If you have driven through, lived in or heard about Texas, then you know the grip that steakhouses hold on the Lone Star State. Anywhere from hole-in-the-wall to upscale, Texas has the best there is to offer in the steakhouse market, and Fort Worth has a hidden gem.
Tucked in the western outskirts of Fort Worth, surrounded by open fields and gently grazing cattle, an upscale shopping and dining centre, named the Shops at Clearfork, contrasts and still complements the setting. Visitors can stroll the shops and sit down for a meal at one of the many restaurants the centre has to offer. One of the upscale food options is B&B Butchers and Restaurant – a high-end steakhouse and meat market.
B&B Butchers and restaurant has an ambiance that can best be described as cabin fancy, a fusion of upscale features and nature-inspired accents. The open-face brick walls and exposed wooden beams paired with the classy furniture and dark neutral aesthetic make the setting both lavish and comfortable. At first — or even second — glance, you would never know that it is part butcher shop.
The restaurant is beautiful, but it is nothing compared to the food. The menu is impressive, with unique appetizers that could easily stand alone as entrees if not for portion size, high quality cuts of meat, fresh salads, refreshing wine and specialty cocktails tailored to the season. With the hearty portions of these plates, you are almost sure to leave with leftovers. (Unless the food is so good you can’t help but finish it all.)
Drinks For All Palates
A large drink selection and a stocked bar means there is a sip for just about anyone to enjoy. If white wine is your go-to, the Bisol “Jeio” Prosecco Brut is a light choice sure to please. If cocktails are more your speed, the Peachy Keen, made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, basil, orange juice, lemon and peach bitters, is a strong but well-balanced drink that cuts the stoutness of the whiskey – and it’s not too sweet.
For starters, the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail is a must. Fresh is the best word to describe it, though it does not do the dish its due justice. For those not too fond of seafood, the Whipped Ricotta with pita bread is delicious – if it is not already considered a comfort food, then it should be.
Now for the star of the show: the steak. Though the menu is full of high-end cuts of meat, even the traditional Filet Mignon is outstanding. Cooked to perfection, which roughly translates to medium rare, the steak melts like butter with each bite. The Chicken Shank is a great white meat selection. This buttery, tender and lemony cut of chicken is a masterpiece in appearance and taste.
Don’t Forget Dessert
A true Texan dining experience is incomplete without dessert. The astute wine director suggested pairing the Chocolate Cake with the Taylor Fladgate 20-Year Tawny, and it would be criminal to not share the pair. The Chocolate Cake stands well on its own, but paired with the Tawny, it is richer and more moist. The wine gives this classic dessert a leg-up.
B&B Butchers and Restaurant knows how to satisfy a southerner’s craving for steakhouse favorites while elevating the quality of not only the food but also the experience. This restaurant goes out of its way for its customers, so it is very much worth going out of the way for.
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Cover photo courtesy Felix Sanchez
Jordan Maddox is an Editorial Intern at Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton, studying Journalism. She spends most of her time writing, but she fills her free time either out in nature or exploring North Texas for unique restaurants, coffee shops, museums and activities.