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The banks of the once-quiet Trinity River in Fort Worth have never seen the likes of this before.

Raucous carousers, foodie foursomes and even families have all been arriving in droves since Tim Love opened his Woodshed Smokehouse a year ago this month.

It?s easy to see why there?s so much love for the playhouse of proteins. Pull up at the valet stand (or opt to park a few blocks down the road and walk, like we did, to save $5) and turn your attention to the flagpole outside the corrugated-steel building: Every morning before the lunch service they raise a different animal flag to signify the spit-roasted special of the day.

It?s fun to be part of the bustling crowds at the Woodshed, but therein lies a problem people are encountering all over the area: What do you do when you pull up on a chilly night and there?s nary an inside table to be had?

We?ve discovered the trick: Go for breakfast. The Woodshed serves up an outstanding morning meal on the weekends. And the food is so filling, it also counts as lunch: ?The Sandwich? is a griddled hamburger patty, jack cheese, Lonesome Dove?s pork green chili, lamb bacon, a sunny-side-up hen?s egg and tomatillo salsa, all folded in a flour tortilla ($11). During the early hours you can savor the quiet riverfront?until that flag is raised again in just a few short hours.

Woodshed Smokehouse, 3201 Riverfront Dr., Fort Worth; 817-877-4545 or

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