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Joe T. Garcia's

2201 N. Commerce, Fort Worth, TX - (817) 626-4356
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/1/2008 5:55:00 PM
Joe T's is a legendary restaurant, the place in Fort Worth to feast on giant portions of good Tex-Mex chow from an era before Tex-Mex was fashionable. Located in a neighborhood on the north side of Fort Worth, not far from where the stockyards used to be, it is a white house, trimmed in green, that looks like it is about to cave in. Since it opened in 1935 it has been expanded many times, and now the various dining areas, indoors and out, are an incomprehensible sprawl with seating for 1000.

Wherever you sit, you will eat and drink well. Joe T’s Tex-Mex meals are dished out family-style with mess hall efficiency. At dinner time, there is little choice on the menu. You get either the traditional dinner, which includes chips and salsa, nachos, enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, rice and refried beans and a pile of tortillas; or you can go for fajitas – chicken or beef – that come with tortillas, guacamole, pico de gallo sauce and beans. These are big, mighty big meals; and at lunch, more modest options include simpler plates of chilies rellenos, flautas rolled around chicken or beef, and tamales. Weekend brunches include migas (eggs scrambled with shredded tortillas), menudo (tripe stew), and huevos rancheros. Whatever you choose, it comes fast and furious, to the music of clattering pots and pans if you are seated in a room anywhere near the roaring kitchen.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
beef fajitas
Tacos
enchiladas
Guacamole
migas (on weekends only)
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The cheese enchiladas come on lovely dishes with Joe T. Garcia's name spelled out.
"The cheese enchiladas come on lovely dishes with Joe T. Garcia's name spelled out."
Cliff Strutz





Tender chunks of beef, mixed with peppers and onions, are ready for the tortillas.
"Tender chunks of beef, mixed with peppers and onions, are ready for the tortillas."
Cliff Strutz


A well-rounded Tex-Mex plate. Every part of the dish is great.
"A well-rounded Tex-Mex plate. Every part of the dish is great."
Ben Weiner


A beautiful setting: shaded tables that surround the pool and fountain.
"A beautiful setting: shaded tables that surround the pool and fountain."
Jovon Shuck


Delicious, loaded tacos come with the enchilada dinner.
"Delicious, loaded tacos come with the enchilada dinner."
Cliff Strutz


Two sides you should not miss: the homemade guacamole and pico de gallo.
"Two sides you should not miss: the homemade guacamole and pico de gallo."
Cliff Strutz


No visit to Fort Worth is culinarily complete until you have Mexican dishes at Joe T's.
"No visit to Fort Worth is culinarily complete until you have Mexican dishes at Joe T's."
Michael Stern



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Ben Weiner


Defining Mexican-American food for 75 years, Joe T's is a Fort Worth landmark.
"Defining Mexican-American food for 75 years, Joe T's is a Fort Worth landmark."
Michael Stern



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