Foodie Friday: 2017 So far, Delicious!

By Jay Marks

9 min read

It’s hard to believe we’re already almost halfway through with 2017! Where has the time gone?

We’ve been able to visit lots of fantastic Foodie Friday locations so far this year. Our area has been blessed with so many new restaurants and there are only more on the way!

Check out where we’ve visited so far this year, and if you’ve missed getting to try any of them, make it a priority to visit them as soon as possible!

Trio Craft Coffee

2650 Flower Mound Rd #116, Flower Mound TX 75028

Trio Craft Coffee has had an exciting year! They recently moved locations to the old Starbucks spot at the corner of FM 2499 and FM 3040. Which is perfect because I can’t tell you how many times I still drive over there looking for that Starbucks.

We love Trio’s drink and pastry options, which are all thanks to owners Carlos and Susan Palacio. Carlos is a native of Mexico City and has lived in Columbia, which has given him a unique and refined taste and knowledge for coffee.

Their pastries are delivered fresh from Zenzero Bakery in Coppell as well as some gluten-free options from Pinch of Salt Pastries.

Give this local coffee shop a try if you’ve never visited them before. You’ll love their warm and inviting atmosphere!

Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House

2401 Lakeside Pkwy, Flower Mound TX 75022

If you have yet to visit Carvao, you are missing out on one of my favorite local restaurants! This is a perfect place to come for a business dinner, a romantic evening out, or just a unique experience with the whole family!

The restaurant opened in the Fall of 2015 thanks to owner, Paulo Novaes, a 15-year resident of Flower Mound. Paulo grew up in Brazil and wanted to open a restaurant where he could serve his unique take on traditional Churrasco-style recipes. And part of what makes them so unique is that they cook all of their nearly 20 cuts of meat on a charcoal grill, giving their food a different taste than other Brazilian restaurants you may have tried.

Carvao has an incredible salad bar which features over 50 hot and cold items including their grilled pineapple, the cheese and cold cut selection, and their lobster bisque.

They also have a great bar where you can enjoy drinks before, during, or after your meal, as well as a beautiful wine room stocked with over 100 labels to pair with your meal.

Gabriela & Sofia’s

903 Parker Square Rd, Flower Mound TX 75028

One of Flower Mound’s newer restaurants, Gabriela & Sofia’s opened their second location in our very own Parker Square earlier this year.

Owner, Gabriel Pompareyna, grew up in Mexico where he grew up learning his family’s recipes which he now share with his customers on a daily basis.

Gabriel kept a few design elements left over from the previous tenant, Taco Brone, like the unique beer tap which fills glasses from the bottom which means no foamy top and more beer for your buck!

We absolutely love their tableside guacamole, their steak fajitas and their churros which are served with a coconut-pineapple ice cream.

Epic Gelato

2400 Lakeside Pkwy Suite 100, Flower Mound TX 75022

Every time we visit Epic Gelato in Lakeside DFW, we learn so much about coffee, pastries and gelato from owner Richard Baldwin. He has dedicated several years of his life to studying with some of the best coffee roasters so that he can serve his customers the best coffee available. And you can absolutely taste the difference!

And we also love that every time we visit, Richard has been creating and innovating new menu options for us to try! Since we originally visited Epic Gelato in 2016, Richard has officially added the “Donato” (a gelato-filled donut) to the menu, as well as Smart Fruit juice smoothies, new pastries like cupcakes and savory scones, and custom-order gelato cakes made with layers of pound cake and your choice of gelato flavors.

We love Richard’s passion for what he does and absolutely encourage you to go try out one of his many incredible menu options!

Tommy Tamale

1689 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine TX 76051

This is a place I had been dying to try for years after spending a lot of time doing business in and around Grapevine. So I was thrilled to finally get the chance to stop in for lunch at Tommy Tamale a few months ago!

