At BoomerJack's Grill & Bar, diners feast on spicy and savory dishes, complemented by refreshing drinks and the frequent shouts of cheering sports fans. Appetizers include hand-battered and fried mushrooms, pickles, and the restaurant?s eponymous Boomer chips, freshly sliced jalape?os served with a homemade sauce. Chefs also sculpt a half pound of ground beef into a behemoth of a burger, adorned with aged cheddar or blue cheese crumbles. Lemon pepper or Cajun seasoning spices up a fillet of farm-raised catfish, while grilled peppers and onions top Ray?s sizzling sausage sandwich made from ground filet mignon and pork.
Goodfriend might not exist if there were back yards in New York City. When he tired of the fact that a bar was the only place he could go to drink with his friends in New York, Goodfriend's apocryphal idea man purchased a storefront space in Manhattan, packed a cooler full of Kronenbourg beer, set up a few lawn chairs, and invited his closest and dearest. The Dallas pub is a take on that man's original conception, with a few twists. The most significant of these is the space: instead of a sparse storefront, they've set up in an airy, loft-like tavern full of wood beams and exposed pipes. But the idea has remained the same—Goodfriends strives to be an inviting gathering place for friends to socialize over drinks and share in a quality meal. Just don’t expect a single cooler full of Kronenbourg. This incarnation of Goodfriend features 16 beers on tap and a selection of more than 60 bottles, many of them limited availability beers, others from local and craft breweries. And chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare have designed a menu that mirrors the bar’s philosophy: unpretentious grass-fed beef burgers piled high with such ingredients as spicy house harissa, white cheddar, and onion bacon jam. And to further the theme of friendship, the menu suggests beers that pair well with each burger and what to say if that burger asks them to help on moving day.
Maroon 5 and Train join musical forces at the Gexa Energy Pavilion for a tuneful collision of chart-topping favorites. Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates continue their mission to woo even the most colicky eardrums with a songbook of finely honed hits most recently infused with material from the band's 2010 release, Hands All Over. Augmenting the aural fun, Train runs express across the stage and the heartstrings, showcasing the songwriting chops that have earned the band multiple Grammys. Crooner and guitar-slinger Matt Nathanson completes the bill, setting the stage for a night of entertainment even more robust than watching a neighbor teach his schnauzer to moonwalk.
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.
Through Great Tastes, Andy Gonzales the Wineaux Guy?offers classes in collaboration with local wineries, wine stores, restaurants, and in private homes throughout the Dallas area. Wine Experience educational classes are available for parties, birthdays, bachelorette events, house warming, office team events, and more. They also offer guided wine tours with Texas Wineaux Tours.