A Stockyards Tradition…
Those of us from the country can easily experience separation angst when living in the concrete jungle. Thankfully, in Fort Worth, Texas, we have an oasis in the metroplex to escape to to de-stress. It isn’t the country, but it’s filled with many of the sights, sounds and even scents that country folk find familiar and comforting. That’s the reason the Fort Worth Stockyards is one of my most favorite places to spend time in the DFW area. For that matter, it’s ranks in the top-five of my favorite places in Texas.
My grandfather was a professional cowboy and rancher from Oklahoma. He told me the stockyards held “many a good memory” for him. When he was a young man, he worked cattle drives, bringing in herds from the north and northwest, riding horseback. The Fort Worth Stockyards was the end of the trail. There he could get a bath, a hot meal, and a real bed to sleep in. He also had easy access to a cold drink and a bit of boot-scootin’ in the local taverns while his horse rested up in the livery. (The livery is still operating, by the way.) Like me, he was Anglo-Tribal, and his system didn’t tolerate suds-sipping or firewater well, but sarsaparilla or a “Co-Cola” worked just fine to knock the dust off his teeth.
This small area of Fort Worth includes several excellent restaurants. One in particular, with a long-standing mark of excellence is The Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.
The Cattlemen’s is one of those places where guests can show up for elegant dining wearing a tux, a suit, even a ball gown. Or, they can be equally welcomed and just as comfortable if they show up in jeans and scuffed-up boots.
Regarding what people wear, this is the West. When you visit, please don’t be shocked if you see guests sitting at a table, or standing at the bar, with a western hat snugged onto their head. It’s considered appropriate indoor attire here, and quite common for both visitors and locals to dine and drink with their hats on, indoors our out.
The Cattlemen’s Fab Food!
The Cattlemen’s menu is by not lacking in variety. They serve corn-fed beef, never touched with tenderizers, that you can select yourself from a glassed-in chilling-counter. The chef will cook it right in front of you, in a barbecue pit built into the wall. There’s one of these in every dining room, and they have several dining areas in the restaurant.
If your preferred tastes don’t include pork or beef, they have chicken, fish and seafood dishes served six ways from Sunday. If your style is vegan, their salads and vegetables are the bomb!
Don’t live in this area? Don’t fret! The Cattlemen’s will mail their steak to you! And, their high-standard of service doesn’t stop with air-mail; they’ll also include their signature prep information so you can pull steaks off of your own grill that will come out tasting just like theirs. How’s that for great service? To order, you can simply click the links in the content to go directly to their website for further information on their restaurant as well as access to coupons and news about special events they’re involved in.
If you’re a large group looking for a great place to have a celebration, or a meeting with private dining, they have banquet rooms, stunningly outfitted with the same western motif that can accommodate private parties of up to 200 people. This sort of private dining is available by reservation only, and their cuisine and service make it worth checking into if you’ve a large get-together coming up.
If it’s your first visit…
Please don’t let your first visit stop with the food and drinks. Get up, explore a little, and prepare to be amazed.
You won’t want to miss the beautiful and intriguing art displays ranging from many impressive pictures of livestock to the amazing moving murals painted on the walls by Lone Star artist, Stylle Read. As beautiful as the ornate fixtures and woodwork are, Stylle Read’s murals are my favorite part of the interior. They easily blend with the atmosphere, and give you the feeling that you’re hanging out in a thriving 1800s western saloon. They’re captivating and just shy of magical.
I looked at all of them a good while, from several angles. There are so many intricate parts to the murals that I’m betting I’ll find things I missed the first time during my next visit.
As I walked around the bar room, many of the depictions in the mural seemed to follow me, one of which is a stage coach and horse team throwing up a trail of dust through a western town. I started at the far end of the bar, in front of it. As I walked alongside, the horses and coach turned with me. When I reached the far end of the wall, it was still heading in my direction, the opposite of the direction it had started in. Several other features throughout the murals, that take up four amply-sized walls in the bar room, followed me, as well as seeming to contract or expand depending on where I stepped. It was fascinating! If I’d disliked the food, which I didn’t, I’d still go back simply to enjoy the artwork and friendly service.
So, what are you waiting for?
It’s internationally famous, and guests from all over the globe have dined at The Cattlemen’s. I hope if you’re a local, it’s a regular on your favorite-places-to-eat list. If you’re not, and are planning a visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I hope you’ll make it a priority to come in and see the place. Your visit to Fort Worth won’t be as good without at least stopping in for a cool drink if the weather is hot, and here, it usually is.
Before you head out the door, please stop by the gift shop. The Cattlemen’s has some excellent gifts available to purchase that come with, or without, the bling. (Personally, I prefer the blinged versions. When you see them, you’ll understand why!)
Fabulous food, excellent service, a friendly atmosphere, and exceptional artistic impressions await you. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to meet restaurant manager, Amy Marschall, who is well versed on the history of the restaurant and gives a fantastic guided tour.
It isn’t just dinner when dining at The Cattlemen’s. It’s an experience.