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Here's where to find nachos, ice cream pops and more near Colonial

Spicy chicken nachos with fresh jalapenos at the Woodshed Smokehouse.
Spicy chicken nachos with fresh jalapenos at the Woodshed Smokehouse. bud@star-telegram.com

The pro golf tour has been coming to Fort Worth 72 years.

But never with so many dining choices within walking distance, not only along South University Drive but also along the Clear Fork.

If you want to see Colonial the new way, bike or rideshare to the tournament, then bike or walk the Trinity Trail afterward to Woodshed Smokehouse or HG Sply Co. and Popbar.

We've talked about the Woodshed often, but the patio breakfast-lunch-and-dinner restaurant nearest Colonial has revamped and broadened its menu.

The familiar favorites are still there: pork ribs, brisket-sausage burgers and a smoked baked potato that can make a meal for $5, or $11 with a heaping helping of brisket or pulled pork.


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Bud and the gang talk patio dining, places to eat around Colonial and where Harrison Ford eats when he visits Cowtown.

But the Woodshed now also serves littleneck clams, beef ribs, brisket or chicken nachos, bulgogi tacos and a housemade fried pastrami-and-Swiss.

It opens at 8 a.m. daily for breakfast, so it can be a stop before or after golf.

A half-mile east on the Trinity Trail, it's an 8-minute walk to Popbar, and the payoff is worth it: premium all-natural gelato or sorbetto pops and gelato sandwiches.

Fort Worth has several excellent new ice cream shops: Creamistry, Amorino and more. Popbar is closer to a Steel City Pops, but with its own stylish drips and coatings.

Try the mint gelato pop half-dipped in dark chocolate, or the coconut gelato pop with coconut shavings dipped in the same dark chocolate coating.

Popbar opens at noon daily; 1621 River Run, 817-720-6630, pop-bar.com.

Next door, HG Sply Co. will be open and pouring beet margaritas for its second Colonial along the river.

Bartaco ready to tee off

The Bartaco tacos-and-tequila restaurant is nearly open.

Expect tacos, quesadillas, salads and a popular Key lime pie-in-a-jar dessert in an upbeat coastal cocktail-lounge setting.

Bartaco is owned by Del Frisco's now, so look for that level of attentive service. Watch for it at 1701 River Run; 817-663-8226, bartaco.com.

Also along the river: Press Cafe and the Shops at Clearfork restaurants are a 2-mile walk west of Colonial.

(No need to walk to B&B Butchers & Restaurant. The Clearfork steakhouse's new "Rare Force One" courtesy van is rolling, and B&B will offer free bar hors d'oeuvres nightly and a wine special for the price of the lowest score that day. It's also serving Monday brunch on Memorial Day.)

Memorial morning at Chef Point

Besides B&B Butchers, one other local restaurant is promoting a Memorial Day brunch: Chef Point Cafe in Watauga.

The Monday holiday means one more day to try the chicken-and-waffle, eggs Benedict or French-toast bread pudding.

Chef Point has made it official: A new Colleyville location will open this fall on Texas 121.

But only the original Chef Point is the storied "cuisine Conoco" serving steak, lamb, pastas and seafood in a converted gas-station convenience store grill; 5901 Watauga Road, 817-565-0080, chefpointcafe.org

Chubby's coming in June

Chubby's Burger Shack in west Fort Worth has kept patrons waiting eight months for its reopening, and the wait will take a few weeks longer.

The burger grill has been remodeling since a Sept. 30 fire. Latest word is that it'll reopen in mid-June; watch at 7914 Camp Bowie Blvd. West.

More smoked meat

Two new barbecue restaurants are open in west Fort Worth, although I haven't tried either yet.

Maverick BBQ is new at 5426 Jacksboro Highway in Sansom Park, next to El Paseo; 682-708-1977, facebook.com/Mavericksbbq/.

Jonboy's BBQ, formerly a food trailer, is open at 110 N. Jim Wright Freeway in White Settlement; 817-720-5667, jonboysbbq.com.

Bud Kennedy, 817-390-7538; @EatsBeat

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