is a suburban city roughly six miles from Downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The city has been surrounded by the growing Fort Worth metro and is considered an inner suburb. Haltom City stretches from Wheeler Street and Elliott Reeder Road on the south end northward to Western Center Boulevard. I-820 passes through the northern section of the city. This popular community features 10 local parks, great shops and restaurants, and a friendly suburban atmosphere. Haltom City, like much of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, enjoys low unemployment due to the wide variety of industries located in the area.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
With plenty of small, local restaurants and large chains dispersed throughout Haltom City, especially along North Beach Street, diners can satisfy virtually any craving without leaving the area.
For casual Southern food and fried specialties, head to Kim's Chicken and Seafood Restaurant on Broadway Avenue. Don't let the humble look of this location fool you, as residents love the chicken fingers and fried catfish here. Whatever you get, make sure to top it with a generous heaping of the restaurant's homemade tartar sauce and hot sauce. According to locals, you could eat Kim's sauces plain and still be happy with your meal.
For a more ethnic dining experience, stop by one of the many authentic Thai or Vietnamese diners in Haltom City. One such delectable diner, Thai Charm Cuisine, makes its home on East Belknap. Thai Charm Cuisine serves selections such as boat noodles, fried calamari, grilled pork, and sticky rice. Each selection has a spice level from zero to five, allowing you to choose just the right amount of heat.
Nightlife in Haltom City proves fairly laid-back, but neighborhood bars remain lively with locals. Discover a range of sports bars and dive bars, and don't miss Overtime Bar and Grill for karaoke on Sunday evenings. Enjoy draft beers here for less than $2 during special happy hours.
History & Culture
Texas formally incorporated Haltom City in 1949, making it the first county seat for Tarrant County. Since that time, Haltom City has expanded dramatically, thanks to residents attracted by jobs at local factories and Tarrant County College. When you want a bit of local color, the Riverside Arts District houses
a number of galleries and small shops displaying pieces by local artists. The Riverside Stolen Garden holds a number of displays that regularly rotate. You can also attend a number of annual festivals and artistic events on weekends.
As most residents in Haltom City travel by car, plenty of free public parking abounds in the neighborhood. Thanks to the major highways that run through Haltom, including Airport Freeway and Belknap Street, residents can get anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area relatively quickly.
If you prefer public transportation, Haltom City does provide limited access to bus lines, especially Line 41. In a pinch, call a taxi for a ride or summon an Uber driver with your smartphone. Although many parts of this suburb prove difficult for walking, residents enjoy strolling through the Riverside Arts District. The Arts District has made an effort to encourage Haltom City to become more bike and pedestrian-friendly as a whole, which has improved the walkability of that part of the neighborhood since 2012.
An affordable neighborhood choice in Fort Worth, Haltom City costs about five percent less than surrounding neighborhoods. Average rent for a one-bedroom
apartment in Haltom City costs just $650, and a beer runs you about $6 at a local bar. Gas prices tend to cost about average for Fort Worth, but still run almost 15 percent lower than the national average.
With the North East Mall only minutes away from Haltom City in Hurst, many residents shop outside the neighborhood. Resident's don't ignore the one-of-a-kind boutiques within the town itself, though.
The Riverside Arts District adds new galleries and pop-up shops regularly. Some of the best local art in this area always ends up at WoCA Projects. WoCA Projects prominently features art done by female artists of varied heritages alongside projects that celebrate and challenge cultural and societal perceptions of women. Run by the artists of the community as a non-profit that serves the artists' interests first, WoCA never fails to cultivate strong support from the community.
If you need more practical furnishings for your home, head to Sam's Furniture. This locally-owned home-goods store has supported the community since 1978 by treating staff and customers well. Patrons always talk about the knowledgeable employees, some of whom have worked for the store since its opening. Plus, this shop proffers a wider selection of traditional furniture at lower prices than at most other stores in the area.
For groceries, most people in the neighborhood prefer Kroger and Walmart. The River East Market is hosted by the River Arts District where Race Street intersects with Riverside. This farmers market is held on the second Saturday of every month and features produce from local farmers, vendors, artists, and live music.
Haltom City provides plenty of green space for residents in its more than 10 free public parks. The largest, Buffalo Ridge Park, hosts 95 acres of fields and play spaces that include picnic areas, a large playground, and three miles of jogging trails.
When you want to participate in a team sport, visit North Park to use its softball, baseball, and soccer fields. The park even houses an 18-hole disc golf course. Tennis and in-line hockey fans should head to Broadway Park to take advantage of its well-maintained facilities. Afterward, cool off in the water of the sprayground. Each park hosts a number of tournaments annually for a variety of sports. If you love to play, you can join a league for a small fee.