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Hospitals 101

Where to get the best

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hile the healthcare debate rages on in Washington, D.C., and all around the country, it’s easy to forget that some of the most dedicated healthcare professionals and best facilities in the world make their homes right here in Fort Worth. Though all of our local hospitals offer comprehensive care, some have developed a reputation for doing one or two particular facets of treatment better than all of the others. Fort Worth’s hospital district, between downtown and the Fairmount area, boasts a number of nationally recognized hospitals, all within a few blocks of one another. John Peter Smith hospital, the county’s only public hospital, is designed to service anyone who needs medical attention of any kind. They also have dozens of satellite clinics throughout the county and a brand new urgent care center. Aside from providing healthcare to Tarrant County’s poor, JPS is best known for being the best hospital in an emergency. Recently, JPS was awarded the distinction of being a Level 1 trauma center, meaning that the most seriously injured and ill can be treated at JPS’ main campus. Not only can the hospital now offer the highest level of emergency care, but it also means that critically injured

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patients will not have to be flown to Dallas or Lubbock to receive time-sensitive medical attention. Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth has been serving Fort Worth for more than 100 years. The 537-bed hospital that started as a group of concerned women caring for the sick, now offers more than 20 special services, ranging from treating sleeping disorders to cancer. There is also a satellite hospital in the City View area. Baylor All Saints consistently ranks as one of the best hospitals for overall care in the country, and is a reputedly good place for their transplant services. Baylor also

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These nurses were chosen by the Texas Nursing Association to represent JPS as part of the Great 100 Nurses. Denise Buddenhagen, RN, Andrea Hidinger, RN, , RN. Alicia Lang, RN, Carolyn Walsh, RN, Lesa Watley


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one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Cooks is also one of the only free standing hospitals (not associated with a larger healthcare system) to make the 2010 top 100 Integrated Healthcare Network list, which appears in Modern Healthcare Magazine and judges hospitals based on a variety of factors, including physicians and financial stability. “This honor affirms that we are uniquely positioned to provide the very best medical care for our patients in a safe environment,” said Rick Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s, on the company’s website. “Together, we serve the children in our community with more than one million patient encounters each year across the spectrum -- primary, specialty, inpatient, outpatient, and home care. This recognition is a testament to the spirit of collaboration between our physicians, clinical staff, and administrators. It once again validates our commitment to sharing information, expertise, and technology to improve patient outcomes.” offers a wide variety of classes that range from supporting people living with cancer, helping controlling asthma, or parenthood pointers. Texas Health operates 14 hospitals in the Fort WorthDallas area, one of which is the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in the hospital district. Harris is one of only four hospitals to be named “Top 100 hospitals in America” six years in a row. Among the many strengths of the hospital is its cancer treatment. The Klabzuba Cancer Center is recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as an approved comprehensive community cancer program, ranking it among the best cancer treatment facilities in the country. Cook Children’s Healthcare System was listed as

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth is the only accredited hip and knee replacement orthopedic program in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. The 320-bed facility is also nationally recognized as “Top 100 Heart Hospitals” in the country and offers services varying from stress tests and cardiac rehabilitation to complex procedures like off-pump bypass surgery. Its facilities comprise four open-heart surgery operating rooms, four cardiac “cath” labs, and a dedicated intensive care unit. Plaza is also the first Fort Worth hospital to offer a dedicated stroke program; and the Neuroscience Center is one of the most advanced medical facilities utilizing advanced technology to diagnose and treat surgical and non-surgical neurological disorders. It’s nice to know that while the rest of the country waits for politicians to figure out healthcare, the stateof-the-art hospitals here in Fort Worth, staffed with worldclass healthcare professionals, can treat every ailment imaginable.

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bout 6 p.m. on March 28, 2000, Fort Worth chef Tim Love was going over some financial books at the downtown Reata restaurant on the 35th floor of what was then the Bank One Tower. But word spread quickly about a tornado warning, and Love quickly worked to get the employees to get out of the building via the stairwell.

