Common Ground Grill and Tap: Burgers, Seafood and More

Quail and waffles with sweet chili syrup. Crispy chicken puffs with leeks and chimichurri sauce. Grilled artichoke hearts with piquillo puree, bacon, and goat cheese. These are some of the upscale appetizers you can expect to encounter at Common Ground Grill and Tap, a New American restaurant that opened six weeks ago about three miles from Villas of Oak Hill.

For the main course, dig into something more filling, like the Common burger. It features eight ounces of Akaushi Japanese beef, topped with smoked cheddar cheese, tomatoes, arugula, and pickled onions. Entrees include pan-seared shrimp with red chile polenta and sunflower chimichurri, grilled chicken with a sage reduction, and chorizo-stuffed quail, but save some room. You will probably want to try one of the desserts, perhaps the brandy cake with vanilla ice cream, a dash of orange zest, and a pinch of salt.

Common Ground Grill and Tap
3201 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
(817) 882-6163

FW Market + Table: Come for Brunch

If you recently resolved to eat healthier, you might be worried that your diet is about to consist solely of salads and veggie burgers. Chef Kalen of FW Market + Table isn't satisfied with that type of rabbit food diet. She and her team know that healthy food can taste and look good, and it can extend beyond the scope of salads. That's why she opened FW Market + Table three months ago, about 10 minutes from Villas of Oak Hill.

It contains two distinct restaurants: the Market and the Table. The Market promises consistently fresh fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that looks relatively similar from day to day—though the menu is so large and eclectic that you won't really have to eat the same thing twice. The Table, on the other hand, is where Chef Kalen and her team get creative using fresh, seasonal ingredients and their imagination. That menu changes all the time. Regardless of which eatery you visit, most locals say you should come for brunch, especially if avocado toast or banana pancakes sound good to you.

FW Market + Table
2933 Crockett Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 850-9255

Chefs Craft the Perfect Pizza Crust at Vivo 53, Not Far From Villas of Oak Hill Apartments

Zagat has crowned Vivo 53 one of The 7 Hottest New Pizza Places in Dallas-Fort Worth and awarded its burrata a spot on the list of 14 of the Most Photogenic Dishes in Dallas-Fort Worth, so even if you haven't had a chance to eat here yet, a stop is long overdue. After all, it's not far from Villas of Oak Hill Apartments! The rave reviews from customers are pouring in, too, if food critics' opinions aren't enough to convince you that this Italian eatery offers something special.

Its chefs are meticulous about crafting the perfect pizza crust (the restaurant is actually named for the number of tries it took to come up with the perfect dough, according to Zagat​). So when you bite into a piece of the popular spicy sausage pizza, take some time to really savor the crust. This is just one of many gourmet pies, including the fried kale, Kobe meatball, and crispy prosciutto. You can also skip the pizza and go for a plate of fresh pasta instead, such as lasagna, spaghetti, or rigatoni.

Vivo 53
525 Taylor Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(682) 207-8700

Fort Worth Zoo, Not Far From Villas of Oak Hill Apartments: Lions, Tigers and Bears are Just the Beginning

The Fort Worth Zoo has been around since 1909, making it the oldest zoo in all of Texas. Back when it first opened, however, the zoo looked a lot different. For one thing, its collection of resident animals was pretty paltry consisting of one lion, an alligator, two bear cubs, a coyote, a peacock, and a few rabbits. Today, the residents at Fort Worth Zoo number in the thousands, almost 7,000 to be more accurate.

And the zoo just continues to grow, debuting 16 new permanent exhibits in the past 20 years. There's the Chee-tos Cheetahs, where you can watch powerful felines run and prowl, as well as Parrot Paradise, a space where slightly smaller, colorful creatures flit from tree to tree. Don't miss a glimpse of the majestic lions, the waddling penguins, or the regal white tiger when you take a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo. If you grow tired of traipsing around, hop on the zoo's train back to the entrance on your way out. Make the short drive from Villas of Oak Hill Apartments to check it out.

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
(817) 759-7555

Hop the Mini Train at Trinity Park, Not Far From Villas of Oak Hill Apartments

Anyone who's been stuck in the city for too long can breathe in big gulps of fresh air at Trinity Park, a spacious public park located within the fringes of Fort Worth. The Trinity River gushes along the edge of the park, setting a soothing soundtrack for a hike or bike ride along the winding, woodsy trails.

If you bring the kids along, skip the hike and head to one of the playgrounds scattered throughout the park. They're all well-equipped to keep your youngsters entertained, though they may pale in comparison to the working miniature train that chugs through Trinity Park. Board the locomotive for a ride around the park, and hop off at the duck pond to feed your feathered friends. You can also go fishing off of the pier—the river is regularly stocked so as to make fishing more fruitful and fun at Trinity Park. It's worth the drive from Villas of Oak Hill Apartments.

Trinity Park
2401 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 392-5700

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