Flower Mound Restaurant

Foodie Friday: Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi – Yet Another Great Addition to Lakeside DFW

Just when we thought Lakeside DFW couldn’t get any better, a new Asian fusion restaurant opened its doors this week offering local residents a delicious and beautiful dining experience.

Photo Courtesty of Hanaya's Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Hanaya’s Facebook page.

Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is owned and operated by the same people who run Kobeya Japanese Steak & Sushi in Southlake Town Square, so if you’ve dined at that restaurant, expect the same level of service, cuisine, and atmosphere.

Photo courtesy of Hanaya’s Facebook page.

Hanaya offers 8 hibachi tables for diners, or if you’d rather sit at one of their dine-in tables and enjoy offerings from their menu of sushi, ramen, and rice bowls, you can do that as well.

Photos courtesy of Hanaya’s Facebook page.

Because we wanted the full entertainment + food experience this week, we opted to enjoy their hibachi dinner and were definitely not disappointed!

Their hibachi experience is similar to other hibachi restaurants – it’s a fun, unique experience to sit around a table with people you may or may not know and watch your food be prepared with lots of extra pizzazz. But their food was different than any other hibachi food I’ve ever tasted. The menu items were the same, but the flavors infused into those menu items were uniquely Hanaya’s. I wish I could explain to you why it tasted deliciously different, but you’ll just have to go try it out for yourself!

In addition to our fun and tasty hibachi meal, we also tried one of Hanaya’s (many) signature sushi rolls – the What A Roll which has yellow tail, spicy tuna and little red fish eggs on top. All of the ingredients in the roll tasted so fresh and we wish we would have had room in our stomachs to try a few more of their signature rolls like the Flower Mound.

They also have all the rolls and sushi you’re familiar with as well. And our favorite part was their sushi bar where you can actually see all the fresh seafood ingredients they utilize in their sushi preparations!

Photo courtesy of Hanaya’s Facebook page.

Hanaya is a true Asian fusion restaurant with their fantastic offerings of hibachi, sushi and ramen. We are so glad to see them finally open in Lakeside DFW and know there are many of you who are excited they are open as well!

Keep in mind that this week was their “soft opening,” so things could get a little crowded there as lots of residents try them out this weekend. But we definitely encourage you to enjoy a fun and scrumptious meal with them.

And if you go this evening, don’t forget to check out the fireworks over Lake Grapevine which you can see from Sunset Point. And you can also enjoy music from Manny Trevino as part of the Lakeside Music Series.

*Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is located at 2314 Lakeside Pkwy, Flower Mound 75022.

Foodie Friday: Our Exclusive Foodie Friday Menu at Dido’s Urban Grill

After doing Foodie Friday for more than three years, we’re still experiencing Foodie Friday firsts! And this week, Chef Gary at Dido’s Urban Grill prepared a special sampling of their menu for us – and they even had special menus printed for us! Not going to lie, that felt pretty cool.

We first visited Dido’s soon after they opened in the summer of 2015 and instantly fell in love with Chef Gary’s unique and delicious culinary creations. We also fell in love with Gary’s parents, Ernie and Pam, who help out in the restaurant as well. A whole family affair!

Dido’s offers fantastic lunch and dinner options for residents of Flower Mound and is also a popular brunch destination on the weekends with menu selections like Fried Chicken & MacWaffles, their Crab Cake Benedict, their Shrimp & Grits and their Ultimate Grilled Cheese.

And here’s something you may not know about them – they cater! They can help prepare customized treats for your event whether it’s a small gathering, an office lunch or something larger.

Now, let’s talk about what was on our Foodie Friday menu this week.

Ernie first brought us a few of their most popular cocktails to sample – the Spring Heat (grapefruit vodka, rosemary & jalapeno simple syrup); the Tequila Tini (Patron, lemon juice, agave & sweet Vermouth); and the Leblon Caipirinha (Brazilian Rum, muddled lime & simple syrup). Our resident cocktail-tasters said each of the cocktails was delicious and come highly-recommended! But if you’re not really a cocktail kind of person, Dido’s also has a wonderful selection of Texas Craft Beers.

For our appetizer course, Chef Gary prepared their Crab Cakes which come served with a smoky 1000 Island sauce; their Flatbread of the Day which came topped with turkey, shaved onion, jalapeno, provolone and a smoked aioli; their Salmon Nicoise; and their Chicken Caesar Salad. Our personal favorites were the flatbread and the Salmon Nicoise!


Then for the main course we sampled the Smoked Turkey Melt served with a side of their Truffled Garlic Parmesan Tots and the Chef Special which was a Chicken Waffle Sando topped with some bacon (obviously). The Turkey Melt had great flavor and was a fantastic option for lunch. And the Chicken Waffle Sando… well, you just need to try that one for yourself!

To top everything off, we satisfied our sweet tooth with their Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with ice cream!

We’ve had such fun supporting Dido’s over the past couple years. And have enjoyed watching them support the local community as well. They often host fundraisers and events at their restaurant which has really helped solidify them as a go-to restaurant in our area.

Thank you, Chef Gary, Ernie and Pam for a delicious meal this week and for making us feel a little more special than usual!

*Dido’s Urban Grill is located in the Town View Plaza at 1900 Long Prairie Rd, Flower Mound 75028.

Foodie Friday: Time to Warm Up at Trio Craft Coffee

Raise your hand if a great cup of coffee is just what you could use right now. We’re sitting here watching the snow fall at our office and are dreaming of warm drinks inside the even warmer atmosphere of Trio Craft Coffee.

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Located just across the parking lot from our office, Trio Craft Coffee is one of our favorite places to stop in for a warm drink or a tasty pastry.

Owners Carlos and Susan Palacio opened the coffee shop to accomplish their mission of serving their community and introducing people to the best coffee products they can deliver.

