South Prairie Market and Eatery is now open on Main Street in downtown Grapevine. The market and eatery opened about two weeks ago and replaced the South Prairie Oyster Bar which closed after 19 years in business.
The owner Will Wickman (pictured at the right with members of the South Prairie staff Diana Gonzalez and Sally Love) noted a couple of reasons for the name and theme change. First, oysters are currently at a premium given the not so distant hurricane Katrina and the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf. Second, Mr. Wickman’s wife Mary retired and apparently took some of the secret recipes with her.
The new South Prairie Market and Eatery offers more local Texas fare. Oysters have been replaced by bowls of Texas chili, Texas Tamales, and red beans and rice. You can still order some Tiger shrimp if you like or fried catfish or shrimp which remain on the menu.
There is also a market portion of the shop where you can pick up USDA Prime Beef. This is some of the best beef around the likes of which you can only find at local steak houses. Or you can select from local salsas, beef jerky, honey, cheeses and other goods. You can also pick up items made nearby at the Vetro Glass Blowing Studio or Blacksmith that are just around the corner from South Prairie Market.
We were fortunate enough to take home some of the Prime Beef (the Kansas City Strip), some beef jerky, and some delicious cheeses. We highly recommend the Chevre cheese and the hot beef jerky. We grilled the Kansas City Strip at home and were very impressed with the taste, tenderness, and the quality of the beef.
Being located on Main Street across from the new Convention and Visitors Bureau building is an advantage for South Prairie as well. Next spring, when the CVB building and museum opens up foot traffic will increase with locals and visitors alike wanting to view the new robot gun show or check out the museum.
We are looking forward to sitting back with an ice cold beer, some great Texas chili, and watching the new robot gun show next spring from the South Prairie patio. Note: this might be the best view in town.
This is a great place to stop in and get a good meal or to take home some locally made goods for yourself. You might just pick up some of the great history of Grapevine, Texas while you are there.
South Prairie Market and Eatery is located at:
651 South Main Street Grapevine, Texas 76051
Hours of Operation are from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday.