Greetings from the Stockyards

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Since Tbug told us she’d never been to Ft. Worth, on our way home from Grandbury we had to run into Central Market {it’s a must}, then hubby asked me when I was a kid, where was an iconic place to Ft. Worth that we could take her to eat.

I looked at him and said, “The Stockyards.”  He wasn’t real sure my dad would want to drag the trailer down there or not so he’s like where’s another place?  Um… It’s Ft. Worth… there’s tons of places to eat….

So we got in the truck from Central Market and dad asked where we wanted to go eat?  I was like, um there are tons of places 🙂  So we kind of let Tbug pic.  We gave her options {Steak, Mexican, Italian, etc} and then we picked a restaurant based off her suggestions.

Guess where we went… the Stockyards!  She decided she wanted steak so we thought either Riscky’s Steakhouse or Cattlemen’s.

By the time we got to the Stockyards it was 11:25.  At 11:30 & sometime in the afternoon, they do daily cattle drives through the street.  Yup, we got there just in time for Tbug to experience that.


Then dad & hubs went to park the trailer and we decided upon Riscky’s Steakhouse for lunch.

As an add-on we ordered Calf Fries.  Do you know what those are?  Um… some call them Ozark Mountain Oysters, they’re also known as {sorry} Calf nuts.  Yes, you fry them up and eat them, a lot like livers & gizzards, etc.

Don’t worry, she knew what she was eating.  Well sort of.  And she’s had them before, and her auntie told her then what they were, so she knows 🙂  She likes them :).  I’m not a big fan but I ate one 🙂

After lunch we ran her around the stockyards a bit.  Yup, I even caught her with her eyes shut… Go me 🙂


This is in front of the colosseum.

And inside with no tripod… 🙁 My knees did an ok job right??



I promise she isn’t standing in the middle of the road although it sure looks that way… This is where the train used to go through to load up shipments of cattle, etc.  Now they’ve turned some of the old holding pens into stores.

And she was so bad we had to throw her in jail.  Grandma said she was worth bailing out though… LOL 🙂

and Measuring her arms against a Texas Long Horn span.

And everyone has to have their picture with this cutie, right?

Once we left Ft. Worth we headed to Paul Taylor’s Saddle Company in Pilot Point.  When we took Squirty down, we missed getting there by 15 minutes so we hauled butt to get there this time.  We got slowed down a bit with the Texas Speed Way traffic, but otherwise we got there at 2:40.  Still not really enough time to take in all the store, but we got to see some.


Then we headed for home.  This is crossing over the Red River which is the boarder between Texas & Oklahoma.


And don’t worry, we stopped at JL’s for BBQ on the way home… I’m just sayin 🙂

0 thoughts on “Greetings from the Stockyards

  1. I tried lamb fries at the OKC stockyards popular restaurant, they were soooo much better than calf! smaller and more tender. And the steaks were awesome!!

  2. I've tried calf fries before but they aren't my favorite thing.

    It is amazing to see a view of the stockyards from someone who doesn't live here. To me it is just the stockyards that I only go to if necessary.

    A place you need to eat next time you're down here is Esparanza's on Main St, or Joe T Garcia's on Commerce. Both are on the south end of the stockyards.

    I my self live on the southside of FTW and don't get up to the northside very often but those restaurants have great mexican food which I can eat 24/7/365.

    Glad you had fun down here.

  3. I have never heard of calf fries before! Something tells me I wouldn't be a fan…lol

    Looks like you had a great time! 🙂

  4. The Red River runs between Louisiana and Mississippi, too, if I remember right. :o)
    Hubby has eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters before.
    I have to wonder who the first person was to think of frying them up. I can't imagine it was a guy. ;o)

    Hope you're all doing well!

  5. I soooo miss living in Fort Worth. I love the stockyards. I also love Cattleman's steak. I wasn't a big fan of Riscky's but I only gave it one try.

    You ended up with some great pictures! I'm glad you guys had a good time.

    Thanks for linking up with us! xoxo

  6. So the cattle they lead through the street- do they take them to the back of the restaurant and serve them up 😉

    Looks like an awesome day!

  7. I have been to Ft. Worth, but do not remember that place. Cool. TBug is a brave one! hahaha. I ate alligator. She would probably do that. 😉

  8. What a great time & sounds like you all had some amazing food too! I love the cattle in the street. How cool is that?
    Awesome pics friend!

  9. I'm not sure what's more disturbing to me, the fact that there are cows in the middle of the street or that y'all ate baby cow balls! It's times like this that I'm grateful to be a city girl!

    Thanks for linking up and I love all, well almost all, of your pictures, looks like you had a great time!

  10. Looks like fun! I want to go one of these days! J took a horse to the sale one year, and I was so mad, I wasn't able to go.
    We need to make a trip someday, its not THAT far. Its just getting there. 😉

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