The Classic at Roanoke Builds Community Around Food

The Classic at Roanoke Builds Community Around Food

Long-time Argyle resident Curtis Wells opened The Classic at Roanoke nearly 24 years ago with a desire to serve a world-class menu where he and his brother, Chris, could build a community around food. By all accounts, they have achieved their intentions. It’s not uncommon to find the Wells brothers making the rounds at the restaurant on any given day, catching up with patrons and ensuring every need is addressed. And the staff reflects that same passion. Their accommodating, unpretentious service is a Classic hallmark.

Located in an old house with a storied history, The Classic’s multiple dining spaces feel cozy and comfortable. The walls are adorned with modern acrylic compositions painted by nationally-acclaimed artist Carolyn Riegelman, who also happens to be Curtis Wells’ aunt. The intimate bar area is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a Classic cocktail – or glass of wine from their nicely curated list – and drink in some live classical guitar music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Fare at The Classic is considered “New American,” which means they are not limited by continent or region – menu items are as likely to hail from the Pacific Rim as they are from Chef Charles Yout’s childhood home in West Texas. Chef Charles gets his inspiration from The Classic’s “chef’s pantry,” a flourishing garden growing just steps from the kitchen door. Fresh, quality ingredients are foundational to The Classic’s incredible cuisine and the Chef’s unique weekly features regularly highlight the seasonal fruits and vegetables grown onsite. The Wells also keep a small flock of free-range laying hens in Argyle, whose fresh eggs are the main ingredient of an out-of-this-world crème brûlée.

Guests at The Classic enjoy signature menu items like crab-stuffed rainbow trout, grilled rack of lamb, and a hand-prepared jägerschnitzel topped with bacon-mushroom gravy. Select your favorite cut of steak at The Classic and be prepared to choose from a list of magical sauces, including their famous horseradish cream sauce, made from the same recipe Great-Grandfather Paul Albrecht brought to Texas from Germany nearly a century ago. Google says The Classic is just 9 miles south of Argyle on Highway 377, but you might feel transported even further when you experience this gem of a place where time slows down, people care deeply, and the food is nothing short of sensational.

The Classic is normally closed on Sundays, but a notable exception is coming up: a special 3-course fixed-price Mother’s Day lunch will be available on Sunday, May 14. The Classic is open for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Monday-Saturday – call 817-430-8185 for reservations. Learn more about The Classic’s passion for cuisine and community, make yourself hungry looking over their menus, and place your to-go orders at

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