Sometimes a girl just needs some serious man-food. When this happens to me, I head to Cattlemen’s for lunch.
Pretty much everybody knows where it is, but not everyone has been.
For over 70 years, Cattlemen’s has been serving up some damn good steaks to the residents and visitors of The Fort. Almost always, whoever is playing at Billy Bob’s pops in or has it ordered.
Here is an example of how some of the residents regard it as being a staple in town.
My friend Fanky went to Cattlemen’s one day and sat by a gentleman at the bar. After a few beers, they got to talking. The man said he was from Fort Worth and a soldier in his youth. After a terrible tour in Vietnam, he was finally able to come back home. When he arrived at the airport, he took a taxi straight to Cattlemen’s. He ordered a steak and a Dr. Pepper. When everything was laid out in front of him, he wept. He was so glad to be alive and to be back in Fort Worth, he became overwhelmed with emotion. He said that was the best steak and Dr. Pepper he had ever had.
There are 3 reasons why I go at lunch time as opposed to dinner.
- The lunch menu is way cheaper than dinner.
- The main dining room has pictures of prize cattle hanging on the walls. That increases my inner conflict of eating meat.
- I prefer to sit in the bar area anyway. During lunchtime, there is rarely anyone there and I have that whole side to myself to take it all in.
I went for the 10 oz New York Strip, medium, with a baked potato, and salad with Ranch dressing. It comes with rolls.
First out were the rolls and salad.
The bread is made in house, every day of the week. Light and airy with a hint of sweet, they come out hot and there is plenty of butter.
The salad was quick to follow. Cool and refreshing with homemade Ranch, it was perfect. Their House Dressing is good too – bleu cheese, sesame seeds, balsamic vinegar – there is none like it anywhere.
Out came the steak. Dry aged, perfectly seasoned, and cooked to perfection. It was so damn good I totally got why that man cried.
The baked potato is served with butter, sour cream and they brought out one of those old fashioned 3 bowl condiment things with cheese, green onions and real bacon bits – not out of a jar – somebody cooked that bacon and crumbled it up just for you!
I confess I have never had dessert there. I have always been so full there is just never any room.
Bonus – – They give out free matches.
2458 N Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Location: 32.7894, -97.34889