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Colonial eats: Where to dine near the tournament

Posted 12:00am on Thursday, May. 22, 2014

If you’re like us, you’ve already secured your weekly badge for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, referred to in these parts as simply Colonial. While we look forward to being fed on the course by Tim Love, this year’s exclusive concessionaire and caterer, we’ll take the opportunity to visit our favorite restaurants around Colonial Country Club, too. Here are a few best bets for great food and a golf-friendly atmosphere, all within putting distance of the tournament.

Los Vaqueros University

Satisfy your Tex-Mex craving at Los Vaqueros University, an offshoot of the 30-year-old Stockyards original, and ask for a Vaquero margarita on the rocks, served with a floater of Jose Cuervo. Or try the Bobby Jones, made with sweet tea vodka and thirst-quenching iced tea brewed in-house. When we’re not ordering our go-to sour cream chicken enchiladas, we love Tara’s brisket tacos topped with avocado and feta cheese.

3105 Cockrell Ave., Fort Worth. 817-710-8828; losvaqueros.com .

Silver Fox

Offering prime steaks and upscale dining, Silver Fox is where many Colonial clubhouse patrons will continue their revelry after each round. Happy hour in the bar runs 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and it’s where diners will find Kobe beef sliders, blue cheese-topped house-made chips and tenderloin tips over whipped potatoes and gravy, served in a martini glass to boot. Hungrier guests can indulge in filet mignon topped with crabmeat and hollandaise, juicy rib-eye steaks or the chicken-fried prime rib.

1651 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-332-9060; silverfoxcafe.com .

Woodshed Smokehouse

Tim Love is a die-hard Colonial fan, as illustrated each year when he wraps his whimsical outdoor cow sculpture with Scottish red and green plaid, mimicking the tournament winner’s tartan jacket. Know that his Trinity River-side patio will be packed during the event, but snagging a table is worth the wait to share in his Texas Trinity platter with friends. The head-turning smorgasbord includes the sausage of the day, pork ribs, beef brisket, sweet and spicy pickles, potato salad, and beans. Wash it down with wine on tap or a cucumber-jalapeño margarita.

3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth. 817-877-4545 ; woodshedsmokehouse.com .

Pizza Snob

The light, buttery crusts of Pizza Snob’s personal-sized pies won’t weigh you down — good to note if you’re planning to walk along with your favorite player. The locally owned eatery chars custom-made pizzas on a revolving stone in an Italian oven (imported from Venice) in 90 seconds and offers creative toppings like candied jalapeños and cucumber-wasabi sauce along with beer and wine.

3051 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-462-7662; pizzasnob.com .

Clearfork Food Park

Families with small children or large parties that can’t agree on dinner will appreciate the variety at this food truck park alongside the Trinity River. There is covered seating, cooling fans, occasional live music and at least six or seven gourmet trucks on any given weekend. Our favorite food park dishes include vegetarian Asian flatbreads from Good Karma Kitchen, fish and chips from The Gastro Bomber, and tacos al pastor from Salsa Limon. All three trucks are slated to be at Clearfork on Colonial weekend.

1541 Merrimac Circle, Fort Worth. clearforkfoodpark.com .

Fred’s Texas TCU

The spacious seating, spicy Diablo burgers, floppy hand-cut fries and “cold-ass beer” (quite possibly the coldest within miles of the tournament) at Fred’s Texas TCU are sure to make the low-key dive a hot hangout during Colonial. This is the third outpost of Fred’s and it offers the same laid-back vibe as the Currie Street original. Ask about chef-owner Terry Chandler’s daily specials, which often include enchiladas, hamburger steaks and pork chops. Visit during Sunday brunch for frosty mimosas served in schooners — the only ones we’ve found in Fort Worth.

3509 Bluebonnet Circle, Fort Worth. 817-916-4650; fredstexascafe.com .

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