It wasn’t long ago that we wandered into Kostas Lazana’s Opa! Greek Tavernais Rowlett and had an amazing experience. Rowlett may sound far but it is minutes from downtown Dallas and an easy commute for most.
It was six years ago that this young upstart opened his own taverna that supplies patrons fine Greek cuisine heartily from his beautiful location in an upscale strip center. The hot spot enjoys a brisk crowd seeking dolmas (off the chain), saganaki, lamb, moussaka and so much more. Continue reading →
If you are from Dallas the burg of Rowlett might not be on your radar. It is actually a quaint town that is directly off the light rail which leads you directly to Rowlett’s growing revitalized downtown area. And this is where you will also find Bankhead Brewing Company, a legitimate brewery who has won their fair share of awards for their masterful beer and a restaurant befitting those same fantastic beers.
The brewery is named for the Bankhead highway which was one of the first transcontinental highways built in 1916 that ran from Washington D.C to San Diego. The route included 850 miles through Texas which ran through downtown Rowlett. You can even see the three original three bridges from the old highway juting out of Lake Ray Hubbard, just south of Highway 66. Continue reading →
There are tons of craft beers and more importantly, and lucky for us, there has been an increase in craft breweries in the DFW since 2011. The range of beers, from bitter IPA’s to strong, robust Porters gives the discerning palate options that most commercial breweries cannot match. That’s not even mentioning the flavor creations that spring forth to just slap you right in the taste buds. Fortunately, local breweries offer tours for the tasting and socializing with fellow beer lovers. These tours allow a participant to pay a moderate fee, normally around ten dollars. You receive a glass and a specific amount of tickets for samples, normally three.
One such tour was experienced this past week at a hidden jewel known as Firewheel Brewing Company in Rowlett. The brewery is smaller than most but what it lacks in size it makes up for in flavor and offerings. The atmosphere is very relaxed and easygoing. An inside area greets guests with comfortable couches and stools. In the rear of the brewery, there is a beer garden if you prefer the outdoors. The owner/brewer is very easy to engage in conversation and answers any questions a patron may have. Live music and food trucks are present but not every week. Have no fear though, there are food places nearby or you can bring your own. Parking is also relatively easy to find. Continue reading →
Brad Perkinson at the new FireWheel Brewing Company based in Rowlett, Texas, is taking the beer world on full force. I caught up with him at the new Brix Bar and Grill in Plano. After finishing the hand-made White Trash burger (which consists of a hand formed patty tossed in wing sauce, covered in bacon and jalapenos, then all topped with a fried egg) he was ready to chat. Beer in hand, we headed outside to the spacious corner patio to tell me his story. He is immediately the fun loving beer guy that everyone wants to hang out with all hours of the night. I was especially impressed with his story of how he even stumbled into the beer industry itself. Continue reading →
One more brewery is in the works in the Dallas area joining the ranks of several very successful brands and a growing list awaiting their premier. FireWheel Brewing Company, owned by 25 year old Brad Perkinson will be located at 2806 Lawning Lane in Rowlett and has been under construction since early Spring 2012. Continue reading →