About 20 minutes later all hell broke loose.

“I went to the window and looked west and saw the tornado coming at us down West Seventh Street,” Love recalled. “Before it got to us, I heard a smash, and there was a patio yard umbrella jammed up against one of the windows. I tried to get to the stairwell but couldn’t get there in time. So I braced myself by the elevator doors in the center of the building. “It seemed like forever, but it was probably all over in a few minutes,” he continued. “But when I went back in the dining room, about three-fourths of the windows were shattered, chairs and tables slung all over the place, just carnage everywhere.” For the first 24 hours, most of downtown was closed from the damage. Even one week later, 10 blocks of the center of town were still off limits. As the city marks the 10th anniversary of that crazy day this month, memories are still very clear in the minds of people who experienced the F3 twister State Sen. Wendy Davis - then a Fort Worth council member was in city hall and made it to the emergency operations center in the basement. She and other city employees watched the events on television. “I had grave concern for people who might still be working in the downtown office buildings,”

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Davis said. “Because we were in the [basement] I was able to see and hear reports of damage as quickly as they were coming in. Worst was the news about injuries and [two] deaths at the Montgomery Ward site. Michael Thompson, owner of Michael’s Restaurant on West Seventh, got to his business within minutes after it was hit. “The neighborhood was in shock, and I figured the best way to keep things calm was to keep my place open and serve some food and drinks for those who were displaced,” Thompson recalled. “Michael’s became a gathering spot for many in the area to come together and talk about what had happened and to plan on what to do next. “We all stayed until the last windows were boarded up in the area,” he continued. “The next morning I made it through the security and police lines to get to the restaurant. Our power was quickly restored and after talking with our local health department, I decided to cook most of the day for the volunteers, workers, police, and firefighters to be sure they all had enough to eat and drink.” Brian Forella, who owned the Wreck Room near Michael’s at the time, also made it back to his business within minutes of the storm. “The air conditioning units in our roof

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had been sucked out, and some were found later blocks away,” Forella said. “The barber shop next door was leveled, and we got one of the barbers out who was trapped inside. Our windows were shattered, but amazingly, the liquor bottles stayed on the shelf.” The Wreck Room was closed for about three weeks after the tornado. But there were some important positives that came after the storm. Davis said the hard hit Westside Linwood neighborhood residents had “contract for deed” housing arrangements, which left many uninsured. Legislation was later introduced and passed to better protect homebuyers. And the Bank One Tower was eventually renovated and turned into condos, kicking off the downtown housing boom. As for Tim Love, the tornado started for him a change in his working arrangements. “I had always wanted to open up my own restaurant, but I saw the tornado as a sign that this might be a time to do it,” he said. That led to Love’s opening the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Stockyards, the success of which brought about other Loveowned restaurants and cemented his reputation as a nationally renowned chef.


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The Foodie Pages

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Cowtown Diner

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he word “Cowtown” has a certain good ol’ boy, giddy-up feeling to it, and when you pair it with “diner,” you might automatically think you’ll be slopping down some black-eyed-peas ‘n’ cornbread at a checkered counter-outfitted chuck wagon. Well, pull over your recalled Lexus and get ready for a very pleasant surprise. After all, we know the real foodies of downtown Fort Worth, and what they want is class, elegance, and great food. Cowtown Diner opened its doors mid-January deep in the heart of Sundance Square, and less than a month later it is one of the hottest spots for every meal you can think to fit in one day -- including those 2 a.m. munchies. Located in the space right next to the longbeloved Chop House, Cowtown Diner is the perfect mix of contemporary and rustic. Think Martha Stewart meets Gunsmoke. Exposed brick walls and columns are accented by the décor’s green, gold, and brown palette. The seating areas partitioned by polka-dotted glass panels or thick, dark wooden “blinds” include spacious booths, chic fourtops, and a 2010 version of the old-fashioned diner

