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Colonial eats: Pencil in these eateries, watering holes

Posted 10:13pm on Wednesday, May. 23, 2012

The Colonial party can't be contained to the course. It will spill over to nearby restaurants and bars. So let us be your caddy, and offer some local knowledge on 18 great watering holes and dining spots not too far from the course.

1. Woodshed: Tim Love's smokin' hot smokehouse along the Trinity River will be packed after all four rounds, but you can also stop there in the mornings for some pre-round coffee, pastries and killer breakfast tacos. www.woodshedsmokehouse.com

2. Silver Fox: This swanky steakhouse has gold-plated prices, but there is an affordable "bar bites" menu, and it has excellent martinis in an elegant atmosphere. www.silverfoxcafe.com

3. Blue Mesa: Sure it has a bit of a chain-restaurant feel, but after a couple of large blue margaritas at happy hour ($4), and five or six trips to the free quesadilla bar (4-6:30 p.m.), you'll barely notice. www.bluemesagrill.com

4. Dutch's: The TCU burger joint grills up bodacious burgers and a portabello burger that's among the best we've tried. It's also got a new double-decker deck out back, where you can drink $7 Rahr pitchers on Thursdays. www.dutchshamburgers.com

5. The Tavern: This often overlooked spot (in the former Snookie's location on Hulen) serves up some of the best bar food in the city. It's also got a good selection of wines and cocktails, and top-shelf bartenders. Stop here for brunch Saturday or Sunday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) before heading to the course. www.thetavernftworth.com

6. Oui Lounge: The Bluebonnet Circle dive bar recently got a makeover, courtesy of new co-owner Tim Love, and it's got a cool vibe, not to mention excellent pool and shuffleboard tables.

7. Yogi's: The see-and-be-seen place for Saturday and Sunday breakfast. Don't be surprised if you spot TCU coach Gary Patterson. Try the grits special, and you won't be hungry for the rest of the day. www.yogisdeli.com

8. Central Market: Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner on the patio at the gourmet grocery/amusement park. Let the kids run wild on the playground, and enjoy live music at night, not to mention your choice of 27 varieties of olives, and craft beers. www.centralmarket.com

9. Monty's Corner: The newest spot in Montgomery Plaza, Monty's will have an all-day happy hour Saturday, featuring drink specials, gourmet pizzas, tequila and wine tastings and live music from the Quaker City Night Hawks. And if you enjoy all that, try the Hangover Brunch on Sunday. www.montyscornerfortworth.com

10. Brix: A little slice of Naples in Fort Worth, Brix serves excellent pizzas and salads and has a nice selection of wines by the glass, too. www.brixpizzeria.com

11. Capital Bar: The rooftop offers great views of the cultural district and downtown, and the music stage is one of the best live-music spots in town. Friday, enjoy the ever-popular cover band Poo Live Crew. And if you get hungry, the Magnolia Motor Lounge next door will deliver. www.capital-bar.com

12. Fred's Texas Cafe: If Colonial is a classic Fort Worth party, then Fred's is the quintessential Fort Worth burger and beer joint. It'll be packed, of course, but we'd wait an eternity for a juicy diablo burger and a cold-ass beer at Fred's. Come to think of it, we have. www.fredstexascafe.com

13. Fuzzy's Taco Shop: In case you still need more cold beer ... plus the tortas, fish tacos and salads are so very good. Fuzzy's locations have popped up all over North Texas, but there is no substitute for the original on Berry Street. www.fuzzystacoshop.com

14. Lili's Bistro: There are many, many great choices on Magnolia Avenue, but for a seriously good burger with gorgonzola fries, you've gotta try Lili's. They've also got a smart selection of beer and wine, plus a sweet piano bar (especially when our pal Andrew Marton is playing). lilisbistro.com

15. The Usual: It's always fun to step into the craft cocktail laboratory of Brad Hensarling and see what he's conjuring. The Moscow mule is one of our favorites. Plus, you can chow down on some authentic Mexican food from the truck out back. theusualbar.com

16. Frankie's: If you want to keep talking golf, and NBA playoffs and Rangers baseball and NFL draft, hunker down in this sports junkie's den downtown. Order the Walter Payton wings and enjoy the drink specials and all those flatscreens. www.frankiesbar.com

17. Joe T. Garcia's: The lush patio at this legendary Stockyards restaurant is overflowing most spring weekends. So during Colonial, it'll be a zoo. But you can get some of Joe T's turbo-powered margaritas while you wait, and it is one of the most likely places to spot golf pros if you don't see enough at the course. www.joets.com

18. Blue Sushi: The happy hour (4-7 p.m.) menu and drink specials are unrivaled among local sushi spots: Specialty nigiri is $4, maki is $4.50, and sake bombs are $3, among other things. www.bluesushisakegrill.com

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