If the Woodshed Smokehouse were located anywhere else in Fort Worth, it would still be a really great 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.
During our most recent visit, one of many, many visits over the years, we were with friends after just spending the morning at Fort Worth’s new, all-accessible Dream Park at Trinity Park, also on the Trinity Trails.
While there is indoor seating, the Woodshed is meant to be enjoyed outside, with scattered tables, plenty of shade (or heat and even blankets during the chillier days), and great views of the Trinity River!
The kids are usually kept busy with live music or games of cornhole, but on this afternoon, they were more interested in watching the turtles along the river.
The Smokehouse offers smoked meat, and we had a huge plate of it, along with corn on the cob, beans and potatoes. The menu is a wish-list of unique creations, but I definitely recommend starting your meal with Marta’s Fresh tortillas and pit master fat, and the smoke hummus!
The kids all tried a open-fire grilled oyster, too!
On this particular visit, we were seated immediately, and our service was great. During more peak times, we have waited a while for a table, and as expected, service was a little slower during a peak time, but I’ve never had a less than terrific experience at the Woodshed!
The Woodshed is definitely not your typical BBQ restaurant, but keep in mind that it is a smokehouse, and while the offer other options, I believe that their smoked options are their best!
Their breakfast is served Friday – Sunday, and is, of course, amazing. The homemade biscuits and brisket gravy is worth a visit by itself!
The Woodshed Smokehouse is owned by Fort Worth chef Tim Love, and if you enjoy it, check out his other FW restaurants, The Love Shack, Lonesome Dove, White Elephant Saloon, all in the Fort Worth Stockyards, and Gemelle, his new pizza restaurant!
My Mommy Tip
Although very family friendly, they don’t offer a children’s menu, and their portions are not children sized. My kids now eat more than me, but when they were younger I usually just shared my meal with them, or had them share a meal.
Click HERE to see the menu.
Parking is FREE and available right at the restaurant.
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.
Fort Worth’s Bcycle Bikes can be rented on the trail just outside the Woodshed, or at Trinity Park for a fun ride to the Woodshed to eat, and then back.
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, breakfast, 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!
Things To Do Nearby in Fort Worth
The new DREAM Park is nearby at Trinity Park, also on the Trinity Trail.
The Forest Park Miniature Train is a fun 45-minute train ride through the park and across the Trinity River.
See why the Fort Worth Zoo is ranked by #1 Zoological Experience in the Country!
3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth
Click HERE to visit their website.
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