Celebrity Cafe and Bakery: A Bit Beyond Southlake
Celebrity Cafe and Bakery is actually located in nearby Colleyville, a neighboring community of Southlake!
It's a real treat eating at Celebrity--it's just the right spot to feel at home for lunch. Maybe it's the pretty pink decor, beautiful glass flowered-shaped chandelier or it could be the melt-in-your-mouth, delicious cakes and cookies....in any event, I love coming here with friends!
My favorite selection for lunch is the Cranberry Chicken Salad ($8.95)--ummm, so good! Uniquely flavored ice tea, such as Mango-Raspberry is a good choice for a beverage. Usually I splurge and pick up a soft sugar cookie iced in pastel pink and sometimes take a couple Neiman Marcus cookies home to a neighbor, who absolutely dotes on this recipe (pic #2).
I recently ordered a white chocolate mousse birthday cake for my husband. It was outstanding! Celebrity is a wonderful place to meet with friends or to drop in by yourself--you'll feel very comfortable either way!
The restaurant has recently begun offering breakfast, but I haven't stopped by early enough to try anything from this menu.
Favorite Dish: I love the feminine decor and tasty salads which appeal to the ladies, but wives bring their husbands in to dine, as well!
- Women's Travel
The Southlake Tavern: Good Food, Jazz and Friendly Service
The Southlake Tavern serves good ole' downhome cooking along with Tex-Mex in its combination of entrees. Jazz is offered on Saturday evenings after 9 pm. There is a pub-like feel to the place.
We ordered a Butterflied Shrimp Platter--a generous helping of shrimp coated in a ginger tempura batter with seasoned fries accompanying the entree and a sweet Chile sauce on the side. We received good-sized, tender shrimp!
Other entrees were chicken fried steak topped with gravy and served with Yukon gold potatoes ($10.99) or ale battered catfish dusted with corn meal and served with seasoned fries ($9.99) with many other choices.
I usually comment on the friendliness of a place or the prompt service. Southlake Tavern had both, but also some of the nicest, courteous staff that we've encountered recently. Several times during our meal we were asked if we needed anything additional or had our beverages replenished. We found the treatment very much to our liking!
I would consider this a casual eatery where wine, beer or mixed drinks are served. Stop by for a meal at a place where you're patronage is appreciated.
Favorite Dish: Butterflied fried shrimp-melt in your mouth delicious!
Sandella's Cafe: Pizza or Sandwiches
This restaurant has changed names, so it may have changed hands, as well.
The small outdoor dining area caught my eye as we walked by, but the great aromas and interesting artwork on the walls called us inside for a better look.
Sandella's Cafe offers pizza, sandwiches, quesadillas and other similar types of food. We chose pizza on this visit.
The restaurant is small and filled with conversation. We selected a table for two and eased back in our chairs to people watch. The young couple beneath the artwork were in their own little world. Sandellas was a friendly, tasty place in which to lunch.
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 9am-7pm and closed on Sundays.
Favorite Dish: The pizza was delicious--add a beverage and you'll be over $10
- Women's Travel
Cotton Belt Bar-b-que Company: The Best Bar-b-que
This restaurant has changed its name and may be under new management.
To look at Cotton Belt Bar-b-que Company from streetside, it sure doesn't look like much...but inside--a delight awaits!
A rustic interior adds to the historic flavor of the place. Concrete floors, a tub of peanuts and family style tables complete the decor (picture 4).
The best pork ribs around are served in this nondescript restaurant outside of Southlake in the community of North Richland Hills. We stopped by on Labor Day to sample some bar-b-que--you'll find absolutely the best ribs you'd ever want to taste.
Other choices are sliced brisket, smoked ham, smoked turkey, sausage and jalapeno cheese sausage, chopped brisket. These meats are sold by the pound or in portions.
All sandwiches are $3.75, a half chicken is $5.99 and a whole chicken is $10.99.
Baked Potatoes and these side items can be ordered: potato salad, cole slaw, black-eye pieas, pinto beans, green beans, 'freedom' fries, corn on the cob and fried okra.
If you have room for dessert, try banana pudding, peach cobbler or 'mud'.
Live music is presented Thurs., Fri. and Sat. nights from 8-11pm. The whole family comes to enjoy the entertainment. In nice weather, the patio is filled!
