You might think that it is absolutely a coincidence that the Fort Worth Fire Department showed up at La Familia Restaurant this last weekend.
Is it? Perhaps they know that La Familia has the hottest fajitas in town!
Right at the table, the waiters pour tequila over the meat and flames it. This is just for show, because those fajitas are already cooked to perfection … but what a show it is! No, y’all, the Fire Department wasn’t there to put out the flames, in fact they probably ordered some flaming fajitas for themselves! But, I felt quite safe with them on the premises. Especially because I figured the fire department members probably didn’t order the flaming margaritas! I want them sober when they deal with fire.
The jalapeÃ±os are popular, but they are sweet, not hot.
The tortillas and the salsa are freshly made daily at the restaurant, and everything that you order is lip-smacking good. I’ve been a fan of La Familia for years, in fact I always bought fresh tamales from them at Christmas time. If you like tamales, La Familia is the place for you! I must have tamales at Christmas,
but I’m too lazy to make them but I reason: why cook when La Familia has the best tamales on the planet?
In those days, the restaurant was a tiny dive on 7th street in Fort Worth. It was always packed with people and had a line out the door. A couple of years ago they moved around the corner to 841 Foch Street (please don’t ask me how to pronounce the name of that street — I’d be mortified to hazard a guess!). Their new digs are gorgeous with room for all!
This last trip I was disappointed that Al Cavazos, the owner, wasn’t around. If he is there, he travels around the room shaking hands with everyone as if he had known them all their lives (and some of the folks he probably has known all their lives!). La Familia is definitely the kind of restaurant that becomes a habit. Al isn’t the only person that is friendly … every single person on the staff is standing at attention ready to wait on you hand and foot. They know what you want before you do!
Nobody is paying me to tell you about La Familia. I just want you to find it if you come to my neck of the woods. Of course, I’d keep my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant a secret if they didn’t have that new space.