These restauranteurs are bringing the flavor to Dallas!
It’s Women’s History Month, making it as good a time as ever to celebrate our favorite woman-owned restaurants in Dallas. While there are dozens of amazing woman-owned restaurants that you should definitely check out, here are our top 10! [Featured image: @mastercheftd]
Fried chicken eateries, aka Nashville-style hot chicken restaurants, have already begun their takeover of Texas. In this past year alone, we lost count of how many opened up in Dallas. While there’s plenty of hot chicken options to choose from, nowhere in town can you find duck-fat-fried chicken than at Roots Chicken Shak. Founded by Top Chef-alumni, Chef Tiffany Derry, Roots offers some of the tastiest southern cooking in town!
Named after its owner Jia Huang, Jia Modern Chinese and Asian Lounge offers a delicious variety of dishes in addition to sushi and brunch options. While visitors will find Americanized-Chinese favorites such as General Tsos and Orange Peel chicken, guests can also choose from a delicious assortment of traditional Chinese plates as well as health-conscious options such as their Seafood Delight dish, made with shrimp, calamari, scallops, broccoli, mushrooms, and more. Jia also offers a Mandarin Margarita, a margarita infused with Casamigos tequila, iichiko, satin shochu, mandarin napolean, lime, and agave – and it an absolute must!
The sight of the darling pastries, cakes, and macaroons at the Parisian Bisous Bisous Patisserie, is enough to make your heart swoon. But a bite out of any given pastry at the bakery, and you’ll fall in love. Bisous Bisous offers an eclectic mix of French-style pastries, from eclairs, cruffins, and tarts, to cookies, scones, and everything in between. Everything is precious, everything is delicious.
Having influences ranging from New York, to Nola, to Napa, it only makes sense that the menu at Resident Taqueria is a bit different. Co-owned by Amy Clark, sister of rock star, St. Vincent, the restaurant includes options ranging from pecan smoked chicken with pickled sofrito, crushed peanuts, and salsa macha, to chorizo with onion, potato, and smoked tomata crema. All tacos are priced at 4$ a piece, save for their braised beef short ribs tacos, which cost an extra buck.
No list celebrating the female culinary masterminds of Dallas would be complete without the legendary chocolatier that is Kate Weiser. Heralded as one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional Magazine, Weiser has a brick-and-mortar in Trinity Groves as well as stores in North Park mall and The Shops at Clearfolk in Fort Worth. During Christmastime, her pop-ups are the talk of the town!
6. Asian Mint
Widely-acclaimed Thai fusion restaurant Asian Mint is the brain-food-child of founder, Chef Nikky Phinyawatana. Since her first restaurant’s opening in 2005, Chef Nikky has racked up a trophy-case-worth of awards, as has her restaurant. Now with four locations in the DFW area, Asian Mint continues to feed locals with a delicious assortment of New Bangkok-style bites, give back to over 100 charities, and teach us how to cook like the pros thanks to Chef Nikky’s cooking lessons!
7. Bird Bakery
Cupcakes, pies, bars, cookies, and bird food (sandwiches, melts, quiches, and grilled cheeses), Founded by Elizabeth Chambers and her husband Armie Hammer, Bird Bakery in Highland Park Village is a choice place to go for breakfast or lunch on an undecided stomach. Plus, an order of six mini cupcakes are packaged in the most precious way possible. Don’t miss out on Bird!
As the story goes, the idea of Funky Picnic was brewed in garage amongst a group of friends over homebrews. Co-founded by Samantha Glenn and Collin Zreet, Funky Picnic officially opened in 2019, describing itself as a restaurant that brews its own beer. Suds wise, Funky Picnic whips up everything from Kolsches, Pilsners, IPAs, and Lagers, to more eccentric beers such as their Two Peanut Butters, One Cup Peanut Butter Stout, and Black Is Beautiful Black Cherry Imperial Stout. The restaurant specializes in picnic fare with artisan sandwiches, burgers, salads, and an assortment of tasty fingerfoods.
Rush Patisserie owner, Samantha Rush, was formally an accountant at a Big Four firm before enrolling in a pastry school in pursuit of her dreams in 2000. Less than a decade later, the Le Cordon Bleu graduate opened one of the cutest bakeries in Dallas and continues to whip up tasty and refined desserts, macarons, muffins, eclairs, wedding cakes, and more!
10. XOXO Dining Room
Stylish, glitzy, and vividly pink, the XOXO Dining Room in Dallas offers one of the most dazzling and photo-ready dining experiences in town. Whether its the cupcakes served in Ferris Wheels, striking pop-art, twinkling chandeliers, or bright XOXO wall, the dining room and lounge is Dallas’s go-to place to smash that champagne button – seriously, XOXO has champagne buttons. What are you waiting for?
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