Monday, December 3, 2012
First look: New bar Rodeo Goat opens in Fort Worth
The casual watering hole has better-than-average bar food, a stout beer selection, and a stuffed rodeo goat.
FORT WORTH With a heaping spoonful of Southern décor and a laid-back mentality to match, the new Rodeo Goat bar could become one of Fort Worth’s favorite watering holes for twentysomethings. Owner Sam Wynne, son of local restaurateur Shannon Wynne (Flying Saucer, Meddlesome Moth, and the still-in-progress Lark on the Park by Klyde Warren) opened the ice house with two purposes: to serve great burgers and craft beers.
We headed over to Rodeo Goat on Saturday, which was flooded with TCU fans who were drinking away their loss to OU hours before. Rodeo gates, feeding troughs, and a giant seed-bin-turned-fountain reflect the Stockyard city’s country roots. If you sit at the bar, you’ll be faced with a hilarious, saddle wearing stuffed goat that’s perched directly above the beer taps. Rodeo Goat has a refreshingly wide selection of local and American craft beers great for both the amateur and the novice hop enthusiast. The focus is on the beer; the short cocktail list includes down-home sips with quirky ingredients such as pickle juice and Tang.
The menu offers a solid array of burgers, salads, and appetizers that are refreshingly more unique than usual bar food. Goat cheese and fried eggs are a few of the burger embellishments, and burgers were the popular order of the day. We went with house-made brisket queso and hand-punched fries. The salty treats were a great pair for our cold, cold beers.
For the second round, we ventured into cocktail territory and went with the sweetened Texas Tea. Beware, this isn’t the usual sweet tea and vodka concoction you’ve come to love. A high dosage of lemonade or another lemon-flavored liquid is added to the already-sugary drink, making it much too sweet to enjoy.
Based on Sam Wynne's successful restaurant lineage, plus a laidback atmosphere, we expect Rodeo Goat to stay around long after the cows (or goats) come home.