Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday: Bumbershoot Barbecue

I’m not sure there’s any better way to enjoy some delicious barbecue than under lights while enjoying some live music on a beautiful, summer night. Which is exactly what I did at Bumbershoot Barbecue in Argyle last weekend!

Bumbershoot is one of the newest additions to the same restaurant group that opened LSA and Barley & Board in Denton, as well as Earl’s 377 on the same corner in Argyle.

Similar to their other restaurants, Bumbershoot has an incredible atmosphere. You order your food from the 32-foot trailer, all their meat is smoked in an adjoining trailer, and you get to enjoy your food at one of the picnic tables situated under a canopy of lights.

We were there on a stormy Saturday night and the place was still packed. Threats of thunder and lightning weren’t going to stop people from eating here!

And the food was well worth it. Pitmaster, Jason Ramey, and Executive Chef, Chad Kelley, have created a fantastic menu. Bumbershoot serves up all your traditional barbecue favorites: brisket, turkey, ribs, chicken sausage and pulled pork. You can order your meat by the pound, on a plate served with two sides, or served up on a sandwich.

But if you really want to try something unique to Bumbershoot, you’ve got to try their Loaded Tater Tots which are a mountain of tots topped with melted shredded cheddar cheese, chopped brisket, sour cream and jalapenos.

They’ve also got some unique twists on classic barbecue sides. We had some of their Slaw which was made with apples and jalapeno. It was so fresh and had some heat to it from the jalapeno. The perfect, light compliment to the rich and smoky meat. We also had some of their Baked Beans which were a delicious, peppery take on the classic.

And if you want some dessert, you can walk just a few feet away to get yourself a Gnome Cone!

This weekend should be the perfect weekend for you to visit Bumbershoot Barbecue if you haven’t already. Plan out some time to just sit under the summer night sky and enjoy some fantastic food, live music and games. It’s a place the whole family will love and we’re glad to have it right here in our backyard.

*Bumbershoot Barbecue Hours:

Closed Mondays

Tuesday-Sunday: 11am-Sell Out || 5pm-Sell Out

**Bumbershoot Barbecue is located at 425 US-377 S, Argyle TX 76226.

Foodie Friday: Sonora Factory Grill

Everyone in Texas is very familiar with our well-known Tex-Mex style food that can be found just about anywhere. But when it comes to real, authentic Mexican cuisine – not everyone is so experienced or comfortable. And it’s especially hard to find authentic Mexican cuisine in a fast-casual setting.

Which is why we are so glad to have Sonora Factory Grill here in our Flower Mound community! Sonora Factory Grill is a Mexican-based restaurant concept that was brought here to the States by Frisco residents, Juan and Jackie Carrera. And the Flower Mound location is the first location here in the US! How cool is that?

Juan’s day job is as a Mechanical Engineer and when he came upon the Sonora Factory Grill concept, he was immediately drawn to it because of its innovative cooking technology. Sonora Factory Grill is the only one of its kind in the world. They have a truly unique conveyor grill which is able to cook 12 pounds of steak in just a few minutes. That’s how they are able to serve fresh, made-to-order food quickly to their dine-in customers as well as to their drive-thru customers.

And they have an amazing chef manning that grill. Chef Roberto was most recently a chef at a Sheraton in Panama and has won international competitions in cocktail-making, cooking, and even in making pasta!

As far as Sonora’s food goes – it’s some of the Mexican dishes we’ve all become familiar with like nachos, tacos and burritos but served in an authentic Mexican style. Their tacos and burritos don’t come filled with cheese, lettuce, rice and beans. Instead the focus is really placed on the protein – the Carne Asada, Fajita Chicken, Pastor Pork and Barbacoa.

One of their most popular items is the Tres Amigos which is Carne Asada served with 3 tortillas, salsas, lemon and refried beans so you can assemble your own tacos. The Carne Asada is so tender and has incredible flavor.

Look at the size of that burrito tortilla!

One of Sonora Factory Grill’s other popular dishes is their Super Nachos which come served with refried beans, two kinds of melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of protein. And after eating a few bites of some, I understand why this is such a popular choice!

Sonora Factory Grill also has a fantastic bar where they serve margaritas made with the finest blue agave tequilas as well as all your favorite beers.

When we asked Juan why they chose to make Flower Mound the spot for their first location, he said it’s because they knew they wanted to be in a strong community where the residents would push them and give them feedback that would allow them to perfect their model and eventually open other locations. I think that’s an amazing compliment to our town!

I feel honored that we had the chance to sit down with Juan this week and hear his story and I love that he has chosen to do business here in Flower Mound.

*Sonora Factory Grill is located at 1050 Flower Mound Rd, Suite 310, Flower Mound 75028.

