Here is Part Two of our Best of Grapevine 2011 awards (link to part one in case you missed it). We hope you enjoyed part one as much as we did.  Now on to the awards.

Best Salon

DV8 Salon

DV8 moved across the street into a new building this past year. Their new facility is right on the corner of Main Street and Dallas Road. Creativity and great service define this salon.

Best Attorney

Cory D. Halliburton

Cory D. Halliburton of WEYCER, KAPLAN, PULASKI & ZUBER, P.C.  Originally from Fredricksburg, Texas, Cory is now doing great things in and around the City of Grapevine.

Best Restroom

Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano

The new restroom at Esparza’s is pretty tough to beat.  Not only did they upgrade the restrooms this year, Esparza’s added an even larger ourdoor patio.

Best New Event

The GrapeYard

The newest Halloween event in Grapevine was a huge success this year.  The event was set at the always fun Vineyard’s Campground and Cabins.  With train rides for kids, haunted trails, ghost stories and much more the event was a blast.  We are looking forward to the 2012 event already.

Grapefest Grapevine TexasBest Festival


It is really, really hard to top Grapefest each year.  Maybe it will happen one day. Hmmm… maybe not.  All the live music combined with watching the Grapestomps each year.  Grapefest may never lose in this category.

Best City Council Member

Darlene Freed

Combine great energy, an enthusiasm for Grapevine, and a unique perspective and you have Darlene Freed.  Thanks Darlene for all you do for our city.

Best Highway Construction

DFW Connector Project

Northgate contractors who are running the massive amounts of construction around Highways 114 and 121 really are doing a good job with a hugely complex task.

Grapevine, TexasBest Intersection

William D. Tate and Highway 114  <———-  (Major sarcasm here).

That intersection is awful.  We are reserving judgement on best intersection until all the construction ends in Grapevine.

Best Place to See Live Music


There is just a great vibe at Tolbert’s.  Where else in Grapevine would you want to go?

Honorable mention to the Glass Cactus.  Yes, we like going there too.

Grapevine, TexasBest Place to Find a Gift


Holy Grounds

This place is a hidden gem on Main Street in Grapevine.  If you need gift ideas for yourself or others, this is the place for you.  Almost forgot to mention they always have a free sample of one of their great coffees for shoppers.

Best Retail Shop on Main Street

Beyond the Red Door

With outstanding service and a lot of cool items to choose from, this is the best retail shop on Main Street in 2011.

Honorable mention to Main Street Station which is alway a lot of fun to visit.

Grapevine Mills MallBest New Attraction

Sea Life Aquarium

Sorry Legoland, the new Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine Mills Mall is a sight to be seen.  The 360 degree tunnel is pretty incredible.


Best Non-Profit Organization

Grapevine Ambucs

Honorable mention to Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE).

Grapevine, TexasBest Construction Scheduled to be Complete in 2011 That Did Not Get Completed

The New Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Building

(It opens next March from what we hear)

Best Outdoor Patio

The Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Hotel

The patio at the Glass Cactus is really tough to beat.  It has a great view of the lake and is the perfect place to be on one of those picture perfect spring nights.

Grapevine, TexasHonorable mentions to the new-ish outdoor patios at Esparza’s and Farina’s.

Best Park

Parr Park

“Wide open spaces, room to make big mistakes…”  Parr Park is beautiful and has plenty of room to roam.

Best Special Event


We had a blast and it was all for a great cause.

Best Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt

Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt

Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt is always a delicious stop on Main Street.

Best Running Club


Grapevine Runners and Walkers


(see best Italian Restaurant from yesterday’s article)

Best Parade

Parade of Lights

Was there more than one parade this year?

Best Mother’s Day Brunch

Hilton DFW Lakes

With endless mimosas and wonderful food, the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Hilton DFW Lakes was a wonderful experience.

Grapevine, TexasBest Thing Seen on Lake Grapevine

The Car-Boat

Love it.  We wish we had one of these things.  One day someone will build an RV that will go both on land and water.  The future is awesome!


Wow.  There were so many great things going on in Grapevine this year.  We hope you enjoyed our year end Best of Grapevine 2011 awards.

Best to you and yours.