If more of us valued food and cheer, cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
- J.R.R. Tolkien
(Tracy) When Bruce was young, his palette was limited to mostly mac & cheese and Lucky Charms. Thankfully, his tastes have broadened. Recently, he has begun to tap back into his culinary training from his Hotel/Restaurant Management major at Michigan State.
(Bruce) Tracy, on the other hand, came from a loving family that often struggled with their weight. She eventually overcame an eating disorder and discovered a passion for healthy, organic delicious food.
We are both foodies all the way!!!
If you would like to see our original NEST RECIPES, click picture below and notice how I spell salad:
Pasta Making Class - Central Market 2013
Ever get tired of the taste of pasta out of the box? Do you wish to know how to make pasta that tastes as fresh as if you were sitting at a table in Little Italy? Well, then be sure to do what we did....take a pasta making class at Central Market in Southlake, Texas. Our friends, Kerri and Phillip, joined us.
We had a blast and enjoyed ourselves so much. Thanks to Williams Sonoma, we now can make our own pasta anytime we want...thanks to our brand new pasta machine:
Deep Ellum Burger Fest - September 2013
Our son, Josh, was home from college for the weekend. He was more than happy to volunteer his taste buds and stomach for our little adventure. While he is usually partial to Mooyah's, Josh loved the idea of all the mini sliders at his disposal. We ate our way through mini burgers from a variety of Texas eateries.
Shut the Front Door! - is the name of the BEST hamburger we have ever tasted.
"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing
and devote our attention to eating."
Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, from Pavarotti, My Own Story
Below is a list of some of our favorite DFW restaurants. However, to see our favorites eateries in other locals click here on the word Travel.
EATING IN COLLEYVILLE
Owners, Adam and Eva, serve up really good breakfast and lunch at a great value. We are breakfast people. Bruce loves their french toast, but especially their flakey biscuits. Can I have some extra carbs with that? Thumbs up on this one!
We adore this local gem. Yes, it is located in a strip mall next to a bike shop. However, the food is WONDERFUL and unique. Chef owned and operated, it specializes in new American cuisine with global influences. Best of all, they encourage you to bring your own wine while they uncork it and provide the wine glasses. We give TRIO three thumbs up!
Ruggeri's is another one of our favorite romantic dinner destinations in Colleyville. They feature affordable, fine Italian dining with a cozy atmosphere, wine, and live music weekly. Hopefully Morris will be there to give the female(s) in your group a long-stem rose. He is such a gracious host. Tracy loves the Linguine Pescatore Diavalo. Bruce always gets the Chicken Parmigiano.
Brand new restaurant in Colleyville. And it’s been very popular since Day One. For good reason. Fun British Pub atmosphere. Lively bar area with lots of TV’s and a big outside patio. Great menu. Lots of delicious comfort food. You’ll find yourself wanting to go back just to try something new and different. Our favorite so far is the steak and ale pie. We love to play spades and this is the perfect spot for Bruce to continue to try and beat Tracy.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
EATING IN GRAPEVINE
Old West Cafe
Cowgirls and Cowboys, saddle up and head to Oldwest Cafe. Breakfast is served all day. You can have pancakes, eggs benedict, a Spinach n' Mushroom Omelette, and, get ready, the outrageous cinnamon-crisp French toast. Happy Trails!
We are regulars at Farina's Wine Bar & Cafe, which is located in the heart of Grapevine's Historic District on Main Street. After opening in 2007, they came up with "Where Friends Meet" as their slogan. And, it surely fits. Great “locals” hangout with a nice bar area and fantastic Italian food that keeps us coming back a couple times per month. Happy hour prices for food and wine are great M-F 4:30 - 6:30. Bruce is crazy for the spaghetti pizza, which pains Tracy every time he orders it (so many carbs!). A more conventional menu item is their famous lasagna. As we type this, it’s making us want to head there right now!
It has been so much fun watching this little eatery grow over the years. Owned by Brett and Lisa Kinzel, you can always count on seeing them there...Lisa greeting and Brett in the kitchen cooking. Serving Italian pizzas and pasta’s since 2004, they recently opened a confectionery next door featuring delicious homemade desserts, as well as candy, chocolates, and gelato! So, save some room!
Tolbert's has been a mainstay in downtown Grapevine for many years. It has a cool casual vibe. They feature their INCREDIBLE famous Bowl of Red (chili con carne), char-grilled steaks and burgers, signature salads, tortilla soup, and many other Southwestern and home-grown specialties. They have fantastic live music, a huge bar area, and really great food.
A high quality, high end, Mexican restaurant with fresh ingredients, made from scratch. They feature a fusion of traditional Mexico City recipes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors to create some unusual and savory creative dishes. Tracy loves their black bean salsa and their skinny margaritas. This place is always crowded, so be prepared to wait. How about waiting in their bar area which sits right smack in the middle of the restaurant?! There’s always a cool crowd hanging out there.
Our couple friends, Kristi and Mark, are crazy about this Open Tables diner's choice award winner 2013. We loved it too. The atmosphere is romantic, which is a biggie for us. You will find Italian cuisine composed from recipes that have been in the Secchi family for over 100 years. Expect classic Italian dishes such as: gnocchi, lasagna (IT IS INCREDIBLE), and cioppino while at the same time featuring prime steaks, chops, and fresh seafood with an Italian influence.
