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.
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. Davio’s has expanded 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. Keep an eye out for more Italian restaurants on the horizon. Award-winning Quartino Ristorante (opening 2022) 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.
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 2022). 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. 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.
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 Bar & Grill brings NOLA flare along with city favorites and assorted gulf oysters severed raw, grilled or baked. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar 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.
No meal is complete without dessert. Make room for some French pastries from Ollio Patisserie. Hand-crafted, decadent desserts are baked with love and premium ingredients. Indulge in specialty French patisserie like macarons, madeleines and puff-pastry creations including croissants and Danishes. 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. Sink your teeth into craveable fudge, caramel creations, original recipe ice cream, and an endless variety of chocolate-dipped treats.