68 GoodLifeFamilyMag.com NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2018 American BreadZeppelin While sandwich wraps may have been soooo 1990’s, you gotta admit— there’s something pretty appealing about cramming a bunch of delicious ingredients into a handheld bread-like thingy. So, take that concept and instead of using a stale tortilla, you use a delicious, hollowed-out artisan baguette (hollowed-out, by the way, equals fewer carbs!). If bread isn’t your thing (and we’ll try to understand)—skip it altogether and go for a hearty bowl (i.e., salad).With more than 40 gourmet ingredients and 20 dressings,you’resuretofindsomethingtolove.It’sasandwich;it’sasalad; nowait,it’saZeppelin! MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW www.breadzeppelinsalads.com Celebration Since 1971, Celebration has been a Dallas dining staple, offering farm-to-table ingredients in a fes- tive family atmosphere. Yes, many itemsonthemenuaresustainable, such as salmon raised in the clean watersofPatagoniaandbeefthat’s local, free-range and grass-fed— but the real focus is on delicious, beautifully-prepared food. Entrees are served with three fresh vegetables (family style) and your choice of homemade soup, fresh fruit or garden salad, and second helpings are availableonmostentreesofequalorlesservalue.Thereareseveraldining rooms that can accommodate both intimate dinners and larger parties, and the patio boasts a relaxing waterfall and wood-burning fireplace for allseasons. 4503W.LoversLn.|Dallas (214)351-5681 www.celebrationrestaurant.com InternationalHouseof Pancakes If plain pancakes aren’t your thing, how about something decadent like Tres Leches pancakes lay- ered with creamy vanilla sauce and topped with dulce de leche caramel sauce? Or Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse pancakes? These aren’t just pancakes; they’re artful desserts posing as break- fast. IHOP’s“limited time offer”menu changes frequently, so you’re sure to find something new to try every time you visit. But wait, there’s more: Ultimate Steakburgers are juicy and ginormous or for something lighter, go for the classic RoastedTurkey Sandwich with hand-carved turkey.The menu offers many items as à la carte, side or combo portions, so you can mix-and-matchasyouwish. MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW www.ihop.com Kenny’sWoodFiredGrill There are so many things to love about Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill— let us count the ways: how about a half-pound crab cake? Lobster Deviled Eggs with white truffle cream? Or, light and fluffy pop- overs? And of course, the Perfect Grey Goose martini, poured from their signature frozen tap system. While Kenny’s certainly meets the mark for special occasions, it’s also just rightforheartybusinesslunchesandweeknightdinnerswiththefamily. 5000BeltLineRd.,Ste.775|Dallas (972)392-9663 www.kennyswoodfiredgrill.com Lekka It’s the perfect spot to meet up with friends for a hearty salad and sand- wich, tremezzini (pita bread stuffed with, for example, mozzarella and artichoke) or a slab of decadent pie or cake. Enjoy the spacious patio on warmer days—though inside is equally inviting.We mentioned the des- serts, right? Rightly described as a“Slice of Heaven,”pieces of pie are gen- erous and worth a visit all by themselves. Choose from Banana Caramel Pecan, Key Lime, Double Chocolate Fudge and many others—all made fromscratch.Wholepiesandcakesarealsoavailabletoorderandonyour way out. Open for lunch and dinner every day with live music on Friday andSaturdaynights. MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW www.lekkashop.com Newk’s Fast-casual, healthy dining is, no doubt, quickly becoming a “thing” in North Texas, and Newk’s is an ideal place to jump onto that bandwagon. Everythinghereismadefromscratch,andthere’ssomethingonthemenu forevenyourpickiesteaterstolove,fromfreshsalads,delicioussoups,and pizzas to a plethora of drool-worthy sandwiches. There’s even a special menu section devoted to Mac & Cheese (we crave the Six Cheese Pimento with Bacon version), allowing you to order a large, decadent bowl of the gooeystufforjustasmallsidetopairwithyoursalad.Dinein,orderonline, or check out Newk’s Grab-N-Go—this is a terrific spot to grab dinner for thefamilyoraquickbiteafterthekiddos’soccergame. 5960W.ParkerRd.