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What a decade the past year has been. The good news is that most of us are vaccinated, which allows us to frequent the great restaurants and retailers in our lifetimes. And to visit with friends, enemies and, I guess, family. At least the vaccinated. For an out-of-town friend’s 50th anniversary, a group trip to Fort Worth was touted as a potential idea. Perfect timing. Because all we’ll have to do is browse our Best Of 2021 issue, and the visit will basically schedule itself. Not sure we’re going to hit multi-award winning La Onda – this dude is more pizza and burgers than white tablecloths – or go to Scott Prather’s studio for some killer body art – neither of us have patience – but I can. definitely see us start at the Abbey Pub on West 7th for happy hour before stocking up on Serious Pizza nearby and then catching a show across the street at Lola’s Trailer Park or Near Southside at Tulips FTW. End the night at West 7th, The Shot Cellar in particular, and we’ll sleep like the gentle bearded angels that we are. As I said, the visit is organized essentially by itself, thanks to our faithful Best Of 2021 edition.
It’s a shame that people on the outside can’t take it with them. Unlike us. We lucky sumbites can store the Best Of number on our shelves, right between the Paul Auster and the JM Coetzee, and refer to it, well, pretty much anytime. Does the dog need to be groomed? Check out the best of. Do the clothes need to be dry cleaned? Best of. Special pieces to wax? Best of. Stress and sadness need to be washed away with alcohol? You get the point. The only Best Of in town that matters because we don’t pick the winners based on which places advertise with us and which don’t, Fort Worth Weekly‘s Best Of not only Fort Worth, but all of Tarrant County is the oldest Best Of in town. We have been here for 25 years and will undoubtedly be 2,500 more. You should receive it every week. – Antoine Mariani