COPPELL – HARD EIGHT
(Bass Pro/Old Bethuel Road and Freeport Pkwy)
The only true pit barbeque I’ve found in Denton County, the spectacle of selecting your meats from a smoking pit is worth the trip alone. Beyond that, the brisket is sauceless edible and the chicken is simply a delight. The side dishes are well done, as well. Great place to give visitors a blast of Texas.
DENTON – MR CHOPSTICKS
(1633 Scripture, Corner of Jagoe and Scripture)
A long-standing student favorite, this not-a-buffet hip diner has an eclectic Asian menu with very good vegetarian choices. I’ve had one bad experience with burnt pad thai, but other dishes, like sweet and sour chicken and Vietnamese salad, have been consistently good.
FLOWER MOUND – THAI RUBY
(FM 2499, in the strip mall by Red, Hot and Blue)
Excellent competition for Noodle Swing, it gives you more traditional decor (teakwood walls, plates shaped like flora), and recipes slightly different from its neighbor. The chicken-rise soup is very pleasant. Try the “Amazing Chicken” peanut-based dish.
FLOWER MOUND – BARI‘S
(Long Prairie south of 1171)
A Flower Mound institution. Good local pizza, nice selection of chicken dishes. Best Italian place for families. Nice space for big groups, and very easy to work with. Biggest problem? Everybody knows about it.
LEWISVILLE – Pho Que Huong
(291 E FM3040 West of Vista Ridge)
Good Vietnamese food in Lewisville! I enjoyed the Bun Thit Nuong. Robin says the Pho is good. It’s a few hundred yards from Half-Price Books, making for a perfect lunch outing.
HIGHLAND VILLAGE- Verf’s Grill
(Corner of Morris and FM 407.)
Moving away from country toward modern American diner food with aspirations of nuvo-cuisine, this is a great family restaurant. I like the lamb sandwich with au jus. Interesting twists on classics. Chicken and waffles!