Restaurant Review: Fred’s Texas Cafe
Going to all of these fine restaurants over the past nine weeks has taken its toll on my wallet, so this week I decided to try some place a little less expensive. It’s hard to go to all of the best restaurants in Fort Worth on a college student’s budget. I tried Fred’s Texas Cafe this week. It’s a Fort Worth staple and has an authentic cowboy charm. The atmosphere at Fred’s is very laid back and rustic. They have live music almost every night of the week and an outdoor stage area. Fred’s is located in the West 7th area. It has been there long before all of the new restaurants and Movie Tavern were being developed. It’s managed to stay unchanged by time and the modern renovations going on all around it. Fred’s is a true escape where you can leave all of your worries at the door.
I ordered the Blue Cheese Burger and Fries. It was a half-pound burger with melted blue cheese, grilled onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. I love blue cheese, so I thought this burger was amazing! I really liked the way that the blue cheese was melted and warm. The fries that came with the burger were pretty good too. They reminded me of the fries at Dutch’s but they had more flavor and weren’t soggy. Next time I may add bacon to the burger to add even more flavor.
My boyfriend Stephen ordered the Patty Melt and Fries. It was a burger patty with grilled onions and melted cheese served on Texas Toast. He loved it. The Texas toast was very buttery and the flavor of the grilled onions went perfectly with the melted cheese.
Overall the food was good, but what I really liked about Fred’s was the atmosphere and friendly wait staff. Fred’s won the award for best burger and best patio for 2010 from FW Weekly and was rated as one of the fifty-one best burger joints by USA Today. Last year Fred’s was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The show featured Fred’s Pan Seared Rib-Eye Steak with Chipotle Brown Butter and the Green Chile Lamb Stew. Their Quail and Eggs dish was voted one of Tarrant County’s top twenty-five dishes by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.
I will definitely be going back to Fred’s soon and I plan on going when there’s live music. Next time I’ll be trying one of their famed dishes. They also have Sunday brunch from 10:30-1 p.m. that has a delicious breakfast menu with items of southern and Mexican influence. They also have fun theme nights like gourmet pizza night every Wednesday, Fish Fry Bingo, and Country Sundays.