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Carpenter’s Cafe & Catering

Katrina Carpenter and family have made the jump from an Airstream to a brick-and-mortar shop next to Harris Hospital, on the Near Southside. Though primarily a catering outfit, Carpenter’s fans wait for the three days each week when the cafe serves up a menu of goodies from the busy kitchen. Order this to go: The place is rightfully famous for its chunky smoked chicken salad; order it on a croissant, on top of garden greens, or wrapped inside a tortilla with spinach, tomato, red onion, and bacon. A pile of french-fried potato planks topped with chopped brisket, beer-infused queso, barbecue sauce, and sriracha-spiked sour cream is the hangover buster of the year. When offered, the fried catfish po’girl (like a po’boy, but better) is a good choice. Pro tip: Check social media for specials, and note that they’re open the first Sunday of each month for a special dinner.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Fort Worth


Drinks: No bar

Price: $

Rating: ★★

Address: 1116 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Hours: L & D Thur–Sat.

Phone: 682-499-8630

Website: carpscafe.net

Last updated: December 8, 2020