The Woodshed Smokehouse on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails

If the Woodshed Smokehouse were located anywhere else in Fort Worth, it would still be a really good restaurant, but it’s unique location on the Trinity River, adjacent to the Trinity Trails makes it a destination restaurant, where you can plan to spend just minutes or an entire afternoon or evening.


The Trinity Trails runs through Fort Worth along the banks of the West Fork of the Trinity River, from Northside all the way down to Benbrook on the south end.


The river is completely urban here.  On any given weekend, you can watch as canoes and kayaks travel up and down the water.  The trails are extremely busy with walkers, runners, bikes and even people on roller blades enjoying the scenic views along the river, many with their dogs.

As you get closer to the north side, near the Fort Worth Zoo and Log Cabin Village, the aroma of the Woodshed’s smoked select wood and meat begins to waft through the air, and you find yourself working just a little harder and faster in that direction!


So how wonderful it is to have a really good restaurant on the trail, where you can stop for coffee, lunch or a terrific dinner!  Bike racks are located off the trail, or take out your kayak along the river’s edge.  Dogs are allowed on the gravel patio.  They even get their own, special menu of fresh made dog bones!


The Woodshed is owned by Fort Worth native celebrity chef Tim Love, who has been setting the Fort Worth Foodie world on fire with his signature restaurants, The Lonesome Dove Bistro and White Elephant Saloon in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, and the Love Shack.


While there is select seating inside, the Woodshed is a restaurant meant to be enjoyed OUTSIDE!  Fire pits warmed us, as did complementary blankets on the chilly but sunny March afternoon of this visit.


Live music, interesting things to explore and even a bean bag game kept my kids entertained, although we didn’t have to drag them to the table when dinner arrived!




The Food? It’s terrific, of course!  I ordered a the chopped brisket sandwich, and had to fight my kids to keep them off my corn on the cob!  My oldest son had a lamb sandwich, which was delicious!  We were there for my birthday, and our large table of extended family and friends each ordered something different, giving me a chance to sample quite a bit on the menu, one of the perks of getting older!

My Mommy Tip: 

  • They don’t offer a children’s menu, but my children shared a hamburger and a wonderful baked potato (because I snuck a few bites, too!)

Worthy of mentioning was Marta’s fresh tortillas and camp bread, served with a side of Pit Master Fat.  We watched inside as they made the homemade tortillas in an old press, and grilled them.  The Pit Master Fat is the fat dripping from the smoked meats, and it’s really incredible for dipping in those warm tortillas!

Don’t worry, after dinner you can take a leisurely stroll or ride along the trail to make up for it!  Check out my earlier post of one of our bike rides along the Trinity Trails, click Here!

Things To Do in Fort Worth


Right along the Trinity River and in the Fort Worth Cultural District, there are plenty of things to do in the area to work up an appetite!  The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a fun place to explore, with great interactive exhibits for kids, dinosaur dig, Omni theater and Noble Planetarium!  Click HERE for more information.

The Woodshed Smokehouse   

3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth

Click HERE to visit their website.    

Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun! 


Having Fun in the TEXAS Sun is on PINTEREST!  Use it as a quick resource to find activities in different Texas towns!  Click HERE!

© Having Fun in the Texas Sun , 2016.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Having Fun in the Texas Sun with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Please click HERE to read our disclaimer.

Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!