Kitchen hours: Mon.-Wed. 11am-9pm; Thur.Sat. 11am-10pm and Sun. 11am-2pm.
- Family Travel
Mezza Luna: Outside of Southlake
Since I don't have a page on Keller, Texas I am placing this restaurant in my Southlake page. We've enjoyed dinner here many times, so its about time I added this as a tip.
Mezza Luna is one of our favorite picks because the service is always top notch and the Italian-style cuisine excellent. This intimate size restaurant offers an additional dining room for special occasions, such as birthdays or anniversary gatherings.
Another reason we love to come here is for the piano music--be sure to tip the musician because he adds so much to the atmosphere and enjoyment of dining here.
It would be unusual if I didn't order the Rigatoni alla Vodka ($16.95) because of its superb taste and the serving amount just right. When we ventured in this time, it was over the Labor Day weekend and the restaurant was featuring a glass of wine for half price ($3.00). We added a glass of pinot grigio to accompany our appetizer of Bruchette ($5.95) which came heaped with tomato bits and basil drizzled with olive oil.
Although I ordered my 'regular' entree, Jim ordered the Chilean Sea Bass with mashed potatoes ($21.95) which was a special that night and deemed delicious. For dessert we shared a generous sized cannoli, filled with a rich ricotta cream.
On our drive home we stopped at Blockbuster to select a movie--but we pronounced the dinner soooo much better than the movie!
- Women's Travel
SEEKERS: More Than A Coffeehouse....
UPDATE: Sorry to see its no longer open. Such a shame because we enjoyed dropping by.
SEEKERS, a newly opened coffeehouse in Hurst, Tx exudes a pleasant atmosphere. Immediately as you step through the front door Christian music greets you, as well as, several friendly faces. You'll be directed to the front counter where your order is placed then brought to your table.
A few of us stopped by after Bible study one afternoon for lunch and lingered for quite a while enjoying the meal and each other's company. I ordered half of a Turkey Wrap, tossed salad and a fruit cup on the side for $6.79. The service was prompt and wait staff courteous.
There are three casual dining rooms, as well as, comfy leather couches which comprise a seating area for more of a homey feel. Sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads make up the menu, which also offers gourmet coffee and espresso drinks.
Live entertainment presented on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Open Jam Night on Mondays from 7:00 pm-9:45 pm will be an interesting feature. A variety of music from rock to jazz to salsa and contemporary Christian music will be performed.
Seekers also will be available to schedule business meetings, birthday parties and other special events. I hope this new venture is a successful one!
Pei Wei Asian Diner: Popular Chinese Restaurant
Pei Wei is a half step away from P.F. Chang's in that it's a more casual version of that Chinese restaurant. Feeling more like a cafeteria and less like a restaurant, Pei's serves 'wok-seared and fresh served' food that brings many of Southlake's dinner crowd to its doors.
Our friends the Holcombe's, suggested stopping here on a recent weekend. They dined here frequently and thought it was a great place to eat.
Upon entering, oversized menu boards greet you, then it's a challenge to decided which tasty dish you'll order. Being our first visit, we felt a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. After consulting with my husband, we sprang for the Spring Rolls (2/$3.75) then skipped over the Salads and Noodle bowls to the Signature Dishes.
Eleven different entrees were listed as Signature Dishes. Pricing was determined by which of these was added: chicken ($7.75), beef($8.25), Shrimp ($9.00) or vegetables and tofu ($7.25).
Here are some examples: Choices like Thai Dynamite--Sriacha chile sauce, soy, fresh lime, callion, red bell pepper, carrot and Thai basil, could be paired with crispy chicken or shrimp
Ginger Broccoli --sweet ginger soy, oyster sauce, scallion, broccoli, could be paired with chicken, beef or shrimp, vegetables and tofu.
Mongolian--sweet garlic soy sauce, scallion, white mushroom, plus any of the above additions.
We selected the Sweet and Sour dish (Cantonese sweet and sour sauce, red ginger, onion, green bell pepper, pineapple) which we paired with the crispy chicken. I ordered white steamed rice, while Jim ordered fried rice. I would ordinarily have chosen brown rice, but it was unavailable due to Hurricane Ike flooding Houston, from where apparently it was shipped.
A child's choice of Teriyaki, Honey Seared chicken or Lo Mein was available.
