Last Call: Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Lazy Bones Bar & Grill
120 E Worth St, Grapevine.
Grapevine’s Christmas Break

The bar’s smoky, the beer’s cheap — and cold — the shtick on the wall is boys’-tree-house-and-sports-bar-y, and the regulars I’ve seen are pretty diverse and decidedly unpretentious. And sitting there at Lazy Bones Sports Bar & Grill, you’d have no idea you were within Santa-tossing distance of the rightfully self-marketed Christmas Capital of Texas ®, Grapevine. Yet there you are, and for downtowners and South Arlingtonians who understand that sometimes the most alternative thing to do is take a shower, shave, put on your good jeans, and go someplace nice, Main Street in Grapevine is ideal, if only because the Christmas-light-strewn corridor may tend to seem a little too put-on and Lazy Bones is an excellent nearby oasis.
Like 99.9 percent of the joints along Main, Lazy Bones is ma-and-pa. Say what you will about Grapevine’s family-friendliness, there’s no other entertainment district in North Texas that boasts as many independently owned bars, restaurants, and retailers as Main. The first time we hit Lazy Bones was about a month ago. We grabbed one of several high-tops painted in regional college teams’ colors and featuring their logos. (We sat at the Texas A&M table, and, no, we weren’t wearing bags over our heads.) We arrived between lunch and dinner, ostensibly during a staff change. The bartender — who was also our waitress, server, and bus-girl — was definitely in hustle mode, though. In addition to us, she had a party of about 12 and some stragglers at the bar and in the dining room. In her defense, I’ve been to much more expensive, much more fully staffed joints at much quieter times and have gotten much worse service. The service wasn’t dreadful, mind you — we had to wait just a couple of minutes between beers. Thankfully for all involved, I guess, we weren’t in a pounding mood, and, as they say, things could have been a lot worse.
What we were mainly was peckish, and the Lazy Bones’ apps we tried proved adequate. The fried pickles had some welcome kick to them, the cheese sticks, though store-bought, came with a light, zesty marinara dipping sauce, and the hot wings were fresh, meaty, and spiced perfectly to order.
Lazy Bones has a full menu that features six specialty burgers, specialty pizzas of all shapes and sizes, wraps and sandwiches, and, the signature item, the death-defying Texas Tailpipe (a deep-fried tortilla-wrapped sausage). And, yeah, there are some green things on the menu, but, y’know, who cares, right? (Just kidding, my vegetarian friends! Love ya! Mean it!)
Though we stopped by Grapevine again a couple of weekends ago, at the beginning of the Christmas Capital of Texas ®’s holiday push, we decided to stay fancy and not deviate from Main — we were exhausted from Christmas shopping and taking a tour of ICE, that startling annual ice-sculpture exhibit at the Gaylord Texan Resort. On Main, we ended up scoring some terrific wine but a mediocre — and expensive — meal. I wish we hadn’t been so, uh, lazy and had trekked the extra block to that comfortable rough gem in an acre of diamonds.

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