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F1 Smokehouse

Fort Worth

American

$$$

A contemporary spot offers plenty of delicious surprises—this is not your dad's barbecue.

Despite “smoke” being part of its name, this contemporary new bistro in the Cultural District’s shadows defies any comparison to barbecue joints as we understand them. Yes, a wood smoker out back is employed to turn out tender, peppery beef brisket, but those slices are accompanied by white truffle-infused potato salad; likewise, sweet-sauced baby back Duroc ribs come with celery root slaw; and medium-rare prime rib slabs arrive cozied up to fingerling potatoes. The fiery Korean-spiced double-cut pork chop with crunchy, charred broccolini proved a winner, as did tots smothered in queso and crushed bacon. Lighter in effect, a schooner filled with shrimp-and-avocado cocktail hit all the right notes.  Rounding out the experience, the stylish bar, with its stools covered in a smart houndstooth fabric, serves up an irresistible pickle-juice martini and a smoky old-fashioned, among other clever libations. Next trip, we’ll get the ribeye French dip and the brûléed banana pudding.

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