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: Mugs Cafe & Bakery in Downtown Roanoke

I love exploring new areas and testing out their cuisine, so when we found ourselves near Downtown Roanoke this week, we knew we needed to find one of their many fantastic restaurants to try!

As we were strolling along checking out all the shops and restaurants, we stumbled upon Mugs Cafe & Bakery and the intoxicating smell of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies drew us inside.

 What we found was a charming bakery with a fabulous assortment of sweet treats as well as some delicious sandwich options which sounded like just the perfect solution for our hungry stomachs.

In talking to one of the owners, Lainie, we learned that she and her mother, Kim, have been serving up their baked goods in Roanoke since 1996. We also learned that Mugs Cafe & Bakery is the only place in DFW where you can find a chocolate dipped brownie! (Holy delicious!)

They have over 20 other pastries to choose from including Napoleons, Eclairs, Macaroons, Cheesecakes, Cookies, and Bars.

As far as their sandwich options go, they have a Chicken Salad, a Club, a Veggie, and a Holiday (cream cheese, cranberry and turkey) among others. And you can choose whether you want it on white, wheat, sourdough, or a croissant.

And if you need a wedding or special occasion cake of any kind, Mugs Cafe & Bakery can help you with that as well! They do made-to-order custom cakes or if you need one last-minute they have some ready in the bakery at all times you can pick up as well.

This was the perfect lunch spot for us this week and we loved getting to spend some time in Downtown Roanoke. The next time you’re down that way, be sure to stop by Mugs Cafe & Bakery for a sweet treat, a drink or a sandwich!

*Mugs Cafe & Bakery is located at 103 N Oak St, Roanoke TX 76262 (right across the street from Babe’s Chicken).

Foodie Friday: Prohibition Chicken Serving Up More Than Just Great Fried Chicken

I love a restaurant that provides a full, fun, unique dining experience in addition to fantastic food. If you haven’t experienced Prohibition Chicken in Old Town Lewisville yet, you’ll be finding a way to get there as soon as possible by the time you’re finished reading this blog post – trust me!

Prohibition Chicken was created by four local guys (Chef Roger Kaplan, Ken Johnsen, Josh Babb, and Sean Clavir) who have a passion for two things: chicken and whiskey. And Prohibition Chicken perfectly marries those two passions together.

Two of the owners: Josh Babb and Sean Clavir

Customers can enjoy family-style dining and drinks in the main dining area. Or if you really want to enjoy the full prohibition experience, head on back to their speakeasy through the telephone booth where you can enjoy their full menu as well as some truly unique cocktails created by their Cocktail Enthusiast, Tyson.

I had no idea that this place had a hidden speakeasy in it, and when I found that out, I was so excited!!

The menu at Prohibition Chicken is simple – you choose the protein (chicken, beef or fish) and then pick four family-style sides to go along with it. You can also add on salad for $1 per person and a basket of their incredible homemade cornmeal biscuits. (We definitely recommend adding both on.)

They have four chicken options you can choose from if you decide to go the chicken route. Their most popular options are the Crispy Fried and the Smoke Fried (a combination of their Crispy Fried and their Pecan Smoked). We had some of their Smoke Fried and it was fantastic. The skin had incredible flavor to it and the chicken was deliciously tender. If you want a gluten-free option, their Pecan Smoked is perfect because it’s not fried in a batter. And if you like a little bit of spice, you’ll love their Hot Chili-Fried Chicken dusted with a Jalapeno Ranch.

We also ordered their Beeman Family Ranch Akaushi Tri-tip which also had incredible flavor and was cooked to perfection.

To go along with your protein, you get to choose four family-style sides for the table to share. They’ve got a great mix of hot and cold sides to choose from. We went with their Classic Creamy Southern Slaw (which has some jalapenos in it for some added heat); the Smoked Cheddar Ale Mac ‘n Cheese (so creamy and delicious); Smashed Potatoes (their version of mashed potatoes made with parsnips and cream); and Smoked Cheddar Grits (a little bit of a sweet option).

We also recommend you not leave Prohibition Chicken without trying one of their desserts (if you can manage to find the room in your stomach)! Their regular dessert item is their Sticky Biscuit made with gooey caramel pecan apple goodness and a dollop of whipped cream. We chose to go with their seasonal dessert options which were a Granny Smith Apple Cobbler and a Peach Cobbler both topped with a vanilla bean cream.

Be sure to check out Prohibition Chicken’s hours that we have below so that you don’t miss out on your chance to experience this fantastic new restaurant in Lewisville!

*Prohibition Chicken is open as follows: Monday – Closed; Tuesday-Thursday – 4:30-9:00pm; Friday-Sunday – 11:00am-9:00pm.

**Prohibition Chicken is located at 201 W Church St, Lewisville TX 75057.

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