DENTON – OLD WEST CAFE
I-35 and Loop 288
A grand breakfast stop! Excellent traditional fare (biscuits, chicken-fried steak) and some delightful “upscale” fare (Robin loves the almond-encrusted french toast). Very busy.
DENTON – LOCO CAFE
603 North Locust
A very hip breakfast, with soy-milk for your coffee, milk that comes served in chilled cocktail shakers, and corn-meal flapjacks (the very old is new again). I admire their jalapeno biscuit, a meal unto itself. Done in the Brutalist style of exposed-concrete and pipes interior, it’s a bit noisy, if its crowded, which it rarely is.
GRAPEVINE – GREEN CHILE CAFE
Bass Pro/Old Betheul Rd and 121 frontage, in the Quickway Beverage station
Admittedly not really in Denton County, and not really even a restaurant, this is nevertheless too important to quibble over. This little counter in a gas/liquor station makes NM-style breakfast burritos as good as any gas station in the Land of Enchantment! In other words, authentic NM roadside food! Fresh warm tortilla, eggs, potatoes, cheese grilled up with heaping scoops of green. Many add-ons available, but why mess with perfection? Outstanding.
LEWISVILLE – MAMA’S DAUGHTER’S DINER
(Main St / FM1171 & corner of Old Orchard)
Outstanding local greasy spoon with top-notch breakfasts (order the hash browns “extra-crispy”). Biscuits are simply the best in Denton County. Good lunches too. And you can keep your John Deer cap on while you eat.
HIGHLAND VILLAGE – SEVEN MILE CAFE
(2300 Justin Rd./FM 407)
Hip farm-to-market breakfast house, it is a stand-out for its spicycorned beef hash, coffee concoctions, and top-notch toast and raspberry preserves. I most love that they have ample non-pork meat options, not so fond of their stingy approach to blueberries and chocolate chips on and in the eponymous pancakes.
Yeah, right. 😤 But I do haunt Einstein’s on occasion.
DENTON – GOBI MONGOLIAN BARBEQUE
(Teasley Rd. Denton)
This tasty locally-owned design-it-yourself barbeque is what Gheghis Grill aught to be. Fresh ingredients, good variety, reasonably priced. A great place for the adventurous, the experimental, and those who want to design their own high -protein, lo-carb meal.
DENTON – JASMINE II GRILL AND HOOKAH LOUNGE
(Sunset Rd. Denton)
Best Middle Eastern Food in Denton County. Top-notch falafel, good baba genoujh. Only flaw, the pita is just meh. Still, and excellent place to take your superhero team for shwarma after a hard day of fighting extra-terrestial armies.
FLOWER MOUND – Asia Island
(Mall, south west corner of FM 407 and FM 2499)
For non-buffet Chinese dining, Asia Island is my first choice. Store-front atmosphere and some innovative dishes alongside the traditional Chinese-American fare make it a very nice eating experience.
FLOWER MOUND – Burgers and Brats
(6100 FM 2499)
Best hamburgers in the county: big, crisped on the outside, juicy on the inside, remarkably flavorful. Often skip the fries [which are good] because of the size of the burger. Also make a worthy Philly cheese steak.
LEWISVILLE – Parma ITALIAN/PIZZA
(129 E Round Grove/FM 3040)
Parma offers the closest-to-New York style pizza I’ve found in Denton County. Sold by the slice, they don’t pre-cook their sauce, and the resulting crisp thin crust, with little puddles of cheesy grease, is just like it’s supposed to be in the Big Apple.
JUSTIN –407 Barbeque
(1213 FM 407)
Literally a pre-fab double-wide, come for brisket at lunch, it’s the best I’ve found in the area. Usual and tasty cole slaw. Beef ribs on the weekend!
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!