“Worth” a Visit

Har har. I am so funny.

Anyway, I’m It! I got tagged with a meme for the very first time. I feel like such a member of the blogging community.

A certain smab_mouth wants to know what lovely treats the fair city of Fort Worth has to offer visitors. Let’s see if I’m up to the challenge of finding ten diamonds (in no particular order) in this rough.

1. Downtown Fort Worth. Also known as Sundance Square (named for the Sundance Kid who frequented the area then known as Hell’s Half Acre), our downtown is actually a groovy place to hang out. There are restaurants, cultural venues, movie theaters, clubs, live music, pubs, shops… you know all that stuff downtowns should have to get people to spend time there.

2. Esperanza’s Bakery. Tasty Mexican breakfast on the cheap. The only place in Fort Worth that does it right. Let’s go after 11:00 am so we can get chips and salsa.

3. Museums. You’ll have to visit the Kimbell Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. We can even fit in the Amon Carter and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. We also have the Fort Worth Natural History & Science Museum with kick-ass IMAX theater and planetarium. Our museums are world-class, so get ready to get arty.

4. Central Market. Not exactly unique to Fort Worth, but people who have lived Austin will understand my enthusiasm for this Texas institution. I took the day off from work when this store opened, scout’s honor. If you haven’t experienced CM, you need to see what a grocery store can be. If you have experienced it, then you get it (and if you don’t, please see a mental health professional immediately).

5. The Fort Worth Zoo. This is a must if you bring munchkins along with you. It’s a great way to spend the day, even if we don’t have pandas.

6. A Tim Love Restaurant. Tim Love is our resident celebrity chef. He kicked Morimoto’s ass on Iron Chef. We have three of his eateries in town in three price ranges. I’ll even let you choose.

7. Joe T. Garcia’s. The Mexican food is okay (and a little gimmicky with only two dishes–enchiladas or fajitas), but it’s the setting that makes this a must-visit. The restaurant is a converted villa, complete with outdoor seating by the pool. And the margaritas rock.

8. The Stockyards. You just can’t get more old-school Fort Worth than a trip to the Stockyards. It isn’t the bustling cattle nexus of yore, but they still run steers through the streets once a day and have rodeos every weekend. It’s the best place in town for feeling like a cowboy.

9. The Water Gardens. Our own little piece of dystopia, the water gardens were featured in Logan’s Run. They remind me of the later Planet of the Apes movies, but in a good way. One of my favorite places in town.

10. Lockheed Martin Production Facility. Super cool if you can manage a tour. No photos, please.

This concludes our tour of Fort Worth. Please exit the bus. And feel free to tip your tour guide.

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