When I was attempting to grow up in Dallas, Allen was literally in the sticks. LBJ and Preston was a giant prairie and I rode horses down where Spring Valley Road runs today. At that time, Allen was wild with Caddo and Comanche Indians running around. OK, so I exaggerate a bit, but the fact remains that this outpost to the north has recently exploded with eateries. Like Grimaldi’s, Uncle Julio’s, Naan, and now, Cru. Yep, that’s right–a fancy wine bar featuring wines by-the-glass, flights, and pairings. Cru in Allen marks owner Patrick Colombo’s eighth location. The others are in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Denver.