Leading the charge in Los Vaqueros' two area restaurants, Chef Cisneros imparts his third-generation culinary expertise to crafting flavorful Tex-Mex dishes from a stash of local poultry, fruits, and fresh veggies. At the flagship Fort Worth location, set within a former warehouse, a flight of yellow steps leads through a leafy archway into a lively dining room filled with vintage cowbells, tin signs, and Air Jordan horseshoes. The Weatherford location sits within Crown Valley Golf Club, where patrons dine on enchiladas, tacos, and burritos as wild golf balls cheep from their perches on the windowsills.
Scott Marks remembers the aromas of his childhood in Bucktown, Louisiana: gumbo, crawfish pie, and jambalaya. Along with business partner Richard Sloan, he opened Boo Ray’s to spread the fragrant food he loved so much, trying to mimic his family’s cooking down to the spicy corn-flour-blend coating a plate of shrimp and the andouille sausage flecking the gravy pooled atop a chicken-fried steak. In addition to classic jambalaya and red beans and rice, the cooks also tackle staples of fine dining such as filet mignon, which they stuff with shrimp and crab and top with homemade crawfish hollandaise. Seafood takes a starring role in dishes ranging from cedar-plank salmon to shrimp en brochette, which are stuffed with jalapeños and cheese before being wrapped in bacon. Guests can kick back in a dining room large and relaxed enough for groups of all sizes and age ranges or share baskets of marinated, deep-fried alligator while shouting love poems at the athletes on one of the bar’s 10 flat-screen TVs.
The story of Mama's Pizza stretches through five decades, from its humble beginnings in 1968 to its current status as a Fort Worth landmark that whisks painstakingly crafted East Coast–style pizzas to grateful taste buds. Dough made fresh each day surrenders itself to layers of 100%-real cheese and handpicked meats and veggies before basking in a brick oven's heat and brushing its browned crust with garlic butter. Pizzas bubble with breakfast bacon, grilled chicken, pineapple, mushrooms, and a spate of other lip-smacking ingredients. In addition to tasty pies, Mama's Pizza whips up fresh salads as well as sandwiches in the form of Mama's sub, a blend of ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, american cheese, veggies, and motherly advice.
Weatherford’s towering, historic courthouse stands right across the street from Weatherford Downtown Cafe. It makes for an impressive view from the café's windows, but all attention returns to the tables when servers deliver down-home favorites such as grilled pork chops or fried chicken livers with country gravy. When Texas Monthly compiled its list of the state’s 40 best breakfast spots in 2011, it recommended the café's chicken-fried-bacon plate: “three strips coated in a thinnish, crackling batter that come with a side of peppery cream gravy for dipping…and two eggs any style,” as well as the Bandito omelet with shredded fajita beef and a drenching of ranchero sauce.
Half-pound cheeseburgers and all of Weatherford Downtown Cafe’s sandwiches come with a choice of housemade chips, fries, fried pickles, or Mexican poker chips: pickled jalapeños that the chefs have fried and dished up with ranch dressing. In addition to lunch and dinner selections, the chefs put a daily special up on the blackboard to sate diners who have accidentally swallowed their menu.