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toasterqueen Oct 6, 2009 12:06 AM

Has anyone tried The Grotto in Highland Village? For some reason it really intrigues me...

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    OCNC RE: toasterqueen Oct 7, 2009 05:29 PM

    Chain like Olive Garden. The one in Dallas died.

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      texasredtop RE: OCNC Oct 11, 2009 05:33 PM

      It is owned by Landry's. I am NO fan of the Landry's restaurants, but I love Grotto. You do need to know what to order though. I have gotten one dish there that was totally bland. The scampi is to die for and I order the appetizer and a side of angel hair pasta. They don't offer the scampi as an entree. The veal marsala is also very delicious.

    2. twinwillow RE: toasterqueen Oct 7, 2009 07:13 PM

      Yes, although a chain, much better than Olive Garden. If it's anything like the (late) Dallas location, it's big and expensive.

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        vstock RE: twinwillow Oct 8, 2009 04:08 PM

        The Grotto in Highland Village is nothing like Olive Garden, nor do I believe it is part of a large chain. The Salerno family does own it, and they own other restaurants in Flower Mound. There is a chain of Grotto Ristorante's in Houston (maybe that was the one in Dallas) but I don't think that they are connected at all. The Grotto in HV was very good when I went last but it has been a while, only because I forget about it so far north, so I was waiting to see if there were other more recent opinions. But I hate to see a family owned restaurant not get a fair shot. I may have to get back up there and try it again soon. Thanks TQ for the reminder!

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          irodguy RE: vstock Oct 8, 2009 07:02 PM

          Agreed the Grotto in Highland park is not a chain in fact it's a single standing steak house owned by the Salerno family. They have good food and steak with an Italian twist. It's was one of the better places to eat in the Flower Mound area. I have not been in quite a while but I would assume it's still pretty darn good.

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            toasterqueen RE: irodguy Oct 9, 2009 09:00 PM

            Good to hear! The subtitle of "Salerno Steakhouse" intrigued me, because while the tuscan region of italy is known for its steaks, salerno is a southern city. But, apparently, the "salerno" is more for the last name of the owner. I'll have to try it next time I'm up that way!

      2. twinwillow RE: toasterqueen Oct 8, 2009 07:10 PM

        I stand corrected.

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          jindomommy RE: toasterqueen Oct 11, 2009 06:17 PM

          I'd compare it to Maggiano's. Not bad, not great.

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