Foodie Friday: Local Restaurants Featured in DFW’s 20th Annual Restaurant Week

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year! Monday marks the official beginning of DFW’s 20th Annual Restaurant Week. The 3-week event benefits the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. Last year they were able to raise $711,000!

You can make all of your reservations on OpenTable. And you can make reservations at as many restaurants as you think you can visit during those 3 weeks! Just be sure to check which dates each restaurant is participating.

You’ll enjoy special two- or three-course, prixe-fixe meals at each restaurant and the cost is $20 for lunch and $39 or $49 for dinner.

And the most exciting part is that we have several Foodie Friday restaurants who are participating in this year’s event! Check out the local restaurants who are participating below.

Bistecca – An Italian Steakhouse

You can join Chef Morris Salerno for a truly special dining experience. They’ll be serving an option Calloway course for an additional $5, two salmon dish options for the first course, either Black Drum or a Akaushi beef brisket for the main entree, and either strawberry pie or chocolate mousse for dessert.

Bistecca is participating during the Preview Weekend (this weekend!) as well as all next week (August 7-13). The cost for the three-course dinner is $49 or $69 with their recommended wines. Make your reservations here!

Carvao Prime Brazilian Steakhouse

Or you can check out Carvao in Lakeside DFW. They have a fantastic salad bar with 60+ items to choose from. But the best part is enjoying their 16 cuts of meat served tableside.

Carvao also has a fantastic wine list and bar offering drinks for before, during and after your meal.

They are offering a $49 dinner and are participating from August 7-13. Make your reservations here!

Prime Farm to Table

Flower Mound’s Contemporary American restaurant, Prime Farm to Table, offers customers truly unique dining experiences. Chef Chris Flahaven is constantly coming up with special dishes to serve his customers to allow them to try things they never have before.

Prime Farm to Table is serving dishes on their prixe-fixe menu like Chilled Melon Soup, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Ricotta Gnocchi, 24 Hour Short Ribs, Olive Oil Cake and Chocolate Terrine.

They are participating from August 7-20 and their 3-course meal will be $39 per person or $55 per person with paired wines. Make your reservation here!

Yellow Rose Steak and Chop House

You can also check out another one of Flower Mound’s steak houses, Yellow Rose Steak and Chop House, in Parker Square.

Yellow Rose will be serving dishes like a Citrus Summer Salad, Char Grilled Salmon and Shrimp, 10 oz Prime Rib, and Bread Pudding.

They are participating all three weeks of the event (August 7-26) and are offering both special lunch and dinner menus. Make your reservation here! 

Foodie Friday: Enjoying Our Sweetheart Dinner at Bistecca

Some of you may have seen our article in the Cross Timbers Gazette publishing information about all the local restaurants who were offering special Valentine’s Day menus this week.

We want you to know that we eat what we preach here at Jay Marks Real Estate and Foodie Friday! My wife and I enjoyed a lovely Sweetheart Dinner presented by Chef Morris Salerno and his staff at Bistecca.


Their romantic gourmet meal offerings included a Lobster Cappuccino, Salmon and Scallops, Sea Bass, an Eighteen-Ounce Ribeye and a special Sweetheart Dessert.

The Lobster Cappuccino was exactly what it sounds like – a delightful cup of a light lobster bisque that was exploding with flavor.

Stacy and I both ordered our go-to Bistecca Salad, which never EVER disappoints and comes topped with pears, Gorgonzola crumbles, grapes, baby tomatoes, walnuts and bacon.

For our entrees, Stacy ordered the Alaskan Crab with Prime Strip which came served with a pan sauce of brandy cream, roasted fingerling potatoes and prosciutto wrapped green beans. And I ordered the Tenderloin and Lobster which came served with toasted garlic mashed potatoes, griddled asparagus and baby carrots. My steak was cooked to absolute perfection and the lobster was so fresh and perfectly cooked as well.

And their “Special Sweetheart Dessert” was a chocolate mousse inside a pecan shell served on a plate decorated with berries, homemade cookie and white chocolate mousse. It was truly the most magnificent dessert I’ve ever had.


I was so amazed by the attention we were paid by the staff (even though it was a busy evening for them). It made our Valentine’s Day truly special and you could tell everyone else in the room was thoroughly enjoying their meal and service as well.

In fact, we learned that on one side of us was a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and on the other side was a couple who has made Bistecca their Valentine’s dinner tradition for the past decade. And after our experience there, I believe Stacy and I will be joining Chef Morris to celebrate Valentine’s day for many more years to come!

Chef Morris was constantly working his way around the dining room, greeting customers and wishing them a Happy Valentine’s Day. I love that about Chef Morris – as successful and busy and talented as he is, he truly invests time in getting to know his customers and making each one of them feel special as they dine at his restaurant.


And speaking of Chef Morris being busy and successful – did you know he has a new cookbook out that you can purchase? It’s called More Morris’ Way and you can purchase it in the restaurant or on their website.

