Restaurant Spotlight: Lambeau’s America Kitchen & Taps

Restaurant Spotlight: Lambeau’s America Kitchen & Taps

Restaurant Spotlight: Lambeau’s America Kitchen & Taps

by Steve Gamel

In areas as popular as Flower Mound and Highland Village, where great restaurant options are seemingly everywhere, it is important to not only stand out with fantastic food but also make the experience personal.

Jim Verfurth has that recipe down pat.

The longtime restaurateur broke the mold when he opened Verf’s Grill and Tavern four years ago and the increasingly popular Shoal Creek two years later. Now he has done it again with a third addition to his family of restaurants: Lambeau’s America Kitchen & Taps. Lambeau’s opened in June and is located in Patrizio’s old spot in the Shops at Highland Village.

Jim wanted a place for people to come in, eat great food, and have fun socializing or watching a game,” said Valerie Sample, the general manager of nearby Shoal Creek. “I remember driving by and watching Shoal Creek being built, and it’s exciting to see this new one, too. The process takes a long time, but it’s fun to see.”

Sample added, “Jim really cares about what the people in our area want.”

Lambeau’s is a departure from Verf’s and Shoal Creek in that it features an American grill concept that celebrates the foundation and ingenuity of the American dream. Adorning the walls are reminders of all the hard work that went into making our country so great, including iconic images of bridges and buildings being built and construction workers eating lunch on a skyscraper in New York. The menu is to die for as it incorporates popular items influenced by people who immigrated to America then melded their family’s tastes into food we now enjoy across our nation.

The concept celebrates popular dishes from cities that have an NFL team. Some of those items include Cowboy steak fingers from Dallas, deep dish pizza from Chicago, Tennessee hot fried chicken, Jacksonville shrimp and grits, Philly cheesesteak, chili cheese dogs from Michigan, Asian salads from California, and Wisconsin fried cheese curds. Executive Chef, Florencio Benitez, who was one of the Village Grills first employees runs both Verf’s and Shoal Creek, also oversees the operations at Lambeau’s.

Verfurth and his team went to great lengths to make Lambeau’s stand out. Beyond the atmosphere and amazing menu, they have an oversized solid pecan bar complete with built in wireless chargers and 32 beers on tap. There’s also 34 TVs and a temperature controlled patio with glass garage doors that can be opened, creating a great place to relax year-round. It also opens up to Central Park, where the city has festivals and the community Christmas tree lighting each year.

To create something so unique in a sea of quality restaurants might be difficult for anyone but Verfurth. He has been in the business since he was old enough to work and opened his first restaurant, The Village Grill, in 1997. In 2015, he opened Verf’s with the intention of doing something different from everyone else. Not only did he succeed, but his staff keeps that vision going by living out the mantra of “A Warm Welcome. A Memorable Moment. A Fond Farewell.”

“If you are able to execute all three of those things at every level, then you’re going to be successful,” Sample said. “It’s a great group of people who are working there, and to see everything finally come to fruition is exciting.”

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