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Reata. One of over two dozen eateries in Sundance Square, Downtown Ft. Worth.

Restaurants

There's really no retail around LaGrave Field. You either have to go south across the river into the downtown Sundance Square area, north to the Historic Stockyards, or find places along the way.

Sundance Square

If you're staying downtown, or arrive after 5PM or weekends when parking's free in most lots (take your parking ticket for validation!), there's a wide variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment options in Sundance Square. Options range from seafood (Daddy Jack's Seafood, 353 Throckmorton Street, 817.332.2477), sushi (Piranha Killer Sushi, 335 W. Third Street, 817.348.0200), cajun (Razzoo's Cajun Cafe, 318 Main Street, 817.338.2866), barbeque (Riscky's Barbecue, 300 Main Street, 817.877.3306), "legendary western cuisine" (Reata at Sundance Square, 310 Houston Street, 817.336.1009), 100 beers on tap and food (The Flying Saucer, 111 East 4th Street, 817-336-7470) and many many more other food options.

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Angel with horn on Bass Performance Hall

Historic Stockyard District

For an option with history and away from downtown, the Historic Stockyard District is only a few blocks north of the ballpark on Main Street (around Stockyard Blvd. and Exchange Ave.). It too offers a variety food options though one would most likely want to have steak or other beef given this location. To that end you could try Billy Bob's Texas with both seating and buffet style (2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817.624.7117), Cattlemen's Fort Worth Steak House (2458 N. Main St., 817.624.3945), H3 Ranch featuring rainbow trout (105 E. Exchange Ave, 817-624-1246) and several other options.

Of course if you're taking the route of I-35E and want a good food option on the route on Northside Drive you can try Mercado Juarez Restaurant (1651 E Northside Dr., 817.838.8285) for a hearty Mexican meal

Good Mexican food is available several places - some favorites are on the west side (of the mountains) the Riviera (5218 Doniphan Dr., 915.584.1542) and Avila's Mexican Restaurant (6232 N Mesa St, 915.584.3621) and Taco Cabana (good food fast with several locations).

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It's not a spaceship. It's the Fort Worth Convention Center

Sites & Attractions

The same locations, Sundance Square & Historic Stockyards are also excellent places to spend time before or between games. They both have much more than restaurants.

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Historic Blackstone Hotel

Sundance Square also has a variety of shops, many options for art lovers including art galleries and major performance venues such as the Bass Performance Hall with its two 48' tall angels blowing their horns over the street (555 Commerce Street, 817.212.4200) home to ballet, symphony, opera, musicals and other events. You can also listen to live jazz at the Scat Jazz Lounge (111 West Fourth Street, Suite 11, 817.870.9100) or catch a movie at 9-screen multiplex.

The Historic Stockyards is, as its name suggests, an historic district that pays tribute to the history of the area "from cowboys to cattle" including its very own cattle drive! It's home to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame (128 East Exchange Ave. - Barn A, 817.626.7131), the Texas Trail of Fame with its markers in the district's walkways honoring those who contributed to the western way of life, The Fort Worth Herd with twice daily (11:30AM & 4:00PM) longhorn cattle drives down the streets (817.336.4373), and the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze (145 E Exchange Ave., 817.624.6666). There are also many western shops to outfit any real --or would be-- cowboy (or cowgirl).

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"Rangers Ballpark" seen from Rawlings A-A Grille

Besides options in Ft. Worth itself there is, of course, one of interest to baseball fans. The (Texas) Rangers Ballpark in Arlington home to the Texas Rangers. Even if you can't catch a Rangers game you can, during the season, eat at Rawlings All-American Grille at Rangers Ballpark (E Randol Way) located in the upper right field area behind the seats. Entrance is on E. Radol Way, take elevator to restaurant.

Lodging

Ample --and again in the same locations (Dowtown and Stockyards District)

With all the restaurants, shops, entertainment, etc. it should be no surprise that the best, nearest lodging options are downtown and historic stockyards district. The stockyard lodging options include three hotels and two bed & breakfasts. Sundance Square has many fine hotels of its own such as the historic Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone (601 Main Street, 817.885.8700)