Fort Worth Stockyards

With saloons, steakhouses, and a twice-daily cattle drive, Cowtown’s historic district keeps the Wild West alive.
Fort Worth Stockyards
Cross Eyed Moose
Photograph by Darren Braun

1. New West Alley Gallery and Fine Gifts

Every item in this underground art gallery—the entrance is in the alleyway next to the Star Cafe—is the handiwork of a Texan. So you won’t have to hoof it to Palestine to scoop up Rachel Burk’s pine needle baskets or to the Hill Country to snag Carlos Moseley’s wall hangings made of rocks from the Pedernales. Fort Worthians can support their own homegrown artists by picking out a jazz-themed acrylic painting by Robert Berry or a smooth turned- wood vase by Bob Collett. 115 W. Exchange Ave., 682- 552-5987, newwestalley.com

2. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Our cowboy ancestors may have subsisted on beans and biscuits, but today’s diners expect more-sophisticated vittles. Chef Tim Love obliges with “urban Western” fare that is inventive but not so outlandish that Charles Goodnight wouldn’t recognize it, like rabbit-rattlesnake sausage served with manchego rösti and seared kangaroo nachos with habanero-huckleberry sauce. The chuck wagon inventor would have also added Love’s elk tenderloin and shell bean succotash (dotted with bits of lamb bacon) to his own trail menu. 2406 N. Main, 817-740-8810, lonesomedovebistro.com

3. Maverick Fine Western Wear

Dressing with Western flair requires some skill lest you end up looking like Howdy (or Heidi) Doody. At this well-edited boutique, you can find frontier-inspired pieces that are iconic but not kitschy: buttery Coronado leather vests and Rockmount snap shirts for the gents, Johnny Was blouses and Chaarm rabbit bombers for the ladies, and Old Gringo boots for both. Accessorize with hand- engraved silver Vogt cuff links or a Coreen

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