Apr 05, 2016 03:32PM
● By Dia
Fast-casual restaurants are having a major moment. You order at the counter, grab a seat and await your food. They simplify the ordering process by eliminating a waiter. While Black Walnut Café fits this concept, it shatters the mold. The Colleyville restaurant is anything but typical, from the sophisticated ambience to the sheer size of the menu (it boasts more than 100 items). Everything is taken up a notch to make the eatery, as proclaimed on its website, “a true home away from home.”
Black Walnut Café indeed has a comfort-driven atmosphere with luxurious high-back chairs and dark-wood paneling. When we stepped into the foyer, we noticed a lounge area, almost like a parlor in a grand Southern estate, to one side and a traditional dining room on the other side. It made us pause. Is this place fancy? Is it relaxed? Well, it’s a little of both. It’s a casual dining experience with an upscale vibe.
The ordering process is similar to Café Express. You’re given a pager that goes off when your meal is ready, and you fill your own drink and grab your own silverware. Then you’re free to settle wherever looks comfortable. You’re not limited to a booth or table; you can mix it up by enjoying your meal in a living room-style arrangement. Think cushy chairs and a side table. And if you want to keep your eye on the game or the news ticker, there are several high-definition TVs gracing the walls.
As for the cuisine, it’s classified as contemporary American, and dishes span the culinary spectrum from healthy to decadent. You can order everything from build-your-own omelets and gourmet salads to rustic grilled cheese and chicken fried steak. We particularly enjoyed the chicken taquitos, which were perfectly crispy and stuffed with juicy, nicely marinated chicken. Although they’re listed under the “Munchies” part of the menu, they’re filling enough to be the main course. Be sure to leave room for dessert, though. Confections such as cakes, pastries and gelato are on display behind a glass counter for all to see.
The café also offers weekday happy hours: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Stop by from 7 to 10:30 a.m. to enjoy sips such as a Frozen Peach Bellini or White Wine Sangria. We only wish they were offered on weekends.
When you face the inevitable conundrum of not knowing what you’d like to eat, let Black Walnut Café solve your dilemma. It’s a place that truly offers something for everyone. And it’s all served up in a setting so comfortable you won’t mind taking your time.
Black Walnut Cafe
1205 Church St. Colleyville