Keep an eye out for more special events they have coming up including their cooking class tomorrow (February 18th) from 10:00am-1:00pm and their Mardi Gras celebration on February 28th from 6:00-8:00pm.

*Bistecca is located at 2300 Highland Village Rd, Highland Village 75077.

Foodie Friday: Don’t Want to Cook on Thanksgiving? Check out These Local Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Feasts!

Cooking up a Thanksgiving feast can be quite the chore – whether you’re cooking for three or for twenty-three. If the thought of preparing a meal next Thursday makes you break out into hives, we’d recommend you consider utilizing the expert cooking services of one of these local restaurants who are all offering some form of Thanksgiving meal – whether for pick-up or actually enjoying the meal in their restaurant.

Now Taking Reservations:



Bistecca is currently taking reservations for their Annual Thanksgiving Buffet which will be served from 11:00am-2:00pm on Thanksgiving Day. Guests will enjoy an assortment of classic Thanksgiving foods, but with Chef Morris Salerno’s special touches of course!

Menu items include: salad buffet, duck salad, carved roast sirloin, roast turkey with giblet gravy, glazed pineapple and basil ham, Grandma’s meat dressing, mashed potatoes, and a wide assortment of desserts including pies, cakes and creme brulee.

The costs to enjoy Bistecca’s Thanksgiving Buffet are as follows: Adults – $37.50/ Seniors (Over 65) – $24.50/ Children 6-12 – $10.95.

You must make reservations in order to take part in the buffet, and those can be made by calling 972.318.0515 or by emailing



Similar to Bistecca, Salerno’s is also offering their Annual Thanksgiving Buffet from 11:00am-2:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.

They’ll be offering traditional Thanksgiving dishes as well as some Salerno’s favorites.

Menu items include: asparagus with raspberry sauce, Sicilian style meat dressing, pecan crusted red snapper, lasagna, sweet potatoes and an assortment of pies for dessert.

Here are the costs for Salerno’s Thanksgiving Buffet: Adults – $27.95/ Seniors – $16.95/ Children 6-12 – $10.95.

You can make your reservation by calling 972.539.9534 today!

Carvao Brazilian Steakhouse


If you want something a little out of the ordinary for your Thanksgiving meal, we’d definitely suggest making reservations for Carvao Brazilian Steakhouse’s Thanksgiving Feast.

They’ll be open from 11:30am-7:00pm on Thanksgiving Day and will be serving their regular signature Carvao dishes as well as some Thanksgiving staples.

The price is $49.50 per person and reservations can be made by calling 972.539.8555.

Now Taking Orders for Pick-Up

Paradise Bistro


Paradise Bistro in Lakeside DFW is currently taking orders that will be available for pickup on both November 23rd and 24th.

You can choose from their meal for 4 or for 8 which both include traditional favorites like oven roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, casseroles and a cranberry compote. You can also add a homemade pecan or pumpkin pie onto your order for an additional $10.00 per pie.

The meal for 4 costs $75.99 and the meal for 8 costs $129.99. Not having to cook? Priceless.

They’re taking orders up until 10:00pm on Tuesday the 22nd. And you can pick your order up either the afternoon/evening of the 23rd or before 11:00am on Thanksgiving.

*Note: The dining room will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Open for order pick-ups only.

Swirl Bakery


Swirl Bakery has been helping locals out with their Thanksgiving meal preparations for years, and this year is no different! They are currently taking orders for whatever needs you have whether it’s for a single item or for a complete meal.


You can click here to download their holiday ordering menu which includes all kinds of delicious items like party foods, cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, or any of their in-house made desserts including pies, cakes and cookies.

All orders must be picked up between 12:00-4:00pm on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Savory Bistro


We love that Savory Bistro offers a special Thanksgiving menu available for pick-up because of their unique takes on traditional dishes!

Some of their menu items include organic turkey, garlic yukon mash, mascarpone green bean casserole, bacon brussels sprouts, and a brandy cranberry sauce. They also have some delicious dessert options like spiced apple pie and Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. And if you have gluten-free guests, Savory has got you covered!

You can order a la carte from their Thanksgiving menu depending on your taste and the size of your party.

All orders must be picked up between 9:00-11:00am on Thanksgiving Day and order forms should be submitted to

The Flour Shop


Maybe you have the turkey and the sides covered, but the breads and desserts are stressing you out. If that’s the case, enlist the help of The Flour Shop located in the Shops at Highland Village to help you!

They have a whole assortment of baked goods you can choose from including pies, cakes, cobblers, brownies, cheesecakes, breakfast items, and breads.

Orders must be placed by November 21st (that’s Monday) and will be available for pick-up on Wednesday the 23rd. You can place your order by calling 972-966-2253.

Foodie Friday: Celebrating My Wife at Bistecca

How many of you have felt like in order to go someplace “fancy” enough to celebrate a special occasion, you have to leave our local Flower Mound – Highland Village – Lewisville area to find a suitable place? Wouldn’t you love if I told you there was a place right in our backyard run by a critically-acclaimed chef who’s part of a family that’s been an institution in the area for over 20 years!