Carlos is a native of Mexico City and lived in Columbia before moving here to the United States, so he has a truly unique and refined taste and knowledge for coffee. Which is why they choose to use coffee beans from local roasters, Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and Novel Coffee Roasters.

They also release unique seasonal flavors so that customers always have something new and exciting to try. For example, their current winter specials include a Bourbon Maple Latte (which is guaranteed to warm you up) and their Mocha Mint made with speciality dark chocolate and peppermint.

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I personally loved when Rogue One was released in theaters, and Trio started serving Novel Coffee Roasters Rogue Espresso. It’s fun to see a coffee shop having fun with their menu!

In addition to their incredible coffee drinks, Trio also serves a fantastic array of pastries which are delivered fresh from Zenzero Bakery in Coppell (another Foodie Friday favorite) and gluten-free Pinch of Salt Pastries. Or if you want something a little more substantial, they’ve also created some magically delicious hot sandwiches.

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If you’ve never stopped into this beloved local coffee shop before, this cold weather is the perfect time to stop in and give it a try. And since you’ll just be right across from the parking lot from us, why not come say hello?

*Trio Craft Coffee is located at 2628 Long Prairie Rd Ste 103, Flower Mound.

[CLOSED]Foodie Friday: Taco Brone in Parker Square

We may just have to start calling Flower Mound the “Taco Capital of North Texas” with all of the incredible taco restaurants that have opened in the past year and those still to come in the following months! And as taco-lovers here at Jay Marks Real Estate, we absolutely love it!

Flower Mound’s newest taqueria is Taco Brone in Parker Square which serves high-quality a la carte tacos and also has an amazing assortment of beers on tap and margaritas.

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We also love the vibe of this restaurant! The colors are bright and there are lots of cool things to look at around the restaurant. And boy did this place ever draw a lunch crowd! Apparently we are not the only ones who love their tacos!

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They have a great selection of tacos to choose from – everything from chicken to fish to beef to pork to vegetarian. I think we tried about half of their menu while we were there and were definitely digging what we ordered!

We tried out some of their most popular tacos including the Al Pastor made with shaved pork; the Brisketo made with Guadalajara style barbacoa; the Ensenada Fish topped with a piece of hand-battered cod; and the White Wing which comes served with a piece of bacon-wrapped (!!) chicken breast and topped with jalapeno, pico de gallo and house made ranch dressing.

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We also ordered the Salchichon which comes with a bacon-wrapped jalapeno & cheddar sausage, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli and cilantro; and the Alambre which is marinated arrachera steak, grilled bell peppers/onion/tomatoes and salsa churri.

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(Told you we ordered a lot!)

We all sampled a little bit of everything, and the flavors were all fantastic and distinct. I love the fresh taste of all their toppings as well as the tenderness of their meats.

And while we didn’t get to sample any of their queso or desserts, we’ve heard incredible things about those as well! People have been raving about their poblano queso, their churros and their sopapillas since they opened, so I guess we know what we’ll be making room for next time we go back!

Customers have also fallen in love with Taco Brone’s beers and margaritas. Their beers are served with a truly unique tap that you need to see in person to believe! And from what we hear, beer connoisseurs are loving it!

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We have no doubt that Taco Brone will continue to quickly become a local hot spot for residents and are thrilled to have them here in our community! If you haven’t been able to check them out since they opened their doors a few weeks ago, we highly recommend you get over there immediately! With so many options to choose from, everyone in your group is sure to find something they love about this place.

*Taco Brone is located at 930 Parker Square Rd, Flower Mound 75028.

Foodie Friday: Spend a Happy Easter with Swirl Bakery

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I’ve been able to enjoy a great friendship with Swirl Bakery owners Chris and Melissa Norwood for several years and their restaurant is one of my favorite go-tos when I’m hungry. Swirl Bakery has been a Flower Mound institution since 2007, offering great breakfast, lunch and dinner options to eat in the restaurant or take home with you.

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So, to what does Chris accredit his ability to stay in business for so long?

He says that first and foremost, over the years his customers have become more than just customers – they’ve truly become friends. When you walk into Swirl, Chris is constantly walking around the restaurant, greeting his customers, catching up on what’s new with them and their families. Which is a large reason why people keep coming back! I know it’s part of the reason I do.

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The other reason is because of the variety of menu options – Swirl Bakery truly offers something for everyone. And many of the dishes Swirl serves are original recipes and are made from scratch right there in the restaurant – including the chicken salad, soups, cakes and brownies.

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Chris is also very active in the community, providing catering for corporate meetings and luncheons, catering luncheons at the Flower Mound Senior Center and donating food to various local clubs and charities.

And for Easter, Swirl Bakery offers an incredible Easter Brunch from 10:00am-2:00pm. The menu includes delicious dishes like eggs benedict, french toast, spiral glazed ham, au gratin potatoes, Hill Country Casserole and a great assortment of cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, etc.

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You do have to make reservations in order to join in on the brunch and the cost is $21.95 for adults (including a beverage) and $9.95 for children 3-12 years old.

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So, if you’ve been on the lookout for a great brunch to take the family to, call Swirl Bakery today at 214-513-1334 to make your reservations! You know you don’t want to end up spending all morning in your kitchen preparing food – go ahead and just head over to Swirl and take some of the pressure off yourself this holiday weekend!

I love Swirl Bakery and I’m so grateful Chris and Melissa have become such a Flower Mound staple over the years. Next time you’re in the mood for some incredible tomato basil soup or eggs benedict, get yourself to Swirl! Or if you ever need catering, these are your guys!

We hope each of you have a blessed Easter weekend and get to spend some time with those you love the most. And of course, we hope you eat lots of great food, Foodies!