When I explore a new city, I love to discover new restaurants with fabulous eats and treats! If you saw my post on Fort Worth, then you know that I’ve recently been to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and that I have been before. However, just like with Fort Worth, I had not properly explored Dallas. Well. Let’s just say I took care of that little problem on my Dallas Food Tour and found these five unique places to grab eats and treats!
1. Main Street Bistro & Bakery
The Main Street Bistro & Bakery is a great place to grab a quick pastry for breakfast, have that leisurely lunch with a friend or sit down to a nice dinner to finish off your day.
I went for the Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad. Immediately. I know this sounds like a fairly ordinary salad; however, it was not. Along with its baby arugula and yummy, soft goat cheese (I can’t resist goat cheese guys!), it had orange segments, strawberries, spiced pecans and wait for it…a maple vinaigrette! I had never had a maple vinaigrette before. Honestly, I just needed some of that in a bowl with a straw. Forget the spoon. Just give me the straw.
Now just when you think it can’t get any better, I did what I do a lot of the time. I make substitutions. I come from a family who can’t just order straight off the menu. Yes, I am one of THOSE people. In my defense though, by making my own substitutions or additions, I have come up with some really awesome combinations that restaurants have actually recommended to others!
Okay, back on topic here. Along with one of their standard addition choices of grilled shrimp, I also added the Bosc pear from their Spinach Salad (which also looked quite tempting)! Such a great combination!!
Main Street Bistro & Bakery is open Mondays 6:30am to 3pm (no dinner service), Tue-Thurs 6:30am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am to 10:30pm and Sundays 6:30am to 9pm and is located at 316 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051. There are also locations in Plano and Richardson, TX.
2. Dr. Sue’s Chocolate
If you are walking along Main Street in Grapevine, stop in at Dr. Sue’s Chocolate for a treat! How cute is this little chocolate cowboy hat?? It was not bitter like a lot of dark chocolate so I really enjoyed it!
Dr. Sue is a practicing physician trying to combat diseases that are related to obesity. Her creations are made from all-natural chocolate for a healthy approach.
They have many different selections, but this chocolate cowboy hat is a total Texas experience!
Dr. Sue’s Chocolate is located at 417 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051
3. Company Café
The perfect place for breakfast, lunch or brunch, you must hit up Company Café. They specialize in a fresh, natural, farm-to-table concept.
This concept coupled with their fun, quirky atmosphere makes a great combination! I particularly love this ceiling!
My Stuffed French Toast was heavenly and it was gluten-free! Yes, this is an option for all of you who have celiac disease! They actually have a lot of gluten-free menu items.
My friend Robin has celiac disease and got their Bananas Foster Pancakes which I also highly recommend!
Company Café is open M-F 8a-3p and Sat-Sun 8a-5p and is located at 2104 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206
4. Henderson Tap House
If you are wanting to watch that big game on TV or hang out with a group of friends, go to Henderson Tap House. I love their relaxed indoor/outdoor style with couches for catching up with the girls or guys!
However, I was there in the afternoon for this little gem. Meet their version of the “crazy milkshake“. Can you imagine being the artist behind these? That would mean serious patience. I don’t have said kind of patience (or any patience a lot of the time)! It was so pretty I didn’t want to drink it at first. I got over that pretty quickly. It was good and the chocolate syrup had already mixed well with the ice cream and milk. This was not a robust, thick milkshake though. If you like more of a thin-style milkshake, this is the one for you!
TIP: Parking can be a bit tricky. There is only one row of 1-hour parking and one row of 20-min parking. You can also valet for $5 (which is what we ended up doing). There is no close street parking.
Henderson Tap House is open from 11am to 2am 7 days a week and is located at 2323 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206
5. Asian Mint
Asian Mint might be my most favorite place for Thai food! I SO wish we had one in Birmingham (are you listening Asian Mint?? Please!).
The interior has a very modern, trendy feel. They do a good job of working in their signature green color (the “mint”) throughout the decor.
These Summer Rolls with shrimp were amazing!! Don’t you just love the green chopsticks??
I had the very traditional and popular Phad Thai. It had shrimp, chicken and tofu in it. Having had Phad Thai in Thailand, I was hoping it was going to be on that same level and it was!!
Authentic. Besides the words “amazing, heavenly food”, I would use the word “authentic” to describe Asian Mint. It is the only place I have found that has real, authentic Mango Sticky Rice. Now granted the mango sticky rice I had in Thailand wasn’t green and the presentations were different, but the taste was very much the same! I’ve had mango sticky rice in other places in the US and was very disappointed. Not here! Asian Mint is real!
Asian Mint has several locations with varying hours of operations. I visited the Oak Lawn location at 4246 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75219
This Dallas food tour is one of my most favorite restaurant lists just because the cuisine is varied, offers healthy and gluten-free options, but also has something for those with a serious sweet tooth!
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Hope this helps you plan your food tour of Dallas. Check out my post on things to do in Dallas to complement this tour!
‘Til next time…