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About Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor
Frank X. Tolbert’s life-long passion for chili inspired him to write his world-famous book “A Bowl of Red” 50 years ago. He founded the Terlingua Championship Chili Cook-Off in 1967 and joined forces with son Frank 2 in 1976 to open the first Tolbert’s Restaurant in Dallas, with daughter Kathleen helping manage starting in 1977. Kathleen, with her husband Paul Ryan, selected Grapevine’s historic Main Street as the new home of Tolbert’s in 2006. The tradition continues as Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor features classic southwestern cuisine with our signature Bowl of Red, using the same recipe developed by Frank X. Tolbert and his son. Enjoy your visit and tell your friends! Kathleen, Paul and Steven Ryan
Grapevine, TX 76051
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking and public lots, all free
Tolbert’s Restaurant & Chili Parlor Ratings and Reviews
I was able to make a reservation in a very quick and timely fashion. I was also able to adjust my time that worked best for our group. This was my first time eating at Tolbert’s. Great food!! Great atmosphere and the service was superb yet quick! Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend and will return!!
After visiting, we feel this restaurant might better serve smaller parties. The chili, which most of us had before our main meal was great! But the main course was less than exciting.
The dishes were either cold or burnt. It was good food and I'm sure with a small table it would be great, but the kitchen's time management was not on par.
We had a great date night at Tolbert's. The reason we decided to go to Tolbert's, honestly, is because I began competing in chili cook-off's this year and HAD to have some chili from one of the icons of the chili cook off world. So, yes, we had some chili... but we shared only a cup because we wanted to try other items of the menu since it was our first visit.
We ordered beers and the sampler appetizer. Everything on the sampler platter was amazing!! So flavorful, some spicy and some not so much. I don't normally like as spicy as some items were, but they had such great flavor that I couldn't stop eating them.
My husband had chicken fried steak with okra and mashed potatoes (he added all the pepper you'll see in the picture) and said it was all great.
I had the catfish with grilled asparagus and mac & cheese. I'm always a little leery about asparagus because I like it with a little crunch to it and most places I have tried it don't keep the crunch. My asparagus was perfectly cooked!! The catfish was great, nice crunch on the outside and tender and flaky inside.
Kevin, our server, helped us with the beer selection based on what we normally like. He was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable... three musts in my opinion for a server.
We will definitely return and, hopefully, with a few friends.
OHH, almost forgot!! The music was awesome as well, and not overpowering or intrusive like at some other places. The volume was perfect.
A good casual spot if you are in or near Grapevine. Their brunch tacos were delicious, their chips and salsa good, and their burger was above average. I think this would be a good spot for a weekend dinner with a big group of friends or family. It's a casual and fun atmosphere (a bit noisy for some). If you enjoy live music, it would be a great spot to dine. Overall, better than average restaurant.
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