Lakeside DFW

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.

Jay Around Town: May Happenings

If you can believe it, Summer is almost here! To celebrate, check out any of these events happening in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville this month!

Flower Mound

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Concerts in the Park at Heritage Park

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Lakeside Music Series at Lakeside DFW

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00pm: Five Money Questions for Women at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, May 5 @ 8:00am-3:30pm: Leadercast Simulcast at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00am-12:00pm: Kid Fish at Rheudasil Park Pond

Sunday, May 7 @ 6:00pm: 2017 Annual Flower Mound Symphony Fundraiser at Bistecca

Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:00pm: Unforgettable Women in Asia at Flower Mound Public Library

Monday, May 29 @ 9:00am: Memorial Day Observance – “A Day to Remember” at Flower Mound Senior Center

Monday, May 29 @ 1:00-5:00pm: Outdoor WaterPark Splashtacular at CAC Outdoor Waterpark

Highland Village

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00am-6:00pm: Highland Village Art Festival at The Shops at Highland Village

Saturday, May 13: Doubletree Ranch Park Opening Celebration at Doubletree Ranch Park

Friday, May 19 @ Sundown: Movies in the Park at Unity Park

Lewisville

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Shade Gardening” at MCL Grand

Friday, May 5 @ 6:00-10:00pm: Keeping Tradition Alive at Wayne Ferguson Plaza

Sunday, May 7 @ 1:00-5:00pm: LulaRoe Shopping Event at MCL Grand

Friday, May 12 @ 7:45-9:45pm: Family Campfire at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Saturday, May 13 @ 9:00am-Noon: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Residential Convenience Center

Saturday, May 13 @ 8:00pm: Texas Tunes Series – Joe Ely at MCL Grand

Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Gardening with Herbs” at MCL Grand

Sunday, May 21 @ 3:00pm: Lewisville Civic Chorale & Huffines MS Choir – Musica Sacra et Profana at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

Foodie Friday: Newcomer Mio Nonno in Lakeside DFW

Remember last week when I mentioned how happy we’ve been here at Foodie Friday with all the new local restaurants that have opened in the past month? We’re happy to report that we had another incredible experience at a new restaurant this week. So, thank you Mio Nonno in Lakeside DFW!

Mio Nonno’s menu is inspired by central and southern Italian cuisine and was expertly crafted by Chef Ati Mala who co-owns both the Flower Mound and Allen locations with his childhood best friend, Noti Krasniqi. Before opening their restaurants here in Texas, Chef Ati and Noti co-owned a Mediterranean restaurant called Andrra in the Hamptons where they served high-end cuisine largely inspired by the abundance of seafood available in that area.

Both Noti and Chef Ati pride themselves on being able to introduce Flower Mound area residents to Italian dishes they may never have experienced before – and certainly not the way they prepare them! They take inspiration from some of the top Italian restaurants in New York and deliver it to their customers here in Texas for an incredible value.

Let’s stop wasting time and get to talking about some of their delicious food, shall we?

Now, I usually don’t spend the time to talk about a bread basket at an Italian restaurant since it comes so standard, but Mio Nonno’s bread was so out of this world that it deserves an honorable mention. It is so fluffy and has an incredible flavor that’s highlighted by the smidge of sea salt sprinkled on top. And it’s incredible dipped in their oil & vinegar or the leftover sauce of any of the dishes on their menu.

From Mio Nonno’s Antipasti menu Noti brought us their crispy-fried polenta served in a gorgonzola cream; their Gamberi Arrabiata which are sauteed shrimp in a white wine lemon sauce (this is a great dish to dip the bread in); their steamed mussels served in a seafood tomato broth; and their fresh-made potato gnocchi served up in a cheese sauce made up of fontina, gorgonzola, pecorini and reggiano cheeses.

Noti mentioned that one of their most popular dishes from their Allen location is actually their Eggplant Parmesan. And it became popular after they decided to introduce it to customers at no cost. When customers found out it was eggplant they were eating (and loving), they were shocked! But with it’s perfectly fried exterior and the delicious capellini pasta it’s served over, it’s not hard to see why this quickly became a customer favorite! All of Mio Nonno’s string pasta is made fresh by a local Dallas pasta-maker and you can taste the quality and freshness in each of the dishes it’s used in.

In addition to the Eggplant Parmesan we also sampled their Prosciutto & Arugula pizza made in their wood-fired oven; their Russia pasta made with rigatoni, grilled chicken and a spicy vodka sauce; their Chicken Caccioatore; and their Lobster Ravioli.

