Mi Cocina: Looking for great Mexican food?
We stopped by Mi Cocina for lunch one day in our wanderings around Southlake, Texas. It's a colorful, contemporary Mexican restaurant located in trendy Southlake Town Center.
I had my favorite lunchtime meal, a quesadilla, enjoying it tremendously. Judging from the crowd, alot of other people relish the thought of eating here, also.
You'll find additonal entrees such as Mama's Tacos--a beef or chicken taco on corn or flour tortillas with rice, avocado and tomato slices or chicken and cheese enchiladas.
Clocks decorated the wall in one corner of the restaurant, announcing the time in four different countries. There are two dining levels.
The atmosphere was fun and filled with noisy chatter. Since we were looking for homes with a realtor at the time, we appreciated the quick service and hearty food. Our stomachs needed to be decently filled for a long day of house hunting!
Hours are Sun.-Thur.11am-9:30 pm; Fri.-Sat. 12Noon-10pm.
Favorite Dish: Quesadilla--my favorite lunch time choice; chicken enchilada--my choice for a return visit!
Cafe Express: Fresh, Homemade Foods
If you appreciate fresh, homemade dishes you'll love Cafe Express. We discovered it while house hunting in the Southlake area of Texas.
Enjoy dishes like Spinach and Penne Pasta ($6.49) or Cup of soup, petite sandwich and side salad with beverage ($7.49)--that's what I had and it was perfect for a quick, but delicious lunch.
Wine is also available, as well as, domestic or imported beer. If you need a pick-me-up try the Cappuccino, Espresso or Cafe Latte selection of coffees.
The interior of the restaurant is colorful and accented with large floor to ceiling windows. Service was efficient and friendly. Outside dining was available under umbrella tables. I'd recommend stopping at Cafe express anytime! Hours are Mon.-Sun. 11am-10pm
Favorite Dish: It's homemade and fresh-so I'd say anything would be delectable
Brio: Dining With An Italian Flair
Given a choice of restaurants, we most likely would select Italian. Brio had wonderful dinner entrees on the menu, but our first visit was for brunch.
Their Bellini brunch offered French Toast stuffed with melted cream cheese and topped with strawberries. Our waitress suggested a "bocci ball" to accompany our meal--orange juice mildly flavored with amaretto, which was delicious and not overpowering. A side order of crispy bacon completed our order.
Brio is a popular restaurant located in Southlake's Town Center. It's decor is Old World, with warm gold-washed walls, striped chair covers and murals of the Italian countryside. The service was excellent, in spite of the full dining area. We will definitely return to enjoy another meal here.
Hours are Sun.-Thur. 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm.
Favorite Dish: The entrees are looked inviting and the breakfast brunch was delicious!
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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
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Milwaukee Joe's: Perfect for Ice Cream
It was a hot summer evening when someone suggested stopping by Milwaukee Joe's for ice cream. Each day a different flavor is highlighted--their list of flavors is extensive!
Just listen to some of the flavors: Iced Nirvana, Cinnamon Streusel Crumb Cake, Birthday Cake, Baileys Irish Cream, Mocha Me Baby and Butterfinger Cheesecake...just to name some.
I indulged in a vanilla frozen yogurt cone that was creamy and flavorful. The rest of the gang ordered their favorites and pronounced Milwaukee Joe's their place for ice cream. I promised myself that on the next visit, I'd try my all time favorite: chocolate chip cookie dough. AND I DID!
The outdoor seating area is encircled by a wrought iron railing--a great idea for children who might stray too close to the street which runs right along the sidewalk.
Hours are Mon.-Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun.12Noon-10 pm.
Favorite Dish: They have interesting flavors like Disco Live and Just Java, as well as traditional flavors.
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!
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!
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The Cheesecake Factory: Cheesecake and more...
The Cheesecake Factor has a great reputation for delectable desserts, but the entrees are delicious, too. It's located in Southlake Town Center and is jam-packed on the weekends. You'll find 40 different cheesecakes, 35 entrees, 14 salads and 25 appetizers!
The decor is Mediterranean with warm washed walls, unique lighting and murals on the ceiling. There are two dining areas, a bakery counter featuring those great cheesecakes and a long bar with counter or table seating.
The cheesecakes are fairly pricey, but you are paying for an incredibly delicious dessert!
I love the atmosphere here--it's worth the wait! Hours are Mon.-Thur.11am-11pm; Fri.Sat. 11am-12:30 pm; Sun. 10am-11pm.
Favorite Dish: Their chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables was very good. Any type of cheesecake for dessert would suit me fine!
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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!
ANAMIA'S: Tex-Mex In Style
If you have the yen for Tex-Mex and you want to add a bit of atmosphere to your dining, try Anamia's. This restaurant is not a fast food establishment, but instead is a bit more sophisticated.
Upon entering we noticed large planters bearing lush greenery, wrought iron embellishments and stone and stuccoed walls.
It was lunchtime and I tend to order the same meal often--this was no different. I chose a chicken quesadilla, which came in two sizes: half size ($4.95) or a whole tortilla. My husband chose a chicken fajita ($10.99). We were both satisfied with our choices.
I've enjoyed the same entree at other restaurants that were just as good, but the decor and feel to this place added a distinct atmosphere, so we'll most likely return.
Favorite Dish: Chicken quesadella--pretty tasty!
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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!!
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Dragonberries: Go Dragons!
This cheery eatery serves your choice of smoothies or frozen yogurt. It's in Carroll High School Dragon's territory, hence the name--Dragonberries.
We weren't in the mood for smoothies, so we selected frozen strawberry yogurt in a waffle cone. There weren't many choices of frozen yogurt, but there were a nice assortment of toppings!
We cozied up on a comfortable sofa in front of a large screen tv and enjoyed our snack. Friendly faces, pleasant atmosphere and reasonable prices...this makes Dragonberries a place one can return to time and again.
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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.
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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
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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