This Way In >>

Fort Worth’s beloved Fred’s Texas Cafe has a new home, but everything you love about the original remains intact

A Fort Worth classic has packed up literally everything and moved it all to a new location.

Fred’s Texas Cafe (7101 Camp Bowie West), widely known for its burgers and excellent chicken fried steaks, has been a staple at its original Currie Street location in Fort Worth since the 1970s. Covid and a variety of business opportunities led Fred’s owners to decamp to a larger location on Camp Bowie West. The new spot has opened, and it’s crammed full of much of the style, memorabilia, rustic decor and swagger of the original location, right down to the gold booths and concrete floors.

Fans of the original Fred’s will feel right at home. The core menu remains in place. Ceiling fans, stained concrete floors, and dark woods lend a rustic feel to the space. A beer-and-cocktail bar runs down the middle, straddling a dining room on one side and an indoor-outdoor patio on the other.

The music is twangy Country, the onion rings are as large and wide as wristbands, and the burgers are just the way you want them, the best one slathered in chipotle brown butter griddled onions and Swiss. The CFS is excellent here, wrapped in crunchy sourdough batter, fried crisp, then slid onto a dinner plate or stacked w lettuce tomatoes and Mayo inside a sandwich bun.

The new Fred’s can accommodate more than 300 people; the old location sat just 50. Now on a busy night, the new Fred’s turns out nearly a thousand burgers, Fred’s co-owner Quincy Wallace told me. And its those burgers, ice-cold beer and flawless chicken fried steaks that bring in the crowds.

Oh, and a bit of fun trivia: The building was originally built to house Fort Worth’s first Steak & Ale restaurant (that’s also where Fort Worth celebrity food and travel writer June Naylor was employed in her first paid job– as a waitress.) And the name Fred? That was the original owners’ dog’s name at the time the owners filed city paperwork to open the restaurant.


Recently Published


Self-serve wines and whiskeys star at new Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge in Trophy Club

A new Trophy Club restaurant has debuted with an interesting twist: ...


Smoked, steamed, house-made pastrami and Akaushi burgers lead a craft menu at this new McKinney restaurant

House-made pastrami, Akaushi beef and high-quality Scottish salmon ...


Trinity Groves chefs Julian Rodarte and Aubrey Murphy launch Nitro Burger with one of the city’s best $8 burgers ever

Anyone who’s been to Beto & Son in Trinity Groves ...


VIPeek: The Finch at Mockingbird Station opens Monday with a veto-proof menu — and one irresistable entree you’ll only find in London and France

Good stuff. The folks at Milkshake Concepts, the locally grown ...


Restaurateur and seafood expert Jon Alexis, chef Stan Rodrigues score with new Tex-Mex spot, with two other big-deal concepts slated for 2023

Seafood guy Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market. Malibu Poke) has his ...


The best pecan pies you’ve ever tasted come from this restaurant’s pastry kitchen – and now you can take one home for Thanksgiving

The best… Maybe it’s the chill and the falling leaves, ...


How many nachos can you really eat? Test your limits at El Chingon’s FREE Nacho Day competition this Sunday

Yeah, we get it. You love nachos. So do we. But you’d never ...


West Texas vibes, killer elotes, smoked brisket tacos are winners at this Las Colinas restaurant

Verdict: Muy sabroso Open nearly four years, Las Colinas’ ...


2022 State Fair of Texas wraps up its 24-day run with big numbers. Here’s how many pounds of sugar were used to make all that cotton candy

The State Fair of Texas wrapped up its 24-day 2022 run Sunday with ...