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The Big 12 guide to TCU's home turf

2/23/2012

If you're a Big 12 fan, there's a decent chance you've been to Fort Worth. We can't necessarily say that about Morgantown (which we got to know earlier this week), but yours truly's spent a decent amount of time in Dallas' westward sister city.

Like West Virginia, though, we consulted the natives. Where should you go in Fort Worth? Here's what you had to say:

Renee in Fort Worth/River Oaks, Texas wrote: Eat the best Mexican food at El Paseo on Jacksboro Highway/199. Try the beef fajitas, the beef or chicken enchiladas. So yummy - not too spicy and not fussy. REAL Mexican food. :-)You have to spend an evening hanging out downtown in Sundance Square. Stand in awe of the heralding angels on the front of the Bass Performance Hall, walk around, find great restaurants and hear l live music. You have to try Reata. When you finish dinner at the Reata, go west on W. 7th street to the Montgomery Plaza/W 7 area. Take in a movie at the Flagship Movie Tavern. It's the ONLY place to see a movie, order a drink, dessert, appetizer or other food, sit back in stadium seating and be waited on by the wait staff, while enjoying a movie. Best idea ever! And, of course, there is the Stockyards and the daily Longhorn Cattle Drive -And our fabulous Museum district. If you have kids, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is the best!

My take: I've seen the cattle drive. It's worth a visit, fans. And that's a full weekend, Renee.

Chris L in Fort Worth wrote: Fort Worth: Fuzzy's Tacos on Berry, Burger at M&O Station Grill, Seafood at Pappadeaux, Dos Gringos for Mexican, Off the Bone BBQ, Curly's Frozen Custard, Ol' South Pancake House

Tracy Greene in Fort Worth wrote: Fort Worth has a renowned Cultural District, just up the street from TCU. When you are here for a football game, I invite you to check out these great museums: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. They are all within walking distance of one another in a beautiful park-like setting.

Mark in Madison, Wisc., wrote: Now live in Wisconsin, but long time Fort Worth resident. Places to eat: Fuzzy's Tacos, Fred's Reata, Cattlemen's Steakhouse, Fort Worth Stockyards, Lonesome Dove (Chef Tim Love). Things to see: Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth Zoo (one of the best in the nation), Fort Worth Stockyards, Rahr Brewery (Saturday tours/tastings). Places to drink: Gingerman, Flying Saucer, Billy Bob's (world famous honky tonk)

Brian in Fort Worth wrote: When visiting Fort Worth you have to stop by Dutch's Hamburgers (named for TCU coach Dutch Meyer), located right next to TCU's campus. Also check out Railhead BBQ if you get the chance!As far as places worth visiting, definitely go to West 7th, Sundance Square downtown, and the Stockyards for a great steak. Nothing like some tasty longhorn meat...

Stephen in Dallas wrote: If you are going to be in Fort Worth you have to try Fred's burgers. It is amazing. A few of the Fort Worth "institutions" are over rated (Joe T Garcias, Kincaid's Hamburgers), but Fred's is amazing. I would also recommend checking out Dutch's (across from TCU's campus; named after TCU's iconic coach Dutch Meyer). Dutch's aslo has great burgers on sweet rolls; their onion rings are amazing.

Pam in Fort Worth wrote: You MUST visit Billy Bob's Texas on your trip to Fort Worth. Billy Bob's is "The World's Largest Honky Tonk", over 100,000 square feet, with entertainment, real bull riding, and more than 30 bars inside this family entertainment venue for up to 6000 fun lovin' folks. The biggest names in country music and classic rock perform every Friday and Saturday

Craig Christopher in Fort Worth wrote: 1. Eat at Joe T Garcia's. This is a must. The line is long so get there early. Cash only and only 2 things on the menu. Margarita's are great.2. Tour the campus it is beautiful.3. Hit the stockyards just so you can say you did it. 4. Hit up the bars/resturaunts on 7th Street and Downtown.

Alicia in Fort Worth wrote: I'm a Baylor Bear living in Fort Worth, but so happy that TCU has joined the conference. Can't wait for Big 12 fans to come to Cowtown! I would recommend Angelo's BBQ on White Settlement Road. It is seriously good BBQ with a down-home country atmosphere. They also have large TV screens for sports watching.

Mike in Fort Worth wrote: First of all, welcome to Fort Worth! Second, you MUST stay in downtown FW. There are a number of hotels down there, but don't bother booking anywhere outside of downtown. It's been ranked by Southern Living Magazine as the "best downtown in the south" and is envied by our neighbors to the east. Also, never stay in Dallas and PLEASE never refer to us as "Dallas". Personally, I'm not crazy about the Cowboy and western scene, but the Stockyards are a must for a first timer. But don't forget to drive west of downtown on 7th street for more world class restaurants and nightlife. And at the end of 7th are Fort Worth's famous museums. The Modern and The Kimbal are famous in the art world. And no visit to Fort Worth is complete without eating at Railhead BBQ - downed by a giant frozen schooner of Shiner Bock beer.

Ron Beaman in Fort Worth wrote: Mercado Juarez - I35W at the Northside Drive exit about 2 miles north of downtown. Best salsa in town! Spring Creek BBQ ... Any of them ... Best BBQ in the Metroplex! World famous Stockyards are about 15 minutes north of TCU on Main Street. Sic em Ubben! Come with an appetite! Go OU!!

Ben in Denver, Colo., wrote: Fort Worth Dining Guide: BBQ 1.) Railhead 2.) Angelo's 3.) Coopers (right by Billy Bob's) Mexican 1.) Uncle Julio's (really good food, I love their fajitas) 2.) Fuzzy's Taco Shop (right by TCU, great fish tacos and amazingly cheap ice cold schooners of beer) 3.) Joe T. Garcias (Best Margaritas and outdoor patio ever, if the weather is nice this is a must go. Food sucks, it's cash only, and you will probably have to wait in line... but drinking margs in their garden is soooo worth it.) Burgers 1.) Charley's 2.) Dutch's (accross the street from TCU) 3.) Kincaids Steakhouses 1.) Del Frisco's (fancy and Gary Patterson's fav) 2.) Saltgrass (chain but DELICIOUS) 3.) Reata (downtown, ask to sit on the roof) Nightlife 1.) 7th street area 2.) downtown 3.) Stockyards

Great suggestions, fans. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.