Outer Northwest – Fort Worth, TX

Located approximately 8 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth, the area known as Outer Northwest often goes by the name Far Northwest among residents. North of the outer loop around the downtown area that's formed by the intersection of I-820 and I-35 W, the neighborhood contains the suburbs of Saginaw and multiple opportunities for recreation due to its location near Eagle Mountain Lake and the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Residents of Outer Northwest Fort Worth tend to be individuals who commute to jobs downtown via easy access to local freeways and value the safety and good schools the area provides.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

While Outer Northwest features mainly residential neighborhoods, the area doesn't lack restaurants. You'll find options scattered throughout the area and along Boat Club Road. Fly in for breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Beacon Cafe on Aviator Drive. Located along the Hicks Airfield runway, this cafe serves up hearty plates of home cooking and stunning views of takeoffs and landings. Favorites here include made-to-order omelettes and delicious reuben sandwiches. Stop in on Sunday for brunch. Head toward Boat Club Road for the authentic Tex-Mex recipes dished up at Mama's Texican Kitchen. Diners can't stop talking about the brisket here, and the blue agave fish tacos are a must-try. Unlike many other Tex-Mex restaurants in the area, Mama's opens every day at 9 am for breakfast, with the exception of Sundays when a fabulous brunch is served from 11 am to 3 pm. For a little bit of Louisiana in the heart of Texas lake country, stop in at Boo Ray's of New Orleans on Boat Club Road. Sample appetizers that range from crab cakes to crawfish fondue. Order a flavorful bowl of gumbo to go with blackened Cajun catfish for dinner. The Creole and Cajun sauces made daily are to die for. Outer Northwest Fort Worth, or Far Northwest, doesn't offer a whole lot in the way of nightlife, and many locals head downtown to Fort Worth or Arlington for nights on the town or dancing. For a low key night, check out Dublin Square in the Far North area. This bar caters to transplanted Chicago Bears fans on Sunday afternoons.

History & Culture

Originally settled before the Civil War as farmland, the Outer Northwest area of Fort Worth was named Dido. The settlement featured a railroad station by the 1880s with three lines running through the area. Soon after, the settlement was given the name Saginaw and that name remains for the residential city located in Outer Northwest. With the arrival of the Burrus Mill and Elevator company in 1936 and the Globe Aviation Company, the area's population began to boom. Now the neighborhood is considered a suburb of downtown Fort Worth with the population to prove it. This area does not really have a recognizable arts scene, but the art district in downtown Fort Worth is just a 20 minute drive. Head to the Vintage Flying Museum just south of the neighborhood on NW 38th Street, and check out the B-17 Flying Fortress that's kept there in flying condition.


The majority of residents in the neighborhood travel by personal car due to easy access to both I-820 and I-35W. Public transportation does offer stops in the Outer Northwest neighborhoods, but stops sit few and far between and travel times can be triple that of driving yourself. Call ahead for a taxi or Uber service because you can't hail a taxi on the residential streets here. While many neighborhoods are extremely walkable and bike friendly, use caution on major roads because you won't find clearly marked bike lanes and many areas lack sidewalks. Parking is plentiful on side streets and in private lots.


Living in the Outer Northwest neighborhood costs approximately 6 percent higher than the rest of Texas and 2 percent more than the city of Fort Worth itself, while staying 4 percent lower than the average national cost of living. Renting a one-bedroom apartment comes with a price tag of $748 per month, and a gallon of gas costs around 8 percent less than the national average. If you choose to take public transportation, you'll pay $1.75 for a local ticket and $5 for a fare that will take you from the neighborhood to downtown Fort Worth. When it's time to relax, pick up the tab for your friends because beer is relatively cheap at $3 for drafts and $5 on average for craft and imported brews.


The area doesn't have a main shopping area or mall, with many residents heading to North East Mall in nearby North Richland Hills or into downtown Fort Worth itself for big box, brand name shopping. This doesn't mean you can't find a few one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques in the area. Step inside Diane's - A Bridal Boutique on S. Saginaw Boulevard when a special occasion calls for formal wear or to pick up accessories for a night on the town. The store prides itself on carrying a wide range of prices and offers personalized assistance by appointment if necessary. Another popular shopping area sits just south of I-820 in the tourist-popular Stockyards Station . This fun way for the whole family to spend the day features a multitude of little shops and boutiques. Get your Texas attitude on with a visit to Maverick Fine Western Wear and Saloon. This enticing shop begins with a gift shop at the front with Texas cookbooks and trinkets that quickly fades into a western wear store where you can outfit yourself from head to toe with boots, cowboy hats and a wide range of shirts and jeans. Grocery stores local to the area include Albertson's on N. Saginaw and a few Kroger stores spread throughout the area. For locally grown, fresh produce and eggs along with other items, head to Ridgmar Farmers Market on Highway 183. Foods that are grown in Texas feature state-shaped price tags in a nod to Texas pride.


This area of Fort Worth provides residents with quite a few opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Marine Creek Lake Park provides residents with two boat access points to Marine Creek Lake. Drop a line and while away the day, stopping for a picnic lunch along the banks. Facilities are minimal here, so come prepared. For those in search of an exercise-centric park with so much more, look no further than Willow Creek Park on Knowles Drive. The large 65-acre park has jogging trail with exercise stations, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and ball fields for games of softball or baseball. Enjoy a picnic in a covered pavilion before taking the kids for some fun on one of several playgrounds or play nine "holes" of disc golf with your friends. With something for everyone in the family, Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge of Fossil Ridge Road features everything from over 20 miles of trails for those who walk and run to an educational nature center with baby crocodiles. Visit the wetlands with your canoe, and enjoy the peace and quiet that has remained intact for centuries. Each year in March, the center puts on a fun canoe fest, and kids love showing up on Wednesdays for Storytime. Adults pay $5 for entry, children 3-12 get in for $4 and seniors pay $3. Feel free to bring your dog along, but keep pets leashed at all times.
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