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At GrapeFest, look for the Mason & Dixie line

Coconut cream cake is a regular menu feature at Mason & Dixie in Grapevine.
Coconut cream cake is a regular menu feature at Mason & Dixie in Grapevine.

If you’re going to GrapeFest Thursday through Sunday, save room for dinner in one of Grapevine’s unique local restaurants.

Leading the list: Mason & Dixie.

The former antique-mall tea room is now a downtown Grapevine stronghold of Southern charm.

It’s open late Friday and Saturday, which means this is a good week to go by for coconut cream cake ($5.99) or the brown-sugar pecan bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

Mason & Dixie has made a couple of “best of” rankings. Owner Beth Newman deserves it, for a menu that ranges from a sriracha Reuben or a spinach-apple-blue cheese salad to simple pimiento cheese or chicken salad sandwiches.

The menu prices top out at $12.99 for a chopped-barbecue grilled cheese with blueberry-chipotle sauce.

Most items are $9.99 or $10.99.

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Mason & Dixie will expand this fall into the space next door, doubling the size of the dining room.

It’s open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch Sunday; 603 S. Main St., 817-207-2111,

Also in Grapevine:

Mi Dia from Scratch, one of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s best interior-Mexico restaurants, is on the street into downtown Grapevine at 1295 S. Main St.

It’s open for lunch or brunch and dinner daily; go for the weekend huevos rancheros or chilaquiles, with drinks such as the Lucky Eddy martini made with Deep Eddy Peach vodka; 817-421-4747,

Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano is older than GrapeFest, and continues to serve fajitas, Tex-Mex, puffed tacos (inspired by Ojeda’s in Dallas) and 20-ounce margaritas or swirls.

It’s open for lunch or brunch and dinner daily at 124 E. Worth St.; 817-481-4668,

GrapeFest’s timeless wine festival offers restaurant concessions from Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, Wise Guys Pizza and others when the festival opens Thursday,

Bud Kennedy; 817-390-7538 @BudKennedy
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