The Foundry District is one of Fort Worth's most eclectic and interesting neighborhoods.
M&O Station and Grill will bring you back in time.
Craftwork Coffee has co-working spaces in all three of its Fort Worth shops.
You will not find many movie theaters like Fort Worth's Grand Berry Theater.
Gifted is a Fort Worth haven for distinctive finds.
Gifted offers a curated selection of more than 100 brands.
Thirty Eight & Vine owners Sam and Jennifer Demel were inspired by wine bars they visited across the country. (Photo by Nancy Farrar)
The Foundry District, located mere minutes away from Downtown Fort Worth, has undoubtedly become a hotspot for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Its Inspiration Alley is home to many murals, created by many a Fort Worth artist.
Fort Worth’s up-and-coming artistic haven offers worthy places to eat, drink, shop and play. Here is your guide to one of Fort Worth’s most interesting neighborhoods.
Foundry District Restaurants, Bars and Coffee
To get your Foundry District day going properly, you must stop off at Craftwork Coffee located at Weisenberger Street. Craftwork prides itself in premium-level quality roasted coffee and specialty coffee drinks. My go-to is the iced latte with an extra shot. If you need a bite to eat, grab a Taco Heads breakfast taco or a pastry of your choice.
On Carroll Street, you can find Meyer & Sage, a restaurant that recently turned one year old. Known for its local and organic food, Meyer & Sage is a perfect spot for a healthy boxed lunch or for a grab and go dinner option. You can find a rotating menu of fresh and made from scratch foods.
The restaurant also boasts a weekly meal delivery service, catering and the prettiest charcuterie boards you have ever seen.
M&O Station Grill is a mainstay in the Foundry District. The diner was opened in 2008 by Chef Danny and his wife, Rose Badillo, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better burger in Fort Worth. Stepping into M&O is like stepping into a 1950s time capsule.
Although this spot is known for its interesting takes on traditional burgers — Greek Feta burger or Bleu Cow, anyone? — you can also find filling salads and spins on traditional sandwiches.
For a lovely dinner experience, make a reservation at Clay Pigeon. Owner and executive chef, Marcus Paslay grew up preparing freshly grown and seasonal foods. This has carried over into Clay Pigeon’s made from scratch menu of gourmet American food. Start with the Grilled Bone Marrow and then move on to the fresh, housemade pasta or the Barise pork shank with machengo grits.
For major Art Deco vibes and great cocktails, head over to Blackland Distillery. Blackland has partnered with TexMalt to source locally grown Texas grain to create its own brand of vodka, gin, bourbon and rye whiskey. You can tour the distillery (see the website for dates and times) or belly up to the bar and try some cocktails.
Meyer & Sage provides a menu of various snacks. You can’t go wrong with the Bourbon Old Fashioned, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the Cereal Milk Punch.
Set to open in December, Thirty Eight & Vine is owned and operated by Sam and Jennifer Demel. This unique take on a wine bar will feature a 25 foot wall of wine dispensers that allow you to taste multiple wines before selecting a bottle — or two. With 40 plus wines to choose from you’re sure to find something you like.
Meyer & Sage will provide charcuterie boards and small snacks, while Gold Ribbon Confection will bring in sweet treats.
Foundry District Shops and Flicks
The Grand Berry Theater can be found on Weisenberger Street. The only independent movie theater in Fort Worth rotates various films weekly or sometimes daily. Owners Jimmy and Brooke Sweeney saw a need in the community and more than delivered.
Film buffs can now rejoice in a space to watch and discuss cinema while indulging in traditional theater treats with a welcome addition of wine and beer. Check out The Grand Berry Theater’s website to see what the current film offerings are and for ticket purchasing.
Gifted is Fort Worth’s ultimate gift and lifestyle shop. Owner Esther Miller, has curated the store to perfection with unique home, gift and wellness finds. The result is a store where you can find something for your hardest-to-shop-for family member or friend.
Each carefully sourced item is arranged to aesthetically please discerning shoppers. If you do find yourself in Gifted, take advantage of its gift wrapping services. Everyone will gush over your thoughtfully wrapped present.
Between Thirty Eight & Vine and Gifted, you will find Thrive Apothecary, where you can go for all of your CBD needs. Owners Trey Phillips and Dr. Lisa Gardner-Phillips decided to open Thrive Apothecary because they saw an alarming trend in Dr. Gardner-Phillip’s patients that suffer with depression, anxiety, chronic pain and other health issues.
So many of those patients were on prescription medications, which were not meant to be a fix-all solution. The Phillips felt as though CBD could be the answer that could help so many. The couple vetted multiple manufacturers for the highest quality hemp and found an independent lab for testing.
Thrive now carries more than 65 high quality CBD-infused products. So, no matter if you are anxious or need help sleeping, Thrive’s knowledgeable employees can help you find something here. You can even find CBD products for your pets at Thrive Apothecary.
Relocating to The Foundry after a more than 60 year run as THE record store in Fort Worth, Doc’s Vintage Records is here to stay. Doc’s throwback selection include records, CDs, tapes, 8tracks, vintage clothes, posters and other various vintage accouterment. You can spend hours meandering the isles and taking a walk down memory lane or discovering new favorites.
As the brain-child of Jonathan Morris, who also owns Fort Worth Barbershop, The Lathery opened its doors in 2017. Morris wanted to create a store that offered high quality grooming products that help customers look and feel their best. Serving both men and women, you can find a bevy of products for haircare, skincare, shaving, beard grooming, fragrance and travel. The Lathery also offers barber services in-store if you’re in the mood to treat yourself.
This is The Foundry District, where the hip, the old school and the cutting edge often meet in one artsy mix.