Joe T. Garcia’s

It took more than a year and a half, but we finally went to Joe T. Garcia’s for dinner on the patio. As that experience seems to be a critical one on the road to becoming a real Fort Worthian, I’m happy to be one step closer.

Getting into Joe T’s was much less time-consuming than I’d been lead to believe, probably because we lined up for an outside table on a brisk-by-Texas-standards evening. (Fort Worth newcomers take note: Joe T’s doesn’t take reservations unless you have a party of 20 or more—instead, there are two lines to wait in: one for those who want to sit inside and one for those who want to sit outside on the patio.) 

The dinner menu offers ONLY an enchilada dinner or a fajita dinner, but luckily for the meatless in Cowtown, one of the options can easily be adjusted: The enchilada dinner ($10.95) comes with cheese nachos, cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, guacamole, corn tortillas, and two beef tacos … make that two BEAN tacos, and you’re all set. Having only one vegetarian option doesn’t seem like an issue when nobody else at the table gets much of a choice, either. While we enjoyed the food and drinks, I think the ambiance of the gorgeous garden setting, the lovely evening weather (balmy by my standards), and the strolling band really made the experience.

Keep in mind that this place takes cash only and you’ll need a lot more than $11 if you want a couple of margaritas with dinner.

Copyright 2009, L.S. Meyn