Featuring an extensive menu of creative American food—including The Reuben 1976, born on the restaurant and brewery's opening day—Humperdink's has served the mertroplex area for 36 years. Humperdink's boasts menu items such as barbecue ribs, sustainable seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers, and original buffalo hot wings, along with a number of award-winning microbrews crafted on the premises and served on tap.
It was April 2005 when planters began the painstaking task of rooting 7,000 vines in the rich, rocky soil of Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. Situated just 19 miles south of Alpine, Texas, the location was ideal––plentiful sun and chilly nights would sustain the Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre vines until the grapes were ready for harvesting. That day finally arrived in 2006, when cultivators descended upon the vineyard to reap the first fruits destined to become Times Ten Cellars' Spanish- and Rhone-style wines. These may seem like extraordinary lengths to go to for a decent pour, but one look at Time Ten’s wine list is all it takes to realize its founders’ fondness for Texan-born wines knows no bounds. At the tasting bar, guests can sample limited-release wines such as Cathedral Mountain Vinyard's Dessert Red or Vino de Piedra, alongside other domestic vinos from the Lone Star State, as well as those from California and––on occasion––even Italy. On select nights, jazz music drowns out the chorus of sipping rising up from the comfy cocoa arm chairs in the lounge, and Times Ten Cellar's also offers occasional classes for anyone looking for an excuse to expand their knowledge of wine or stick their nose in other people's glasses.
Nestled among the wooden corrals and brick fa?ades of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district, Cowtown Winery pairs meats and cheeses with red, white, semisweet, and dessert wines handcrafted by an in-house vintner. Amid shelves stocked with emerald rows of bottles, the winery?s tasting bar hosts daily samplings of premium wines such as the tart Silver Spur red and a pinot grigio with subtle aromas of apple, pear, and aged stetson hat. Live acoustic music on the weekends helps to inspire first-time winemakers as they consult with vintners to design custom labels and concoct up to 29 bottles of their own signature wine.
Sugar Ridge Winery's rolling acres once held everything from white-speckled fields of cotton to waving meadows of hay. Then owners Don and Michele Andrews planted their first rows of varietal and transformed the land into a verdant, nectar-giving paradise. Michele inherited the acreage from her grandparents and honors their legacy through a red heritage wine that fills the tasting room's antique wooden shelves alongside chardonnays, tempranillos, and cabernets. This pride in the vineyards' history shines through in the decor as well: Outside the tasting room, a wood-sided well stands flanked by giant urns. Shaded by trees, a tranquil fountain babbles on a stone patio and a resident cat and kittens prowl the grounds, guarding the grapes and playing cat games such as Parcheesi. In addition to public and private wine tastings, Don and Michele also host tasting afternoons paired with an outdoor massage and encourage winery visitors to pack their own picnics.
Recently featured in D Magazine, Havana Jim lights up the spirits of sophisticated smokers by offering an expansive selection of cigars and a comfortably upscale setting that's good for hosting puffs. The shop features a range of brands and prices; the Berger & Argenti Mooch maduro ($5) offers tasty inhales on a budget, as does the Alec Bradley Family Blend ($7), created for the fathers of the company's three principal executives out of richly flavored tobacco and power-tool extract. Higher-end light-ups such as the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary ($11) and the Padron 1964 Imperial ($20) offer complex sensations intended to keep taste buds guessing as if tackling an Agatha Christie–penned calculus test.
The Milk Pail Local Market & Drive Thru started with a simple idea: What if the convenience of the drive-thru wasn't reserved for fast food spots? From there, a new type of grocery store sprouted. It's stocked with the same staples, such as artisanal breads, milk, and ice cream. However, visitors who order online can pick up their basics in a drive-thru, without the hassle of climbing out of their car through the sunroof.
For those who don't mind a break from the driver's seat, though, the grocery store's team also welcomes walk-ins to a brick-and-mortar store, with a bigger selection than the drive-thru. The team believes customers should get to pick out their own fresh produce, for instance, and browse floral bouquets for the one that most strikes their fancy. The physical store boasts ready-to-eat casseroles and dips, too, along with an array of beers and wines.