Eats beat: Rodeo Goat steps into the Wynne family's corral

Rodeo Goat is for beer-drinkers who think the Flying Saucer is too fancy.

But the burgers make it more than just a brewhall.

Rodeo Goat, new near the Cultural District, is the Wynne family's latest Fort Worth effort. The decor is basic Stockyards cattle pen; the kitchen serves fresh-ground natural beef.

"We just wanted a really casual, kicked-back place to have a beer and a burger," said Sam Wynne, a son of Saucer/ Flying Fish owner Shannon Wynne.

The Goat is definitely casual, with simple tables on a concrete floor and a patio with long picnic tables.

Although the Goat is near the equally casual Fred's Texas Cafe, Sam Wynne said the choice of 14 burgers is more like those served at Austin favorite Hopdoddy.

The burgers come with dozens of fresh toppings, from an avocado-chorizo-and-egg Oaxaca burger to a bacon-cheddar-onion ring-barbecue sauce burger named for Stockyards icon "Cowboy" Steve Murrin (both $9).

The Goat also has turkey and veggie burgers, chili, fries, salads and shakes. For dessert, the Goat has fried pies.

Wynne recommends the Ravi Shankar burger with curry and peanut butter. Or there's a "hot" burger with red chile seasoning, habanero cheddar and roasted Fresno pepper aioli.

Chef Keith Grober came from the kitchen at the family's Meddlesome Moth gastropub in Dallas.

"We wanted to do something more than just slap a burger on a bun," Wynne sad.

"Everybody enjoys burgers. We just wanted to be a little different." (They're experimenting with a bacon-wrapped smoked meatloaf burger with coffee-barbecue sauce.)

Rodeo Goat is open for lunch and dinner daily, with burgers until 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

It's at 2836 Bledsoe St., on the corner at Currie Street a block north of West Lancaster Avenue; 817-877-4628,

Chef Jeffery Hobbs, who helped cook up new-fangled fried chicken in Dallas, will become the chef at American F+B in Fort Worth, parent Consilient Restaurants announced this week.

With Lisa Garza, Hobbs helped start Sissy's Southern Kitchen and is expected to add more contemporary Southern dishes at American F+B, opening by summer at the corner of Crockett and Currie streets.

A Park Tavern Fort Worth, owned by the founders of Bar Louie, will open in downtown Fort Worth's new City Place Center at 150 Throckmorton St.

Park Tavern, a gastropub, has a Dallas location. The restaurants are owned by Chicago-based Restaurants America, which sold Bar Louie.

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