remember Fuse in Downtown Dallas, you’ll recognize Blaine Staniford’s brisket potstickers which he’s brought across to Little Red Wasp. The recipe is still the same and took us back in time when Beefcake and I were downtown Dallas dwellers (sans kids). There’s a little bit of fusion going on in the menu like charred shishito peppers with curried peanuts and popcorn shrimp with sriracha aioli mixed in with American staples like spaghetti and meatballs or short rib on mash potatoes. Don’t leave without an order of the creme brulee or donut holes.
Buon Giorno Coffeehouse & Roastery: If you’re after a light breakfast or a snack break, Buon Giorno Coffeehouse and Roastery is a gem. Time slows down a little in this micro-roastery and coffee shop. A European influence takes center stage in the menu of espresso drinks and simple pastries like quiches and croissants. Our kids loved the old fashioned board games which they enjoyed over a pastry and a hot chocolate. Buon Giorno roasts their own coffee beans and sells them by the lb. which makes for a nice souvenir to take home after an outing in Cowtown.
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Till our next Happy Meal!