Urbano Flower Mound

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 Barย is located at 1121 Flower Mound Rd Ste 570, Flower Mound TX 75028.

Foodie Friday: End of Summer Recap

We’ve had a great summer full of all kinds of delicious food! Just in case you missed a week or two of our featured Foodie Friday restaurants over the past couple months, here’s a list of everywhere we visited from June through August.

And if you haven’t quite found time to visit all of these places yet, make some time this weekend to give one or two of them you’re unfamiliar with a try! You can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Tredway’s BBQ

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721 E Hundley Dr, Lake Dallas TX 75065

How does the idea of enjoying some delicious BBQ steps away from the shores of Lake Lewisville sound to you? We thought it sounded awesome as well which is why we decided to visit Tredway’s BBQ!

Owned by Lori and James Tredway, the restaurant actually started out as a traveling BBQ stand, going from fair to fair for nine years, before finally settling in Denton County where they initially sold their home-cooked ‘cue on the side of the road off FM 2181. In April 2015 they opened their brick and mortar restaurant in the old Neil’s Italian location. They have quite the loyal following and you can tell they treat their customers like family.

Lori and James are looking into expanding the restaurant by adding an outdoor stage so they can host bigger bands than they’re able to currently. And they also have plans to open up a front patio to compliment their recently-opened back bar area.

When you visit, here’s what we recommend: the Rib Basket with a side of Mac ‘n Cheese. Their ribs are the definition of “fall off the bone” and they give you a very healthy portion! And the Mac ‘n Cheese is rich, creamy deliciousness topped with shredded cheese and bacon.

Earl’s 377 Pizza

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427 U.S. 377, Argyle TX 76226

We love a little bit of imagination to go along with our meal. And if you want someplace that has a great (albeit fictional) story behind it, you must visit Earl’s 377 Pizza in Argyle!

Earl’s is the unique brain child of well-known local restaurateur, John “Sparky” Pearson, who had grand visions of turning the old Argyle Volunteer Fire Department building into something really special. And “special” is exactly what Earl’s is!

The restaurant is based off the story of Earl, a fictitious military veteran who met his lovely wife in Italy and decided to open a pizzeria to help her realize her dream of sharing her family’s recipes with others.

And every aspect of Earl’s feels like it could be straight out of Earl and his wife’s home with rustic furniture and chandeliers made out of all the random junk Earl had laying around the house.

And while there’s lots of incredible visual interest to the restaurant, the menu is just as interesting! Executive Chef Chad Kelly created the restaurant’s menu which is all made from scratch and is cooked-to-order in a high-end Wood Stone oven.

Here’s what we recommend you try when you go: Definitely start out with an order of Nonna’s Meatballs and the Crawfish and Artichoke Fondue. And be sure to save room at the end of your meal to order the Perfect Pizza – one of their dessert pizzas which comes smothered with a thick layer of Nutella topped with melted chocolate chips, toasted marshmallows and a healthy sprinkling of powdered sugar. Yum.

Verf’s

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2221 Justin Rd, Flower Mound TX 75028

Verf’s has been one of our favorites ever since we first visited them when they opened in summer of 2015. So we decided to head back this summer to celebrate their one-year anniversary with them! We revisited some old favorite dishes and tried some of their new menu offerings as well.

Each time we visit Verf’s, we continue to be impressed by their diverse and delicious menu, as well as the feeling of family the staff are able to establish with the customers. It always feels like coming home when we visit Verf’s.

If you’re not familiar with how Verf’s got started, it’s owned by Jim Verfurth who you may recognize as the owner of the Village Grill in Highland Village. After 18 years with the Village Grill, Jim decided to close it down to pursue a new dream and opened Verf’s.

They’ve made a couple of changes since they originally opened. The most notable of which is their air-conditioned patio so you can eat outside no matter what time of year it is!