counter, which is perfect for solo diners. One area not to miss is the vaulted ceiling seating toward the back that gives you the illusion of dining al-fresco but safely from the elements. Friendly servers will greet you and, at the gentlest prodding, offer recommendations that may make you realize you need to return the next day -- the menu is full of too much tempting fare to be eaten in one sitting. Start with the King Ranch Queso: a light, orange, four-cheese blend with an unexpected bunch of veggies swirling around inside, including tomatoes, poblano peppers, mushrooms, and corn. Not your friendly neighborhood Flo’s queso. Or go for the spicy ranch-style bean hummus or adventurous Pigs in a Handmade Quilt (grilled venison, chipotle jack sausages, puff pastry, and honey-mustard dip). Lunch and dinner menus vary, but both include the restaurant’s signature deviled eggs by the dozen or half-dozen. Lunch entrées include everything from Asian grilled salmon with grilled veggies and buttered rice to Texas Chili. Or try a distinctly Texas take on the Reuben sandwich, with chipped

brisket, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing, all served on Texas toast. The brisket is juicy and melt-in-your mouth and, paired with the zesty kraut and dressing, makes for a hearty, savory quick-bite. Don’t have time to sit and dine? No worries. Belly up to the grab-and-go counter, and be on your way. The dinner menu offers more than a dozen choices, including the chicken-fried chicken (also available at lunch), chili bacon cheeseburger, shrimp and sausage jambalaya risotto, and chipped beef boneless short-ribs with crimini mushrooms, white gravy, and crispy buttermilk onions. If you haven’t eaten in a few days, try the Full o’ Bull plate (though you have to make reservations 24 hours in advance): a 4-lb. chicken-

fried steak served with pounds of mashed potatoes, cream gravy, and Texas toast. If you eat it all, it’s on the house! Otherwise, it’s a mere $69.95, and you’ll walk away with a truckload of togo boxes. Overall, don’t let the antler chandelier and cowhide lights fool you. Cowtown Diner is an upscale modern diner with atmosphere and food to satisfy all tastes. Cowtown Diner 350 Main Street, FW. 817-332-9555. www.thecowtowndiner.com Open 7am daily; to 11pm Sat-Sun, 10pm Mon-Fri; Bar open 7am daily; to 2am Fri-Sat, 11am Mon-Thu & Sun Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sat and Sun brunch. King Ranch Queso $6.95, grilled pimento cheese sandwich with ham $7.95, smothered pork porterhouse $14.95

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The newly opened Paciugo in West 7th is a lovely and contemporary “ice cream parlor” where you can savor the fine Italian flavors of gelato. Indulge in 3 scoops (2 for the small) of your favorite gelato flavors - including tiramisu, turtle cheesecake, s’more and so many more – topped with a cup of hot chocolate and whipped cream. The drink is so rich and decadent and gelato is low in fat due to the lack of cream and butter, so you can go back every day for a new concoction limited only by your imagination and not feel guilty. This is truly a treat that you can’t pass up. Again and again.

Affogato al Cioccolato – Small $5.45, Regular $5.99 @ Paciugo 2926 Crockett St. • 817-885-7725

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The Foodie Pages

beat the clock Fred’s Texas Café

Time in: 11:33 am

The setting: For many locals, Fred’s Texas Café is the heart and soul of the modern-style development that fronts West 7th Street. Sleek new buildings now obscure the diner, but once you wind your way through the streets of new restaurants and retail stores, Fred’s appears as an oasis of unpretentious style that masks its epicurean caliber. And don’t let the size of the diner fool you -- inside is larger than it seems, and the patio is even bigger. Replete with a full bar and stage, Fred’s patio is the place to be if you are hungry for the tastes and/or tunes of Texas. The menu: Since 1978, Fred’s has been serving some of the greatest food around -- just ask Food Network’s Guy Fieri, who showcased Fred’s on his popular show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The Fredbruger ($8.00 and served with handcut French fries) is a half-pound patty with all the trimmings and has won so many awards you actually feel intimidated biting into it. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the Big Fred ($10.50) is a three-quarter-pound burger sure to do the trick. More than just a burger joint, Fred’s also offers daily specials, including the rib-eye with enchiladas (prices vary on specials). If Sunday is your fun-day, stop in for brunch and have the quail-and-eggs plate ($17.00):

