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Foodie Friday: Gnome Cones and Argyle’s Top Destination Spot

Pizza, coffee, barbecue, and a gnome themed snow cone? Yes please! Affectionately known as The Corner by Argyle locals this Foodie destination spot in Argyle averages 500 people on Friday and Saturday night every weekend. Why, you ask? Well, lately it has been because of a new BBQ spot known as “Bumbershoots” and young entrepreneurs posing as gnomes selling snow cones made with all natural ingredients.

At the North East corner of 407 and 377 are 5 restaurants including Fuzzy’s tacos, Earl’s 377, Kimzey’s Coffee, Bumbershoots BBQ, and the latest… Gnome Cones.

Four of these are unique, local owned, specialty restaurants. Today we want to feature Gnome Cones and give you an update on the latest goings-on at the rest.

(Courtesy of Gnome Cones Facebook page)

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Alex Sparks and Bret Hawkins are the co-founders of Gnome Cones and childhood best friends. Their wives are also involved.  They always joked around about how good the name “Gnome Cones” sounded and were always thinking of ways to make the best snow cone. So finally, three weeks ago they opened up their incredible snow shack. We talked with Alex and he told us that there are no dies or preservatives in their ice. Everything is made out of real juice, teas, and coffee! The best part is all of the ice and ingredients are made fresh every morning so you can get the maximum taste with your ice.

Alex and Kelly Sparks gave us a tour!

And when we say maximum flavor we aren’t joking! They have some seriously unique flavors, and each one has been mastered so you will not be disappointed. And, every flavor can be paired with ice cream in the middle or even just cream!

The crowd favorite is Apple Pie served with cream, but they have other tasty flavors like Blood Orange, Pina Colada, Chai Tea, and Cold Brew. No matter who you are there is sure to be something for you at this snow cone shack.

Since they have been open they have already sold out multiple times, which has led them to buy even better ice machines to better serve the customers, but Gnome Cones is open from 11 am-10 pm everyday. Alex also told us that if you bring any size gnome you receive a FREE snow cone! The bigger the gnome the bigger the snow cone.  Some come check out this new and fun snow cone shack, Gnome Cones!

Now we want to update you on Earl’s 377, Bumbershoots BBQ, and Kimzey’s Coffee as we talked about them a few blogs ago.

First, we have Bumbershoot BBQ. Bumbershoot is also all about service. From having live shows for customers to watch while they eat their food to running out to your car and hand delivering your food when it’s raining. They really do it all at Bumbershoots and when you stop by you are sure to see and smell meat cooking in their smokers further promising that they are giving you the best beef, pork, chicken and sausage in all of Argyle!

Next, we have Earl’s 377 and their amazing Pizza. Earl’s is committed to “serving hand-crafted pizza and delicious, fresh Italian food to our neighbors in North Texas!”

Their one year anniversary just passed and they are thriving. They are the original restaurant in the corner, and they are all about “Radical Hospitality” so you are sure to be treated well here! If you are a part of the Military, Police or Fire Department make sure to let them know as they want to appreciate all you have done for the community and give you a discount on your food.

Lastly, we have Kimzey’s Coffee Shop and their amazing coffee inside their uniquely designed coffee house. Kimzey’s is five months old and has very busy mornings on a steady basis due to their service and great coffee. People just can’t get enough of them!

Fuzzy’s Tacos is also a fan favorite and is the last pice to The Corner destination spot in Argyle, Texas. Make sure to stop by any of these wonderful foodie spots and enjoy their “Radical Hospitality”! We know you’re probably heading to Gnome Cones right now to cool off from the hot summer heat, but please leave some for the rest of us as it easy to go back for seconds… or even thirds!

Foodie Friday: National Donut Day at Sara’s Donuts

Happy ‘National Donut Day’ Foodies! Today we decided to revisit a donut shop that we blogged about last year, Sara’s Donuts. Home to everyone in Flower Mound’s favorite donuts located just off of 2499. And yes, you can guess it… we did not hold back when it came time for us to celebrate.

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From the decorations, the electric decor, and the friendly staff everything seemed to be in place and ready to serve all of Flower Mound’s donut cravings for the big day. But, what we didn’t see was the preparation Sara and her staff put into every donut and decoration. We talked to Sara and she admitted to us that she had gotten into the store at 1 AM that morning to begin making the donuts to make sure every single one was perfect.

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When we got there this morning at 7:15 we were expecting a line and a short wait, but what we saw was nothing short of a donut miracle. A line stretched itself out of the door and wrapped alongside the sidewalk. But, the funniest part was that everyone in the line had the same face that seemed to be a mixture of excitement, hunger, and an envy of every person that walked out with their arms full of the delectable donuts.

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When it was our turn to order donuts we talked to Sara herself and she said that in just a couple hours they had already sold more than 3,000 donuts!  She said it was mostly the original type of donuts (glazed, sprinkles or old fashioned) that had been going, but mentioned that other crowd favorites include: Creme Brulee, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Maple Bacon, and the S’mores.

However, no matter which donut you most craved you were sure to receive a fluffy and sweet treat that was just right for you.

Sara is a huge contributor to the community and has donated countless hours, money, and donuts to charities in Flower Mound. She even donated to this years Easter Sunrise Service on the actual Flower Mound. Sara is a loving person whom we adore and appreciate for all she does for our town.