Well, that’s exactly what Bistecca in Highland Village is! Run by Chef Morris Salerno, who has won awards from the Texas Chef Association and is known throughout the community for giving back to local residents.

A year or so ago, Chef Salerno created Bistecca from his former restaurant The Grotto in order to create a fine-dining atmosphere for his customers where they could come to enjoy a special evening out or a formal business lunch.

When you walk into Bistecca, you’re instantly greeted by a beautiful and luxurious atmosphere and the smells of incredible food!

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Since we were celebrating my wife’s birthday last week, I (scoring major Husband Points) took her to Bistecca for some incredible food.

And we went all out with a full four-course meal!

So, we started out with some Foie Gras which they serve pan seared with an apple chutney and the Shrimp Grotto which are four large shrimp marinated in Mogia, seared and served with gorgonzola butter and herbed bread crumbs.


For our salad round, my wife ordered the Tuscan Salad topped with an apple ring, toasted walnuts and a Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette. And I ordered the Caprese made with vintage heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and topped with extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

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Up next we ordered the Beef and Crab (medallions topped with Alaskan crab) and a New York Strip served with a potato wedge and baby vegetables. And yes, by this point we were definitely getting full and had already boxed up lots of food as leftovers… but don’t think that stopped us from ordering dessert! It was my wife’s birthday after all!

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They brought her out a very festive homemade cheesecake make with white chocolate and I ordered their classic Chocolate Souffle drizzled with a chocolate sauce.

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Sorry, my mouth is watering again just writing about it. Next time you have something special to celebrate or want to win someone over, I highly recommend you head out to Bistecca and dine with Chef Morris and his staff.

He’s always walking around the restaurant greeting people and he even gifted my wife with a copy of his cookbook which she was very excited about!

There’s a reason this restaurant has been an institution in the community for over 20 years and it’s because of their great customer service, their incredible food and Chef Morris’s ambition and passion for cooking.

Go enjoy the beautiful sunshine tomorrow, Foodies! And have a great weekend!

Foodie Friday: Celebrate New Year’s Eve in (Foodie) Style

If you’re anything like The Jay Marks Team, you still have zero idea what your New Year’s Eve plans are this year. So, we thought we’d fill you in on what some of the great Foodie Friday restaurants are offering this year. There’s no better way to bring in the new year than with delicious food, right?

Z Grill & Tap

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As we mentioned in our post last week, Z Grill is hosting a killer New Year’s Party complete with live music from the band Inversion. They’ll be serving a menu of appetizers and your choice of steak, seafood or chef selection entrees to start your celebrating. Reservations are required to join the party, so be sure to contact them today to reserve your spot!



Bistecca in Highland Village is hosting a fabulous four-course dinner on New Year’s Eve with a menu including choices like their infamous Steak Salerno, an Heirloom Tomato Salad, Applewood Bacon Wrapped Sea Bass, Espresso Seared Prime Tenderloin and a Tower of Chocolate for dessert. There will also be a special musical guest to entertain during your meal – Stacy Lynn Schriever. Again, reservations are required and the cost is $150 per couple or $75 per person. You can make your reservation by emailing or by calling 972-318-0515.



If you want to enjoy New Year’s Eve at one of Flower Mound’s original restaurants, head over to Salerno’s to take part in their annual New Year’s Eve Dinner. You’ll start out with a delicious three-course meal including dishes like Salerno’s classic She-Crab Soup, Tenderloin topped with Crabmeat, Veal Ossobucco and a special New Year’s Eve dessert. After all that incredible food, the DJ and dancing will begin at 9:30 and you’ll also receive a complimentary glass of Chandon Brut at midnight! The cost is $44.99 per person and you can make reservations by calling 972-539-9534.


Yellow Rose Steak and Chop House


Just in case there weren’t enough incredible multi-course dinner options for you on New Year’s Eve, Yellow Rose Steak and Chop House is also featuring a mouth-watering four-course dinner. It’s a set menu offering wonderful choices like Char-Grilled Halibut, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Lamb Chops and Bread Pudding or Creamy Eggnog Cheesecake for dessert. The cost for the meal is $69 per person, but if you make your reservation for 6:30pm or earlier you get a $10 discount!

Savory Bistro


If you’re going to spend New Year’s Eve in and around Argyle, we DEFINITELY recommend you head to Savory Bistro for their New Year’s Eve Tasting Menu including dishes like Duck Confit Spring Rolls, Ribeye Filet, Butter Poached Lobster Tail and a Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Praline. Call them at 940-584-0255 to make your reservation! The cost is $80 per person for the tasting menu, with optional wine pairings and other beverages available separately.

Prime Farm to Table


After your late-night antics on New Year’s Eve, you’ll probably be in the mood for a delicious brunch on Thursday. So, we encourage you to head over to Prime Farm to Table, one of Flower Mound’s newer restaurants, for a fun and festive brunch on New Year’s Day. Make your reservations quickly before they fill up! Prime will also be open for regular lunch and dinner business hours on New Year’s Eve so you can take advantage of their delicious menu then as well!