The meal was satisfying and the company delightful!
- Family Travel
FIVE GUYS Burgers and Fries: Big, Messy Burgers--Delicious!
Bringing a collection of "bests" with it, Best Bargain Best Burger, Best No Frills Burger, Best French Fries, Best New Restaurant I knew this had to be something above the norm. When a friend suggested meeting at FIVE GUYS for lunch, I jumped at her suggestion!
Not only were 5 guys manning the counter, grill and cash register, the small restaurant was teeming with people...mostly guys, probably because of the gargantuan portions!!
Set up similar to a fast food restaurant, one's order was taken at the counter and the customer given a number which was called out when ready. I'd say it was a step above the usual fast food establishment because of the quality of the food.
A sign declaring the potatoes to be from out of state, was interesting. One supposes that's a plus...imported potatoes--hmmmm. In any event, we enjoyed our generous burgers, dripping with juiciness, as well as, our heaping fries, which we couldn't finish in spite of the fact it was only one order shared between us. Yep, this is a guy's dream!
Here are some additional choices: 100% Kosher Hot Dog ($2.99), Veggie or Grilled Cheese ($2.89), Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.99). Toppings are free!
Hours are daily, 11am-10pm
Buco Di Beppo: When Wanting Italian.....Come Here!
Buca has dozens of restaurants across the United States, but we've never dined there until last evening.
We're told its name means, "Joe's Basement" and the decor brings to mind a family owned restaurant operating from one's home...low ceilings, narrow hallways, 'family photos' and cozy ambience. Promoting 'immigrant Italian cuisine', this wonderfully friendly, casual style restaurant moves to the top of our list!
As we were led to our seats, we were taken through the busy kitchen where we glimpsed a table for 4-6 (a special offering) for those who wanted to observe the preparations! Otherwise, small, intimate rooms with colorfully painted walls and photos of famous Italian personages gave a certain flair to one's dining experience. Even the Pope had a room dedicated to him!
Meals are served in two sizes: Buca small, which serves 2-3 people and Buca large, serving 4-6. Quite honestly, Jim and I brought nearly half of our plate home to enjoy for a delicious meal another day. When ordering meat as an entree, side dishes such as pasta or salads are extra in the above mentioned portion sizes.
We selected a small size portion of Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken ($17.99)--breaded chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and prosciutto, baked and topped with marinara, served on a bed of pesto cream sauce--absolutely fantastic!
Other choices might be: Spaghetti with Marinara ($9.99 small; $16.99 large)Chicken Marsala with fresh mushrooms ($18.99; $28.99)Margherita Pizza ($11.99; 17.99)Gnocchi Al Telefono--gnocchi tossed with mozzarella in a garlic marinara sauce ($15.99;$24.99).
Desserts such as Tiramisu, Double Dark Chocolate Cake, Gelato and Apple Crostata are just a sampling of the offerings to conclude your meal. We opted for a homemade cheesecake--a giant wedge topped with fruit which would have served more than 2 people for sure!
- Family Travel
Campania: Divine Pizza at Southlake Town Center
We were meeting new friend, Robin, when we first dropped by Campania. We had been wanting to do so for weeks and this gave us the opportunity.
After being promptly greeted at the door, we requested a table for three on the upper level patio. We were guided through the downstairs dining area up steps to the third floor--an elevator gives one another option if steps are difficult for you. I definitely felt my lack of exercise these past couple of weeks as we climbed the stairs. NOTE TO SELF: pick up the exersizing!
My mouth watered as I perused the menu! The Focaccia appetizer sounded good, but I didn't want to overdo the calories. Here's the description:"Our special dough brushed with extra virgin olive oil, imported Parmesan and our secret Italian herb blend--small $7; medium $10; large $13".
Campanio offered four other appetizers, five different salads, several choices of Panini Sandwiches, four choices of Calzones and authentic Italian homemade Pasta. We wanted to taste their pizza, all of which are made with imported Italian flour using a secret recipe.
Jim and I ordered the Piemontese pizza (Italian tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, basil, Mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and salami) but we substituted pepperoni for the salami. A medium-sized pizza gave us 8 slices, which we split ($17.00).
This may very well become our favorite pizza--it was absolutely wonderful. The outdoor patio dining at the top of the restaurant was filled with atmosphere and made eating there a pleasant experience.
