It?s no coincidence that Eatzi sounds a bit like the word ?easy??convenience is exactly what the European-style market?s founders had in mind. But unlike typical to-go spots, Eatzi?s convenience doesn?t equate to mediocre quality. Instead, chefs sear meat and other hot entrees fresh for customers at the open-air grill. They fill display cases with gourmet salads and sides and allow shoppers to sample anything in order to make a decision. And on the bakery side, a European baker with more than 30 years of experience oversees the production of fresh loaves of bread and makes sure that each baguette will fit in the standard Parisian bike basket. Of course, there are plenty of artisan cheeses, deli meats, olive oils, vinegars, marinades, and mustards for the taking in the market, too. The staff can even help pair a bottle of champagne or cabernet with chosen meals.
Don’t go into Cassie's Le Popcorn expecting to find tins brimming with neon-orange cheesy popcorn or popcorn coated in greasy synthetic movie-theater butter. Instead, Cassie's Le Popcorn delights with a slew of gourmet flavors popped fresh daily, including dill pickle and white chocolate pretzel. Fluffy, white popped kernels also enchant taste buds with savory flavors such as salty beer-cheese and parmesan garlic, or satisfy sweet cravings with oreo-cookie or vanilla cupcake flavors.
Located on Main Street of Grapevine, Texas, D'Vine Wine treats visitors to countless varieties of wine paired with savory cheese and charcuterie plates. In the tasting and dining area, honeycombed wine racks and wooden barrels line the earth-toned walls, allowing visitors to imagine they've been swept away to the rustic cottage of a Tuscan vintner or the panic room of a billionaire. Guests sip house-made sauvignon blanc, malbec, and fruit-infused wine, while customers consult with wine representatives on creating a personalized label for any occasion.
A shelf lined with large apothecary jars runs the length of Grapevine Olive Oil Company's airy shop. Of course, the shop is not a pharmacy, and the jars don’t contain medicine—the stainless-steel containers are actually fustis, which preserve olive oil for shopkeepers to dispense samples. The shop houses dozens of eclectic flavored oils and vinegars, such as Persian-lime olive oil, espresso balsamic vinegar, and—the owner's favorite—wild-mushroom-and-sage olive oil. The olive oils come from all over the world, though each vinegar hails from the storehouses of Modena, Italy. To simplify the diverse selection, shopkeepers can suggest recipes and blends of the dressings—basil olive oil paired with fig balsamic vinegar goes well with pastas, for example, and blood-orange olive oil and tangerine balsamic vinegar turn into an edible shampoo.
The chefs at La Buena Vida Vineyards orchestrate symphonies of cheeses, vegetables, and spreads to create four varieties of thematic appetizer boards. Munch on complimentary crackers and tuck grapes into cheeks before nibbling on the tuscan board's genoa salami, manchego cheese, and spinach-parmesan dip. Or, opt for the veggie board, which offers an edible constellation of grilled artichoke hearts, cheese-stuffed red peppers, and a mozzarella that has been marinated in a spice blend whose recipe is heavily guarded, much like the final resting place of George Washington's axe. The strong flavors of olives compliment the subtle flavors of the mediterranean board's all-natural hummus, which steadies palates in preparation for soft, creamy Boursin cheese.
Sauces play a starring role on the menu at Cafe Italia, from basic but hearty marinara and alfredo sauces to elaborate blends with port wine, vodka, and balsamic vinegar and honey. One of these deftly simmered medleys flavors each dish, whether the entree features broiled salmon or Angus-beef filet mignon. The feasts reflect culinary traditions from both northern and southern Italy and give a nod to the peninsula’s oceanfront bounty with shrimp, clams, mussels, and giant tridents instead of forks. Cafe Italia’s BYOB policy invites guests to dream up their own beverage pairings for each meal.