Beyond The Tailgate: Fort Worth

So the Horned Frogs of TCU are hosting the Cowboys of Oklahoma State this weekend in Fort Worth, and although we recently just visited College Station, Fort Worth is where we are heading off to this week.  There is plenty to eat, drink and do in this town, so it is going to be hard to narrow it down.  Please give me your help by throwing some comments in the section at the bottom.  Here we go!

Fort Worth Zoo
Over 5,000 animals await you when you arrive at the Fort Worth Zoo, the oldest zoo in Texas.  They have been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the country by the USA Travel Guide.  They of course have plenty of animals to see, including 12 permanent exhibits areas as well as 12 other area attractions.  Plenty here for the young (and young at heart) with a rock climbing wall, movie house, Wild West Shooting Gallery, Weather Theater and more.  They are open 10am-5pm 365 days a year.
Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

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What was once the most important cattle yards and processing plants in the United States is now home to a massive shopping and entertainment complex. There is a cattle pen maze, petting zoo, historic museum, and the coliseum which hosts the Stockyards Rodeo every Friday and Saturday.  You can catch a ride on the Grapevine Vintage railroad and visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. They even have authentic cowhands drive The Fort Worth Herd right down the main drag at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  For the Cowgirl Fans in the family, only 15 minutes away is the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

PHOTO: The original Rahr Brewers. (Courtesy of Rahrs & Sons Brewing Co.)
The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 in Manitowoc, WI.  The family still runs the Rahr Malting Co. and supplies roughly 90 percent of the breweries in the United States with their malt and industry related brewing supplies.  160 years after the founding of the original Eagle Brewing Co, William Rahr’s great-great-grandson opened the Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.  Tours are Wednesday from 5pm-730pm and on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.Try their Buffalo Butt Amber Lager if you get a chance, and if you like hops, get after the Pecker Wrecker.
Coyote Drive-in

Photo courtesy of Coyote Drive-In
Not everything in Fort Worth is about history.  Sometimes it is about bringing history back.  The Coyote drive-in was established in 2011 and is the best of the old and new.  You can come in your car, bike, on foot or on a horse.  They serve great food and have a craft beer and fine wine list, too.  They were voted No. 5 in the nation’s top ten drive-in theaters.  You get a double feature for one low price and they are charging per person, not carload, so there is no need to stuff people in your trunk!
Enchiladas ¡OLE!
Mary Perez is a mother of three, started her own enchilada sauce in 2011, and now has three restaurant locations and a food truck to boot.  I wonder if the kids have seen their mother at all lately?  The one thing about this place is that Mary does with the restaurant as she did with her sauces, “no preservatives, no additives, and no lard!” (?!) They make everything fresh every day so you are never served leftovers and they keep the menu simple, just like the ingredients that they use.  They are often called the cleanest Mexican in the city due to their use of just olive oil and water in the cooking process.
Alright, I know I missed a thousand restaurants, hundreds of things to do and at least 10 good craft beer drinking places, so tell me below where your favorite place is!

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