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!
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
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!
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
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!