Just a few years ago, the North Fort Worth area was pasture. Now it's garnering comparisons to Silicon Valley. While this neighborhood still has the cool vibe and warm southwestern weather that characterize downtown Fort Worth, the restaurants also have the benefit of being almost entirely new. Big-name chains and popular local joints wrestle to get a location here. Great Tex-Mex is a given, but it rubs elbows with less expected cuisines like Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese and Thai. Many up-and-coming young chefs are starting their careers here, while more established upscale eateries are expanding their offerings to get in on the action.