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Foodie Friday: Celebrate Valentine’s Day (or any day) in style

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foodie_friday_valentines_twelvestonesOne of our favorite things about Foodie Friday has been that we’ve discovered some truly incredible fine-dining restaurants right here in our local community and operated by local residents! We love delivering the message to our fellow Foodies that you don’t have to drive all the way to Dallas or Fort Worth to experience a wonderful meal for a special occasion.

Seeing as tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, we figured what better weekend than this one to feature some of our favorite fine-dining restaurants we’ve visited over the past year? We encourage you to try and squeeze onto their reservation list for this weekend, but if they’re full, we encourage you to head back some other time so you can enjoy what these wonderful restaurants have to offer.

Twelve Stones, Flower Mound

Our love for Twelve Stones is no secret! I find myself back here as often as I can and Chef David has become a dear friend as I’ve eaten at his restaurant over the past year and half. Twelve Stones is now open for lunch AND dinner, so you can enjoy their fine-dining experience for a romantic mid-day date as well as for an evening out on the town. I’m always pleased no matter what Chef David has on the menu and his staff is always incredibly helpful and kind. They’re willing to work with you to make sure your special occasion is celebrated in style. But my favorite thing to tell people about? Chef David’s special cheese cake recipe which includes an Oreo cookie crust and… black pepper. It might sound crazy, but it’s delicious and Chef David has even won several awards for his innovation!

Savory Bistro, Bartonville Town Center

I immediately became a fan of this Argyle restaurant after being introduced to it at an Argyle networking event. It was so incredible we ended up heading back the next day to review it for our blog. Savory Bistro offers a wonderful contemporary vibe to diners and also has a great outdoor patio which would be an awesome way to spend Valentine’s Day if this gorgeous weather holds up! The owners and chefs have a great passion for their work that translates into the food they serve. Their menu changes seasonally and they pride themselves on using local and fresh ingredients to offer the best possible dishes. My favorite dish I’ve had is their Savory Signature Steak which is a unique cut of a 7 oz. ribeye filet. So if they have anything like that on their current menu, be sure to order that for yourself! Oh, and their chocolate pudding – definitely the chocolate pudding.

Bistecca, Highland Village

Chef and Owner, Morris Salerno, has had no shortage of press over the past year and it is well deserved! Previously known as The Grotto, Chef Morris underwent a recent name and menu change, establishing a reputation for offering fresh and seasonal ingredients with a fine-dining experience. However, they kept classics like their Steak Salerno around for diners who have been regulars of the restaurant since it opened in 1994. One of my favorite dishes is their Lamb Osso Bucco served over polenta with root vegetables in a Lamb Juliet. It blows my mind every time I try it. And if you’re a sweet-tooth kind of person, be sure to order their Chocolate Explosion for dessert. It comes served with fresh hot chocolate sauce poured over the centerpiece which then cracks open revealing a hot, fresh chocolate cake. See? Told you.

Prime Farm to Table, Flower Mound

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys getting “back to the basics” with your food or someone who likes to know exactly where your food comes from, Prime Farm to Table is the place for you. Owners Matt and Chris Flahaven opened their restaurant after noticing a real need to bring a fresh approach to diners in Flower Mound. Chef Chris runs the kitchen and does so with his own unique flair. He’s constantly re-thinking new dishes that use only the freshest of ingredients as well as any other unique ingredients he can get his hands on to introduce local diners to. While they have a few menu staples like their Frittatas and the Thai Beef Salad, most of their menu changes on a day-to-day basis. This allows Chef Chris and his staff to utilize their creativity and makes every dining experience you have at Prime different from the last.

Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House, Flower Mound

Tucked away in the quiet area of Parker Square, Yellow Rose Steak & Chop House is not to be overlooked! Owners Svetlana and Sky Schoggins have created a truly wonderful place where you can enjoy a peaceful dinner full of delicious food. When we visited them earlier this year, I ordered their filet accompanied by their most famous side, the Potatoes Dauphinoise (like scalloped potatoes), and some of the BIGGEST asparagus I have ever seen. They also have great salad and sandwich options if you’re looking for something a little lighter. And for dessert I definitely recommend their Chocolate Cake Tower – it’s huge, so don’t expect to finish it in one sitting, but it is delicious!

 

Jay Marks writes the Foodie Friday each week. You can read his blog at http://iamjaymarks.wordpress.com

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