Since its founding 26 years ago, Rivera's has transformed from a farmer's market into a catering business and restaurant, with an eclectic menu that blends Mexican and barbecue fare. For a filling starter, try the Botanas platter ($24.95)—four tamales, four large nachos, four bacon-wrapped shrimp, four smoked ribs, and chili con queso—which offers enough sustenance for four diners or one Van Halen tribute band. Diners can slather on a thicker shade of sauce with the three-meat, three-side combo deal ($14.95), boasting ribs, smoked chicken, and brisket as its main meats, or instead opt for the chicken breast bathed in fresh tomatillo sauce ($10.25). Other entrees include fajitas, beef tenderloin, and the fresh fish of the day—ideal for accompanying tableside magic tricks and tabletop feats of chugging pickled jalapeño puree.
Brownstone is the result of award-winning designer Hatsumi Kuzuu's vision. Combining the expertise of the restaurant visionaries at Sameni Entertainment Group with the innovative architecture of her own imagination, she's given life to an airy, 5,000-square-foot space that crackles with convivial energy. As patrons fill the air with the din of friendly conversation or watch HD televisions from the comfort of their residential-style seating, the waitstaff ferries plates packed with forward-thinking takes on American cuisine. Juicy Angus burgers topped with fried eggs, cuts of chicken-fried steak, and delicate sea scallops seem right at home amid the din of friendly conversation. A well-stocked bar encourages diners to linger at tables on the open-air patio long after plates are cleaned, socializing while sipping on the specialty cocktails that were named some of the best in the city by reporters from Fort Worth CVB.
The Fort Worth Music Festival celebrates Cowtown’s diverse sonic heritage by corralling a herd of national and Texas-size acts that fill the weekend with shuffling genres and sweet harmonies. Friday’s lineup of note peddlers includes the surrealistic sounds of Ween’s Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz (5 p.m.), the legendary grunge and marionette work of The Meat Puppets (6:45 p.m.), the heart-tugging country of four-time Grammy nominee Marcia Ball (7:30 p.m.), and the cheek-swelling trumpet virtuosity of Kermit Ruffins (9 p.m.). Saturday’s lineup sizzles like a jukebox with bacon speakers, engaging audiences with more acts, including the dynamic folk-mutation of Denton’s Seryn (3:30 p.m.), the sultry jazz of Tatiana Mayfield (7:30 p.m.), and the wallop of gospel tenor saxophonist Kirk Whalum (9 p.m.).
Aaron Watson is a Lone Star State country-music crooner who has released eight albums on his own independent label. After a college injury ended his budding baseball career, Watson traded in pop flies for the pop charts and began learning to play guitar, quickly composing his own country creations. His newest groove compilation, Deep in the Heart of Texas, is a live album featuring rip-roaring tracks such as "Love Makin' Song," "Heyday Tonight," and "Except for Jessie." Watson's down-home hits may provoke reckless boot stomping, spur spinning, hootin', and, in select cases, even hollerin'. Doctors advise audience members not to operate heavy machinery while under the influence of Watson's music.
A rotating roster of seasoned comedic pros and up-and-comers has graced the stages at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's three locations. These featured jokesters typically perform weekend sets, leaving the space free for aspiring comics during weekly open-mic nights. The venue has also partnered with cyber-comedians for a defensive-driving course. Since not much in the rules-of-the-road canon is intentionally funny, Hyena's helps keep Texas drivers safely and legally behind the wheel with digital, state-approved, all-original tutorials written by comedians.