Dallas is already well known for its wide selection of barbecue and Tex-Mex options, but it’s also home to a growing movement of farm-to-table restaurants. Serving up amazing dishes made from farm-fresh ingredients, many of these restaurants also invest in their communities, dedicating time and resources to make life better for the people around them. These are our three favorite farm-to-table options in North Texas.
A literal farm located in the Bonton neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, this nonprofit works with residents to provide nutritious meals, as well as employment, job skills training, stable housing, and education. They also have their own cafe, where they serve up a variety of delicious options. Fried chicken is never a bad idea, but you don’t want to miss the Green Mater Sandwich, featuring buttermilk fried green tomatoes, house pimento cheese, arugula, and pickled red onions, served with fries. It’s probably best just to go multiple times.
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen
Located in McKinney, Texas, this farm-to-table favorite was created for the sole purpose of supporting local farmers, ranchers, and artisans. To do this, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen restricts the majority of the food they source to producers within a 150-mile radius of their location. Their menu changes four times a year, based on what ingredients are seasonally available. Even the beer and liquor they serve is primarily produced in Texas. They also have their own organic farm to supply select ingredients, as well as fresh honey from 24 beehives. All of that effort means you get to enjoy a wide variety of amazingly fresh sides, salads, and entrees.
A French-style neighborhood bistro located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas, Parigi is known for their gourmet dishes and an elegant-but-friendly atmosphere. The impressive menu changes twice monthly and features locally sourced and sustainable meats, vegetables, cheeses, and seafood. Parigi also has a broader mission to support the community and do its part to educate the next generation of great chefs, which it does through contributions of time and money.
For more tips on where and what to eat, check out the Mosaic Dallas blog.