Foodie Friday: Pasta, Pizza & More at Parma in Lewisville

What we’ve found over the last three years of doing Foodie Friday is that even though many of us on our team have lived here in Flower Mound for several years (some of us several decades), there are still lots of restaurants in the area we’ve never explored!

One of the restaurants we’ve been missing out on is Parma Pasta & Pizza located off of FM 3040. I’ve driven by this restaurant several times over the years, and now I’m kicking myself that I hadn’t tried it sooner!


Parma offers a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere which makes it the perfect place to stop in and enjoy one of their great lunch specials, or a great place to enjoy a nice evening out.


And their food is delicious! They offer classic New York Italian favorites like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and New York-style pizza. And they also have a couple unique dishes of their own.

Owners Adrian and Selen Doko hail from New Jersey, so they know all about how to prepare delicious and authentic New York Italian dishes.

So, here’s everything we ate while we were there for lunch this week.

Our incredible waiter picked a couple of appetizers for us to try including their corn-meal crusted calamari and their baby spinach & artichokes. The calamari was truthfully the best calamari I’ve ever had. The breading was perfect and their marinara has just a little bit of heat to it. And the baby spinach & artichoke dip was almost like a tomato soup with chunks of artichoke hearts and was perfect when soaked up with some of their toasted crostini.


And because there were a lot of us at lunch this week, we got to sample several of their entrees!

We absolutely had to try their signature Chicken Murphy which comes served with onions, peppers, mushrooms and jalapenos (yes, jalapenos!) in a pink vodka cream. It was delicious, but definitely spicy! So, if you don’t like heat, I might recommend one of the other entrees below.


We also obviously had to try one of their New-York style pizzas with the signature New York thin crust. The crust was absolute perfection and came topped with extremely fresh ingredients. We also tried their Veggie Stromboli which had that same perfect crust and came stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives and mozzarella.


And then we stuck with some true Italian classics like their chicken parmigiana, lasagna and chicken piccata.


For dessert, our waiter again picked a couple of their most popular items to serve us which included their tiramisu and chocolate tartufo. If you’re a fan of coffee-flavored desserts, you will love these! We’ve sampled lots of tiramisu desserts over the years, and this one was definitely one of the best.


We’d encourage you to warm up this weekend with some heart-warming Italian food at Parma in Lewisville. Let us know which dish is your favorite, and be sure to tell the owners “hello” from Jay Marks and Foodie Friday!

*Parma Pasta & Pizza is located at 291 E Round Grove Rd #170, Lewisville TX 75067.



New Construction: Beazer Homes’ “Happy Holidays” Party in Canyon Falls

If you want to check out a beautiful model home while enjoying some holiday treats while also helping the Day Resource Center for the Homeless, come with us to the Beazer Homes Happy Holidays Party at their model home in Canyon Falls next Friday, December 16th.

Beazer Homes will be serving food and egg nog during the event that takes place from 2:00-5:00pm. AND Santa will be there as well!

They’re also asking for guests to bring with them a new, unwrapped toy in its original packaging that they can donate to the Day Resource Center for the Homeless.

Send us an email or give us a call if you’d like to attend this event with us – 972.724.2540!


Beazer Homes in Canyon Falls start in the $270’s and they offer 7 floor plans that range from 1,651-3,052 square feet with anywhere from 3-6 bedrooms and 2-4 baths. They currently have 4 quick move-in homes (2 available now and 2 available in February).


Canyon Falls is a new home community located in Flower Mound with close proximity to I-35W and Hwy 377 and with homes priced from the mid $200’s to $600+. The large community offers a rolling terrain and first-class amenities including resort-style pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a dog park, and walking and biking trails.


Two-sday 200: 4 Flower Mound Homes Under $300k (WITH POOLS!)

Believe it or not, you can get a home in Flower Mound for under $300k! And you can even find some with pools! We actually just put one of our own listings with all of that criteria under contract yesterday!

So, check out these 4 homes in Flower Mound with pools for under $300k!

#1: 2116 Steppington Avenue

3 BR – 2 1/2 BA – 2,058 SQ FT


Click here for more photos, information & pricing! 

*Listed by TruWest Realty, Inc.

#2: 1617 Highdale Court

3 BR – 2 BA – 1,831 SQ FT


Click here for more photos, information & pricing!

*Listed by Keller Williams Realty – FM

#3: 3909 Commonwealth Drive

4 BR – 2 BA – 2,028 SQ FT


Click here for more photos, information & pricing!

*Listed by RE/MAX DFW Associates



#4: 1605 Loblolly Court

3 BR – 2 1/2 BA – 2,231 SQ FT


Click here for more photos, information & pricing!

*This home is listed by City Group

Must See Monday: 4-Car Garage and Indoor Basketball Court in Luxury Coppell Home

This week’s must-see home is located an exclusive Coppell neighborhood, Clark Estates, but has no HOA!


822 Deforest Rd is a 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom home with 5,395 square feet of pure luxury.

If you’re a fan of storage space, you’ll surely love this home’s mud room as well as the 4-car garage which also features an indoor basketball court!


Meanwhile the interior of the home features rich, hand-scraped wood floors; a gourmet kitchen with an oversized island, double ovens and custom lighting; a master suite with picturesque views of the resort-style backyard (we’ll get to that in a minute) and a large custom walk-in shower; the upstairs study nook/office; the upstairs game room complete with a loft area; and the third-floor media room which comes fully equipped with projector, speakers, and screen.


Now back to that resort-style backyard I mentioned earlier. You’ll always feel like you’re on vacation with the stunning pool that has water features and an attached spa. Or if you don’t want to go for a dip in the pool, you can also enjoy the backyard in the outdoor living area complete with a custom stone gas fireplace and built-in grill.


