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.
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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.
Mason & Dixie will expand this fall into the space next door, doubling the size of the dining room.
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, midiafromscratch.com.
▪ 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.
▪ GrapeFest’s timeless wine festival offers restaurant concessions from Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, Wise Guys Pizza and others when the festival opens Thursday,