Three Great Gastropub Restaurants in Fort Worth, Texas October 24, 2018
As the fifteenth largest city in Texas, Fort Worth had close to nine hundred thousand residents in the 2017 census. Established in 1849, Fort Worth was one of the nine army outposts built to protect the citizens from Mexico and Native American’s after the Mexican-American war.
Cattle drives were a major force in building Fort Worth as many of the ranchers used the Chisholm Trail as their main route to the north. This boosted the ranching industry and gave it the nickname “Cowtown”.
Today many major companies have their headquarters in Fort Worth. Some of these companies include Pier 1 Imports, GM Financial, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and American Airlines. Boasting the world’s largest indoor rodeo, tons of festivities and a strong local art community, Fort Worth has a variety of gastropub restaurants to please even the pickiest of eaters.
The Grease Monkey, a car/automotive/garage themed restaurant, opened in 2011. Located in a building called The Vandergriff Town Center, it was the perfect spot to open a restaurant as it is next to the Vandergriff Chevrolet building which was established in 1937.
Located near two major stadiums it is the perfect place to catch a bite either before or after a Rangers or Cowboys game. The atmosphere is a little dark but their prices and food portions more than make up for the lack of light.
They have a variety of beers to choose from as well as specialty drinks and wine. Look for their daily specials like Wednesday’s feature one dollar off all whiskey and treats the ladies to amazing “Ladies Night” deals. Game day is always fun because they run shuttles to and from for most events.
Burgers abound in The Grease Monkey. Try the Angry Burger with roasted green chili peppers, garlic, fried japs, chipotle mayonnaise and pepper jack cheese. I would try the Black and Blue Burger with blackened burger, crumbled crisp bacon, crumbled blue cheese and onion strings. Of course, you and can Build Your Own Burger, just pick whether you want beef, chicken or veggie and add the toppings of your choice. Add a side like their Chipotle Sweet Potato Tots or Homemade Onion Rings and you have a complete meal.
Don’t forget to start off your meal with an Appetizer of Wings, Cheese Fries, Fired Pickles, Home Made Mozzarella Stix or Chicken Fingers. They do offer a “Late Night Menu” so be sure to go there after ten at night to see the specials.
With a four-point four rating online, you can bet this is a place you look forward to returning to.
The Drunken Donkey with their scratch kitchen and craft bar is a place you really should check out. Established in February of 2014, The Drunken Donkey caters to all ages. They feature sports viewing with their wall to wall high definition flat screen televisions. There are arcade games and board games for those who don’t want to watch sports.
With their convenient Metroplex location, there are thirteen counties that have access to this unique restaurant. Their draft list in Lewisville boasts seventy-four different Pilsners and Pale Lagers. Amber and Dark Lagers, Ciders and Meads, Wheat Beers, Blonde and Pale Ales, IPA’s, Amber, Red and Brown Ales, Porters and Stouts, Strong Ales and Sour and Fruit Beers. Not to mention their one hundred and one bottles and cans list.
While enjoying a beer and the games why not start the day with a snack of made to order guacamole and chips. Their queso is made with Old Chub Scotch Ale. Try the Buffalo Fries that are fresh hand cut fries tossed with your favorite wing sauce.
Their Starters menu features things like Fried Cheese, Fried Macaroni and Cheese, Crab Cake Balls or their famous Donkey balls. These are a seasoned beef mixed with pineapple and onions made into meatballs covered with their Donkey Sauce.
Choose the Hummus Platter or ratchet it up with their Avocado Hummus Platter. This is hummus mixed with sour cream and fresh avocados. Of course, they have the nachos where you order half an order or a full order.
Have a group of people in your party? Try the Shareables like Dogfish Sausage and Pesto Platter which features Dogfish pork sausage and chicken feta sausage, served with a choice of pest (wild mushroom or basil0, queso and sliced baguette. I do think the Revolver Blood and Honey Butter Crab Claws would be amazing. You are served about one half a pound of sautéed Blue Crab Claws and it is served with a side of Blood and Honey butter and a sliced Baguette.
You can move onto salads and wraps, sings and strips, sandwiches, homemade burgers, entrees and sides. Plenty to choose from for the hungriest of patrons. I bet that is why they rate a four-point three star review with over four hundred reviews.
Malai Kitchen is owned by Braden and Yasmin Wages. They traveled extensively through Vietnam and Thailand and started to dream about opening a restaurant that featured true Southeast Asian cuisine. Featuring three Asian-style, house-brewed beers they also have a variety of craft cocktails and a great list of wines.
There are three locations, Uptown Dallas, Southlake and Fort Worth. Listed in the Fort Worth Weekly, they have been voted as the Best New Restaurant, Best Wine List, Best Place to Take a First Date to Impress and Best Vietnamese.
Their Happy Hour features five-dollar bites or any two for nine dollars. These include Spicy Crispy Wings which are glazed with a Thai chili garlic and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Their Grilled Satal is a Peanut-tumeric-bourbon marinated chicken and a chili relish. Their draft beers are only four dollars, wine by the glass for six dollars and specialty cocktails for seven dollars.
For lunch you could start with their Lemongrass Soup or their Thai Coconut Soup. Then move onto one of their Specialties like the Avocado Shrimp Salad or the Peanut-Encrusted Ruby Trout. Their Classics include Spicy Basil Chicken or the Stir Fired Glass Noodles.
They have a different menu for dinner and their brunch is a must try. With over four hundred online reviews they have garnered a four-point four rating.
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