Highland Village

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 DRIDAY: Tavern Style Dining at Shoal Creek

We’ve been blessed here at Foodie Friday with a whole slew of new restaurants to visit over the past few weeks – and we haven’t even visited them all, and there are more new restaurants opening all the time!

We’ve been highly anticipating the Grand Opening of Jim Verfurth’s latest restaurant, Shoal Creek Tavern, in the Shops at Highland Village for months (along with many of you). So, we’re excited to finally share about our incredible lunch we enjoyed there with you!

I LOVE the look and feel of Jim’s new restaurant. It truly feels like an old tavern with the beautifully crafted bar, the tables and chairs which are all hand-carved, and Jim’s unique beer tap fountain out on the patio.

We were able to sit at the Chef’s Table during our lunch and were treated to quite the range of menu items. While Chef Florencio and his staff worked in the kitchen to cook up our delicious meal, Shoal Creek’s Bar Manager, Cory, mixed up some his favorite cocktails from their menu.

We were so amazed by Cory’s creativity in each of the drinks he’s crafted for Shoal Creek’s menu. He showed us what goes into the Lavendar and Lace (a gin-based drink), his Smoked Black Walnut Manhattan (his twist on a traditional Manhattan made by smoking wood in the glass to give it a unique flavor), and the Pretty in Pink (made with raspberry-infused Tito’s, fresh lime juice and ginger beer). Our resident cocktail-testers said each of the drinks had an incredibly unique flavor unlike any other cocktail they’ve had before – definitely two thumbs up for Cory and his well-crafted drink menu!

After witnessing Cory’s skills firsthand, it only seemed appropriate that we head back to the kitchen to see Chef Flor work his magic as well. He showed us how he makes one of their most popular (and one of his personal favorite) dishes – the Rack of Lamb served with a rosemary demi glaze, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and buttered carrots.

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Then we headed back out to our table so Chef could serve us that delicious-looking Rack of Lamb along with a bunch of their other menu items including:

Their Shoal Creek Bread (a twist on “The Bread” served at Verf’s made with sourdough bread baked with smoked bacon, parmesan and creamy garlic mozzarella served with a side of marinara);

Their Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp with cayenne scampi cream;

The Smoked Salmon Cakes served with a roasted jalapeno avocado sauce;

The Peppercorn Chicken Portobello tossed and served on top of some of their house made pasta in a green peppercorn brandy cream;

Their Manhattan Sirloin which comes wrapped in pork belly and served with crab cake stuffed shrimp, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, and green beans;

And then, of course, the Rack of Lamb which Chef prepared.

Everything Chef prepared was well-crafted, but our personal favorites were probably the lamb and the crab cake stuffed shrimp.

We finally had to tell Chef, “We’re full,” but knew we couldn’t leave without giving a couple of their desserts a try. So, we sampled a couple of Chef’s favorites – Salted Butterscotch Creme Brulee and the Shoal Creek Bread Pudding served with fried bananas foster. You all know how passionate I am about creme brulee’s and Chef Flor’s was delicious! And even more impressive – his Bread Pudding might have even been even more delicious than the creme brulee! The perfect end to a perfect meal.

Shoal Creek Tavern has an incredible range of options on their menu – so whether you want to come in for a salad, a sandwich, or something heartier like their rack of lamb, you can’t go wrong!

The goal of Jim, Chef Flor, and their entire staff is for you to receive a warm welcome, a memorable meal with great food and drinks, and a fond farewell. And that’s exactly what we felt while we were there!

*Shoal Creek Tavern is located at 1701 Shoal Creek Dr, Highland Village TX 75077.

Foodie Friday: Snuggle Up With a Good Cup of Coffee at Edison Coffee Co.

It’s the beginning of November which means it’s the perfect time of year to head to a local coffee house and snuggle up with a delicious cup of coffee. We have some really great local coffee shops to choose from here in the Flower Mound area. And this week we’d love to talk about one that we know is a definite local favorite – Edison Coffee Co. in Highland Village.

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Owners J and Melanie McWhorter are mad scientists when it comes to coffee creations and love researching new methods to serve customers the greatest and latest in what coffee has to offer.

