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Tolbert's Restaurant

423 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX - (817) 421-4888
The restaurant opened by Texas food's greatest chronicler, the late Frank X. Tolbert, in Dallas in 1976, is now run by his daughter and her husband. The menu is broad, including steaks, seafood and bar food; but the classic chili con carne, aka bowl of red, that Tolbert eulogized remains true to its fundamental origins.
100% Approval Rating (1 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Chili (cup)

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"What would Frank X. Tolbert think of Tolbert's restaurant? The author of A Bowl of Red, the definitive book about true Texas cooking, especially classic chili, was a seeker of authenticity, of roots, of people's food in the raw. The restaurant that bears his name and ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

423 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX
(817) 421-4888

http://www.tolbertsrestaurant.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
There is no food duet that feels more perfectly right than that of beef and chile peppers, aka chili con carne.
"There is no food duet that feels more perfectly right than that of beef and chile peppers, aka chili con carne."
Michael Stern





A single cup of chili, surrounded by chips and accompanied by onions and cheese, is fairly small but concentrated enough that you will need a good-size appetite to follow it with a chicken fried steak or ''Grapevine ribeye.''
"A single cup of chili, surrounded by chips and accompanied by onions and cheese, is fairly small but concentrated enough that you will need a good-size appetite to follow it with a chicken fried steak or ''Grapevine ribeye.''"
Michael Stern


The building in which Tolbert's is located went up in 1911. It is one of several vintage structures on Grapevine's Main Street, which today is a museum / gallery / souvenir store celebrating Texas history. Note the old-time raised sidewalk ... which now has a ramp for wheelchair access.
"The building in which Tolbert's is located went up in 1911. It is one of several vintage structures on Grapevine's Main Street, which today is a museum / gallery / souvenir store celebrating Texas history. Note the old-time raised sidewalk ... which now has a ramp for wheelchair access."
Michael Stern


The Lone Star flag dates back to 1839, about a half-century before the Chili Queens of San Antonio started to create the cult of chili con carne. Chili now is the official state dish of Texas
"The Lone Star flag dates back to 1839, about a half-century before the Chili Queens of San Antonio started to create the cult of chili con carne. Chili now is the official state dish of Texas"
Michael Stern



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