Top 4 Southlake Restaurants

Southlake, Texas, lies about 30 minutes northwest of Dallas near the man-made reservoir Grapevine Lake, created when the Denton Creek was dammed in 1952. Southlake has a population of just over 32,000 and offers many amenities and places of interest, including the Southlake Town Square with its excellent shops, restaurants, and bars in a fun walkable area. If you’re in Southlake and find yourself looking for a meal, you’re in luck. You don’t need to head into Dallas to find delicious food, as plenty of highly rated local eateries are located right in town.

TruFire Kitchen & Bar

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TruFire is an American restaurant that takes inspiration from Mediterranean, Italian, and global cuisines. TruFire has two locations, one in Frisco, Texas, and the other ideally located in the Southlake Town Square at 1239 Main Street. It’s open daily from 10:30 or 11 a.m. until 9 to 11 p.m., depending on the day of the week. TruFire’s menu features made-from-scratch dishes cooked up using only the highest-quality fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Order off the brunch, lunch, or dinner menu that cater to all and include several gluten-free options.

If you’ve nabbed a Saturday or Sunday brunch reservation, you can treat yourself and your friends to $2 mimosas, including the standard orange plus white peach, blood orange, and blackberry. The TF House Omelet features free-range eggs, bacon, white cheddar, crispy fries, red sauce, sour cream, and a tasty side of sweet potato hash. You can also try the breakfast tacos, brunch flatbread, or bacon and eggs pizza. 

For lunch and dinner, TruFire offers salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and pizza, as well as specialty dishes such as a gyro platter, chicken marsala, and roasted market fish with mustard dill glaze and quinoa salad. TruFire’s menu receives regular updates and seasonal specials, so you’ll never get bored of its offerings. Current entrees include the spicy garlic noodles and the tomahawk chop.

Malai Kitchen

Malai Kitchen has locations in Uptown Dallas, Fort Worth, and Southlake at 1161 East Southlake Boulevard #220. This Thai and Vietnamese restaurant offers modern and unique takes on Southeast Asian cuisine. The chefs use only the freshest ingredients and focus on healthful items and lean meats such as white chicken, beef tenderloin, and seafood. Everything is made to order and can be customized to your liking. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan options, and most items can be made gluten-free. If you’re looking for a special group meal, then Malai Kitchen will keep everyone happy.

The restaurant’s lunch menu has tasty seafood items such as Icelandic cod on a bed of jasmine rice and wok-seared vegetables smothered in a housemade red curry sauce. Malai Kitchen’s wok-fired noodle entrees include the shrimp pad thai with wok-seared shrimp, egg, tofu, and rice noodles in a tamarind sauce. Or get the sweet and sour crispy noodles that mix crunchy wok-fired noodles with chicken, shrimp, tofu, vegetables, and dried chilies over chopped lettuce with a tamarind soy sauce. Malai Kitchen also has a selection of curries and Thai and Vietnamese soups.

Whistle Britches – Southlake

Whistle Britches has three local restaurants, one in Plano, one in Dallas, and another at the Southlake Town Square at 1230 Main Street. The joint serves up scrumptious home-cooked Southern-style food specializing in chicken and biscuits. You can find old favorites and new creations on the lunch and dinner menus and order off the brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Whistle Britches also lets you book the venue for large and small events. If you like a drink with dinner, you won’t be disappointed in the bar’s selection of craft brews and cocktails.

Start your meal at Whistle Britches with a fresh buttermilk biscuit topped with creamed honey butter and seasonal jam. Or go for the cream corn jalapeño skillet cornbread served with Jack cheese, honey butter, and fresh and candied jalapeños. For a classic lunch, try the Love Me Tenders — four crispy tenders that come with one biscuit and coleslaw or potato salad. The signature dish, Whistle Britches, is a buttermilk biscuit sandwich with crispy chicken, honey butter, and pepper jelly. The menu includes brew recommendations with each item, or you can try something unique from the “House Specificities” craft cocktail list.

Cowtown Sushi

If you’re a fan of the ancient art of Japanese sushi, check out this unassuming little restaurant. Here you can enjoy classic Japanese meals, from seaweed salads and fried rice dishes to sashimi sushi and more. Cowtown Sushi is located at 2225 West Southlake Boulevard, #411. It’s open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The menu offers a selection of Japanese meals to feed a range of palates.

Cowtown Sushi’s entrees include a salmon steak drizzled in teriyaki sauce and seafood tempura, which consists of assorted seafood and vegetables lightly battered in Japanese tempura. The noodle bowls are comprised of thick white or buckwheat noodles in a bonito broth with shrimp, chicken, vegetables, beef, or assorted seafood. The sushi options start with the ume, which includes a California roll and five pieces of sushi: tuna, fresh salmon, white fish, shrimp, and smelt egg. For a special occasion, you might get the combination boat for two, which offers a delicious assortment of sushi, sashimi, and sides.

As you can see, Southlake is home to plenty of great local restaurants. The diverse selection makes it easy to find whatever type of cuisine you’re craving without having to go far. Whether you want to grab a comforting Southern-style meal or impress your in-laws with excellent sushi, you can find it all right here. Have you been to any of the restaurants on this list? At The Hand and Wrist Institute, we hope you’ve found this array of dining options informative and would love to hear which Southlake restaurant is your favorite. Contact us with your best recommendations. And if you find yourself in the Dallas area, don’t forget to check out our recommendations for the best Italian restaurants and sports bars in the area!

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