Fort Worth's dining scene may not be as lauded or as flashy as the one in Dallas, but it is increasingly sophisticated, with excellent steakhouses, innovative Southwestern and haute Mexican cuisine alongside family-oriented Tex-Mex and barbecue joints. Although very few hotels are prime dining spots (outside of 610 Grille at the Ashton Hotel), one of the city's vaunted art museums, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, has a terrific fine-dining restaurant for lunch and Sunday brunch, Café Modern (tel. 817/840-2157), overlooking the reflective pool (the restaurant was named one of the best in the U.S. by Gourmet magazine).

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