EATING IN SOUTHLAKE
“Barbecue sauce is like a beautiful woman. If it’s too sweet, it’s bound to be hiding something.”
~ Lyle Lovett
This rural location was originally a small grocery store in the 1940's. Eventually it became a feed store for animals. They kept part of the name and the Feedstore BBQ opened in April 2001. This menu is filled with classic barbecue, fresh hickory smoked brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausage. You can also find catfish, hamburgers, and freshly made cobblers and banana pudding. We love picking up dinner and bringing it home!
We love this romantic Italian spot that has delicious food, especially the meatball pizza! Look out for 1/2 price wine on Thursdays. Even better, go for a humongous free pizza on Wednesdays when you order a bottle of wine.
EATING IN WATAUGA
Chef Point Cafe
Picture eating rack of lamb or lobster while people fill up their cars with gas right out of your window. We are not kidding. Chef Point is 5 Star Food in a gas station! Channel 11 has aired five stories and Channel 5 has aired two stories, CNBC picked up the story and ran it nationwide, Channel 8 aired a story through the “Why Guy," the radio station 820AM and the Kitchen Sisters from NRP have done interviews, and the Star Telegram has released eight articles. They were the 2nd place Mayor's award winner in 2004 for the Northeast TasteFest Event and the 1st place winner for the Peoples Choice Award in the 2005 Northeast TasteFest Event. Chef Point won the 2005 Fort Worth Mayor's Award.
Start your meal with a lobster bisque served in a hand carved, oven toasted bread bowl. For dinner, try cowboy steak, 22 ounces of beef served with Chef’s secret steak butter, homemade mashed potatoes, and fresh mixed vegetables. Or, consider New Zealand rack of lamb smothered in Chef’s brown mint sauce.
“We all eat and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” -Anna Thomas
EATING IN FORT WORTH
Ellerbe Fine Foods
This establishment was built in 1920 as Acme Vulcanizing and Auto Shop and later owned by Texaco. Ellerbe’s converted it into a restaurant in 2009. Their sophisticated white tablecloth dining room maintains the original skylight and mechanic’s ramp. The charming outdoor seating was originally the home of gas pumps. The food is farm-to-table dishes. You know we can’t resist desert...so why not try Maw Maw’s bread pudding with whiskey sauce and praline Texas pecans.
Joe T Garcia’s
Established on July 4, 1935, this is a Ft. Worth landmark, to say the least. We recommend sitting outside the expansive patio area, near the pool.
We know this sounds crazy, they only serve two items at dinner: fajitas or cheese enchiladas. They come with rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. They serve the enchiladas with these mini tacos and as an appetizer, everyone gets a cheese nacho! Margaritas are TASTY. It’s cash only!
We like to call this Cowboy Cuisine. Located in the heart of Sundance Square with an atmosphere of a Texas museum, Reata is filled with treasures from the Old West. Check out random artifacts from famous roper, Roy Cooper, and from the West Texas movie set of Giant. Let your mouth water as you experience a menu of Southwestern, Creole, Southern, Mexican, and traditional Texas steakhouse flavors with a fine dining component. How does this sound? Tenderloin tamales, blackened buffalo ribeye, chicken-fried steak, stacked chicken enchiladas, and pan-seared pepper-crusted tenderloin. On a beautiful Texas night, consider eating from Reata’s rooftop patio.
Samson’s Market Bistro
4307 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Our new favorite!!! Samson and Jenber Yosef’s restaurant next to a 7-Eleven at Camp Bowie Boulevard and Tremont Avenue. You won't be impressed by the modest atmosphere, but the food is incredible! And even better, the hospitable family greet first-timers and regulars as if you are welcome in their home. Get ready: Ethiopian eating does not include utensils.
At the end of our delicious meal, we couldn't resist the spices they sell and have been cooking with them all week. Highly recommended by the Levinsons and the Larsons!!
After you finish your dinner at Reata (or anywhere else in Sundance Square), be sure to walk over to Paciugo for some of the best gelato you’ll ever experience. In fact, we think that Paciugo’s is reason enough to have dinner at Sundance Square. Why not build your evening around dessert?? We do!
EATING IN DALLAS
Al Biernat's is certainly a great steakhouse, which makes Bruce happy. However, it is an incredible place for seafood, which makes Tracy happy. Perhaps start your meal with baked goat cheese, portabella mushrooms, and sweet garlic. For an entree, admire the "Cowboy Cut" ribeye or the filet "Oscar," lump crab, garlic smashed potatoes, béarnaise. If you are a wine connoisseur, they carry 650 rare selections. The service was top notch. Make sure your wallet is full though. Their prices are not for the faint of heart.
Romantic - check. Great food - check. Notable wine list - check. Foodies you might love the steak frites with voodoo peppercorn sauce. Bruce never passes up the opportunity for gourmet mac & cheese!
Kenny’s Wood Fire Grill
This is a surprising little gem located in a strip mall. Don’t let that fool you. The minute you walk in, you are transported to a fine restaurant reminiscent of a 1940s Chicago-style chophouse. Expect outstanding service and fine, wood grilled seafood, and prime-cut meats. A special treat arrives when the waiter brings the complementary famous popovers; hot, flaky, and fresh from the oven. Here are some ideas for starters: Mama Foo's Chinese meatballs with hoison BBQ sauce (yum!) or the tenderloin crostini, sliced filet, béarnaise, demi glace or start with a delicious half pound crab cake.
"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” - Epicurus