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Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (hey, let’s call it the metroplex for short), there are over 100 suburbs.
Even if you’ve lived in DFW all your life, you probably haven’t seen more than half of them. But what makes a city worth going to? We took a look at 5 suburbs, all of them within throwing distance of Lake Grapevine or Lewisville Lake. We’ll tell you what each one is known for and what’s new in their city.
We’ve also got a place to eat that you won’t find in any other city, some fun culture or nightlife to discover, and something fun to do outdoors.
Grapevine’s About the Wine
Named for the vines growing in the area, Grapevine absolutely lives up to its name. With more than a dozen wineries, you can sniff and sip your way through town until your palate and your heart is content. Their top annual event, held every September, is Grapefest, the largest wine festival in the American southwest.
Judy Pie on Main Street
Grapevine’s downtown is one of the most historic and charming downtowns in DFW. There’s actually a working train station there, along with many quaint boutiques and restaurants. Recently those shops were joined by a new neighbor, Judy Pie, where the daily pies and sweets are simply delightful.
There’s more than wine in Grapevine, and you’ll find a one-of-a-kind meatery among the wineries. Great Scott specializes in charcuterie, served with local wines (what else?) and craft beers.
The Glass Cactus – Gaylord Texan
For a night out or a weekend getaway, you can find everything you could possibly want at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine. The Glass Cactus nightclub overlooks the lake and hosts top name entertainment. Even on a weeknight, we’d go there, just because it’s so pretty!
Public Art Trail
Obviously, Lake Grapevine is the place to be when you explore the outdoors. But Grapevine’s Public Art Trail is one of the best in the metroplex, so be sure to make time for that when you visit.
Lewisville Farmers are Fighting
The largest Purple Martin roost in North Texas gave the town it’s logo, but we’d suggest that farmers are another icon of Lewisville. Legend has it that the Lewisville Farmers football team chased down and apprehended some bank robbers in the 1940s, and thus the name Fighting Farmers. The city’s signature event held every fall, Western Days, features a parade and a live cattle drive.
It’s been on its way for a while, but the Coyote Drive-In’s Grand Opening is truly coming soon. The long-awaited theater brings something new to the old drive-in idea, and DFW can’t wait to see it!
OK, the name’s a little crazy, playing off of the mathematical pi as well as the concept of pizza pie. But pie314 calls itself the “everyday eatery” so there’s nothing crazy about the food. Well, maybe it’s crazy good. The fact that it’s located on King Arthur Boulevard might not be a coincidence. We hear that brunch is legendary.
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Lewisville didn’t really become a big town until the last couple of decades — its population didn’t approach 50,000 until 1990. Even now, its keeps its small town flavor, but for a “small” city, Lewisville boasts a surprisingly large arts program including a ballet theatre, a civic chorus, community theater, and a symphony orchestra. The beautiful MCL Grand Theater in historic downtown makes a lovely home for all of the arts in town.
Lewisville Lake is fantastic, and it boasts as a designated environmental learning area (LLELA) that you absolutely must discover!
Getting Around in Flower Mound
via Flickr: Steve Harbula
Flower Mound is actually named for a fifty-feet tall mound of flowers!
Parker Square isn’t new, but it seems that everything new is moving there. The Farmers Market recently relocated there from the crowded Flower Mound civic area. It’s home to a campus of North Central Texas College, and by next fall will be the home of a Midwestern State University campus.
Flower Mound has a lot of great restaurants — many of which are chains, but a few notable ones are locally owned and operated. One of these is Verf’s Grill and Tavern, which single-handedly makes the trip to Flower Mound worth the drive. Seriously, that bread.
Z Grill and Tap
Flower Mound has a very family-friendly vibe, but you can still find live music in town — and not just the festival variety. Z Grill and Tap has a full live music calendar and plenty of TVs for watching sports too.
Circle R Ranch
Flower Mound is also a bit of a horsey town with rural stretches along its outskirts with ranches and stables. Circle R Ranch is a truly special special events company. If you’ve worked in DFW for long, you’ve probably been to a company picnic or party here.
Forward Thinking in Coppell
One of the younger towns in DFW, Coppell comes across as a truly modern city. Its town center is striking and unique. Even it’s “Old Town” feels fresh and new.
Life Safety Park
So new that it’s not even finished yet, Life Safety Park is new, even as a concept. When completed in January 2017, it will house the city’s emergency operations center, a park, a museum and a learning center for kids and adults, all centered around safety.
Coppell Deli and Deliman’s
One of the best places that’s unique to Coppell is actually two places — Coppell Deli and Deliman’s Grill. Some say the Dallas Cowboys made the place famous. The namesake “deli man” says his sandwiches made them winners.
Carmel Restaurant Lounge
For an elegant evening out there’s no place lovelier in town than Carmel Restaurant Lounge. Great for Happy Hour and beyond, this place is worth a trip just for its beautiful ambiance.
Farmers Market – Old Town
Coppell has more than a dozen public parks, but one of the most fun places to hang out outside is the Farmers’ Market in Old Town Coppell.
Yell Timber in the Cross Timbers of Southlake
Southlake’s tall trees are part of a heavily forested area in the Cross Timbers region of North Texas. Many of its early settlers (in the late 1800s) were members of the Lonesome Dove Baptist Church.
The Bar Method
In any given month, the newest business in town in Southlake is likely to be fitness or health oriented. Whatever type of sports routine or spa treatment you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in Southlake. This could change at any moment, but it currently looks like The Bar Method will be the new kid in town on the fitness scene.
Owned by a local family and open since 2009, Wildwood “Smoke, Whiskey, Grill” serves up some awesome hickory and oak smoked steaks and seafood. Handcrafted cocktails served in the beautiful dining room or large patio makes this a must-visit stop in Southlake.
The Ginger Man
While not unique to Southlake, The Ginger Man brings its casual pub atmosphere and a huge variety of beers to the suburbs. Trivia nights, brewery nights, and live music nights make the nights in Southlake special.
Bob Jones Nature Center
Hike the trails and explore the nature preserve at the Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake. Visit for an educational class or scheduled event, or just enjoy a run or walk when you visit Southlake.