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Local Flavor - Winewood Grill

Jun 14, 2013 11:09AM ● By tina

As Grapevine’s latest culinary gem, Winewood Grill blends timeless cuisine with chef-inspired touches.

Wining and Dining

The search for a family-friendly restaurant with a high-end vibe and classic American fare ends with Winewood, which opened in Grapevine two years ago. Nestled on a stretch of land off SH 114 on historic Main Street, Winewood is connected by landscaped paths to Mi Dia, Fireside Pies and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. All four establishments were owned by famed restaurateur Steve Hartnett, a Colleyville resident, who passed away a few months after Winewood opened and delighted the community.

Winewood’s 8,800-square-foot space is elegant, open and welcoming, while dimmed lighting creates an intimate feel. When we chose the restaurant for dinner in mid-May, we were immediately greeted by a gracious hostess who led us to our sizeable booth. After ordering a few different cocktails — among them a chilled spiked pear martini and not-too-sweet blackberry lemon drop — we decided to sample several openers. Choosing just one was simply too difficult. The tenderloin bruschetta ($10) consisted of tender, thin-cut meat served on slightly soft bruschetta with a tomato jam, and the calamari ($9) came lightly fried and paired with spicy ranch dressing and marinara, both made in-house. But the standout appetizer was the Gouda mac and cheese ($7), a Winewood staple served with smoked bacon. And let’s face it: Food only gets better when bacon is involved.

After savoring these mouthwatering dishes, we carefully selected our main courses. The ahi tuna ($22), seared rare over a bed of poblano orzo with a side of fresh, sweet chili garlic teriyaki sauce, was perfectly portioned, and the pan-seared snapper ($23) arrived slightly blackened, tender and with just the right amount of seasoning. Aside from its unique spin on conventional mac and cheese, Winewood is also known for its seafood dishes, which chef Brent Hines prepares using daily shipments with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

Everyone in our group concurred that we shared a sweet tooth, so we opted to try the restaurant’s three desserts: a chocolate chip brookie, key lime pie and crème brûlée, each priced at $7. Creamy vanilla ice cream perfectly complemented the brookie’s rich, warm chocolate, and the crème brûlée’s crispy vanilla sugar crust provided an interesting twist on the traditional French delicacy. Although we elected to sip crafted cocktails, Winewood also offers an assortment of wines, and the restaurant hosts weekly tastings for those interesting in further familiarizing themselves with wines of the world. With a covered patio, spacious bar and an open kitchen, Winewood’s ambiance combined with its flavorful food has established the restaurant as a Grapevine favorite.