We’re not the only ones who love a little late-night snack. Our friend at the Food, Fort Worth blog recently compiled a list of favorite spots, too, and we’re sharing some here. To read more, visit foodfortworth.wordpress.com .
• Acapulco Beach Restaurant: Open ’til 4 a.m. Fri-Sat. A staple of Fort Worth’s north side (with four locations, two across the street from one another that are open until 4 a.m. Fri-Sat), and home to what has to be some of the city’s best Mexican seafood. Whole, breaded catfish is outstanding. I love the shrimp cocktail, too, served in a sundae glass (small) or beer goblet (large). It helps if you speak Spanish, but I’m about as gringo as they come and I’ve always felt welcome. 1320 & 1401 N.W. 25th St., 817-625-0491.
• The Bearded Lady: Kitchen closes 2 a.m. Thur-Sat. The restored 1926 house is now home to one of the Near Southside’s buzziest restaurants and bars. It’s a good place to take out-of-towners to soak up local atmosphere, but it’s also a good place to hang out with friends, especially on the large patio that overlooks Magnolia Avenue. The menu is mostly American dishes given chef-inspired makeovers such as larger-than-life beer-battered okra and cactus. Try the mac and cheese, spiked with bacon and Béchamel, and excellent burgers – the veggie black bean is just as good as the all-beef. Wash it down with one of their numerous local and regional tap and bottled beers. 1229 Seventh Ave., 817-349-9832.
• Fuzzy’s Tacos: Open Thursday until 1 a.m. and Fri-Sat until 3 a.m. On West Berry in the TCU area, the original Fuzzy’s Tacos location still reigns supreme for late-night foodage. The Baja-style tacos are cheap and usually good, especially the crispy crawfish. 2917 W. Berry St., 817-924-7943.
• Los Paisanos: Open until 4 a.m. Saturday Popular with all walks of nightlife, Los Paisanos on the north side serves cheap and very good Mexican food. Some of the tacos are only $1 and you get lots of filling, grilled onions and cilantro for your buck. A must-get – the tender lengua (tongue) tacos. Los Paisanos also serves breakfast anytime, along with excellent tomatillo enchiladas, whole fish and fresh and light guacamole. Chips and hot sauce are some of the best in the city. 1446 N. Main St., 817-625-8226.
• Love Shack: In the spring, celebrity chef Tim Love expands the hours of his Stockyards burger shack to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, making it one of the few restaurants in the Stockyards to stay open late on the weekends (I would think more restaurants would try to grab the people spilling out of the clubs at 2 in the morning). Enjoy one of his signature Dirty Love burgers, topped with bacon, quail egg and his signature sauce, while sitting (and carving your name) on picnic tables. The flat, salty fries are a must. Veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches, too. Warning: They only accept cash. 110 E. Exchange Ave., 817-740-8812.
• Taco Heads: Open until 2 a.m. Wed-Sat. Permanently parked behind Poag Mahone’s, this 3-years-running taco truck serves great brisket, pulled chicken, pork and veggie tacos — the brisket has an authentic, smoky flavor to it and the chicken is tender as silk. Both are excellent. Breakfast tacos are served after 11 p.m. Kick back on the outdoor wooden deck for some seriously good people watching! 700 W. Seventh St., 817-368-5267.
• Wilson’s BBQ: Open til 3 a.m. Thur-Sat. If you’re in the mood for barbecue at midnight, you’re in luck: this little drive through in east Fort Worth stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday (they’ve been hoping to go 24/7, hence the sign, but have yet to take the plunge). Brisket can be hit-or-miss, but the meaty pork ribs are excellent. 6513 Brentwood Stair Road , 817-907-7690.
Food, Fort Worth also mentions several bars that serve good late-night grub, including: