29 Things People From Fort Worth Have To Explain To Out-Of-townersDon’t even think about putting beans in that chili.
1. What’s The Best Way To Tick Off Fort Worthians? Call Their City Dallas
Fort Worth is many things. It’s the 17th-largest city in the country. It’s home to TCU. It’s a major arts and culture center. But it is absolutely, positively not its neighboring city Dallas, which Fort Worth people roundly believe their city is superior to.
2. Torchy’s Is The Only Place In America Allowed To Make Waffle Tacos
People in Fort Worth tend to take their tacos and Tex Mex pretty seriously, so if you’re getting too creative with your toppings, prepare for some backlash. Unless you’re Torchy’s. Torchy’s is totally allowed to put waffles, bacon, eggs, chicken, and syrup on a taco because Torchy’s is incredible.
3. Everything Is Coke, Even If It’s Not
Soda? What’s that? Pop? Come again? Coke? Now you’re speaking Forth Worth’s language. Coke is Coke. Pepsi is Coke. Once Surge comes back, that’ll be Coke too. If it fizzes and it’s sweet, Fort Worth folks call it Coke.
4. The Cowboys Here Are Actual, Real Life Cowboys
Fort Worth is known as Cowtown for a reason—beef and cattle have been big business in the area for generations. So anyone who wears cowboy hats and boots probably actually works with cows and isn’t just a struggling country/Western musician.
5. But If You’re Looking For Strong Accents, Prepare To Be Disappointed
Sure, there are some old cowpokes in town who still speak with an ironclad Texan accent, but by and large the affectations in Fort Worth are extremely slight, or in the case of most of the transplants, non-existent.
6. When It Comes To Football, The Longhorns Have Nothing On The Horned Frogs
The University of Texas at Austin may be synonymous with Texas college football, but Fort Worth’s TCU is making a case for itself as the best football school in the state, having landed in the Top 25 three of the last five years to U of T’s two, and finishing undefeated in 2010.
7. Chili is Chili And Beans Are Beans And Never The Two Shall Meet
Chili is spices, sauce and massive loads of ground beef and peppers. Beans are the round things that go in a burrito. Putting beans in chili is something clueless northerners do. And chili originated in Texas, so Fort Worth people know what they’re talking about.
8. Biscuits And Gravy > Bread And Butter
Bread and butter are great, but for a carby treat on the side of your plate, biscuits and gravy are best. In particular, Ol' South Pancake House and the Cowtown Diner truly know how to gravy a biscuit.
9. Everyone Should Go Square Dancing At Least Once
It’s just as fun as it looks. And if we’re being specific, it should be it Billy Bob’s Texas, which is the biggest honkey tonk in the country.
10. Folks Around These Parts Take Things A Bit Slower
If you want to act all stressed out and rushed, move to New York. Or maybe even Dallas. In Fort Worth, if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing while being completely cool, relaxed, and in control.
11. Rodeo Goat Has The Best Burgers In The Metroplex
Name-checked by pretty much every Fort Worth-area publication as the having the best burgers in the land, Rodeo Goat has creatively stacked options like the Sugar Burger, with candied bacon, grilled peaches and jalapeno jam, but even their most basic burgers are culinary art.
12. Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ Is Aces
In fact, plenty of folks have called in the very best in the Metroplex. Massive heaps of pecan-smoked ribs and brisket with beans and mac and cheese on the side with buttermilk pie to finish? Yeah, you’re probably going to want a napkin.
13. Forget Five Guys And In-n-Out. Whataburger Has The Best Fast Food Burger In The Land
McDonalds? Not even close. To Fort Worthians, Whataburgers are near-sacred ground. Oh, and their honey butter chicken biscuits and taquitos aren’t too shabby either.
14. Fort Worth Is Way, Way Bigger Than You Think It Is
The city is overshadowed by absurdly high-populated monstrosities like Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin, but Fort Worth is a massive city in its own right, with a population close to 800,000.
15. If You Want A Job, You Should Probably Move Here
WalletHub named Fort Worth the single best place to work in America in 2014 for its affordable housing, low unemployment rate, and amount of widely available full-time jobs. Although, don’t tell too many people. They kind of want to stay under the radar.
