While Fort Worth’s burgeoning art scene has garnered national attention as of late—see the impressive American art collection at the Philip Johnson–designed Amon Carter Museum—there’s a reason the city is still known as Cowtown. Just 30 miles west of Dallas, Fort Worth is the place to pick up handmade boots, sold in the historic Stockyyards, at M.L. Leddy’s. Go for calfskin ($600) if you’re looking for something conservative, blue-and-black ostriches ($1,500) if you’re more rock and roll. Then swagger a few blocks north to the Best Hat Store for the Stetson ($130) you’ve always (secretly) wanted. Backtrack south on Main Street to local celeb-chef Tim Love’s Love Shack for a Dirty Love burger ($4.85)—a perfectly proportioned brisket-and-tenderloin patty, topped with apple-smoked bacon and a fried quail egg. End your Fort Worth wanderings next door at the White Elephant Saloon —you’ll fit right in with your new ten-gallon—before heading back to civilization.
5. An Oddball Day
Published on Oct 31, 2007 as a web exclusive.