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Fort Worth, Texas Woodshed Smokehouse

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5.5 million visitors per year make their way to Fort Worth, Texas, Cow Town that is. This once cow country, dusty town has transformed over the years to a big city where the cattle business is still booming. Downtown Fort Worth’s 35 blocks of Sundance Square as well as its Stockyards National Historic District has loads for visitors to experience, from restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and shopping.

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But if you want to experience a more out of the way spot in Fort Worth then head over to the Trinity River Trail System, in the University area (home to Texas Christian University). The trail offers up a great venue for walking, jogging, and biking; a real retreat for such a bustling city.

One lucky restaurant has a home right on the trail, overlooking the river, Chef Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse (not everyone is happy about development along the river by the way).

Tim Love has become quiet the famous chef and has appeared on TV shows like Top Chef and The Chew.

Food at the Woodshed is unique in that each day a different type of meat is smoked in their large smokehouse with mesquite, hickory, oak, or pecan wood, and then used for the daily menu. Ahhhh, the smell just walking up to the Woodshed is enticing and mouth watering. You may be temped to try a meat you wouldn’t normally order, like lamb or goat.

Snack on treats like smoked almonds with chile salt or Mexican corn, then order up a kale salad with Manchego cheese and bacon, drizzled with olive oil, or go for a tasty smoked meat taco with fresh salsa.

Food at the Woodshed Smokehouse is delicious, but the real treat is the location and the vibe of the restaurant itself. It has more of a backyard feel, with outdoor games, live music, and an open-air venue facing the river. Picnic tables fill the outdoor patio section and the indoor section has large doors that stay opened on nice days. You can even rent bicycles and go for a ride along the trail.

Beer fans love the 25 craft beers on tap. Not a beer fan? Try on of their wines on tap.

Check out this restaurant on the river, and stay for the day, in this fun, music filled outdoor venue. It’s a hanging out kind of place.

Opens at 7am for coffee and pastries, lunch begins at 11am-4, dinner 4-close

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