Great care has been taken with this home to provide all the greatest luxuries! And if you’d like more information, click here or give us a call at 972.724.2540!

*This home is listed by Ebby Halliday, REALTORS.

Foodie Friday: Complete Dining Experience at J Macklin’s Grill in Coppell

almost couldn’t even wait until Friday to share with you how incredible our Foodie Friday experience at J Macklin’s Grill in Coppell was this week. Between all of the incredible dishes that Executive Chef Scott Hoffner planned and prepared for us as well as his incredible explanations and passion for his food – this was a Foodie Friday experience for the books!


Executive Chef Scott Hoffner and Proprietor Todd Kerr

Before I get to telling you about all the fantastic food we ate, I want to share the story of how owners Todd and Holly Kerr came to create this fabulous restaurant.

Todd actually opened his first restaurant while he was in college (impressive, right?). After a couple of other restaurant ventures, Todd started his own catering company based here in the Dallas area which he named after his grandfather – Macklin’s Catering. When he and his wife Holly moved to Coppell and found that their catering business was really starting to take off, they decided maybe it was time to open a brick and mortar version of the company and called it J Macklin’s Grill. That was eight years ago and I know the residents of Coppell and its surrounding areas have been grateful ever since!

Almost exactly two years ago, Chef Scott Hoffner heard about the work that J Macklin’s Grill was doing and felt that it really aligned with his style and passion for cooking. So he approached the Kerrs about joining them as their Executive Chef and has been creating thoughtful, beautiful dishes for them over these past two years.

And now I get to tell you about what some of those dishes are and I cannot wait!

Chef Hoffner served us an array of their appetizers including: the Trifecta Tacos (Dr. Pepper braised short rib, brisket, and pulled pork tacos topped with fried onion, smoked gouda and an apple cider BBQ sauce); their Pan Seared Scallops served over a roasted butternut squash sauce; and the Harvest Salad made with roasted butternut squash, pickled red onion, grape, goat cheese, pepita, and a red wine vinaigrette.


Each appetizer was so delicious and so unique and I love the care that Chef Hoffner puts into using only the best fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Once we were finished oohing and aahing over the appetizer course, Cheff Hoffner brought us a fantastic sampling of their entree menu. What I love most about their menu is that there’s something for everyone – whether you want something simple like a hamburger or grilled cheese or something more refined like their Atlantic Salmon or bone-in pork chop.

So, here’s what we sampled from their entree menu:

The Cowboy Burger made with Black Angus beef, smoked cheddar-gouda, sauteed onions, fresno chiles and a hickory BBQ sauce;


The Jakes 50/50 Sandwich topped with pulled pork, bacon, havarti, sauteed onions & mushrooms, and a sriracha mayo;


Their Chicken and Waffles served with a bacon-gouda waffle, fried onions, and spicy honey butter;


The Jaywalker Tacos made with pulled chicken, a jalapeno-cilantro aioli, pico, cotija, avocado, and poblano slaw;



The 10oz Brined Bone-In Pork Chop served with a goat cheese potato pancake and maple brussels sprouts and topped with a poached honeycrisp apple demi-glace;


The Dr. Pepper Braised Short Ribs served over whipped potatoes and root vegetables and served with a red wine reduction sauce;


And their very special Atlantic Salmon which comes from the Bay of Fundy near Nova Scotia and is served with green beans, a goat cheese potato pancake, and peppercorn beurre blanc. (By the way – we received a fantastic lesson from Chef Hoffner on how fish is supposed to taste and smell. Did you know fish should never taste or smell fishy? He said the salmon he has shipped in from the Bay of Fundy is so fresh that when he filets it, it actually smells like watermelon on the inside. Incredible, right?)


I’m not even sure I could tell you which entree was my favorite because they were all that incredible. Although I’m pretty sure I want to eat the Short Ribs for my Christmas Eve dinner and I don’t think I’ve ever had salmon as incredible as Chef Hoffner’s Atlantic Salmon. But everything was truly special and you could taste all the thought and care that went into each dish.

As if all that food wasn’t quite enough – Chef Hoffner then brought us a couple of their desserts to try including the S’Mores Brownie and their OCBW Root Beer Float made with root beer made the old-fashioned way by Oak Cliff Beverage Works right here in Dallas.


By the end of our meal, we were completely satisfied, happy and full. And ever since we left, I’ve been trying to figure out the soonest I can get back there to try out even more of their incredible menu.

Here are a couple of other fun facts about J Macklin’s before we wrap up this mouth-watering post…

Todd & Holly recently opened an event venue in Addison called Venue Forty | 50 where you can hold wedding receptions, corporate events, private parties, etc. All of the food is catered by their catering company, Macklin’s Catering, so… after reading this post, you know the food for your private event will be AMAZING.

If you want a private dining experience at J Macklin’s Grill, you can contact them about their Chef’s Table package. When you contact them, you’ll be able to discuss menu options, pricing, etc. They can accommodate up to eight people, but for four people, the cost starts somewhere around the $300-$400 mark.

If you’ve driven by J Macklin’s Grill on Denton Tap Rd in Coppell several times like we have over the years without stopping in, now’s your chance to fix that. Whether for a casual night out with the family, a business lunch or celebrating a special event, J Macklin’s can accommodate your needs. They call themselves the “Cheers” of Coppell, and I really feel like that’s true!

So, make an effort to try them out in the next week or so, and be sure to tell them that Jay Marks sent you whenever you go in!

*J Macklin’s Grill is located at 130 N. Denton Tap Rd Ste 120, Coppell TX 75019.