- Family Travel
Thai Chili: Thai Cuisine
Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Kay (kyoub) and her husband, Khalil at Thai Chili (picture 2). We had eaten here a couple times before and thought it would be a nice place for all to enjoy a great meal featuring Thai cuisine.
I ordered Eight Angels, which was a lovely combination of chicken and vegetables perfectly blended and delicious. A side of vegetables featuring a delicate butterfly garnish created from a carrot was amazing!
The meal was perfect and the conversation friendly. If you are meeting friends for dinner, ask for the table for four by the front window. It's in a small nook with one other table, which seats two people. We felt as though we were wined and dined in our own little space.
Cozy booths for two line the walls and are gently curved, so one can talk privately without distraction. We thought the service was especially courteous and prompt!
- Women's Travel
The Feedstore: For Tasty BBQ
As a restaurant,The Feedstore has little 'atmosphere', but it does have good food. We tried it out recently and agree that this restaurant serves up some great BBQ! It's cafeteria style dining, so you'll have to stand in line with a tray.
I ordered sliced beef brisket, potato salad, green beans, roll with butter and a beverage. The beef was tender and flavorful, having been previously marinated in a secret sauce. I had no room to sample their famous cobbler for dessert.
They offer pork ribs, turkey, ham, pork loin, sausage and hot link. If you feel like take-out, you can select any of the above or try a half or whole smoked chicken. FYI: Their ribs are supposed to be out of this world.
UPDATE: Their BBQ ribs are melt in your mouth good...and this time we sampled the peach cobbler. Ummmm, just like Grandma used to bake!
Hours are Mon.-Thur. 11am-8:30 pm; Fri.-Sat. 11 am-9pm; Sun. 11am-5 pm. A private party room can be rented for special occasions.
Favorite Dish: The beef brisket was great--their ribs are supposed to be spectacular!
- Family Travel
Snuffers: A Good Place For Casual Dining
When casual dining is what you want, try Snuffers. Most likely there will be a wait on the weekends, but the food is good and the restaurant is usually packed.
They've nicely provided a few chairs and built in benches for your comfort until your name is called--which you'll appreciate if they're booming as usual.
Since our trip to Santa Fe, I've developed a taste for green chili burgers. I recently ordered one here with cheese that was thick, juicy and delicious ($6.25) and a basket of cheddar fries with bacon to share...outrageously tasty! ($3.99). Our service was prompt and our waitress returned several times to see if we needed anything additional.
Snuffers offers a small lounge area equipped with large tv screens where you can also dine, plus outdoor tables when the weather allows. The restaurant also has multiple screens for sports viewing.
Favorite Dish: Green chili burgers and cheddar fries
- Family Travel
McAlisters: A Deli With Style
When we first moved to Southlake one of our neighbors said to be sure to try McAllisters Deli.
Once you place your order at the counter and are given a number for your meal, you can choose a booth anywhere there is space available. The dining area is bright and cheerful with plaid curtains and touches of brass throughout.
Some other items from the menu are wraps, burgers, salads, Reuben sandwich, all types of baked potatoes with toppings and club sandwiches just to list a few. We've eaten here a number of times and we always receive courteous treatment and prompt service. The deli has a famous sweet tea to quench anyone's thirst.
Favorite Dish: My guess is that anything would be delicious!
- Family Travel
TACO DINER: You're in Texas--It's Tex-Mex, Of Course
When eating out with the kids, TACO DINER would be a good choice. I love my grandson to pieces, but he is a typical "picky" kid---just basic stuff touches his lips.
Taco Diner is a contemporary styled eatery decorated with vivid colors of blue, yellow with pastel pink touches. Niches filled with black and white Mexican pottery and old movie posters accent the walls. Attentive waiters take your order and visit your tables often. It was a cheery place to have our lunch!
I ordered my usual lunch...quesadilla (6.95 and very good), my grandson chose a chicken taco ($5.95) and the waiter placed a big basket of nachos with salsa and guacamole on our table. Hmm, we made quick work of that!
Taco Diner is located towards the back of the Town Center shops and perhaps hasn't been discovered by the masses yet. It was a nice spot for lunch.
Favorite Dish: Quesadilla--crisp and melty; chicken taco, the choice of picky kids!!
- Family Travel