Tommy Tamale offers all things Tex-Mex to their customers – from a diverse line of salsas in their market, to their gourmet tamales, to burritos and quesadillas. We know tamales can be kind of an acquired taste, but if you’re going to try one for the first time, try it at Tommy Tamale. Yelp named them one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017, so if you don’t believe us, believe Yelp!

The entire staff is so friendly and welcoming – you’ll instantly feel like part of the Tommy Tamale family! And you’ll probably meet Tommy while you’re there – he’s often seen walking around the restaurant greeting all of his customers and making them feel at home.

You can purchase their tamales ready-to-eat in the cafe or you can purchase them at the market and take them home to serve. Either way, you won’t regret paying this place a visit!

Cavalli Pizza

233 W Church St, Lewisville TX 75057

Old Town Lewisville has seen quite the rejuvenation this year with several restaurants already opening and more on the way! We visited their new Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, Cavalli Pizza, to try out their delicious menu made with only the freshest and most authentic ingredients. (Their pizzas are so authentic, they actually import the flour from their pizza dough from Italy!)

The Lewisville location is Cavalli’s third here in DFW, and while the menu is mostly the same across all 3 locations, there are some menu items unique to the Lewisville one. All of the cocktails have been crafted with Lewisville-area residents in mind by their house sommelier and the owner.

Some of our favorite menu items include the Lewisville Salad, their Arancini, and The Dallas pizza. But you absolutely cannot leave Cavalli without having their Lemon Tiramisu made with layers of mascarpone, lemon curd, lady fingers and limoncello.

407 BBQ

1213 FM 407, Argyle TX 76226

We never say “no” to trying out a new BBQ joint, even if it means we have to drive a little ways to get there!

407 BBQ started out as a small stand on the side of the road in Argyle at 407 and I-35W and just recently opened up a restaurant location where customers can now either take their food to-go or eat it there fresh from the kitchen.

Their food is incredible, but because of all the care and attention it gets, this is a “first-come first-serve” kind of place. Once they’re out of something for the day, they’re out! So it’s always best to get there earlier in the day if possible.

Their ribs are some of the best I’ve ever had. Their brisket and turkey were so tender and flavorful. And each of their traditional Texas BBQ sides were delicious as well. And while you definitely don’t need the BBQ sauce to enjoy any of their food, you should probably have some of it because it has a perfect balance of spicy and sweet flavors.

Shoal Creek Tavern

1701 Shoal Creek Dr, Highland Village TX 75077

We’ve been fans of Jim Verfurth since his Village Grill days. Verf’s is one of our favorite local spots to send clients for a celebratory meal and we were thrilled to hear that Jim was opening another restaurant in the Shops at Highland Village!

Shoal Creek Tavern offers an authentic tavern-style environment with the large bar area, cozy and rustic seating, and a large outdoor patio that has a unique beer tap fountain.

The menu has been expertly crafted by Chef Florencio and the Bar Manager, Cory. Some of our favorites from our visit included the Pretty in Pink cocktail, the Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp, the Rack of Lamb, and their Bread Pudding served with fried bananas foster.

Mio Nonno

2450 Lakeside Pkwy Ste 100, Flower Mound TX 75022

Highly anticipated, Mio Nonno, opened in March in Lakeside DFW and has been wowing customers with their five-star worthy menu ever since.

Owners Noti Krasniqi and Chef Ati Mala pride themselves on being able to introduce locals to some Italian dishes they may never have heard of before.

We ate so much while we were there and it was all so delicious that it’s really hard to choose favorites, but we’d definitely recommend you try the crispy-fried polenta, steamed mussels, gnocchi, Eggplant Parmesan, Lobster Ravioli, and the Ciopino (a seafood medley soup served in a light seafood broth). See? I told you it would be hard for us to narrow down to some favorites…

Jay Around Town: May Happenings

If you can believe it, Summer is almost here! To celebrate, check out any of these events happening in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville this month!

