Best of 2021: 12 restaurant features from Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

Austin Taco House’s three most popular tacos are the Southlake Taco, the build-your-own taco and El Popeye. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Taco House’s three most popular tacos are the Southlake Taco, the build-your-own taco and El Popeye. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Taco House’s three most popular tacos are the Southlake Taco, the build-your-own taco and El Popeye. (Karen Chaney/Community Impact Newspaper)

The area of northeast Tarrant County that includes Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake is home to restaurants that serve a variety of entrees, flavors and aesthetics. Here is a look at 12 local eateries featured by Community Impact Newspaper in 2021.

Blue Goose Cantina in Grapevine boasts familial environment

Blue Goose Cantina was originally started by friends Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, who opened the first location on Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 1984. Both have since died, but Peterson’s wife, Jill, and son, Nick, now run the business.

Upscale eatery Next Bistro in Colleyville continues to innovate

The owners of Next Bistro in Colleyville have made a major investment in their restaurant every year since opening it in 2011, two years after chef Ying Aiken left her career as a certified public accountant to start a catering business.


Fusion India in Southlake offers traditional dishes

Fusion India opened in March 2018 and is owned by Anchuri and Naveen Ganga. The restaurant offers traditional dishes and authentic flavors from regions all over India.

Jakes Burgers and Beer focuses on community in Grapevine

“We really [focused] on taking extra care of our guests to make sure we were there to add a little brightness,” Vice President of Operations Kendra Shier said. “We’re a family-owned business. These are our friends, and this is our home.”

Restaurateur honors mother's legacy of recipes at My Lan Vietnamese Kitchen in Colleyville

“I want to continue using my mom’s recipes. All of our recipes are my mom’s,” owner My Lan "Lan" Trinh said. “I also want to serve the community around this area.”

Beanvoy Coffee Lounge serves robust blend of coffee, conversation in Southlake

Business partners Wenxin Wang and Ray Li considered multiple names for their coffee shop. They coined the word Beanvoy because it reminds them of the long international voyage each coffee bean takes to reach their coffee shop in Southlake.

Summer job became lifelong passion for owner of Big Daddy's Ship Store in Grapevine

In 2012, Matthew Armand inherited co-ownership from the original owners of Big Daddy's Ship Store—John Snead, the original Big Daddy, and Sherrye, his wife—in partnership with their son. Later, in 2019, he bought out full ownership of the restaurant.

Colleyville's THE Cajun Market serves up Bayou cooking

THE Cajun Market serves a variety of Cajun dishes out of its kitchen, including favorites such as crawfish etouffee and boudin balls, which come with several kinds of stuffing. It also sells meat, seafood, seasonings and other items hard to find outside of Louisiana.

Success of Austin Taco House fulfills longtime goals for owners

Austin Taco House has many repeat customers, including members of the Carroll Senior High School football team, who owner Tereso Acosta said dine there daily. The team always orders the Southlake Taco, which they have dubbed “The Dragon Taco,” after the school mascot.

Brew & Batter coffee shop found success launching in Grapevine amid pandemic

As people flocked to Brew & Batter since it opened in May 2020, they found a unique menu full of coffee drinks, such as cappuccinos, lattes and teas, along with gluten-free waffles that change every two to three months to add seasonal items.

Kasai Hibachi Sushi and Bar owner in Colleyville focuses on fresh ingredients

For Michelle Wang, owner of Kasai Hibachi Sushi and Bar in Colleyville, the restaurant is more than just another entity under her name—it is a challenge. Using her passion for food and her experience in the restaurant industry, Wang made it her goal to bring this location of Kasai back on its feet after she purchased it during the pandemic.

Despite unique name, Southlake seafood restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric

Out of everything on Shuck Me’s diverse menu, chief operating partner Bill Curci said it is known for its fried catfish. Shuck Me offers fried combo baskets, which include different ratios of catfish, shrimp and oysters.
By Steven Ryzewski
Steven Ryzewski is the editor for Community Impact Newspaper's Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth editions. Before joining Community Impact in 2021, he worked in hyperlocal journalism for nine years in Central Florida as an editor, sports editor and correspondent.