|Plano (469)298-2071 6750GaylordPkwy.,Ste.290|Frisco (214)494-4602 www.newks.com SaintAnnRestaurantandBar Although the inside space is gorgeous, it’s the patio overlooking the Arts District that’s the real draw at Saint Ann—the perfect spot for a cocktail orweekendbrunch.Thefoodisfairlystraightforward:salads,sandwiches, steaks and fish. We like ordering a few appetizers (the bacon wrapped Medjool dates and spinach artichoke dip are nice) and kicking back while takinginthehipstercrowd. 2501N.HarwoodSt.|Dallas (214)782-9807 www.saintanndallas.com SixtyVines Whatcouldbebetterthanagreatglassofwine?Howaboutagreatglassof wine—on tap? Not only does this mean that each glass provides the best possible taste at perfect temperature, reusable kegs equal less spoilage and less landfill. But let’s get to the food: Small plates like Manila clams with creamywhitewinechowderbroth,orwoodfiredcauliflowerwithlemondill yogurt,areperfection.Hungrierappetiteswillfindplentytochoosefrom,too, suchasfregola-served-risotto-style,toppedwithcrispywildmushrooms.The burger, made with Aukashi beef, is something you’ll dream about later, and entreessuchaschicken,fishandchopsaresolidchoices. 3701DallasPkwy.|Plano (469)620-8463 www.sixtyvines.com TheBiscuitBar Biscuits. Tater tots. Beer. Stop right there—what else do you need? At the Biscuit Bar, you can top your flaky biscuit with a wide variety of scrumptious gourmet ingredients, like southern fried chicken, bacon, jack cheese, house made sausage gravy and honey butter. Can you say “cheat day-worthy?” There are both savory and sweet options for biscuits and tots, and two delicious salads (in case you’re watching carbs). The story behind the restaurant is also bittersweet—owners Jake and Janie Burkett used their love of comfort food and turned a family tragedy into a way to share their passion with those around them. A patio and nice selection of coffee, cocktails, wine andkombuchaontapmakethisagreatplaceforweekdayhappyhour. 5880Hwy.121,Ste.102B|Plano (469)238-2227 www.thebiscuit.bar TheOriginalPancakeHouse Though OPH may seem as “Ameri- can”as it gets, this classic breakfast and lunch dining spot (started in Portland, Oregon in 1953) incor- porates an extensive knowledge of ethnicpancakerecipes,too,suchas its famous Dutch Baby pancake— an air-filled pancake served with powdered sugar, lemon and whipped butter. Another favorite dish is the mouthwatering Danish Kijafa Cherry Crepes topped with Montmorency cherries simmered in Kijafa wine sauce. Hearty omelets are served with a side of buttermilk pancakes, so there’s plenty to eat (and share). Kids can build their own meal as they like it, and the lunch menu includes a selectionofsandwiches,burgers,wrapsandsaladsthataresuretoplease anypalate. MultiplelocationsthroughoutDFW www.ophdfw.com UnionBearBrewingCo. This is on-site craft beer brewing at its finest. With indoor and out- door, lake-view seating available, you’ll enjoy a unique concept of chef-driven menu items paired with brews, staff-curated spirits and cocktails. Start with Beer Bat- tered Asparagus served with sriracha bleu cheese or, for a lighter touch, California Crudo (thinly-sliced raw yellowtail with strawberries, jalapeno, avocado and spicy yuzu aioli). Super tender Beer Braised Short Rib goes nicely with house-made pappardelle, edamame and heirloom carrots. Staff here is friendly and knowledgeable, and be sure to swing back aroundforweekendbrunch:We’regivingaspecialshout-outtotheCraw- fishBenedictwithCreoleHollandaise. 5880Hwy.121,Ste.101|Plano (214)297-2337 www.unionbear.com Asian CRollsSushi C Rolls offers what we like to call “knock your socks off sushi.” There’s beautifully presented sushi, sashimi,rawrolls,cookedrolls,veg- gie rolls and—for those non-sushi folks(istherestillsuchathing?)— plenty of “small food” options including baked green mussels, jalapeño tempura (yummy), soft shell crab and BBQ ribs. C Rolls also offers a lunch roll combo including agenerousrollofyourchoice,fourpiecesofCaliforniaroll,misosoup,gar- densaladandadrinkforjust$11.99.Thisisthekindofplacewhereentrees aresopretty,you’llevenwanttoeatthegarnish. 18101PrestonRd.,Ste.300|Dallas (972)447-4900 www.crollsushi.com HowardWang’s While the Grills and the Brasserie offer slightly different menus, Howard Wang’s is famous for nicely-sized portions of well-seasoned Asian Fusion food, served in a sleek, contemporary atmosphere. Large round tables goodEATS Dining Guide Our editors scoured the greater Dallas area for tried-and-true dining destinations that are family-friendly (even teens!), affordable and delicious. Here are some of our favorites.