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Help, I'm surrounded by franchises!! Looking for real food. It feel like everything here caters to the lowest common denominator tastebuds. Any recommendations for the Grapevine-Southlake-Colleyville-Keller area? I've already exhausted Roanoke. Don't feel like driving to Haltom City.

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  1. I love the baja fish tacos and tacos al pastor at El Taco H.

    Phone: 817-488-3443
    1228 William D. Tate
    Grapevine, TX

    Phone: 817-968-2410
    8436 Denton Hwy.
    Suite # 220
    Watauga, TX

    1. I’ll be sneaking in a couple of local multi-location/chains because they’re there and I like them..... as to "interesting", well, they're all pretty "white bread" as that's what NE Tarrant county leans toward, but you may find some additional options at this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610392

      Agree totally on El Taco H for a taco stand. If your looking more for a meal, their sister restaurant (next door) Baja Grill is very good and their 'ritas are kick-a$$. They also have a location on Southlake Blvd across the parking lot from New Balance. (There's a new fish/meat market that's opening in that same shopping area

      )

      The Feedstore on White Chapel has decent bbq. A friend has advised avoiding the catfish.

      Anamia's was pretty good on my one visit.

      Yucatan Taco Stand is in that same area.
      Back at Southlake Town Square - Brio's Tuscan Grill and Snuffers get my vote.
      For mini-bundt cakes, Nothing but Bundt is on Carroll north of SL Blvd.

      For Tex-Mex/Tex-Mex, I always go to Lupes in Bedford at Central/183 - SEC. Their 'ritas are very weak, but their food is flavorful and prices are right.

      For pizza, Peters in Colleyville, Glade@26 is #1. I'm a pizza purist, so only order cheese pizzas, but the cheese is outstandingly fresh, the perfectly seasoned marinara is minimal and the crust is thin and crisp, yet chewy. The house red wine vinegar is pretty good too.

      Next door is Red Barn BBQ - they use pecan wood as their smoke medium. The pulled pork is good (but on my last few visits, it’s lacked smokiness) and a friend likes their brisket a lot. Note: They remove the fat layer from the brisket when they pull it out to slice it, so if you like fatty brisket, you might ask them to pull a new one. Don't know if they would, but..... I had the 1/2 chicken once and it was extremely moist and flavorful. I don't get very excited about their sides, so stick with the bagged chips. BYOB. They also have a location in NRH off Davis on Main Street. Not BYOB. Their sauces are spicy (not so much so) and sweet (has a hint of ginger)

      Gloria’s is in the Market Street shopping center on 26 in Colleyville.

      Saviano's in Euless has pretty good pizza. I've had a couple of different pastas, but they're very inconsistent with ingredient amounts. With that said, I hate to recommend it for anything but the pizza.

      Next door to them is North Main BBQ which gets a lot of local praise. Buffet and sandwiches. BYOB

      Downtown Grapevine doesn't have anything that will blow your socks off, but Napolis does ok on a limited Italian menu and Into the Glass is a very small wine bar with expensive tapas, but pretty good small plates. I’ve been told the Tap-In has great burgers. There are a number of wine rooms up and down Main Street. If your craving a Chicago Dog or Italian Beef (as well as other Chicago style sandwiches), go to Weinbergers Deli on Main. Word has it, the meats, breads and some condiments are shipped in from Chi-town.

      For breakfast, The Original Pancake House and Biscuits Cafe. The new kid on the block in Grapevine is Bottlecap Alley Icehouse Grill across the parking lot from Target on 114. It’s a weird combo of family burger house meets sports bar, but the burgers are good (1/4 lb, but they do doubles and triples) for the price and TV’s abound. Beer and I think wine and margaritas are available???? Pool table and a few video games are in an alcove in back. It’s an off-spring of Cotton Patch and it seems to be working for them with kind of a neighborhood hang-out atmosphere.

      Still in Grapevine, Buon Giorno Coffee is on Hall-Johnson, just west of 121. They roast their own beans and will ship coffee anywhere. Local coffee house atmosphere. For wonderful, freshly made bread selections, the Breadhause is a must stop.

      Out at the lake (Grapevine), Big Daddy’s Ship Store has outstanding flat-top grilled burgers to be eaten on their floating deck alongside the marina - or if you’re lucky enough to have a boat on the water, tie-up at the dock.

      It's been a while since I’ve been, but you might check out Manny G's in Keller.

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      Anamia's
      106 N Denton Tap Rd Ste 240, Coppell, TX 75019

      Red Barn
      3012 N 1st Ave, Durant, OK 74701

      Big Daddy's
      6001 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76179

      Into the Glass
      322 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051

      Napoli
      226 N Walnut Creek Dr, Mansfield, TX 76063

      Manny G's!
      444 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248

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      1. re: CocoaNut

        Thanks for the recs! I agree with you on Nothing Bundt Cakes and Biscuits. Love 'em. I keep hoping for good things from Manny G's but I've been disappointed one too many times. Can't wait to try El Taco H and Buon Giorno.

