GrapeFest is always about more than wine.
Chefs and restaurants are also part of the 27th annual festival, returning to a newly accessible and construction-free downtown Grapevine.
With Texas 114 clear, there’s no reason not to see Spoon chef John Tesar or Meddlesome Moth chef David McMillan.
Tesar, a GrapeFest regular, will talk about seafood at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., then cook in the gazebo at 2:30 p.m.
McMillan, also chef at the forthcoming Bird Cafe in downtown Fort Worth, will cook in the gazebo at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Among other chefs cooking in the gazebo: Charles Youts of the Classic Cafe in Roanoke, at 4 p.m. Friday; and John Franke of Velvet Taco, 1 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets to GrapeFest cost $18 for the four-day festival, or $8 either weekend day ($5 seniors). 817-410-3185; GrapevineTexasUSA.com.
Some simple dining stops nearby:
Weinberger’s Deli, 601 S. Main St., Grapevine, has become the region’s most enduring Chicago-style deli.
Dan Weinberger’s Italian beef “hot and wet” is the signature sandwich, along with the pastrami-and-Swiss “Wallstreeter.” weinbergersdeli.com
Jake’s Hamburgers, 520 S. Main St., has been a fast success with burgers that continue the family legacy of Dallas’ 1950-vintage Keller’s Drive-Ins; jakesuptown.com.
Bartley’s BBQ, 413 E. Northwest Highway, made Texas Monthly’s top-50 list with its brisket, but also serves Cajun turkey, smoked chicken, boneless chicken breast and veggies; bartleysbbq.com.
Start the day with a legendary pancake breakfast or stop for lunch at OldWest Cafe, 600 W. Northwest Highway, oldwestcafe.us.
Scotch eggs to tacos
Colleyville, long overlooked as a dining destination, has new restaurants and more on the way.
Latest news: A Matt’s Rancho Martinez will open near the forthcoming Whole Foods Market, bringing the Martinez family’s 60-year tradition from Austin and Matt’s El Rancho.
Best news: The Londoner Pub is finally open, bringing Scotch eggs, British fish ’n’ chips and sticky toffee pudding; 5150 Colleyville Blvd.
Most interesting newcomer: 333’s Gourmet Taco Shop, a chef-driven casual restaurant with some unique tacos.
A special one recent day was a shrimp-and-grits taco, with grits and Cajun-spiced shrimp tucked into a flour shell.
Another special: a “CFT” chicken-fried steak taco. The gourmet tacos feature everything from fried chicken to banh mi ($4-$6), or 333’s also has regular nachos and “street tacos” ($2-$3, or $15.33 for a six-taco sampler).
A “TacNado” dessert features flour tacos glazed and filled with cinnamon custard; 3809 Colleyville Blvd., threethirtythrees.com.