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And it’s a very cool, relaxing environment to either sit and visit with friends in or take some work you need a quiet spot for.

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Edison Coffee Co. serves everything from classic coffee to seasonal drinks like their Spiced Apple Cider (which comes topped with an orange-cinnamon whipped cream) and their Spiced Pecan Cap which is espresso, milk, and spicy cinnamon cardamom syrup, garnished with crushed candied pecans.

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Photo Courtesy of Edison Coffee Co.

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And if you want something to munch on along with your beverage, Edison Coffee Co. has you covered there too. You can choose from one of their delicious baked goods (we recommend the pecan roll) or from one of their grilled cheese sandwiches like their Toast-Beast or Sage Apple grilled cheeses.

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Another cool thing Edison Coffee Co. offers is a monthly brew class where they host a coffee tasting and cupping for anyone who is intrigued as to how they experiment with new coffees.

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We can definitely see ourselves frequenting Edison Coffee Co. when we need a quiet moment or a warm beverage. And if you haven’t tried them out, we’d definitely recommend you get there this rainy, Fall weekend.

*Edison Coffee Co. is located at 2570 FM 407 Ste 140, Highland Village TX 75077.

 

 

November Happenings

I hope you didn’t think we were going to forget to post all the “happenings” going on in Flower Mound, Highland Village and Lewisville this month! Check out all the fun things happening in our area below.

Flower Mound

Saturday, November 5: FMHS & MHS compete at Bands of America in San Antonio

Sunday, November 6 @ 1:00pm-3:00pm: Veterans Day Ceremony at Flower Mound High School Football Stadium

Thursday, November 10-Saturday, November 12: FMHS Dramatic Paw ‘Prents Present “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” at FMHS Auditorium

Friday, November 11 @ 9:00am-5:00pm: Veterans Day Relay Run

Saturday, November 12 @ 7:00am-11:00am: Dorothy’s Dash Kid’s K & 5K at Flower Mound High School

Highland Village

Saturday, November 5 @ 10:00am-2:00pm: Fall Festival at Unity Park

Thursday, November 10 @ 11:00am-1:00pm: Salute our Veterans Luncheon at Hilton Garden Inn Lewisville

Thursday, November 10 @ 4:00pm-5:30pm: Honor Our Veterans Ceremony at Highland Village Municipal Complex

Saturday, November 19 @ 5:00pm: Our Village Glows at Shops at Highland Village

Lewisville

Friday, November 4 @ 7:30pm: Lewisville Lake Symphony “Facade” Concert at MCL Grand Theater

Friday, November 4-Saturday, November 5: Creative After School’s Theatre production of “Annie Jr.” at MCL Grand Theater

Friday, November 4-Sunday, November 6: “November” at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre

Friday, November 11-Sunday, November 13: “The (Somewhat) True Tale of Robin Hood” at The Actors Conservatory Theatre

Saturday, November 12 @ 8:00am-11:30am: Trinity Trash Bash at Lewisville Lake Park

Sunday, November 13 @ 3:00pm: Come Dwell – American Inspiration Concert from Lewisville Civic Chorale at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

Wednesday, November 23 @ 3:00pm: Snoopy’s Thanksgiving Special at Lewisville Public Library

Thursday, November 24 @ 8:00am: Castle Hills Turkey Trot at Castle Hills Village Shops

Saturday, November 26 @ 3:00pm & 6:00pm: Majestic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at MCL Grand Theater

Saturday, November 26 @ 4:00pm-7:00pm: Holiday in the Plaza & Tree Lighting at Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza

We Need Your Help!

We are in need of YOUR help today! We have several buyers who are currently looking for homes in the Flower Mound/Highland Village/Lewisville area, and we need homes to show them! Below is a list of some of the needs that we currently have.

If you or someone you know has a home that fits any of these descriptions and is interested in selling, give us a call today at 972.724.2540.

#1: Highland Village Home $275k and under. Can be Lewisville address, but needs to feed into Marcus.

#2: $500-650k w/ at least 1/3 acre. 2 Bedrooms downstairs. Can be Flower Mound, Highland Village, Double Oak, Southlake, etc.

#3: Flower Mound Home $750k and under. Must feed into Liberty Elementary.