Flower Mound

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Concerts in the Park at Heritage Park

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Lakeside Music Series at Lakeside DFW

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00pm: Five Money Questions for Women at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, May 5 @ 8:00am-3:30pm: Leadercast Simulcast at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00am-12:00pm: Kid Fish at Rheudasil Park Pond

Sunday, May 7 @ 6:00pm: 2017 Annual Flower Mound Symphony Fundraiser at Bistecca

Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:00pm: Unforgettable Women in Asia at Flower Mound Public Library

Monday, May 29 @ 9:00am: Memorial Day Observance – “A Day to Remember” at Flower Mound Senior Center

Monday, May 29 @ 1:00-5:00pm: Outdoor WaterPark Splashtacular at CAC Outdoor Waterpark

Highland Village

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00am-6:00pm: Highland Village Art Festival at The Shops at Highland Village

Saturday, May 13: Doubletree Ranch Park Opening Celebration at Doubletree Ranch Park

Friday, May 19 @ Sundown: Movies in the Park at Unity Park


Thursday, May 4 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Shade Gardening” at MCL Grand

Friday, May 5 @ 6:00-10:00pm: Keeping Tradition Alive at Wayne Ferguson Plaza

Sunday, May 7 @ 1:00-5:00pm: LulaRoe Shopping Event at MCL Grand

Friday, May 12 @ 7:45-9:45pm: Family Campfire at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Saturday, May 13 @ 9:00am-Noon: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Residential Convenience Center

Saturday, May 13 @ 8:00pm: Texas Tunes Series – Joe Ely at MCL Grand

Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Gardening with Herbs” at MCL Grand

Sunday, May 21 @ 3:00pm: Lewisville Civic Chorale & Huffines MS Choir – Musica Sacra et Profana at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

Foodie Friday: World-Class Sushi at Edohana

Something you may or may not know about our team is that we LOVE sushi. It’s probably one of my personal favorite kind of meals to go enjoy. And our Buyer Specialist, Nina Boyd, is also an experienced sushi connoisseur, so this week we visited one of her personal favorite local sushi restaurants, Edohana Sushi in Flower Mound.

From the moment we walked inside, I loved the warm, inviting atmosphere. And we were greeted by 11-year owner, Kimmy Seon, who gave us a lesson on what makes their sushi so fresh compared to many other sushi restaurants.

Our Buyer Specialist, Nina Boyd, with Owner Kimmy Seon.

All of their ingredients are delivered fresh daily. And her chef (who has been preparing sushi for 16 years) is a master at utilizing the fish so that he only serves the freshest and best cuts in their sushi.

This all stems from training Kimmy received after studying for several years under some of the best sushi restaurant chefs in Japan and running restaurants and hotels in three different countries.

We sat next to a couple who are also regulars of Edohana and who said they keep coming back because of the incredible food at such a great value. Plus, you can’t beat the convenience of it!

I loved absolutely everything that we tried. And the best part is that while we ate a lot, I didn’t leave our meal feeling overly stuffed. Which I attribute to the freshness and quality of what we were served.

We started out with some of their Jalapeno Poppers – lightly battered and deep-fried jalapenos stuffed with crab meat. They had a gentle heat to them which was balanced by the richness of the crab meat.

And we also ate their Tempura Fried Shrimp which were gigantic! Those were some quality shrimp – definitely not something you can get just anywhere here in DFW.

When it came to trying some of their sushi options, we sampled both some sashimi and roll menu items including: the Sashimi Sampler made with 5 pieces of assorted fish; their tuna tower; the Green Hulk made with shrimp tempura and crab meat and topped with avocado, crawfish, wasabi and sweet sauce; and the spicy tuna roll.

Then to top everything off, we completed our meal with a serving of their Tempura Ice Cream which was the perfect mix of crunchy batter and silky smooth ice cream.

This was honestly some of the best sushi I’ve ever had, so if you’re a sushi connoisseur like us and you’ve never been to Edohana, hop in your car and get yourself there immediately! We are so lucky to have this gem right here in our community!

