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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.

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Kathleen, Paul and Steven Ryan

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Restaurant Hours:

Sunday thru Tuesday – 11am to  10pm

Wednesday and Thursday – 11am – 11pm

Friday and Saturday – 11am – 12am


Happy Hour

Monday thru Friday – 4pm to 7pm

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