Grapevine, Texas is a small town in-between Dallas and Fort Worth. One would think with two big cities surrounding it there wouldn’t be much to offer visitors. During a recent visit I discovered not only is there plenty to do but it is a foodies haven. Take a look with me at some of the best dining around town.
From fine dining to chili parlors the town of Grapevine is full of wonderful food for every palate. I was able to take in a bit of everything during my holiday visit, while I felt as if all I did was eat over three days, that was fine by me. Everything in moderation, right?
Rise and Shine
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the options in Grapevine are endless from a quick bite to a large buffet. Choose a breakfast buffet and you can skip lunch, who am I kidding that won’t happen.
- Riverwalk Cantina in the Gaylord Texan offers a daily breakfast buffet with an array of items from fresh fruit, an omelette station and wait for it…smoked gouda grits. Yes you heard me right, this cast iron pot of magic is what breakfast dreams are made of. If you are looking for light options pair an egg white with greek yogurt parfait and fruit all made fresh in-house.
- Main Street Bistro & Bakery is perfect for grab and go pastries or a sit down meal. Did I mention the owner is a french? Fabian Goury prides himself on fresh breads and pastries that are made in-house. The almond croissant paired with a cuppa cappuccino is perfection on a cool winter morning. While I was visiting the weather was mild and guests were enjoying their breakfast al fresco in the historic Grapevine Main Street District. Be sure to save room for the CROI-DOUGH-NUT Brûlé, a decadent croissant dough filled with Crème Brûlée and topped with Caramel and Chocolate Drizzle. There are no rules that you can’t mix dessert and breakfast.
Ready for Lunch
After a full morning of shopping in the historic district or hitting the mega mall it is time to grab a little fuel for the afternoon. We do have a repeat location on this list because I was able to enjoy two meals there.
- Tolbert’s Restaurant is the original Texas Chili Parlor. Opening its doors in 1976 the original “Bowl of Red” is as authentic as it gets when it comes to Texas cuisine. What really peaked my attention was a particularly funny item on the appetizer menu–Donkey Tails. Just your basic all beef hot dog, rolled in cheese and then a tortilla and flash fried. It is every bit as amazing as it sounds. This no frills restaurant will take you back to another time in Texas.
- Texan Station located in the Gaylord Texan offers tex-mex inspired sandwiches and small plates. The pulled pork with the spicy pickles was fantastic on a buttery brioche bun. They also serve Frito Chili Pie, a real Texas staple.
- Main Street Bistro & Bakery makes a return to my list because lunch was equally as amazing as the pastry offerings. I chose a light offering of French Onion Soup and a half Fried Green Tomato Sandwich. Can we talk about the sandwich for a minute here, it had the most delectable remoulade on it that sent the sandwich over the top. Lunch offerings don’t stop at soup and sammies, you can enjoy escargots or a croque madame.
Ring the Supper Bell
Just when you think you cannot eat another bite, think again. Grapevine shines with dinner offerings for locals and visitors alike. I really cannot pick a favorite because all three restaurants were so unique in their offerings. If you are visiting Grapevine or the metroplex area please visit one of these locations for a dinner you will not soon forget.
- Winewood Grill is a wine lovers paradise, you may have wine paired with each course if you so choose. With a wood fire grill and open kitchen experience you will surely feel at home for the evening. There must be a real love for decadent food in Grapevine, because the Gouda Mac and Cheese with Bacon appetizer is so good it makes you wanna slap someone. It is rich, creamy and oh so indulgent. I dined on lamb chops and cleaned them off the bone, who needs veggies and potatoes when you have grilled lamb with red wine. Our dessert was the Winewood Grill signature item, The Brookie. This is a chocolate chip cookie baked inside a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
- Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House is where I would spend my nights without my children, ya know if those actually existed in my life. I have never met an Italian dish I didn’t like, well OK maybe one (whole fish with the head on, hard pass please). Upon entering the restaurant you are transported to an elegant Italian setting, this really sets the tone for the entire evening. You are not just told the daily specials they are shown to you upon being seated. The antipasto bar is what dreams are made of, you can choose up to six items and add the meats as well. I was able to join my server at the display and choose the items for our table. With offerings from olives, sweet potato hash and broccoli rabe you could easily have this as a meal. I chose the Gnocchi for my main course, this meal is my favorite in the world. Hand rolled pasta topped with a meaty bolognese sauce is what my dreams are made of. I didn’t order a glass of wine so I could intentionally eat all of my pasta, that is how much I love this meal. Simply put if you are looking for a date night, or girls night out for a decadent evening visit Ferrari’s.
- Great Scott there is a new farm to table restaurant in Grapevine. Just outside the historic district is Great Scott a small open kitchen, farm to table restaurant. Having only been open for three months it was packed on a Friday night. During the warm months the owners grow their own vegetables and herbs in the front garden, talk about fresh. Three words…House Made Mozzarella! Order it, don’t question me just get it. That cheese is what foodies dream about. The butternut squash ravioli in brown butter is not heavy and it is the perfect complement to the wedge salad. This was by far my favorite dinner of the week.
Don’t leave without your pie!
I am sure y’all are thinking why didn’t she talk about dessert? After all of these amazing meals we did enjoy dessert, but nothing compared to Judy Pie located on Historic Main Street. Ms. Judy decided to take all her mother’s home-baked recipes and share them with the world. I enjoyed her pie so much that I actually tweeted TSA to see if I could take one home in-flight the next morning (you can by the way). Offering cream pies, apple pies, chicken pot pies and so many other sweet treats you need to stop in and visit Ms. Judy.
I left Grapevine easily five pounds heavier, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The dining experiences are elegant, casual, fresh and home-made with love. The owners came out to meet with us from almost every establishment, they are proud of the food they make and love having a place in Grapevine, Texas. If you are heading to the Dallas/Fort Worth area pack your stretchy pants and visit one of these amazing dining venues. Better yet, plan to spend a few days visiting Grapevine, you will fall in love with this charming town just as much as I have.
Have you been to Grapevine? Where did you dine that was unforgettable?