Edohana Sushi is located at 1900 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound TX 75028.

Foodie Friday: Burgers & Brats – Authentic Burger Joint Right Here in Flower Mound

When you’re shopping near the Highland Ranch Shopping Center in Flower Mound, you my not expect that you’d stumble upon an authentic burger joint right in the middle of it all. But you’d be missing out! And if you’ve never experienced Burgers & Brats, you definitely have been missing out!

Whenever I’m in the mood for a great burger, Burgers & Brats is the first local place I think of. From the moment you step through the door you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to some small-town burger stop with its cozy seating and exposed grill area.

And burgers are obviously not the only things they specialize in (given their name). Burgers & Brats also has a fantastic selection of German-style pork sausage and pork-and-beef sausage for all you brat enthusiasts out there. It all comes direct each day from Fischer’s German Meat Market in the German town of Muenster, Texas. And they’re served up on fresh-baked bread rolls from Bayer’s Kolonialwaren und Backeri which is also in Muenster. So, no place better to find an authentic German brat! That’s for sure.

I love that you can watch them grill up your food from start to finish. With their burgers, they start with 1/2-pound of high-quality beef which is perfectly seasoned and topped with whichever ingredients you choose.

If you like your burger with some additional heat to it, give the Road Rage a try which is sprinkled with cayenne pepper and topped with pepperjack cheese and jalapenos.

For a burger with a BBQ twist, you can order the Speed Bump which comes served with bacon crumbles, chopped onions, cheddar cheese and a smoky BBQ sauce.

They’ve also got options that come with fried eggs on top, bleu cheese, or pineapple. There’s even one called the Frito Pie Burger! Um… yum! And if you want a burger made with something other than beef, they also have a Turkey Burger, a Tuna Burger and a Veggie Burger.

Or if you want something entirely different, Burgers & Brats also has a couple of sandwich options including their Philly Cheesesteak, their Reuben Sandwich and some chicken sandwich options.

I also LOVE their truffle fries which are crisped to perfection and come sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served with a side of aioli.

Burgers & Brats certainly draws a crowd around lunch time – and there are people who even drive from Fort Worth to come eat here! So, there’s a testimonial for you.

Hope you all have a delicious Easter weekend, and if burgers sound like something that’ll hit the spot, be sure to head to Burgers & Brats!

*Burgers & Brats is located in the Highland Ranch Shopping Center at 6100 Long Prairie Rd Ste 300, Flower Mound TX 75028.

2 Jay Marks Real Estate Open Houses to Visit This Weekend

Our team is holding two of our listings open this weekend. Definitely put these on your calendar to come see both of them for yourself!

#1: 2704 Woodpoint Rd, Lewisville TX

One of our New Construction listings, 2704 Woodpoint is located in a fantastic neighborhood in Lewisville near Vista Ridge Mall and feeds into Lewisville ISD schools. Luxurious finishes in this home include:

  • Light and bright kitchen with stunning granite counters, subway tile backsplash, gourmet stainless steel appliances, walk-in pantry and XL island
  • Master bath with abundant storage, frameless walk-in shower and direct access to the laundry through the master closet
  • Upstairs bonus room
  • Large secondary bedrooms
  • Art niches
  • Covered patio

Visit this home Thursday-Saturday (April 13-15) from 11:00am-1:00pm!

Click here for more photos and pricing.

#2: 3120 Hartford Dr, Flower Mound TX

We just put this incredible Flower Mound home located in Staton Oak Estates on the market, so come see it before it’s gone! This home just underwent updating to include:

  • New wood-look flooring
  • New carpet
  • Updated kitchen with granite counters, new backsplash, and new stainless steel appliances

3120 Hartford has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, formal living and dining space, and a sparkling pool in the backyard!

Visit this home on Saturday, April 15 from 1:00-4:00pm!

Click here for more photos and pricing.

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