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Eats beat: Hop aboard for a daylong Grapevine wine crawl

Posted 1:10pm on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

Grapevine's wine industry always starts harvest with a blessing.

The "Blessing of the Vines" is Saturday at Delaney Vineyards, kicking off the annual New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail event.

When it started 21 years ago, the New Vintage was like a spring GrapeFest.

Now, it's a more upscale $49 daylong shuttle tour of all Grapevine wineries, with food and music at most.

If you've never tried Grapevine wine, it's a great chance to visit all the stops.

It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Delaney Vineyards, 2000 Champagne Blvd. Or buy tickets at any Grapevine winery; 817-410-3185, grapevinetexasusa.com.

(And if the wine-drinking triggers more of an appetite, stop by Peace Burger Dive Bar & Grill, Grapevine's funky burger cafe with dishes like carne asada fries and the "Hell's Burger" with habanero salsa; 1228 William D. Tate Ave., 817-410-4074, peaceburger.net.)

The Ohio-based Bravo! Italian chain, which opened and closed abruptly in Arlington, will try the market again, this time on South Hulen Street.

Bravo! will replace a brewpub at 3010 S. Hulen St., near the Tanglewood neighborhood.

The newest restaurant concept in Montgomery Plaza is DeLuxe Bar & Grill, a partnership between neighboring Sushi Axiom and a Houston-based chain.

Look for it next month; 2600 W. Seventh St., 817-877-0087.

Now that Pantego has a serious steakhouse, next comes an oyster bar.

Pantego Bay is near opening at 2233 W. Park Row Drive.

Co-owners Mark Eckart and Max Gathings, known as a cartoonist and artist, team up to bring Pantego a casual seafood cafe in a former Braum's.

We're surrounded by tacos: Baja tacos, street tacos and (sigh) Doritos tacos.

All except the latter will be part of the first North Texas Taco Festival on April 20 in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas.

Dallas' Urban Taco and Rusty Taco and Fort Worth's Michoacan-style Revolver Taco Lounge will be among the restaurants serving tacos.

To show this is no fake taco festival, it's co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico.

Tacoheads will gather from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, 2800 Main St.; 214-785-8295, NorthTexasTacoFestival.com

Bud Kennedy's Eats Beat appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com Weekend. 817-390-7538

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