Time out: 12:25 pm

scrumptious quail, two eggs, home-fried potatoes, a sourdough biscuit, and gravy (whew!) topped off with a mimosa schooner ($6.00). The service: You won’t find any Fred’s employees standing around and twiddling their thumbs during lunch. The staff is small in number but full of multi-tasking, fast, friendly professionals who are there when you need them and not when you don’t. All this great food comes with a crowd so if you want a quick bite during the week, come early or late, and you’ll be out within the lunch hour. The verdict: When you want extraordinary food with a comforting atmosphere or a fun night out with great live music and “coldass” beer, Fred’s Texas Café is hard to beat. Fred’s Texas Café 915 Currie St, FW 817-332-0083 10:30am-midnight Tues-Sat 10:30am-9pm Sun Closed Mondays

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Kidding Around

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t. Patrick’s Day has, perhaps not without just cause, developed a reputation as a day (and often evening) of fall-down debauchery. But what’s great about St. Paddy’s Day in Fort Worth is that there are plenty of kid-friendly options during the week of March 17 -- and some of them even include adult beverages, just to make the hours spent watching faces get painted and goats get petted a little less -- how you say? -- tortuous.

Just kidding! One event that’s sure to please the kiddos and the kiddo in you is the 16th Annual Cowtown Goes Green Celebration. From 1 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m. on Sat., March 15, the Stockyards will be in the throes of a total green-out: Live Irish bands will provide the soundtrack to a day of pony rides, interacting with farm animals at a petting zoo, face painting, playing games, and entering contests with Radio Disney. At 4 p.m. is when the big Cowtown Goes Green Parade will commence. Everything will happen around East Exchange Avenue, the home of many fine retail establishments, restaurants, and, yes, places that serve cold beer. For more information, including where to park, visit www.stockyardsstation.com or call 817-625-9715.

Impossible Possibilities’ Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Festival will also feature stuff for the kids to do, including race. One place where parking is always at a premium is Central Market (4651 W. Fwy. on the West Side, 817-9894700), the site of Fort Worth Weekly’s fourth annual Paddy O’ Party, a day of live Irish music, food, and, of course, drink -- the beer and wine options at CM are seemingly limitless. So sit back on one of CM’s comfy wooden patio chairs, listen to the music by the likes of Jiggernaut, Behan, and others, and chase away the time spent keeping an eye on the kids as they dangle from the massive jungle gym stage left by sipping some Guinness. A good way to get ready for the rowdiness that is St. Paddy’s Day is by breaking a sweat, which is why the Second Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Festival is highly recommended. Presented by a nonprofit group started to “inspire students through education,” Impossible Possibilities, the festival also includes an awards ceremony, live music from Jeff Allen Band, Jesse Jennings Band, and Rob Baird, a kid zone, sponsor expo, plus food and beverages, all at Trinity Park. The kids’ race is at 1:30 p.m.; the 5K at 2 p.m. The day of the race/festival is Sat., March 30. For more info, visit www.impossiblepossibilities. org.

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Entertainment

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hat most bars and restaurants love almost as much as the NFL playoffs and Bowl Week is March Madness but not because everyone loves college hoops but because just about everyone is in an office betting pool -- nothing makes arbitrary tests of strength, speed, and endurance

the home-electronics department at Sears and offers some stellar bites -don’t pass on the zesty, melt-in-yourmouth chicken quesadillas. Though soccer can regularly be viewed on any one of Fox & Hound’s assorted tellies, soccer hooligans are not

Eric’s Famous Chicken Pepperoni at The Pour House.