Here are our recommendations: You can never go wrong starting out with an order of The Bread – bread scored and stuffed with cheese, garlic butter and green onions. One of our other personal favorite dishes is their Bone in Pork Chop with Rosemary Wild Mushroom Sauce. It’s a healthy portion and is it ever delicious! And we always love ending our meal with their Drunken Donut which is a cinnamon-sugar crusted donut filled with Frangelico cream.

Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta

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100 Country Club Rd, Argyle TX

This year we celebrated National Lasagna Day at Giovanni’s Pizza & Pasta in Argyle located at the intersection of 377 and Country Club.

As impressed as we were with the delicious pastas and pizzas, we were equally impressed with the restaurant’s owner, Al Berisha, who is just 25 years old and already owns 3 restaurants.

You don’t have to worry about getting skimped on portions at Giovanni’s. Al has established a reputation since taking over the restaurant of serving up huge portions of everything and loading up all of their pizzas with plenty of toppings.

The menu is simple and delicious with lots of Italian favorites like calzones, pizzas, salads and pastas.

Here’s what you should try when you visit: The Lasagna was killer and was so big you could have fed a whole family off of it. We also loved their Supreme pizza which came served with an abundance of fresh toppings. And if you’re feeling really brave, end your meal with an order of their Cina-twists which are sinfully delicious.

HipPop

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520 S Main St, Grapevine TX 76051

Occasionally we get a little out of our usual stomping grounds and go visit someplace in one of our neighboring cities. So when the weather really got steamy, we took a break and headed to Grapevine’s HipPop.

Created by husband-and-wife team Ben Bates and Rosy Gurung, HipPop is the result of their idea to create some “adult” frozen pop flavors, taking cues from cocktail mixologists in the way they combine fresh fruit juices and herbs.

They started out serving their concoctions out of a cart at the Dallas Farmers Market for a couple of years before they opened their storefront off Main Street in Grapevine in 2013.

HipPop serves an assortment of unique pop flavors, all of which are made with freshly juiced fruit, organic sugar and filtered water. And they offer both fruit-based and milk-based options.

In addition to their pops, HipPop also serves up a creative offering of slushes and shaved ice. They offer both natural shaved ice flavors like White Peach, or you can choose one of their Hawaiian options like Cotton Candy or even Pickle Juice! You can also include one of their add-ins: ice cream, condensed milk, and coconut cream.

Here’s what we recommend: It’s hard to go wrong but some of our favorite flavors include Kiwi Lamar (kiwi and lime), Insane in the Membrane (mango and habanero) and Key Lime Pie.

Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co.

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2451 Lakeside Pkwy #100, Flower Mound TX 75022

We first visited Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co soon after they opened at the beginning of this year. And after months of waiting, we finally made it back to sample some of their brunch menu items that are served Friday-Sunday.

And I have to say that everything we tried actually exceeded my expectations. It was all incredible.

Paradise Bistro is owned by brothers Aaron and Nathan McDaniel, who opened the location in Lakeside DFW in hopes of becoming an extension of Lakeside DFW’s residents own homes. And they actually do have customers who come in for breakfast, lunch AND dinner some days! No matter what time of day you visit, there are tons of wonderful options to choose from whether it’s pancakes in the morning, a sandwich at lunch, and their twist on Beef Wellington for dinner.

They also offer lots of great coffee options for all of you coffee drinkers out there, and they have tons of delicious baked goods including muffins, cakes and cupcakes as well.

Here’s what you have to try for brunch: Take advantage of their Brunch Happy Hour and order one of their $5 Bloody Mary’s. Definitely try the Chicken & Waffles at some point – it’s like dessert for breakfast! The perfect combination of sweet and salty. You all know I’m a big Eggs Benedict guy, and I really loved their Paradise Benedict as well.

Urbano Enchilada and Taco Bar

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1121 Gerault Rd #570, Flower Mound TX 75028

Probably one of the most highly-anticipated openings of the summer, Urbano Enchilada and Taco Bar finally opened its doors at the beginning of August and have been charming Flower Mound residents with their street-style Mexican food ever since.