We also had the opportunity to try the dish that Chef Ati and Noti are probably the most proud of and that is inspired by some of those top New York Italian restaurants.

Their Ciopino (which they say you can’t get the way they make it at any other restaurant in DFW) is essentially a seafood medley soup served in a light seafood broth (called fume). All of the various seafood (which includes fresh salmon, shrimp, calamari, clams, scallops and mussels) are perfectly cooked and the broth has an incredible flavor. Definitely recommend!

We’re here to tell you that these guys came to PLAY here in Flower Mound. If you’re a fan of Italian cuisine, you are going to love restaurant. We’re confident they’re going to do very well here – they’ve already received lots of love! It’s the perfect atmosphere whether you need a spot for a fun lunch out, a business dinner, or for a romantic meal. Even if you just want to sit at their bar and enjoy a drink while watching the game, Mio Nonno has a space for you!

We’d absolutely recommend you find a way to get over to Mio Nonno this weekend if you haven’t already and be introduced to some Italian dishes you may have never even heard of before. We promise you won’t regret your visit!

*Mio Nonno in Flower Mound is located at 2450 Lakeside Parkway Ste 100, Flower Mound TX.

Jay Around Town: DATE CHANGE for Grand Opening of Lakeside DFW’s Sunset Point

Due to anticipated rain tomorrow, Lakeside DFW has decided to move up the Grand Opening Celebration for Sunset Point to TONIGHT, March 8th from 5:30-6:30pm. The festivities will include live music and beverages.

There is still lots of construction happening at Lakeside DFW, so those wanting to attend the Grand Opening are encouraged to park at the Moviehouse & Eatery where golf carts will provide rides to the Boardwalk.

Sunset Point is a 6,000-square-foot deck located at the south end of the quarter-mile-long Lakeside Boardwalk where visitors will be able to take in breathtaking views of Lake Grapevine from one of the three levels with plenty of built-in benches and tables and chairs.

Foodie Friday: Celebrating Epic Gelato’s First Year of Success

The Lakeside DFW development has greatly enriched the culture of Flower Mound over the last year or so, and it’s largely due to its successful local businesses – to include Epic Gelato owned by Richard Baldwin.

We visited Epic Gelato soon after it opened at the beginning of 2016 and were swept off our feet by the authentic, rich, fresh flavors of their gelato as well as Richard’s contagious passion for coffee artisanship. Richard is highly committed to learning how to best create and serve authentic gelato and coffee.

With his gelato, he uses the traditional Italian preparation of hot process, which ensures that the gelato always comes out creamy and smooth.

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He also dedicated several years to studying with some of the best coffee roasters here in DFW so that he could serve his customers the best possible coffee. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Richard is that each coffee has a story, and true coffee brewers know how to let each individual coffee bean tell its own story. It’s more than just driving thru and ordering a cup of what he would call “assembled” coffee. The best coffee takes serious care and meticulous execution.

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Which is exactly what he offers. And trust us when we say you can taste the difference when drinking a cup of his made-to-order coffee.

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Since opening last year, Richard has been continuously creating and innovating. As you may remember, last year he was working on perfecting the “Donato” – a gelato-filled donut (yum!). After finding just the right donuts to complement his fresh gelato, the Donato became one of his best-selling menu items!

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They’ve also started offering Smart Fruit juice smoothies which are an awesome option for those of you looking for a healthy, fresh boost to your day, as well as an assortment of teas.

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And did you know that Richard’s mother is the expert baker behind all of their pastries? I think that’s incredible! She’s also been busy this year expanding Epic Gelato’s offering of pastries to include cupcakes and savory scones like their Spinach and Feta scone.

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Richard also offers custom-order gelato cakes made of layers of pound cake and your choice of gelato flavors. They can customize it to your taste and can create it in whatever size you need.

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And last but certainly not least, Epic Gelato is excited to announce that within the next 30 days they’ll also begin offering catering services for your wedding and corporate/school event needs!

Each time we visit Epic Gelato, we fall in love with it more and more. How could you not between their incredible (and ever-expanding) menu options and Richard’s incredible love and passion for what he does?

And there are plenty of other Epic Gelato loyalists who would agree. So, if you haven’t for some reason been to visit Epic Gelato and sample their authentic and meticulously-crafted frozen treats, pastries or coffee… GO NOW! I mean it – NOW!

*Epic Gelato is located in Lakeside DFW at 2400 Lakeside Parkway Suite 100, Flower Mound 75022.

 

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