Cuisine Type: Pizza, burgers, wings, and pasta
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Fresh hand-tossed pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Ask for onion strings.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Loft was seen in the recent movie Red Wing, which was filmed primarily in Whitewright and starred Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, and Frances Fisher.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have happy hour Monday–Friday from 2–7 p.m. and all day on Sunday. On Wednesday nights we have karaoke, and on Thursday nights we have an open mic. We also feature three big screen TVs for watching sports.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our décor reflects the personalities and interests of the owners, who are sky diving enthusiasts and rocket scientists. There is an airplane hanging in the middle of the dining room, a parachute hanging near the kitchen, sky-diving photos, and some de-commissioned rockets. We also mounted an old style movie projector on the wall.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our pizza dough is made from scratch every morning. We toss it by hand right in front our diners before topping each pizza with mozzarella cheese and our signature marinara sauce. We offer freshly sliced jalapenos (not pickled or cooked) as a topping, and we hand-cut and cook our french fries to order. Each burger comes with a seasoned 1/3 pound patty and a side of fries or a salad.
The food at Miyako Sushi & Grill is artfully prepared, and the atmosphere is laid-back. At the BYOB friendly eatery, diners can sip their favorite beer, wine, or vintage prison hooch while savoring generous portions of Japanese cuisine. In the background, cooks fry soft-shell crab in tempura batter, slice ocean-fresh fish for sashimi and sushi, and sear juicy steaks and seafood on a hibachi grill. And for dessert, guests can try a scoop of green tea or red bean ice cream to cool their palate if they happened to mistake a ball of wasabi for a complimentary dessert.
For centuries the world has wondered how to combine a bakery, coffee shop, and disc-golf center. In Rockwall, three businesses decided to put the matter to rest with The Life House, which engenders a healthy community with its triple hit of organic baked goods, house-roasted coffee, and disc golf. When Fresh Life Foods founder Katy Standifer’s sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Katy saw links between processed foods and her sister’s condition. With her mother, Lynda Ahlen, she began baking organic pastries and breads for her family before expanding the practice and selling the tasty goods to the community.
Elsewhere in Rockwell, home roaster Jeremy Standifer was testing his careful eyes, nose, and second nose on custom-roasted organic coffee beans that would eventually become the staple of FLF Organic Coffee. Jeremy's aromatic coffee made an ideal pairing for Katy's sweet and savory fare, which ranges from empanadas to loaves of cinnamon-swirl bread, so the two combined their practices. What makes The Life House rare, though, is what customers discover when they venture outside. Jeremy's love for disc sports led him, along with fellow roaster Chris Kelley, to found Life Disc Sports, which hosts camps and clinics and sells gear. Outside the café, their nine-hole course challenges experienced and novice players before they venture back inside to fling pastries into their mouths.
The sun melts into the horizon, leaving a bright-orange band of sky in its wake that gives way to a deep-blue Texas night. Twinkling lights wrapped around the windmill flicker on as ebullient music fills Fish Camp's outdoor patio, to the delight of diners savoring their desserts in the open air. Such evenings are hardly a rarity at the restaurant, which beckons guests to its quiet countryside location with a menu of seafood and traditional Southern comfort food.
Inside the buzzing kitchen, chefs whip up mouthwatering dishes featuring aquatic ingredients such as clear-water, farm-raised catfish and gulf prawns. The chefs also assemble platefuls of comfort food using traditional recipes from across the South, ranging from Texas toothpicks and Cajun-style blackened tilapia to Kentucky-bourbon pecan pie. Young diners can frolic on the deck and partake in casual fishing to retrieve lost contact lenses, and local musicians assemble on Friday and Saturday nights to delight patrons with live performances.
Palio’s Pizza Café may boast multiple locations, but the cuisine is unique to each kitchen. The restaurant’s chefs commit to serving specialty pizzas on handmade dough, crafted from high-protein, red-bran wheat. They top this crust with all-natural marinara and pizza sauces, real mozzarella cheese, and farm-fresh produce. The blending of fine ingredients produces some classic and more unusual pies, ranging from a meat lover’s with four staple pizza proteins to a pie that combines roasted flavors of poultry and cashews.
Of course, the restaurant’s commitment to quality doesn’t end with their food. They also invest time in making community events special. They regularly participate in fundraisers for high-school bands, charities such as the Arthritis Foundation, and local Scout troupes and chicken coops.
Though Luna de Noche's menu doesn't stray far from its Mexican roots, the restaurant’s chefs introduce nuanced flavors in all their dressed-up versions of Tex-Mex classics. As staff members make guacamole tableside for patrons, they may add unique ingredients such as pecans, creating a dish that is as distinctive as it is traditional. Even the margaritas—served frozen, on the rocks, or from a hose—build on the classic recipe by incorporating ingredients such as Kahlúa, fresh jalapeño juice, or housemade sangria.