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We know all these pictures have your mouth watering. So, the next time you want to be “Employee of the Day” at the office or treat the kids to something special on the weekend, definitely head to Sara Donuts to try out some of their incredible breakfast options and to meet their friendly staff!

You just might see us while you’re there… picking up donuts for our own office!

FOODIE FRIDAY: PETER’S PIZZERIA, AMAZING RESTAURANT AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

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Many North Texas have been volunteering in Fruitvale Texas after the devastating tornado there April 29. Peters Pizza assisted in feeding between  80-100 volunteers.  Pete and Liz Pagano are locals with passion for the Pizza and Love of our community.  I am sharing  a blog post I wrote about them and asking you to stop by for some great food and say hello!

We were in the mood for some great local pizza this week and after doing some research, decided to try out Peter’s Pizzeria in Highland Village for lunch with some friends yesterday. Peter’s Pizzeria has an extremely loyal local following, with rave reviews on both their business Facebook page and Yelp. And looking at pictures their customers posted, the pies looked so amazing we figured this place was a must-try!

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photo 3(22)Peter’s Pizzeria opened about nine months ago right next to Village Grill and Kroger off FM 407 in Highland Village, but owner Peter Pagano has been cooking up homemade Italian food for other people for around 35 years. Pete and his wife, Liz, are originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey where they first started sharing their homemade family recipes with the public. About 12 years ago, the Paganos decided to move to Texas and opened a restaurant in Colleyville. However, being residents of Double Oak, Pete and Liz decided to sell their space in Colleyville about a three years ago and move the restaurant a little closer to home.

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Alright, now I know you guys are dying to hear about the food, so here it goes. Pete and Liz cooked up some great dishes for us while we were there and were willing to customize their lunch menu to allow us to try some of their great signature plates. We started out with a delicious antipasti salad with sliced Parmesan, ham and pepperoni with fresh vegetables. I always love starting a meal out with a great salad like this – sets the right tone.photo 1(25)

Liz then brought out what I think was probably the best part of our meal yesterday – Eggplant Rollatini. If you like eggplant parmesan (or anything breaded, baked and covered in tomato sauce and cheese), you’ll love this appetizer! The eggplant had great flavor and was perfectly baked and the tomato sauce had a wonderful fresh quality to it. I would definitely recommend you give this appetizer a try.

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And then of course, we had to order a couple of pies. They came out steaming hot (gooey cheese and all) and looking delicious. Liz had one pie made up without cheese and loaded with vegetables and another one more traditional with pepperoni and sausage. If you love a significant crust on your pizza, you’ll love these. The crust had a great doughy quality to it and was nice and fluffy at the same time. The vegetables and the meats were flavorful and fresh and just enhanced the wonderful homemade taste of the pizza dough.
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You can order your pizza by the pie or slice – whichever way you want it. And here’s some inside scoop – Pete includes Parmesan cheese in his sauce which is why it’s so delicious!

This place has a great vibe to it – you feel like you really are dining in an awesome local pizza joint in New Jersey. I love that we have a place here in Denton County that brings the authentic feel of a New Jersey Italian pizzeria to our area. So, if you’ve been searching for a great pizza joint, I’d recommend you give Peter’s Pizzeria a try. It’s got a great family-owned atmosphere, great food and great service.

And when you go in, be sure to let them know you heard about them on Jay Marks’ Foodie Friday blog!

Foodie Friday: Cinco de Mayo at Urbano!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Foodies! I’m still not sure why Americans get so excited about celebrating today, other than the fact that it’s an excuse to gorge on Mexican food and drink lots of margaritas. Oh, never mind. I get it now…

If you’re looking for a great, local place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today (or all weekend long), may we suggest Flower Mound’s very own Urbano Enchilada & Taco Bar?

Urbano opened last August in the Pines of Flower Mound and is the brain-child of restaurateurs, David and Lynne Cerda, who previously owned Mi Sueno in the Bartonville Town Center.

They’ve enjoyed a fantastic first year of serving Flower Mound residents their Tex-Mex menu, including (as you could probably guess by their name) a wonderful selection of enchilada and taco options.

You can order their tacos in street-taco fashion with a corn tortilla, or they offer flour tortillas as well. And you can choose from any number of their cuts of meat to go inside including: carnitas, brisket, spicy chicken, and baja fish.

Or if you’re more of an enchilada fan, they have everything from vegetarian options, to shrimp, to slow-roasted brisket.

And if you’ve never experienced Urbano’s famous street corn, you haven’t lived. It’s in such high demand that there have been several occasions where they’ve almost sold out of it! You can order it on the cob or cut, but either way it comes smothered with their Urbano Street Sauce, queso fresco, cilantro and a dusting of cayenne pepper.

However, one of the most compelling reasons to spend Cinco de Mayo at Urbano may be their full-service bar where you can order from their wide array of unique and beloved margaritas. David and Lynne have been known for their margaritas ever since they owned Mi Sueno in Bartonville, and they knew that was one thing customers would count on them continuing to serve at Urbano. They’ve got all kinds of options for you to try including: a classic margarita; their Spicy Rita (made with jalapeno infused tequila and orange liqueur); and their Morgan’s Blue Rita (made with Blue Curacao Liqueur).

And all of this can be enjoyed within Urbano’s comfortable industrial-style environment or on their spacious patio.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out and go celebrate Cinco de Mayo already! And eat some of that street corn for us…

Urbano Enchilada & Taco Bar is located at 1121 Flower Mound Rd Ste 570, Flower Mound TX 75028.

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…

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