I am going out on a limb here but I think Denton is the next hotspot for foodies in the DFW metroplex. It will take a few years but with UNT’s and TWU’s student population both growing, the city making radical energy choices (hooray for wind energy), the proximity to good agricultural sources, increasing awareness of food at the universities through diversity weeks and the DART Green Line/DCTA line coming to Denton. I believe Denton is poised to be much like S. Congress in Austin.
Right now Denton has a great bakery in Ravelin, great sushi in Keiichi, great low priced authentic Mexican food in La Mexicana, great Thai food in Andaman and who could forget Beth Marie’s on the Square for ice cream. Although it is not technically a restaurant the Union at UNT had an awesome wood burning pizza oven when I was in school and I am not sure if that is still around. They were making wood oven pizzas before the craze started in Dallas. I will also give some recognition to Kolache Haven for their renditions of the Kolache. They are the closest to Calvert and West I have found locally. Metzlers for carrying the best beer selection in such a small store and for also carrying Fischer’s and Bayer’s products both located in Muenster, TX. I am probably leaving a few out.
Hopefully the city will allow the food carts/trailers that are beginning to be popular for first time restaurateurs both in Austin and elsewhere (Portland-see Bon Appetit the Sept 09 issue).
What are your thoughts on the subject? Where do you predict the next boom to be? I would love to hear about Houston, San Antonio and elsewhere also!