I’m in love with Texas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit different cities a few times and one of my all-time favorites is Grapevine. Grapevine is the perfect, wholesome family community with amazing restaurants offering hospitable service and tempting, trendy dishes. After visiting the city more than once, I have literally eaten my way through the adorable and historic town. Here are the best places to eat in Grapevine that I fully endorse.
Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House
Ferrari’s Italian Villa & Chop House is a fine dining establishment where the Antipasto Bar is the star of the show. Your server will build a gorgeous platter of your favorite antipasto specialty items including Mortadella, artichoke hearts, grilled vegetables, and stuffed olives for around $7 per person.
The Secchi family’s upscale dining spot breaks the mold of typical Italian eateries. The gnocchi is perfection, just the right texture and creaminess, while their Cioppino, is succulent and flavorful. Pasta lovers will swoon over the Pollo Finanziera, homemade fettuccine with chicken, ham, mushrooms, English peas, and cream. If you are not already full, try the tableside Bananas Francesco or luscious Tiramisu for dessert.
JudyPie is the place to visit in Grapevine with a sweet tooth for comfort desserts and baked-from-scratch pastries. Not only is it one of the best places to eat in Grapevine, but also one of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth or pick up a gift or party contribution. JudyPie offers a wide variety of cakes, pies, and cookies all baked with love.
Pie flavors change daily. The more popular choices are Coconut Cream, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, and Lemon Meringue Pie. The apple pie will melt in your mouth and is even better served à la mode (with ice cream). Take home a box of cinnamon rolls or hand pies for the entire family. Perhaps Judy herself (pictured below) will even be there to serve you!
Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor
You must have Texas Chili or a Bowl of Red at some point during your visit to Texas. Texas chili, for those who do not know, is a meaty portion Chili Con Carne served without beans. Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor is an exceptional place to give it a try. Order a bowl topped with cheese and onions, the Texas way.
Another do-not-miss item at Tolbert’s is the Cow Tails, flour tortillas wrapped around beef franks. They are then deep fried and served with spicy mustard for dipping. Yummy! Tolbert’s also features juicy burgers, salads, and other Southwestern favorites. Tolbert’s has been a popular eatery in historic downtown Grapevine for 30 years.
Brunch rules at this festive Mexican restaurant inside of the mammoth Gaylord Texas Resort. Situated alongside the replicated San Antonio River Walk, the Riverwalk Cantina has a plethora of delicious food stations to please the palate. The open-air café serves make-your-own burritos, breakfast meats, fresh fruits, waffles, and pancakes. Stations are also available with both cold and hot cereals, pastries, and yogurt.
The Riverwalk Cantina’s Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine is a breath of fresh air from typical breakfast items. Do not miss the Huevos Rancheros! Make the Riverwalk Cantina your spot for cocktails and appetizers, as well. The spicy Queso Dip with Tortilla Chips is sheer perfection.
Main Street Bistro & Bakery
Every town has a local hotspot and Main Street Bistro & Bakery, serving foods with French flair, is Grapevines. One side of the restaurant has a grab & go bakery options (don’t skip the scones!) while the other has a lovely sit-down area.
Main Street Bistro & Bakery makes amazing hand-crafted bread and pastries, so you will definitely want your order to include something bread-related, such as a sandwich or soup in a bread bowl. The Quiche Lorraine is amazing; flavorful and light with a wonderful buttery crust. Main Street Bistro & Bakery has many other European favorites, such as the Croque Madame. For healthier choices, the fresh salad options sound exceptional.
Grapevine’s Winewood Grill is a stylish American restaurant with a superb wine menu and trendy meal options. The Tenderloin Bruschetta is brilliant: melt in your mouth beef paired with crispy flatbread. It is the perfect appetizer to share. The Winewood Mac & Cheese (smoked bacon and creamy Gouda) is a favorite and often ordered as an entrée rather than as a side item.
Noteworthy mains include Chilean Sea Bass, Red Snapper, and Ruby Red Trout. The Ruby Red Trout is dredged in Pecorino cheese and pecans, pan-seared, and drizzled with citrus cream sauce. It tastes fabulous! Try Winewood Grill’s Sunday Jazz Brunch and half-price wine bottles of the evening.
An Absolutely Delicious Texas Town
I think I did a fair job eating my way through delicious Grapevine, Texas. What restaurants would you recommend for next time? I loved every morsel that I put in my mouth and hope you will enjoy these best places to eat in Grapevine.
Thanks to the Grapevine CVB for hosting my travels and visit. As with all of our articles, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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