Some people could just eat tacos all day. And Tacos Y Mas helps make it possible with signature tacos alongside special breakfast tacos that incorporate scrambled eggs. The Mexican grill’s staff load their double-tortilla tacos with classics such as chorizo and eggs or one of their signature blends such as the cowboy, whose smoked jalapeno, beef sausage, and egg mixture secured the taqueria a spot on D-Magazine’s list of Best Breakfast Tacos in Dallas in 2010. While they do serve up their breakfast dishes all day, they can also fill tortillas with more traditional Mexican favorites such as shredded chicken in a chipotle sauce, grilled shrimp sprinkled with onion and cilantro, or the heart-healthy grilled vegetables in a chipotle salsa. But as their name suggests, they don’t just serve tacos—"mas" covers grande nachos, Cuban sandwiches, and trios of queso, guacamole, and salsa roja for guests who like dips but not decisions.
Since 1994, the cooks at Bluebonnet Café have whipped up a menu of homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch. Diners dig into the hungry man's breakfast, quickly guiding forks through mounds of eggs and a meaty trio of ham, sausage, and bacon served with hash browns or grits ($7.50). Mexican-style options such as eggs ranchero awaken taste buds with spicy salsa, which emits a high-pitched alarm only audible to soft palates ($5). Midday munchers latch onto the half-pound bacon and swiss burger ($6), and fingers turn to utensils to maintain decorum while eating the juicy pot roast ($7) or the fried chicken topped with cream gravy ($7). Meals are served in a comfortable and eclectic environment, with walls boasting nostalgic décor from I Love Lucy, Wizard of Oz, and a yet-to-be-made radio serial about improbable collectibles.
Gene Estes suspects that growing up in the 'dry' precinct of Abilene, Texas may have inspired his alcohol-based ingenuity; he crafted his first batch of wine from Concord grape juice when he was just 23. Years later, after holding various pharmaceutical jobs and putting to use his Masters in Microbiology, Estes' interest in wine re-emerged with a full and passionate force. Today, as the president and vintner of Lost Oak Winery, Gene works alongside resident winemaker Jim Evans to craft a host of award-winning wines. Among them is the 2012 Viognier, which scored a double gold in the renowned San Francisco Chronicle International Wine competition—meaning all five judges awarded the varietal with top scores before gilding the bottle twice in molten gold.
The winery itself offers both guided and self-guided tours, offering visitors a glimpse into the wine-making process complete with samples straight from oak barrels. Additionally, special events draw guests to the lush grounds for live music, wine club events, and the pre-Christmas holiday open house, where they can place preemptive wine orders with Santa.
After more than a decade on the Fort Worth restaurant scene, husband and wife duo David and Ann Shaw founded Shaw's Patio, Bar & Grill. Within their eatery’s dark, wood booths or on the outdoor patios, guests dine on gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and gourmet hotdogs.These menu staples start as lean Angus beef patties and quarter-pound, all-beef franks, and they emerge from the kitchen transformed into specialties including the andouille-topped ShawSauge burger or the chili-cheese dog. Regionally inspired paninis such as Texas Grilled Cheese, a mix of warm Brie sandwiched between slabs of Texas toast, gain their stripes on the grill rather than by bartering with zebras. Shakes and malts hand-spun from Blue Bell Ice Cream pay wholesome complement to the diner fare, while a full bar that flaunts more than 40 beers and a family margarita recipe provides more grown-up refreshment. As the sun rises on Sunday mornings, a hearty brunch decks tables in chorizo and egg burritos, eggs benedict with portobello mushrooms, and fruit-laden French Toast, all paired with a parade of complimentary mimosas.
Ginger Brown was 20 years old when she decided that rather than serving in the church, like her father, she could faithfully serve in the kitchen. More than two decades and four million customers later, Ginger still warms guests' bellies and souls with country-fried steak and shrimp, more than 25 homestyle sides, and cinnamon rolls dubbed “world famous” for ferrying Christopher Columbus as he floated across the Atlantic.