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Writer has tasty advice for out-of-town Super Bowl fans

Posted 8:09am on Tuesday, Feb. 01, 2011

Nobody has written more about Fort Worth food than novelist and sports author Dan Jenkins.

This week, with the football world in town, he has advice for guests:

"Tell them to get out to the Stockyards," he said.

"Go to the Star Cafe and have a chicken-fried steak. Go to Joe T.'s. Go sit on a saddle at the Stockyards Hotel bar and see what Texas is all about."

In downtown, he likes Jakes Burgers, a cousin to Dallas' more famous Keller's.

And he instructed -- "Ask directions and go to Angelo's or Railhead for barbecue."

Jenkins has spun entire novels around chicken-fried steak cafes ( Baja Oklahoma is set in the original Massey's Restaurant and was later an HBO movie starring Julia Roberts).

He also likes the chicken-fried steaks at Mac's on 7th. But the Star has more Texas flavor.

The Star is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, lunch Mondays; 111 W. Exchange Ave., 817-624-8701.

Joe T. Garcia's was mentioned here last week. Tips for newbies: Ask for chili con carne on your enchiladas if you want, and choose the Martín top-shelf margarita; lunch and dinner daily, 2201 N. Commerce St., 817-626-4356, www.joets.com.

Angelo's Barbecue, known for brisket and frosty brews, is open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday near downtown; 2533 White Settlement Road, 817-332-0357, www.angelosbbq.com.

The Railhead Smokehouse, very similar but with thicker sauce and a busier bar scene, is open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday near the museums; 2900 Montgomery St., 817-738-9808.

Three other Stockyards-area cafes worth a try:

Zippy's All American Grill, 1549 N. Main St., is a popular burgers-and-catfish cafe in a new location; lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, 817-334-0999.

El Asadero, 1535 N. Main St., is beloved for its uber-hot salsa, molé and green chicken enchiladas (but not for the too-sweet margaritas); lunch and dinner daily, 817-626-3399, elasadero.com.

The M & M Steak House, 1106 NW 28th St., near the Stockyards, is like a minitrip to West Texas, serving giant steaks dusted with garlic. Rib-eyes sell for half-price ($11) Wednesdays; dinner only Tuesdays through Saturdays, 817-624-0612.

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Your Life & Food and Fridays in Weekend. Facebook "Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat"; Twitter @budkennedy

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