Hilton Garden Inn Medical District: Less than two miles from our offices is the newly constructed and quite comfortable Hilton Garden Inn Medical District (910 Northton Street; P 817 921 0788). If you have special needs associated with your stay, we are fortunate to have a contact with this hotel; please call Angie and she will be happy to put you in touch.
Homewood Suites: Literally across the parking lot from the Hilton Garden Inn is an equally new Homewood Suites (2200 Charlie Lane; P 817 921 0202). This facility provides kitchenettes and is animal friendly. Again, since this is a hotel we are often in a position of recommending, if you have a special concern regarding your stay, please just let Angie know.
Omni Hotel: For more luxury-type accommodations, the Omni Hotel (1300 Houston Street; P 800 491 5900) is another relatively new and very nice place to stay. Along with a Starbucks, the Omni has various restaurants and bars located internally, plus a few nice gift shops and an upscale spa. The Omni is located approximately a mile from our offices. (Despite its close proximity, however, we do not recommend walking in that there is a major thoroughfare between our locations.)
While Downtown Fort Worth houses all kinds and varieties of restaurants, coffee houses and bars suitable for client meetings, unless you are familiar with the parking intricacies and other convenience factors associated with a busy downtown, we recommend you consider meeting at one of our nearby Southside establishments. In this regard, Magnolia Street (approximately a mile south of our offices) has numerous unique restaurants and meeting locales.
Paris Coffee Shop: An old Fort Worth establishment, they are best known for their grits, pie and waitresses who call you "sweetie" (whether you are or are not). Located at the corner of Hemphill and Magnolia (704 West Magnolia) the diner serves breakfast and lunch, and opens each morning at 6:00 a.m.
Brewed: Another breakfast and lunch choice, this place has a more laid-back, hip feel to it. Along with their traditional tables and chairs, they also provide couches and more relaxed seating areas that may work well for your pre-mediation conversation. Located at 801 West Magnolia, Brewed is open Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 a.m. and closed on Mondays.
Yucatan Taco Stand and Tequilla Bar: (909 West Magnolia): Opening at 11:00 each day for lunch, the Yucatan is a casual space with a menu consistent with its name. It's popular with the local hospital district crowd, so if you are not able to get there before noon, you may have a problem finding a table.
Ellerbe's: The only restaurant on our list you will want to call ahead to insure reservations (1501 West Magnolia; P 817 926 3663) Ellerbe's specializes in serving locally grown, seasonal foods, and describe themselves as "relaxed elegant". The relaxed part may depend on whether you are the person picking up the check, but be prepared for what may arguably be considered one of Fort Worth's finest restaurants (at least that's what Bon Appetit has to say).
King Tut's: While Egyptian food is not necessarily the first choice on most folks minds when it comes to dining choices, this is Beth's personal favorite. Very casual, the food is consistently spicy, nutritious and well-prepared. This place has an extensive vegetarian menu, along with various meat choices. If you can handle spice, the eggplant dip is terrific. (1512 West Magnolia)
Cat City Grill: More of a traditional restaurant and bar, Cat City is a relaxed place that offers upscale salads and sandwiches (lobster poboys for instance). Located also on Magnolia (1208 West Magnolia) unless you are bringing a crowd, reservations are not necessary. They open each day at 11:00 a.m.
Torchy's Tacos: If you are staying at either the Hilton Garden Inn or Homeward Suites, we highly recommend Torchy's Tacos, especially if you like breakfast tacos. Located at the intersection of Rosedale and Forest Park just south of I-30, the only downside to this place is that they are typically packed for lunch. If you are not there before noon, you will probably need to wait in line and hunt for a table. Having said that, yes--their tacos are just that good. They open each day at 7:00 a.m.
Railhead Smokehouse Barbecue: If you're not from around here, and believe you can't go home without having an encounter with real meat, this place may be for you. Touted by some as Fort Worth's best barbecue place, the Railhead is just west of downtown and is a block off I-30 when taking the Montgomery Street exit (2900 Montgomery). This place is spacious, so while tables are typically easy to find, parking is sometimes a bit tricky. Depending on traffic, this place is maybe 10 minutes away. One more thing: apologies to our friends to the east…the Railhead's slogan is: "Life's too short to live in Dallas".