One of the things that makes Grapevine such a great place to live (or visit) is the seemingly endless supply of restaurants to try out around town. Over the weekend, we were able visit Cliff’s Star Grill (1900 S. Main Street inside Stacy Furniture).
If you check out the Cliff’s Star Grill website you will notice that they call themselves “Grapevine’s Best Kept Secret.” After our visit, we definitely agree.
Cliff’s has a huge menu full of burgers, wraps, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and much more. The most difficult part of the evening was deciding what to order. To make it even more difficult, on Saturday Cliff’s was running a special for large specialty pizzas for $11.99. And the pizzas looked delicious.
What we decided on:
Spinach Artichoke Dip ($6.99)
California Chicken Sandwich with fries ($8.99)
Supreme Soup and Salad Combo with potato soup and club salad ($8.99)
Everything was fresh and delicious. Perfect really.
The atmosphere is very laid back and family friendly and the service is great. It is hard to figure out why we have not tried Cliff’s Star Grill sooner.
Cliff’s is also BYOB so feel free to bring a bottle of wine along for your visit. According to their website, they also have a Sunday Brunch that runs from 10 am to 2 pm.
We are looking forward to a stop in to try the brunch. We are also going to go back to try the pizzas and the burgers. This place is great and there is so much to choose from. Cliff’s Star Grill is Grapevine’s best kept secret.
Here is our list of the top ten places to watch the Super Bowl in Grapevine this weekend. This assumes you want to watch it outside of your own home (or the home of a good buddy).
- Plucker’s (preferably the patio)
- Lazy Bone’s
- Texas Station Sports Bar (at the Gaylord Texan)
- The Flats Bar and Grill
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- The Tap-In
- Press Box Grill
- Baja Mexican Grill
- Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke
We hardly knew you.
Tilted Kilt came to Grapevine not all that long ago, but is now closed. We will speculate that the DFW Connector construction had something to do with the closing. Of course it probably did not help that there is a Hooter’s and a Bone Daddy’s near by.
Even if people wanted to go to Tilted Kilt it was almost impossible to get there. The frontage road in front of the Tilted Kilt is closed and the restaurant sits on the corner of the worst intersection in Grapevine at William D. Tate and Highway 114.
We tried driving around Grapevine tonight and were quickly reminded why we do not go out after 8 pm. Getting across Highway 114 (which basically splits Grapevine) was nearly impossible. We had to go to Southlake to get across.
Tilted Kilt leaves us with fond memories of a interview we did back in 2010. Goodbye Tilted Kilt. You will be missed.
Sure we got a lot of new restaurants in Grapevine in 2011, but 2012 could be even bigger. Here are a few new restaurants that we anticipate dining at in the coming year in Grapevine.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
We have been talking about Pappadeaux coming to Grapevine for over two years. Our bet (and hope) is this is the year it finally gets complete and we can dine at the Pappadeaux Grapevine location. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen will be located off of Highway 114 in the old Tia’s Tex Mex building (near Uncle Julio’s).
Eatzi’s is scheduled to open this summer on the corner of William D. Tate and Highway 114. We just sampled a few of Eatzi’s salads yesterday. The California Cobb Salad is remarkable. We have no idea how they do it. The food is so fresh and delicious. The salad dressings are also a treat. Note, Eatzi’s is more of a takery type place, but the food is so good and we love to take food home.
The corner of William D. Tate and Highway 114 is going to be very busy. Not only Eatzi’s, but In-N-Out Burger will be going in across the street. Construction on the new In-N-Out building is well on its way. Let’s hope construction finishes up the William D. Tate bridge sometime soon or else very few people will be getting in and out of all these new places.
Not surprisingly, in the same area as In-N-Out Burger will be a Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Pizza, beer, wine, sounds like the perfect place to us. The Grimaldi’s website says the Grapevine location is coming soon.
It has been months since we heard aobut Jimmy John’s coming to town. We have no new update but expect them to be in Grapevine in 2012. This is very dangerous news for us (hint: we love Jimmy John’s and the Gourmet Sandwiches they make).
There is little doubt that Baja Mex Grill has taken over the #1 spot in our rankings of the Best Mexican Restaurant’s in Grapevine, Texas. This is not just identified in this one time review, we also vote with our wallets. When we want Mexican food, we go to Baja Mex Grill more than any other place in Grapevine.
There are a lot of reasons they are number one. Here are a few:
1. Best queso in Grapevine, hands down
2. #2 ranked margarita in Grapevine
3. Great food and service
4. Sort of a hole-in-the-wall / non-corporate feel
5. Good music
While we were at Baja Mex Grill doing our review, the Texas Rangers playoff game was on the television. And this is where Baja is pretty smart. They had all the televisions on the Ranger game with the sound turned up so that everyone in the place could hear the game. Did other Mexican restaurants in town do this? We have no idea, but our guess is no they didn’t. Corporate type places do not do that kind of stuff.
To wrap up, we love Baja. Welcome to the top of our list of Mexican restaurants in Grapevine.
Baja Mex Grill is located at:
1212 William D Tate Avenue
Grapevine, TX 76051
On Friday night, I paid a visit to the new Plucker’s restaurant for their pre-open training event as they get ready for their official open on Monday, February 21st. I was lured in by the offer of free food, but mostly just wanted to check out what they had done with the place.
I am happy to report that the interior has been completely remodeled and updated. I was amazed by the space they have. This Plucker’s has to be three times as large as the one in Dallas.
The highlight of the restaurant is the outdoor patio area. It extends from the side of the restaurant with a huge outdoor bar, roughly ten picnic tables, and about 10 outdoor big screen televisions. When weather permits (as it did last night) that area is going to be a great place to hang out.
Beers are served in either a pint size or a giant thirty-something ounce mug. The giant mug was a hint that Plucker’s does not really mess around.
For dinner, I ordered the Medium Hot Wings (seen above). After finishing my first wing, I broke into a sweat and thought about finding the nearest ice bucket to dunk my head in. If those things were truly medium, then I’ve discovered where that guy from X-men who magically creates fire in his hands now works. He’s the new chef at Plucker’s Grapevine.
Our waitress asked about five times if I’d like to have something else before I waved bye-bye to my pride and said yes, please bring me a few of the lemon pepper wings. Those wings were delicious by the way.
Overall it was a great night full of free food and fun (but not free beer). Obviously if it were free beer, there would have been a line from here to Keller waiting to get in.
This Plucker’s looks like it means business and plans on being around a while despite the fact that it sits a stones throw from Hooter’s and a seven-iron from Buffalo Wild Wings.
I’d like to take a moment to recognize Ashlee our waitress who was wonderful, Meagan who is their marketing person for doing a great job with the event, the good people of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce (you know who you are), and my good buddy CH for getting me in for the night of free food and fun.
Plucker’s is located at:
1709 Cross Roads Dr
Grapevine, TX 76051