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Foodie Friday: Chow down close to home this holiday

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The holiday season is officially upon us. Which means you have probably already started worrying about a few things: extended family coming to town, holiday decorating, gift-buying, and – of course – cooking.

Luckily for us, Flower Mound has become every Foodie’s dream over the past couple years with the openings of some excellent, locally-owned fine dining restaurants. No longer do you need to travel to downtown Dallas or Fort Worth to enjoy fine foods – you can find them right here in our backyard!

So, check out the four restaurants below for some great dining alternatives when all that extended family does come to town.

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The Table
3701 Justin Rd #150, Flower Mound TX 75028
972-874-1010

The Story: Flower Mound’s newest restaurant, The Table opened its doors on October 20, and has been thrilling local residents with its delicious menu ever since. The dream of brothers Bruce and Daniel Wills, The Table was finally brought to fruition after they partnered with Chef Ray Skradzinski and fellow Flower Mound resident, Ty Welborne.

Both Bruce and Chef Skradzinski come to Flower Mound after spending several years working at Wolfgang Puck restaurants around the country. Because of that experience and training, they have been able to bring a deliciously refined menu and beautiful atmosphere to Flower Mound residents.

The Table is a place to come enjoy great food and meet new friends or enjoy spending time with old ones.

Jay’s Recommendations: There are some definite “must-try” menu items at the Table to include the Crispy Arancini, their house-made schnitzel and pierogies, and the Bone-In Rib Eye “Steak Fritz.”

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Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House
2401 Lakeside Parkway, Flower Mound TX 75022
972-539-8555

The Story: Local resident and Brazilian native, Paulo Novaes, knew he wanted to introduce the people of Flower Mound to his heritage. So, after spending the last 40 years perfecting his own version of Churrasco-style recipes, Novaes felt the time had come to finally realize his dream and open his own Brazilian steak house right here in Flower Mound.

He is surrounded by staff that has a wealth of experience working at Brazilian steak houses, including a chef with 30 years of experience alone!

They are also the only Brazilian steak house in Denton County to prepare their food using a charcoal grill, giving their food a unique and delicious taste. “Carvao” actually means “charcoal” in Portuguese, so it’s clearly something Paulo and his staff take pride in.

Jay’s Recommendations: The lobster bisque served at the salad bar is absolutely delicious and is the perfect cure for cold, winter days. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite from their lineup of 18 cuts of meat, so you will just have to go and try them all!

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Prime Farm to Table
5810 Long Prairie Rd #200, Flower Mound TX 75028
972-539-1902

The Story: If you’re the kind of person who likes getting “back to the basics” with your food – meaning you want 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 in Flower Mound for a fresh approach to food.

Chef Chris runs the kitchen with his own unique flair – constantly rethinking new dishes that use only the freshest of ingredients. And he also likes to throw in some unique ingredients that Flower Mound Foodies may not have experienced before. In doing so, they ensure that every dining experience you have at Prime Farm to Table is different from the last.

Jay’s Recommendations: Their local cheese board is not only delicious but is also beautiful to look at; so that’s a definite must any time I visit here. For something hearty and delicious, I recommend their House Cherrywood Smoked Prime Rib which comes served with creamy local white grits.

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Twelve Stones
1221 Flower Mound Rd #100, Flower Mound TX 75028
972-539-0200

The Story: I consider Twelve Stones one of the grandfathers of fine dining here in Flower Mound. Chef David Burdick opened his doors two years ago and has provided a spot perfect for enjoying a mid-day date or an evening out on the town.

No matter your reason for coming to Twelve Stones, Chef David and his staff are committed to making sure you have a wonderful and special dining experience.

And if you’re looking for somewhere to host a private event, Twelve Stones is an excellent place to do so. They have a private room which seats up to 14 people that I have used on numerous occasions for family dinners and business meetings.

Jay’s Recommendations: I never leave Twelve Stones without enjoying their Radish Salad. And I often get talked into whatever special Chef David has that evening. But if you ever go at lunch, be sure to order the Reuben made with Twelve Stones’ house-cured pastrami. I was never a fan of Reuben sandwiches until I tried Chef David’s!

Jay Marks updates the Foodie Friday blog each week. Read more at http://iamjaymarks.wordpress.com

 

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