more enjoyable than the thought that gigantic windfalls of cash can come raining down on your head as a result (or go sailing on past as a result). You don’t need a spreadsheet to tell you that just about every sports bar in town will not only be airing the games but also will be offering some specials to keep you watching. But where to go if you just want to sit in peace and watch a relatively no-name game, perhaps one upon which mounds of your hard-earned dough have been wagered? On the other hand, where to go to root for your favorite teams and get all rowdy? There are different sports bars for different reasons. One place where rowdiness is definitely certified, approved, and encouraged is Fox & Hound English Pub & Grille. The cavernous, generously lit sports bar/restaurant in Sundance Square (603 Houston St. 817-338-9200) has more TVs than

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welcome. Rabid though respectful fans of all sports, however, always are. For a less-internationally flavored though equally raucous -- and, um, entertaining -- sportswatching environment, there’s Rick’s Cabaret (7101 Calmont Ave., 817732-0000). The dollhouse is offering free admission to folks with valid Mavericks or Stars tickets (or military ID). Everyone, though, is afforded $6 lunch specials all day every day and happy hour drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. And while The Pour House (2725 W. 7th St. in the near-West Side, 817335-2575) caters mainly to lovers of the Cowboys, Mavs, and Stars, the newly opened spot in the West 7th Street corridor isn’t the kind of place to visit with your face painted. “Elegant” and “sophisticated” are two good words to describe the spacious yet intimate, dimly lit, chic


kinds consumes cowtown spot whose menu is traditional on paper but “sophisticated” in execution. A can’t-miss entrée is Eric’s Famous Chicken Pepperoni: a grilled breast of bird topped with homemade marinara sauce, pepperoni, and melted provolone cheese. The Pour House is perfect for both sports watching and also a cocktail after you’ve gotten all dressed up and gone to a local show at Bass Performance Hall (525 Commerce St. in Sundance Square) -- though you probably won’t need the sport coat or the high heels for Performing Arts Fort Worth and Casa Manana’s presentation of Fiddler on the Roof, a working-class dramedy and Broadway staple that will run at the Bass from early March until Sun., March 14.

Enjoy a Guinness or any of the 140 other beers served at Paddy Reds this St. Patrick’s Day.

Radio Kaos rocks 8.0 on St. Paddy’s.

You’ll also probably want to shelve the suit or heels for Performing Arts Fort Worth’s presentation of Los Lobos and Leo Kottke. Los Lobos is probably best known for their rendition of “La Bamba,” which is a shame -- the three-time Grammy winners from East Los Angeles have done a little bit of everything over their decades-long time together, from dynamic, straight-up indie-rock to traditional Mexican and Spanish musics. And Kottke is a veritable magician on the guitar. The show is on Mon., March 22. For more information on Los Lobos/Leon Kottke or Fiddler on the Roof, call the Bass Hall box office at 817-212-4400. March, of course, also means St. Patrick’s Day. One place that’s about as authentically Irish as far as, y’know, Irish clubs in Texas go is Paddy Reds Irish Pub, located in a huge basement on Throckmorton Street by Sundance Square (903 Throckmorton to be exact; 817-3324747). With dozens of beers on tap and a bar about as long as a soccer field, Paddy Reds probably won’t be serving green beer but will deliver the kind of bonhomie that’s required for any good St. Paddy’s Day -- and Night.

For a less authentic but equally stout Irish experience, 8.0 Restaurant and Bar (111 E. 3rd St. in Sundance Square, 817-336-0880) will be featuring Irish brews and green drink specials on the hallowed day, Wed., March 17. Radio KAOS will be performing live at 7 p.m. on the spacious patio (weather permitting). Stretch your legs a little and work off any excess weight gained during March Madness or St. Paddy’s Day on Sat., March 27, when Fort Worth’s version of the national Walk for MS kicks off at the veranda and courtyard of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (1309 Montgomery St. in the Cultural District, 817-738-1938) at 9 a.m. sharp -- registration begins at 8 a.m. for both the 1 mile or 5K races. Food and live entertainment will follow. Lots to do in March, and thankfully none of them has to do with the dreaded ides.

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