Cafes in Alta Mesa

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Bodacious Cones is really three things in one: a coffee shop, a smoothie bar, and a gourmet snow-cone emporium. For the young at heart, staffers blend together premium cream, cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more to create more than 100 flavors of its signature sweet cream treat, one for every hour of the day. For the young at heart, staffers blend together cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more with its signature sweet cream ?Chaa? to create more than 100 gourmet treats. The shop also brews a smooth and tasty blend of Kona coffee and serves the caffeine-packed beverage hot, iced, or as a frappe.

798 W Kennedale Pkwy
Kennedale,
TX
US

At Julie’s Fresh Kitchen, co-owner Cynthia Helton hand-tenderizes her revered chicken-fried steak, batters it in breadcrumbs, and ladles from-scratch gravy atop its crispy exterior. Her co-owner and husband Jody and their three children, one of which inspired the restaurant's name, then ushers the sizzling platter through the dining room, pausing to greet customers by name or spirit animal. The restaurant's chefs also smother slow-cooked meats and seafood with from-scratch sauces, and serve them alongside fluffy biscuits and a dozen sides. A children’s menu not only appeases small palates, but breakfast items such as cubed or shredded hash browns are served as early as 6:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday.

6256 McCart Ave
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q’s sauce-soaked menu teems with classic dishes made with chopped and smoked meats, plus a medley of hearty sides. Carnivorous concoctions including pulled pork ($7.99) and chopped beef brisket ($8.99) join sides such as sweet ranch beans and carrot-raisin salad, giving jaws a workout while toning tongues’ six-pack abs. Sandwiches stack one protein ($4.89) or two ($5.99), and a cavalcade of smoked meats including boneless chicken breast ($10.99/lb.) offers unadorned taste that far surpasses an all-dough pizza or an ice sandwich. Cousin’s Alliance Town Center location, known as Cousin’s Urban BBQ, boasts additional sandwiches and eclectic entrees, such as the Texican tacos plate, a border-blurring pile of chipotle-mango salsa, coleslaw, and cilantro atop brisket, pulled pork, or chicken ($7.99 for 2, $8.99 for 3).

6262 McCart Ave
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Though it sounds like the name of a delicious new swamp-fruit, Frogberry actually refers to a fro-yo shop where you can enjoy a cold treat and dream about the flavors of the future. Every day, four fat-free yogurt flavors are selected from a list of 24 that includes options such as mango, peanut butter, cake batter, and blueberry. Toppings are equally plentiful—you could sprinkle on gummy frogs, strawberries, granola, and chocolate chips, as well as healthful mix-ins such as protein powder, açai berry extract, and energy booster made from the gunk inside AA batteries. And it's all served in compostable cups, which come in three sizes—Newt (4 oz.), Tadpole (6 oz.), and Frogberry (10 oz.).

In addition to fro-yo, Frogberry offers smoothies and shaved ice snow cones. And it opens self-serve cereal and coffee bars as early as 9 a.m. for the morning crowd. Cushy chairs and concave stools invite guests to lounge around, check email, or post pictures to their yogurt review site of choice.

3043 Greene Ave
Fort Worth,
TX
US

The scent of cardamom drifting from steaming coffee and the rich aroma of spicy falafel are just some of the smells that would have been prevalent in a 19th-century Turkish coffeehouse. This is the atmosphere that Flying Carpet Cafe cultivates with its own Turkish coffees and teas, hookah lounge with authentic water pipes, and authentic Turkish lunch and dinner menu. In the restored restaurant, housed in a historical building built in 1909, the exotic scents mingle in the air with the aromas of Turkish cuisine—roast chicken breast served with a roasted banana pepper purée, baklava pastries, and muhallebi, a rose-water milk pudding with a cinnamon black currant compote.

After dinner, diners may peruse Flying Carpet Cafe’s more than 500 imported Turkish rugs, which are all available for purchase and all fly.

1223 Washington Ave
Fort Worth,
TX
US

Cat City Grill takes its cuisine very seriously. As soon as it opened, the eatery leapt out of the gates with an extensive menu of steak-house eats and seafood, and was named Best Restaurant in 2010 and 2011 by the readers of Fort Worth Weekly. To keep the tradition going, chefs labor over lightly seared peppered ahi tuna and racks of lamb doused in a chimichurri that doubles as edible paint. In addition to steak and seafood, diners can also feast on award-winning chicken-fried steak, broiled lamb rack, and housemade meatloaf. Cat City Grill surrounds eaters with what Fort Worth Weekly characterizes as "pretty earth-toned walls and steel-topped tables" that "create a soothing environment," while its outdoor patio grants guests a breath of fresh air.

1208 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth,
TX
US