The big winner along the new TEXRail train line will be downtown Grapevine.
The fare: $2.50. And when it starts, it’ll be free.
That means Mason & Dixie had better bake extra hazelnut-chocolate bread pudding. JudyPie Co. might need extra maple-peach pies.
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Weinberger’s Deli might need more Italian beef, and Hop & Sting Grapevine Craft Brewery will pour a few more pints. All the restaurants can expect visitors from Fort Worth or DFW Airport.
The hourly train will give visitors just enough for lunch and a walk along Main, just wrapping up its celebration as the “Christmas Capitol of Texas.”
Dining picks near the TEXRail station, only a few of the 30 or so downtown Graoevine restaurants:
▪ Mason & Dixie is a former sandwich cafe that has grown into a classic Southern dining room.
The current special is a “pork rules” sandwich with pulled pork, bacon and Black Forest ham.
The regular menu favorites include one of the best basic pimiento cheese sandwiches ever, or a first-rate grilled cheese (cheddar, jack and Muenster or havarti-Brie) with tomato-basil soup.
The most expensive item is $13.
Finish a meal with bread pudding or coconut cream cake ($5.99).
▪ Weinberger’s Deli is an updated version of a Chicago-style deli, with Reubens, brats, beef-on-weck and cheesesteaks, but also more than 80 other sandwiches including bahn mi, a muffuletta and a (“Mark”) Cuban.
▪ Mac’s on Main is the newest of the Mac;s steakhouse family, serving prime rib, steaks, burgers and Mac’s popular chicken-fried steak.
▪ JudyPie is a scratch pie bakery offering about 12 pies (try pecan or strawberry-rhubarb) with a flaky scratch crust.
▪ Also nearby: AJ’s on Main barbecue. Slightly farther away: Big Fish Seafood Grill, Jakes Burgers and Tolbert’s Restaurant & Texas Chili Parlor a few blocks north, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Fireside Pies, Mi Dia From Scratch and Winewood, about a half-mile south.