Friday, May 5, 2017

Looking around Lantana

Entrance to Lantana
Lantana is a community that was developed around the Lantana Golf Course. There is not much history to it since it was established in 1999. Near-Normal Traveler, Dave, discovered it when he met a group of men to play golf at the course there. What neither of us realized, until we explored the area, was that is site ‘cheek by jowl’ with Bartonville.

Indian Paint Brushes
Bartonville does have a bit of a history. Chinn's Chapel settlement was started in the mid-1850s by Elisha Chinn. The colony eventually split into four small communities with Bartonville remaining in the original site. Named for T. Bent Barton, the town had 25 residents, a post office, general store, grist mill and cotton gin by 1890. Six years later there were 100 people who called the town home, but the village continued to grow slowly. Fearful of annexation by Irving in the 1960s, Bartonville incorporated, but a few years later dis-incorporated. This lasted until 1973 when the development of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport supported residential development in the area. It, like Lantana, is a bedroom community that supports the economy of the DFW Metroplex and Denton. This is still a rather rural area with ranches and farms providing a rather pastoral feel to the community. As you get closer to the entrance of the golf course, urbanization takes place with ubiquitous eateries, stores and pharmacies dominating the landscape.
Four carrots

In looking for local restaurants for lunch in Denton, I came across information about Savory
Top L to R: Menu, Fresh bread, Panini
Bottom L to R: Pasta, Salad
(2650 FM407 #165, Argyle, TX 76226, 940-584-0255), which was why we went on this adventure. We were pleasantly surprised at the décor and the menu. I had read that they will provide complete dinners that you take home and put together, so I expected something that resembled a market. This is not the case; it’s a very nice restaurant with a full bar. As soon as we sat down our very nice waitress brought us hot bread with garlic butter; delicious! Dave had the special of the day, rotini with Italian sausage in a cream sauce; he would have preferred a thinner sliced sausage with more spice, but he did like the dish. I had a panini with prosciutto, kale, and goat cheese. I also had a kale salad with blue cheese, granny smith apples, candied pecans, and a lovely vinaigrette dressing. I thoroughly enjoyed both the salad and the sandwich. We’ll be going back to this restaurant very soon.

For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.
Fountain at the Town Square

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