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        Manny G's!
        444 Keller Pkwy, Keller, TX 76248

        1. re: FrancFoo

          I LOVE El Taco H/Baja Grill. It's the first place I go when I visit from NYC.

          My parents love Anamia's, so I'll throw in another vote for them. Their table side guacamole is really good.

          In Keller, there's City Hall restaurant (located in the Art House development). I ate there back in May shortly after they opened and it was really quite good, just a bit expensive for that area. It is nice fine dining though.

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          Anamia's
          106 N Denton Tap Rd Ste 240, Coppell, TX 75019

          City Hall Restaurant
          201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

          1. re: loratliff

            Don't know why I haven't been to Anamia's, but I've heard a lot about them. I'll try it soon. Totally agree about City Hall. Upscale for the neighborhood, but worth it and sorely needed. Chef-driven food is rare in this area.

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            Anamia's
            106 N Denton Tap Rd Ste 240, Coppell, TX 75019

            City Hall Restaurant
            201 Town Center Ln #1101, Keller, TX 76248

        2. re: CocoaNut

          Skip the Feedstore - went a couple of weeks ago and it's really gone down - really dry brisket and sausage that I completely pushed aside.

          On the other hand, I found Cafe Sicilia in Bedford... Even though this restaurant is in a very small, non-descript strip center and even though it's in a low traveled intersection and even though it was overcast and threatening storms this Thur lunch hour, there were still 5 or 6 tables filled at only 11:15.

          Lunch specials are $5.50 and $6.50 depending on which category is selected. Each category has about 8 options and both categories include bread, salad or Pasta Fagioli Soup, tea or soda.

          My friend had the traditional meatball and marinara over pasta. The marinara was thick, fresh tasting and not overly seasoned, allowing the tomato flavor to shine. The single meatball was typical in both flavor and size. The pasta was actually al dente. The portion size good for lunch.

          I ordered Pasta Barese which was a tube pasta with a sautéed spinach, garlic and white wine sauce. It was served souplike in a shallow bowl with a soup spoon. Visually, I was surprised and then I tasted it. I immediately wished I had ordered something else as the initial tartness of the white wine sauce caught me off guard. But then I took another bite, then another, and before I knew it, I found it addictive. When I had enough, I pushed it away, but while waiting for the waiter to clear the table, I kept pulling it back for another bite. I would definitely order this again.

          The salad was composed primarily of iceburg lettuce and the soup was bland even after adding salt, parm and red pepper flakes. The entree’s are the the winners here.

          I've read some reviews about poor service. We had no such problem. Glasses were refilled and more than once, we were asked if we needed more bread. The table was cleared and the check was presented in a timely manner.

          This is a quiet little neighborhood restaurant - not a pizza parlor - a little bit fancy in a mom and pop way. It's BYOW, they provide wine glasses. A little better quality bread would be nice as would a fresh grind of parmesan cheese as opposed to the table shaker. But as is, I'd definitely return and be happy.

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          Cafe Sicilia
          1548 Bedford Rd Ste M, Bedford, TX 76021

        3. Peter's Pizza has closed.

          1. The Butterfly Restaurant looks wonderful, but they opened in April - almost a year ago, and I've never noticed them. They either need to get signage (I think prohibited in SL) or advertising out lest they go the way of Yucatan and Melting. (Like Yucatan, the Melting Pot was tucked away in an obscure strip that you wouldn't see unless you knew to look.)

            http://impactnews.com/articles/butter...

            Also, Next Wood Fired Bistro and Vino Bar is a very welcome addition in Colleyville. Casually high-brow, there are some very tempting selections on the menu. Sunday Brunch. (Closed mid-afternoon). http://www.nextwoodfiredbistro.com/

            1. 1.Another vote for Anamia's. Best tableside guacamole.
              2. For breakfast we go to
              Old West Cafe
              600 W Northwest Hwy # A, Grapevine.
              Love their French toast--cinnamon, crisp almond coating. Texas sized servings. Friendly service. The place is always packed, but they always manage to seat us and turn people around quickly.
              3. We also recently tried
              Mi Dia from Scratch
              1295 S. Main St.
              Grapevine
              It is Tex-Mex with Santa Fe influence. Unique...I tried their RELLENO DE HUITLACOCHE, hubby tried COCHINITA PIBIL. Good heat, flavor. A little different from the usual Tex-Mex styles.

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              1. re: atanr

                Old West serves one of those "good value" breakfasts also - most are easily sharable. They've recently opened a new (Bedford?) location at the NEC 121 @ Harwood.

