Andy Gonzales, AKA Wineaux Guy, set out to create Dallas's finest catering service. With a full-service staff and chef, Great Tastes handles every aspect of food planning, from preparing the meals to cleaning up. They cater all sorts of events, from weddings and birthday parties to cocktail parties, with fixed prices arranged upfront so that clients don't incur hidden fees after a spontaneous food fight erupts. They have developed a wine education course that can be held in clients' living rooms or kitchens, along with wine-tasting tours in the DFW area and around the state of Texas with Texas Wineaux Tours.
Chef Lulzim Rexhepi places a modern twist on his menu of traditional Italian dishes, keeping diners on their toes with tapas-style dishes served alongside pastas, pizzas, and seafood entrees. Prior to taking the reins of the kitchen at Veranda Italian Bistro, Lulzim trained in France and the Culinary Institute of America, sharpened his skills at the three-Michelin-starred Le Moulin de Mougins, and was the co-chef at award-winning modern Thai restaurant Kittichai. Now, at Veranda, he’s shifted his focus back to his roots in Italian cuisine. By offering a gluten-free menu, he also doesn’t exclude anyone from sampling his creations.
The culinary ideology behind MAX's Wine Dive lies in a simple slogan: "Why the hell not?" With the gourmand irreverence to unite fried chicken with champagne, chili dogs with an Australian shiraz, and grilled cheese with a French sauvignon blanc, Executive Chef Patrick Russell's menu of eclectic dishes has earned MAX's Dallas location several OpenTable Diner Choice awards, including Hot Spot and Notable Wine List.
Though the cuisine evokes the flavors of a rustic diner, the ingredients are all gourmet—chefs spangle dishes with fresh seasonal produce, piquant cheeses, and unique sauces such as chipotle aioli and housemade crème fraiche. Meanwhile, an extensive inventory of world wines pours regularly, sending selections to tables by the glass even when the menu lists a varietal as bottle-only, thanks to the restaurant's two-glass commitment policy. Friday through Sunday, brunch bravely blends chicken fried steak and waffles, and the signature MAX 'n cheese puts a twist on an original in a more critic-friendly manner than editing a high-speed chase into Casablanca. Housing a private event space, MAX's Wine Dive can accommodate large groups of nearly 60 people.
Chef René Peeters is no stranger to cultural diversity, and his menu follows suit. He spent his childhood between the Belgian Congo and southern France, later living in Laos and Greece before finding his throne in Dallas's restaurant scene. Though he's trained in the style of classical French cuisine, Chef René calls upon his well-traveled palate to diversify his cooking style, seasoning dishes with the flavors of passport-stamp inks from around the globe. For nearly two decades, Peeters has helmed the kitchen at Bistro Watel's, serving a menu with foie gras, Lone Star cassoulet, and "Moroccan-ish" chicken tagine. The restaurant's kitchen also hosts a handful of cooking classes that follow themes such as French countryside cooking, sauces, and how to impress a chef in the produce aisle.
Tell us about your business.
360 Sports Lounge is an upscale yet laid back sports bar and lounge. Our chef-driven menu offers many housemade selections and special recipe items such as our famous Uncle Billy's wings. We have 360 degrees of TV screens, including three projector screens. We have a private lounge for special occasions and a great patio. We offer pool, foosball, darts, Golden Tee, and billiards. We also offer specials every day of the week and happy hour 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday with reverse happy hour 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
What kind of special events do you host?
We have special events such as foosball tournaments, Wild Wednesday bingo, and Paint Nite parties.
The decor in a restaurant can tip you off about the type of food—candlelight and crisp white linens are popular at romantic French restaurants, while crazy knick-knacks on the wall generally indicate family fun and hamburgers. How does your decor inform your culinary practice?
Rich wood and Italian granite bar and tabletops are accented by earth tones and indirect lighting. Our lounge seating, chairs, and upscale patio furniture invite you to linger and enjoy your favorite sporting events or games in comfort and style.
How would you describe your menu, in your own words?
Our menu is not average bar food. We make most of our items from scratch, from our pizza dough to our hand-battered onion rings. We also take pride in making the extra effort to bring our customers quality food prepared fresh daily.
Cuisine Type: Freshly Prepared Bar Fare
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Uncle Billy's wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating Available: Yes
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 sommeliers to custom-make a batch of their own wine, replete with one-of-a-kind labels.