Doña Ana’s able cooks grill up authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes made fresh from scratch for evening noshing. Duos or quartets can synchronize chip scoops into mounds of fresh guacamole to start, or simultaneously crunch into nachos piled high with chicken or beef fajitas. Kitchen artisans grill steak to the exacting specifications of diners who order the carne asada, which nestles next to rice, beans, and a dollop of guacamole. Meanwhile, the sautéed shrimp of the camarones al mojo simmers in garlic sauce before diving into gullets accompanied by rice and mashed potatoes trained in the art of merengue.
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.
Launched as a one-man fried-pie-slinging operation at the height of the Great Depression, Hutch’s Pie & Sandwich Shop now provides hot and cold sandwiches and toasty fried desserts to packs of roaming, hungry Texans. Stop in before work for a ham-and-cheese roll ($2.55) or an egg-and-cheese breakfast pie ($2.05) paired with bacon, sausage, or jalapeño-infused sausage. Pocket sandwiches ($4.75) come on a hot loaf of pita bread that’s perfect for warming up tongues that spend most of their time stuck to frozen poles, and cold sandwiches ($3.95) are served on white or wheat and include centerpieces such as roast beef, chicken salad, or turkey. Fried pies are available in flavors including chocolate, lemon, cherry, and pineapple ($1.35 each), and unlike their unfried brethren, don’t need to be freeze-dried and served with a miniature American flag to enjoy.
The story of Mama's Pizza stretches through five decades, from its humble beginnings in 1968 as the brainchild of Connecticut native Ed Stebbins 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.
Chef Jerrett Joslin orchestrates a symphony of sizzling sounds and blooming flames while grilling certified-Angus steaks at The Wild Mushroom Steak House & Lounge. Here, guests are seated at tables draped in white linens, which offset the dining area's coffee-colored walls, and tuck into plates piled with juicy carnivorous morsels such as the prime filet or the 16-ounce buffalo ribeye. The Chilean sea bass, one of Fort Worth, Texas magazine's top 25 dishes, delights taste buds with three varieties of mushrooms beneath black-truffle-cream sauce. To wash down the rich and hearty bites, a selection of more than 260 wines from the Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List awaits, ranging from California cabernet sauvignon to Australian shiraz to German riesling. The Wild Mushroom has even won an Award of Excellence from WineSpectator.com for their extensive wine lists. The dining room’s dim lighting adds romantic ambience and kindly prevents dates from noticing third and fourth eyebrows.