16. Yes, Rodeo Is Still Something People Do
Considering so much of Fort Worth’s history is tied to the cattle industry, it’s no surprise cowboy culture—and rodeo in particular—is still taken crazy seriously in the area. In particular, the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been going strong for nearly 120 years.
17. A Trip To Joe T’s Means Amazing Mexican Food (That You Will Wait Hours For)
There’s a reason Joe T Garcias has been open since 1935: they cook up the kind of enchiladas and fajitas that will change your life. In fact, they’re so good that on the weekend, you’ll be lucky to wait less than an hour just to get in the door.
18. At The Kimbell, Bigger Doesn’t Mean Better
Maybe the most beloved museum in Fort Worth (and trust us, there are quite a few) the Kimbell’s collection is just 350 pieces. But what the museum lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality, with Monets, Picassos, and Michelangelo's first known painting. Yeah. Not too shabby.
19. Hipsters Are Kind Of, Sort Of, Slowly Invading
Spiral Diner & Bakery via Facebook It’s cool, they mostly drink PBR, work at coffee shops, open vegan restaurants, and mind their own business. Better to have Fort Worth hipsters than Dallas yuppies any day of the week.
20. If You Order “Tea” Be Prepared For It To Come Cold And Sweet
Hot tea is for Asian restaurants. Sweet tea is for anywhere and everywhere else. Hey, when your city runs a pretty consistent 70 °F to 90 °F you tend to choose the icy beverages. Plus, it’s just tastier.
21. Fort Worth Folks Are Always Fixin’ To Do Something
Even the most unaffected Fort Worth residents tend to use “fixin’ to” to describe someone hatching a plan. For example, “It’s fixin’ to rain over there” or “You better believe I’m fixin’ to eat one massive pile of biscuits and gravy.”
22. Rahr & Sons Is The Best Place In Texas To Drink A Beer
Fort Worth’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Company brews up the kinds of tasty seasonal and craft beer that snobs and casual beer fans both like. What started off as a small, under-the-radar brewery in 2004 has grown to become one of Texas’ premier breweries in just a decade, where hundreds of people trek every weekend to drink right next to where the goods are brewed.
23. Be Careful Not To Spend All Your Money In Sundance Square
The downtown entertainment hub is overloaded with restaurants, bars, and silly good shopping. But if you’re visiting you have to be careful not to blow all of your money there in a single night.
24. Fort Worth’s Zoo Is Better Than Your Zoo
Is there such a thing as zoo spoiled? If so, Fort Worth folks would have to fit the label, considering the “Los Angeles Times” and “USA Today” have both named their zoo the absolute best in America. There’s even a massive Museum of Living Art, which works well, considering museums are Fort Worthians’ natural habitat.
25. Fort Worth Still Loves Hitting The Stockyards
Although these days, going to the Stockyards means hitting a dusty, throwback neighborhood full of saloons, steakhouses and rodeo—not a livestock market.
26. Everyone And Their Uncle Comes Out For The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
The four day fest is a pretty huge deal among locals. If looking at pretty, pretty pictures isn’t your thing, there are performing arts, every kind of music you can imagine, and lots and lots (and lots) of good grub.
27. TX Whiskey Is The Best Whiskey
Fort Worth’s Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. took home double gold medals for their TX Whiskey at the World Spirits Competition in 2013. No big deal or anything. It’s only the largest and most prestigious spirits competition in the United States. *brushes off shoulder*
28. You’ll Get Over The Airplane Noise
In addition to the massive Dallas-Fort Worth airport, Fort Worth is also home to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth featuring some military aircraft that sound as if they’re tearing the sky in half like it’s a massive piece of construction paper.
29. Green Chile Is A Totally Acceptable Burger Topping
It’s only natural that Fort Worth folks, lovers of rib-sticking American comfort food and Tex Mex, would find a great way to combine the two. In Fort Worth, green chile on a burger topping isn’t a novelty, it’s the standard. What do you have to explain to out-of-towners about Fort Worth? Tell us in the comments below!
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