Ft. Worth is without a doubt my favorite Texas city. My mom started taking me to the Kimbell when I was about ten and I fell in love. For me, the city is a smorgasbord of beloved favorites and new discoveries just waiting to happen.
So, when our friends Liz and Carl suggested we all meet up for BBQ last weekend, Coco and I immediately said YES! Then, when Carl informed us that we would be going to the Woodshed Smokehouse of chef Tim Love renown, we said, “ummm, we’d rather NOT.”
No sarcasm intended; that’s actually what we said. We checked out the Woodshed last July at the recommendation of some friends and, let’s just say, it didn’t go well. We got there around 6:30 on a Saturday (along with everyone else in the Ft. Worth area) and the high was about 98 degrees (a cool day in Texas for July, btw). The restaurant consists of outdoor seating located on the banks of the Trinity, which makes for great ambiance . . . unless you’re being slowly broiled at a picnic table set directly under that cruel Texas summer sun. Our server recommended getting the ribs. They were dry and not very well seasoned in our opinion. We left vowing never to return.
Which should speak to the force of Carl’s personality that he was able to convince us to go back for round two. Coco and I rationalized that we would try to be good friends and just deal. We got there a little before 5:00 (old people dinner time, I know, but much less crowded) and got a table under the veranda. Then Carl ordered the Beef Shin Dinner.
A whole platter of sumptuous amazingness that just couldn’t be replicated anywhere else. Accompanied by a light and zingy kale salad, beans, creamy ricotta, corn tortillas, and a tangy (seemed fruit based) barbeque sauce, we were in foodie HEAVEN!
I want everyone to note how smug Carl looks presiding over those demolished dinner remains of pure Texan BBQ ecstasy. So, Coco and I have most definitely changed our tune about the Woodshed. Just maybe don’t go for the ribs . . .
Coco had the very excellent notion of snagging a hotel room for the evening so he and I could prolong our Ft. Worth festivities. I decided to let Coco be the tour guide the next day and was introduced to a whole new set of favorite Ft. Worth experiences!
We began our day well. At the Ol’ South Pancake House.
Since it’s a pancake house, one of us HAD to get pancakes. Coco manned up and took the hit.
As I was looking over the menu, my eye landed on the words “lemon” and “powdered sugar,” so I immediately went for the dutch babies! A German style pancake rolled around a lemon juice and powdered sugar filling, assembled right at your table!
Thus fortified and craving more adventure, we headed to the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History. Two words: DINOSAURS and PLANETARIUM!!!
They even have a “dig site.” You know Coco and I most definitely played in the sand on our quest for fossilized remains!
Now, I don’t like to pick favorites when it come to things I geek out over, but . . . theplanetariumwasABSOLUTELYfavorite!!! Coco and I both realized that we had probably not been to a planetarium since around age 12 and we were loooong overdue.
FYI – if you want to see me geek out like Sheldon Cooper with a Leonard Nimoy napkin, hand a me a meteorite. I may or may not have gone speechless.
In other news, we found the cow of the future! And Coco photobombed it.
To cap off the fun, Coco treated me to lunch at one of my favorite Ft. Worth restaurants: Terra Mediterranean. Terra may be super crowded at lunch, but the lunch buffet of Mediterranean heaven makes it completely worth the wait! Do yourself a favor if you go and GET the saffron chicken!
We did a little window shopping after lunch to postpone the impending digestive coma. One of my favorite shops in the West 7th area is a home-goods boutique call Wrare. We find something unique every time we visit.
YES, those ARE Mouse and the Motorcycle bookends. If you don’t get why that’s exciting, then I’m sorry you had a joyless childhood.
And finally, any trip to Ft. Worth, MUST include a trip to the best gelato shop this side of Italy: Paciugo.
My favorite is the violet flavored gelato combined with the dark chocolate fondant. Since they were out of violet, I branched out and went with rose flavored and lemon custard. Delish! . . . And I may have also taken a few swipes of Coco’s pistachio praline . . . Marriage IS about sharing, right?