We first met owners, David and Lynne Cerda, at their former restaurant in Bartonville – Mi Sueno Tex-Mex – where we fell in love with their award-winning menu of classic Tex-Mex choices.

The whole restaurant has an industrial, urban vibe to it which we absolutely love. And they came up with some clever design ideas including creating furniture out of wood pallets and planters made from old duct work found on the roof of the building.

Urbano offers a great menu full of classics like cheese enchiladas, carnitas tacos, and (of course) their margaritas.

Here’s what you HAVE to try: If you like margaritas, mix things up a little bit and try out their Spicy ‘Rita made with a jalapeno-infused tequila and blood orange liqueur. And DO NOT leave without trying their Mexican Street Corn. They come close to selling out of it on a daily basis, and once you try it, it’s easy to tell why that is. You can order it on the cub or cut – either way it comes smothered with Urbano Street Sauce, queso fresco, cilantro and a dusting of cayenne pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodie Friday: Street-Style Tacos and More at Flower Mound’s Taco Urbano

One of the greatest perks that we’ve found the past three years as we’ve been doing Foodie Friday is getting to see some of the Foodie Friday restaurant owners growing, expanding and trying new things. And that’s what makes this week’s post so special to us – we got to visit with our old friends, Lynne and David Cerda, at their new Flower Mound restaurant, Urbano Enchilada & Taco Bar, to celebrate their latest adventure!

We first met David and Lynne when we visited their previous restaurant, Mi Sueno Tex Mex in the Bartonville Town Center. And we fell in love with their award-winning menu full of delicious Tex-Mex choices.

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After deciding they wanted to bring their love of Mexican food to a different customer-base in the area, David and Lynne found the available spot in the Pines of Flower Mound on the corner of FM 3040 and Gerault Rd to open up their brand new restaurant concept, Urbano, which serves up an incredible selection of tacos and enchiladas.

The whole restaurant has an industrial, urban vibe which we love. David and Lynne really made use of some cool ideas like the furniture they built in the waiting area made out of wood pallets and the planters Lynne made using the old duct work from the roof.

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If you were a fan of the margaritas at Mi Sueno – have no fear! Urbano has an incredible selection of hand-crafted margaritas as well with some unique flavor combinations like what you find in their Spicy ‘Rita (jalapeno-infused tequila with blood orange liqueur).

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Before we even get to the tacos and enchiladas, however, we MUST talk about their Mexican Street Corn. Lynne told us they come close to selling out of their street corn on a daily basis, and after having some we can totally understand why! You can order it on the cob or cut, and it’s smothered in a fantastic combination of Urbano Street Sauce, queso fresco, cilantro and a dusting of cayenne pepper. Just look at it…

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When it comes to their tacos, you can order them truly street-style with a corn tortilla or you can opt for a flour tortilla as well. And you can choose from any number of taco fillings and flavors including: carnitas with cilantro, onions, lime and queso fresco; brisket with pickled onions, jalapenos, queso fresco, cilantro and guacamole; spicy chicken with red chile sauce, jack cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream; and baja fish with beer battered or grilled white fish topped with a cabbage slaw, cilantro and special cream sauce.

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And they have a great selection of enchilada options as well! We tried their special Aguacate Enchiladas which come filled with marinated fajita chicken, grilled onions and peppers, jack cheese, apple-smoked bacon and topped with a creamy avocado sauce. Does that sound delicious or what?

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We’re so happy that Urbano is finally open here in Flower Mound and that we get to see David and Lynne again! They are extremely grateful for the warm reception they’ve already enjoyed and look forward to bringing their love and passion for their food and their customers to a new crowd.

So, go sit out on their beautiful patio this weekend and try out one of their margaritas and some street corn to celebrate surviving the first week of school!

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Have a great one, Foodies!

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

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