              2. YAY Big Daddy's was actually mentioned! I can't believe what I'm seeing!

                I've worked at Big Daddy's Ship Store on Grapevine Lake for going on 9 years, and this year me and my partner will be taking over as owners! I'm so excited to see the word is spreading via forums and word of mouth! Thanks guys!

                Also, as a fellow foodie, and NATIVE of Grapevine Texas, I'll throw in my 2 cents. I went to school with the manager of Peace Burger (the other sister restaurant of El Taco H and Baja Grill) and they're pretty darn good (not as good as Big Daddy's ;)

                I loved El Taco H when they first opened, but my last visit was by far the worst experience I've had there. Dry dry dry chicken tacos it was almost inedilbe. I was sooooo sad.

                Also, for Tacos, Burrtios Locos does a DAMN good carnitas and Al Pastor. I highly recomend them!

                Old West cafe is SO inconsistent. I've been twice and the first time was awesome! The second time I was served cold coffee, RAW hashbrowns (barely cooked on the outside, and still ice cold in the middle, you could tell they came from a freezer).

                As for main street, I'm a purist. I love Weinberger. Not only would I put them at the top of my list of places to eat in Grapevine, I would also include them in the whole metroplex. They're awesome. Napolis pizza isnt anything special, and Tolberts Chili is probably the most over-rated thing I've ever seen in my life (I used to work there too, shh...)

                Wilhoites food is a joke, but go there for a beer and enjoy some good people watching. Tap in, SUPER smokey. Cigar bar. Food blows. I used to work there too :P

                As for the ultra hip and yuppy food corner that includes Fireside Pies (pizza joint thats supposed to be pretty darn good), Bobs Steak and Chop House, Mi Dia and Winewood, I haven't tried them yet, and don't plan too. Restaurants like these belong in downtown Fort Worth or Dallas, hell, even Southlake, NOT GRAPEVINE. The Gaylord and Glass Cactus for that matter too.

                Also, fired chicken. BABES In Roanoke, end of story. Just a short 15 minute drive towards TMS.

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                1. re: mrmexico25

                  Your last paragraph ~ You did mean, (fried) chicken didn't you?

                  1. re: twinwillow

                    Maybe he used to work at Babe's, too.

                    1. re: foiegras

                      (LOL) In a nice way.

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        haha yes, FRIED. My bad. And no, I've never worked at Babes. I just really love their food. It's so simple, and amazing. Their salad for example: It's iceburg lettuce, sugar, vinegar and black pepper for the dressing, and thats it! So simple, yet so amazing. Their biscuits and honey rock too.

                2. I ducked into Italian Xpress for a very late lunch slice (cheese) last week. With the name "Xpress", my hopes weren't high, but I was starving and stuck in traffic on Hwy 26 and it was there... and so was I. Excellent foldable pizza slice that doesn't have the too-much-cheese sag-factor when picked up, even reheated. Had another slice (pepperoni/sausage) yesterday. It's a very small space (6 4-seater tables) in a small strip center at the SW corner of Hwy 26/KimballAv. One day, I'll stop in for a full pie, freshly made. (I understand they have an association with Grapevine's very good Cafe Italia (Pollo carciofo - mmmm) which has a second location in the same strip center.)

                  Owned and operated by a NY accent. :)

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                  1. re: CocoaNut

                    God bless you. I drove by this place 8 times over the course of the week and never noticed it.

                    1. re: CocoaNut

                      Stopped by this place for a pizza (take out)- crust wasn't as crisp as I liked but the toppings were excellent: very good quality cheese, sauce and spinach. I also bought a white pie which they made perfectly- just the right amount of ricotta and mozzarella, its not complicated but I've seen soon many pizza shops mess it up. For the heck of it I grabbed a cannoli since they said it was home-made and was very pleasantly surprised with the flavor of the filling. It wasn't the best I've had but far superior to Ferreras in little Italy. The service was extremely friendly also. I was very pleased to see stuffed pizza on the menu, I haven't had one of those since I lived in the Bronx when I was a weeee little tot.

                      1. re: alkonost

                        Maybe you can help them perfect the crust! :)

                        It seems it's unachievable to ever recreate the "tastes of home".

                        1. re: CocoaNut

                          Hehehe, it might be the water :) But even in NY there's pizza places that don't get their crust right.

                          I'd love to give them pointers but I don't want to come across as rude, I still thought the pizza was good :) I've noticed they baked their pizzas in pan and then put the pan in the oven. That method can prevent the crust from getting crispy on the bottom. One really needs to use a pizza peel (not as easy as it looks from what I heard) so the pizza dough sits directly on the hot oven surface.

                    2. Looking at Southlake's newly opened Rockfish Grill's menu today, they have a quite extensive beer menu - both domestic and craft.