Foodie Friday DFW: Summer 2018 Recap
We know. Summer's not over yet. But it's been a hot minute since we did a recap of the places we've been visiting here at Foodie Friday DFW. So we thought it might be helpful for us to provide a quick rundown of the restaurants we've been over the last few months!
When Mazzola's Pizzeria opened in March, they became instantly notorious for serving up incredible pizzas, coffee and baked goods (most notably, their scones). Owner, Erik Stenson, modeled the restaurant after his Uncle Joe's well-known Boston pizza shop and bakery called Mazzola Brothers Bakery. It's all made from scratch and it's all DELICIOUS.
Yellow Rose Steak and Chophouse celebrated their 10th Anniversary in April believe it or not! This Parker Square restaurant is one of our go-to spots for a business lunch here in town. They have an incredible selection of salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, steaks and whiskeys. If you're a whiskey fan, you may want to join their Whiskey Club which hosts monthly Whiskey Chases allowing members to try different varieties of whiskey from all over the world.
We never leave Epic Gelato without having an inspiring conversation with Owner, Richard Baldwin. He left behind a career in technology to pursue his dream of owning a coffee and gelato shop. And he studied for years making sure he uses the most authentically Italian of processes. In addition to coffee and gelato, Epic Gelato also serves tons of amazing home-baked pastries like quiches, scones and muffins.
We love taking road trips for great food. And we found lots of it at Legacy Hall in Legacy West of Plano! This unique, three-story food hall is based on the idea of food halls in Europe where customers can peruse a wide variety of food stalls and experiment from foods all over the world. For example, at Legacy Hall, you'll find everything from Indian Sharma to Chinese Baos to waffles to good ol' American BBQ.
If you haven't experienced Thai-style rolled ice cream, you haven't lived! This ice cream has a creamy, velvety texture unlike any other ice cream you've tasted before. Rock N' Ice House in Highland Village is serving up this ice cream fad in a variety of flavors including their Rocky Mountain (Cookies 'n Cream), Strawberries and Nutella and Coffee and Caramel.
Anyone else agree with us that the unofficial state motto for Texas is, "Will travel for great BBQ?" We visited Midlothian, TX to visit our Jay Marks Real Estate South office and Ellis County BBQ owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Dennis and Kari DeWeerd. Their "Real Texas BBQ" is made with choice meats and is seasoned with their award-winning rubs and sauces.
This year we celebrated National Donut Day with Earnest Donuts off SH 121 and Josey Lane near Castle Hills. Owner Yuna Kim was a fashion designer before she decided to open her own donut shop. And you can see her flair for design in all of the donuts she creates. She's most well-known for her specialty and pre-order donuts. And if you have a special event you want Yuna to create donuts for, she can do it! She loves taking inspiration from her customers because it keeps her constantly creating.
Did you know that the Flour Shop has opened up a Snack Bar at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village? During the week, they serve up classic concession foods like popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, ice cream and sno cones. Then on the weekends and during city events, they also bring in treats from the Flour Shop Bakery including cupcakes, cereal treats, cake balls, brownies and more!
Within the walls of the old Lewisville Feed Mill now lies an incredible, new, rustically-elegant restaurant called J2 Steakhouse. Owner and Developer, Jim Murray, took on the challenge of restoring the feed mill after it had been closed for more than five years. Chef Jonathan Pauley brings a straightforward approach to cooking and has an affinity for season, market-sourced ingredients which results in approachable yet innovative Texas-inspired cuisine.
We love the family-friendly atmosphere of Dido's. Not only is the restaurant owned and operated by the DiDominick family, but they work hard to make sure all of their customers feel like family as well. Chef Gary DiDominick has mastered the art of New American cuisine, artfully blending his culinary experience from working in San Francisco with traditional Southern comfort foods.
Before they open their Flower Mound location, we headed to the Lewisville location of The Catch to sample their home-cooking inspired, Southern seafood with a hint of Cajun flair. We'd recommend their catfish basket, gumbo and po boys!
Swirl Bakery has been a staple in the Flower Mound restaurant scene for the last 16 years, serving hundreds of families through their dine-in, catering and take-out services. They recently opened a new location in the amenity center of The Grove Frisco. They've taken some of their Flower Mound favorites with them to Frisco including their Honey Cranberry Chicken Salad, Tomato Basil Soup and 4 Cheese Quiche.