North Texas has a new culinary mecca. Foodies are flocking to The Colony to try some of the hottest cuisines in the region. Discover more about the diverse mix of restaurants and culinary experiences in The Colony.
When in Texas, do what the Texans do – eat barbecue. Hard Eight BBQ is a local favorite that serves up brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and other ‘cue straight from the pit. The local chain has received national attention after it was featured on Cooking TV’s Man Fire Food. Barrel & Bones Craft Bar and Smokehouse takes traditional BBQ up a notch, infusing new culinary techniques with classic cooking to achieve the perfect smokehouse flavor. In addition to their succulent meats, Barrel & Bones features one of the best whiskey selections in the whole state. Don’t let food allergies and dietary restrictions prevent you from enjoying Southern favorites. Every smoked meat at BBQ Shack is gluten-free and can be paired with multiple gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian sides.
Texas is known for many things, including its deep-rooted love for Mexican food. The Tex-Mex take on classics is prevalent at OMG Tacos, one of six restaurants known as The Shacks. Street tacos, tortas, and burritos can be customized with any topping imaginable, from queso to guacamole and even Hot Cheetos. Angelina’s Don Francisco’s Mexican Restaurant serves up traditional Mexican cuisine along with Tex-Mex favorites, including fajitas, enchiladas, chile relanos, and multiple especiales del mar (signature seafood dishes). If you simply can’t choose between Tex-Mex or traditional, check out Calles de Mexico. This new taqueria is proud to serve tacos Tex or Mex style, in addition to classics like chilaquiles and pozole.
You can’t go wrong with a good slice of pizza or a juicy meatball on a bed of al dente spaghetti. Heritage Pizza is a crowd-pleaser with gourmet pies, craft brews for parents, and free dinner for kids on Tuesdays. Popular pies include The Bee’s Knees with spicy soppressata and a drizzle of sweet Texas honey, and The Ballpark loaded with Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, and beef. Roma’s Italian Restaurant is a go-to for all your favorite Italian dishes, including lasagna, chicken marsala, and the beloved lobster ravioli. Delight your tastebuds with modern Italian creations at Arno Italia, an upscale eatery founded by two well-known chefs in the Dallas food scene. Waygu meatballs, 24K cacio de pepe risotto, and ravioli stuffed with brisket burnt ends make for a decadent night out with friends or loved ones. Keep an eye out for more Italian restaurants on the horizon. Davio’s (opening 2019) will be expanding from the East coast to their first Texas location. Famed Author, Chef, and Restaurateur Steve DiFillippo showcases a menu ranging from succulent aged steaks to sophisticated seafood creations at this high-end Northern Italian Steakhouse. Award-winning Quartino Ristorante (opening 2019) is a famed downtown Chicago eatery who will soon call Texas home. This second location will serve regional small plates, expertly crafted in traditional Italian fashion.
Elevate your burger game at Burger Craft, inside Urban8. Craft your own burger (on a bun or in a bowl) from locally sourced and humanely raised beef, packaged in eco-friendly containers for a sensible and sustainable meal. In addition to 100% grass-fed beef, Burger Craft also offers turkey, chicken, portobello mushroom, and black-bean burger options. Supersize your burger experience at Dirty Burger Bar. Competitors in the Beast Burger Challenge have 45 minutes to eat 24 ounces of beef patties, pulled pork, fried eggs, and bacon atop a Brioche bun, followed by an XL side of seasoned fries. For those without a beastly appetite, try their Big Blue, Cuban, or whiskey caramelized onion burgers hot off the grill. Experience true Lone Star Attitude at LSA Burger Co. (opening 2019). The Texan stand-out combines the state’s rich musical heritage with a killer burger, ice cold brews, and Southern hospitality.
The Colony takes food seriously, even into the late night hours. Growler USA is a destination in itself with 100 taps of craft brews accompanying a full bar, not to mention their made-from-scratch menu. Growler USA’s Executive Chef married the best of American cuisine and regional brews in dishes like pilsner-marinated chicken, amber ale beer cheese soup, and Home-Sweet-Home Burger with ale-infused red onion marmalade. Local favorite Drunken Donkey is a craft bar and scratch kitchen specializing in rare selections of craft beer. Late night bites don’t get much better than mouthwatering Oskar Blues Old Chub queso, Lakewood Temptress pot roast, and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter French toast. Look no further for a seasonal hot-spot right on the water. Rockin’ S Bar & Grill features a floating deck atop Lewisville Lake. Their latest menu offers pork shank pig wings, green chili burger, and fried gator basket, all of which pair perfectly with an ice-cold beer and amazing lake views.
Award-winning TEN Ramen offers traditional noodles in a uniquely Japanese manor. Slurp some tonkatsu or shoyu ramen, or try their well-known mazemen ramen (served without broth) while you dine in the standing-room-only restaurant. If you prefer a seated dinner, no problem. Settle in on the large outdoor patio connecting TEN Ramen to the other five restaurants located at The Shacks. Get your ban mi fix at Pho Corner, inside Urban8. While pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, is the restaurant’s namesake, they also serve up a killer ban mi. The street food sandwich is filled with your choice of chicken, pork, lemongrass tofu, or avocado. Be sure to try a Vietnamese iced coffee with boba during or after your meal. Good Chinese takeout can be hard to find, but Bai Li Ju serves up home-style cooking with authentic flavor. Specialty items such as garlic prawns, Szechuan beef in chili oil, and twice-cooked pork served with pancakes and hoisin sauce are the way to go.
Creole & Cajun
The flavors of Louisiana are the latest to make an appearance in The Colony. Lava Cantina perfectly fuses Creole and Mexican cuisines with bold dishes like crawfish and gator dip, crepe style enchiladas, and charro beans and rice with andouille and chorizo sausages. Lava Cantina is the perfect mix of hot cuisine and even hotter live music, with performances by Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Nelly, and more on their outdoor stage. Bourbon Street Oyster Bar brings NOLA flare along with city favorites and assorted gulf oysters severed raw, grilled, or baked. The restaurant is beginning their soft opening phase, with opening dates coming soon. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar (opening 2019) stays true to its roots with items like duck and andouille gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, boudin, po’boys, and Louisiana catfish on their menu. The themed sports bar stands out with its culinary-focus on Cajun cuisine, approved by co-owner and NFL All-Pro Quarterback, Drew Brees.
No meal is complete without dessert. Make room for some sweet treats at Creamistry. The liquid nitrogen ice creamery uses science to create custom shakes, sandwiches, and brownie bowl sundaes. The possibilities are endless with assorted ice cream bases, including non-dairy and vegan options, and dozens of mix-ins. Satisfy your next sweet tooth without the guilt at Julie’s Sweets Bakery. Every day Julie freshly bakes cakes and cookies with unbleached flour, unrefined sugar, and healthy oils. Enjoy southern favorites like hummingbird cake and red velvet cupcakes made with love (and without all the bad stuff). Feel like a kid in a candy store at Kilwins (opening 2019). Sink your teeth into craveable fudge, caramel creations, original recipe ice cream, and an endless variety of chocolate-dipped treats.
The Colony is proud to be home to cuisines of all kinds, from Cuban to Greek, and Irish to Hawaiian. Visit our website to explore a comprehensive list of dining options and to discover more restaurants coming soon.
Featured photo by Growler USA