Recently, Jed and I went on a little weekend getaway, a baby moon of sorts. We wanted to keep it close by and frugal, so we went for one night to Glen Rose, a little town southwest of Ft. Worth. We stayed at a phenomenal bed and breakfast that I’ll tell you about later, and had so much fun wandering around a new town. We found the Riverhouse Grill
just off the main square for lunch, and we so pleased with everything they offered. The restaurant is family run out of a 100 year old house and features fresh, local, creatively prepared food.
Jed picked the chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and then went double carb with the mac and cheese au gratin. He loved all of it, but said the mac and cheese was the best he has ever eaten. Seriously. He let me try it and it was out of control good. I don’t know what they did to it, but it can’t be good for you, and made us both want to lick the dish.
I had the ultimate ham sandwich with parmesan truffle fries. Wow. The sandwich was on fresh whole grain bread with 3 different kinds of cheese, local ham, and fresh apple slices. The fries had a savory flavor from the truffles that was amazing.
If you are ever in Glen Rose, I highly recommend stopping at the Riverhouse Grill. I love supporting small town, family run places, and this one is a winner for sure.
What is your favorite off-the-beaten-path restaurant?
For the second installment of my Dallas Dining Under $20, we visited Twisted Root Burger Co. on SMU Blvd. It is a full bar and restaurant with a great patio and super fun atmosphere. All opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for this review.
Twisted Root Burger Co. is a local Dallas mini-chain that rocks. They have specialty burgers for $7.99 and regular hamburgers for $5.49, game meats and buffalo burgers for $8.99, turkey and veggie burgers for $5.99, and a host of great sides for $2.99 and under. Friends of ours decided the new SMU location would be a great place for World Cup parties, and they were right. I had eaten at the Deep Ellum location, but hadn’t visited the new one until the last USA game of the World Cup. We had so much fun and the food was wonderful. If only the USA team had advanced…
Jed had a bacon cheeseburger with fries, and said it was delicious.
I had a turkey burger with goat cheese and a side of fried pickles. The goat cheese was awesome and the fried pickles were perfection.
The Twisted Root Philosophy: Three chefs, sick of eating frozen and factory-fabricated burgers, opened a real burger joint and make everything from scratch. Fresh meat patties, fresh-cut fries and sweet potato chips, homemade ice-cream, homemade pickles and homemade Root Beer…even homemade ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce! It’s slap-yo-momma good!
The price is right and the burgers are tasty. What more could you ask for?
What is your favorite burger joint?
Since we started our Total Money Makeover one year ago, we are on a strict budget to help us reach our financial goals. We realized that we were spending WAY too much money dining out. This city has a million great restaurants to tempt us, so we had to take control of the situation. We now limit our monthly dining out budget to $150. We could easily spend that on one meal in Dallas, but we try to make it stretch as far as possible. To do that, we have to find affordable fare, and we have. I’ve decided to share our favorite Dallas dinners under $20 with y’all. The opinions are completely ours, and we are in no way affiliated with or being compensated by the restaurants.
Tony’s Pizza and Pasta has been around for a long time, and is located on Northwest Hwy in East Dallas. They advertise that everything is prepared fresh and cooked to order, and the place is BYOB. They brought garlic rolls out before the meal, for free, and I was hooked.
Shrimp Scampi – $8.95
I love shrimp, but Jed is not a seafood guy. I have to order them when we are dining out since I can’t cook them at home. To find a good shrimp dish for under $10 is pretty much a miracle, so I was really excited to try the shrimp scampi. It did not disappoint.
Jed loves a calzone, and we actually tried this restaurant solely because they served them. He let me try one bite, and then took down the whole thing.
Overall we give Tony’s Pizza and Pasta an 8 out of 10. It was not the best meal ever, but it was definitely great for the price, and we will be back. I would say it is better than most Italian chains (Olive Garden, etc), and I prefer local, family owned anyway. If you live in DFW, check it out.
Where do you dine out on the cheap?