Vintage Grill and Car Museum, Weatherford
***** Permanently Closed. *****
Weatherford is a town best known for their peaches. It is, after all, the Peach Capital of Texas. But 30 minutes west of Fort Worth, and just down the street from the Parker County Courthouse, you’ll find one of the best picks in the area, the Vintage Grill and Car Museum! We’ve been repeat visitors since they first opened in 2015, and have never been disappointed.
The Vintage is housed, fittingly enough, in a building built in the 1930’s for a car dealership! There are still garage doors that open onto the patio on sunny days!
We recently visited with friends after a day spent wandering around Clark Gardens, where our boys built up an appetite chasing the miniature trains over bridges and through the garden! The Grill offers staples such as their chicken-fried steak, chicken and waffles and their Akaushi beef burgers. Akaushi is one of four Japanese Wagyu breed of cattle, known for the meat’s fine marbling.
We were seated on the patio, which is nicely enclosed behind a wall to block the noise from Hwy 180, but low enough that you still get a passing breeze. A guitarist played on the stage, and our waiter explained that the restaurant was participating in a Pub Crawl with 4 other local restaurants for St. Patrick’s Day. We placed our order and headed over to view the cars in the attached building.
Here in this gallery stands just a few of the cars in owner Tom Moncrief’s collection, but the 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible, once owned by President LBJ, was our favorite. I seized the learning moment, and pointing to the picture of LBJ and his wife, told the boys that the wildflowers we had seen blooming along the highway on our way there was one of Ladybird Johnson’s greatest and most lasting contributions to Texas!
We headed back to our seats with only minutes to spare before our lunch arrived. My nine-year-old is usually more concerned with the paper classic car that his kids menu fare is normally nestled in, but was silent about it when his order arrived instead on a plate. He only wanted to hurry eating so we could go see the rest of the cars at the museum next door!
This larger building, which is also FREE to visitors, houses many more cars and our boys wasted no time in quickly deciding their favorites, then questioning the museums knowledgeable staff about their own favorites. They even got a few of the other visitors to vote. As for me, I hardly blinked when I responded that I preferred the enormous 1956 Cadillac Broadmore Skyview, with 4 rows of seating, allowing for plenty of distance between the driver, and the talkative boys on the back row!
Moncreif’s collection also includes cars from famous movies, such as the Godfather and Pearl Harbor.
Afterwards, we walked across the street to the Weatherford Farmers Market, which offers fun shopping for fresh, if not always local, produce, plants, rustic furniture and just cute finds! Click HERE to visit their website.
As we were leaving, the boys were so excited to spot a Leprechaun, and quickly chased him down! While he didn’t have a pot of gold, he did let them pose for a picture in his bike taxi!
Know Before You Go
The Grill and Museum are both closed on Mondays.
Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome on the patio, where you can even request bowls of water for them.
Things To Do in Weatherford
Each November, the 4D Christmas Tree Farm opens, allowing visitors to come purchase and cut down their own Christmas tree! Click HERE to read more.
The Doss Heritage and Cultural Center is a FREE Texas History museum, where you can learn about the history of the region, and pose with a life-size sculptor of Weatherford’s favorite son, Larry Hagman! Click HERE to visit their website.
I keep hoping a Pick-Your-Own Peach Orchard will open in or near Weatherford, but until one does, don’t miss the annual Peach Festival held the 2nd Saturday of July! Click HERE to visit their facebook page.
Vintage Grill and Car Museum
202 Fort Worth Hwy., Weatherford
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