Farmers Market Eats

Dallas Farmers Market recruits just about every restaurant in town

Dallas Farmers Market recruits just about every restaurant in town

It’s kolaches and crawfish, popcorn and macarons: In its ongoing revitalization efforts, the Dallas Farmers Market has signed on more than 20 new and returning vendors and merchants for The Market (formally Shed 2). The list includes nearly every restaurant currently open in Dallas.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But there are a lot. These are the ones new to the farmers market:

  • Bohemian Cafe. Texan-Czech bakery offering scratch-made kolaches, klobasneks, soups, salads, gourmet hot dogs and coffees.
  • Cajun Tailgators. Brought the first gourmet Cajun food truck to DFW, cooking up crawfish étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans and rice.
  • Chelles Macarons. Specializing in handcrafted French macarons in assorted flavors.
  • Doc Popcorn. National concept offering more than a dozen flavors of popcorn, kettle corn and caramel corn using non-GMO corn and 100 percent corn oil.
  • Dallas Caramel Company. Caramels and turtles in a dozen unique flavors with Dallas-inspired names like Texas Drunken Nut, Armadillos and Horned Toads.
  • Jack’s Modern Southern Kitchen. Southern comfort food, known for its biscuits and gravy.
  • Mild Bill’s Spice Co. Chili powders, spices, seasoning mixes and specialty rubs.
  • Scardello Artisan Cheese. Cut-to-order cheese shop focused on handcrafted cheeses and tasty accompaniments expanding from its location on Oak Lawn Avenue.
  • Si Tapas. A selection of hot and cold tapas, Spanish cheese plates, cured meats, soups and paellas.
  • Sterling Tea. Specializes in a variety of loose-leaf teas, herbal blends and tea accessories.
  • Betty’s Blue Ribbon Fare. State Fair of Texas-winning jams, preserves and marmalades.

There is also Dallas Antique Company, a non-food vendor selling antiques and vintage items.

Serving as anchor restaurants are the previously announced Rex’s Seafood and Market; Stocks & Bondy; Taqueria La Ventana; Nammi/Coolhaus; Palmieri Cafe; and Mudhen, a free-standing restaurant and beer garden from restaurateur Shannon Wynne.

They join a roster of returning vendors and merchants that includes the following:

  • Abundantly Aromatic. Handmade, all-natural scented bath and body soaps, sprays, scrubs and candles.
  • Boom Juice. Organic, plant-based cold-pressed juices and raw foods.
  • Caribbean Cabana. Authentic cuisine originating from different Islands in the Caribbean.
  • Frenchie’s Bistro. Fresh, made-to-order salads, sandwiches and delectable desserts.
  • La Popular. Signature tamales, breakfast tacos and other Mexican favorites.
  • San Miguel Exporta. Mexican imports including tapestries, pottery, and gift items from San Miguel de Allende.
  • The Brownie Cottage. Famous for its sweet and savory brownies, TBC will introduce a new Milk Bar serving fresh milk and chocolate milk from Waco-based farm Mill-King.
  • The Good Stuff Dallas Organic Kitchen. Healthy, gluten-free, organic fare including smoothies, flatbread pizzas and its famous carrot cake.

Jack Gosnell of CBRE | UCR, who is leasing the retail space, said in a release that tenants are lining up. "Unlike any project I’ve worked on in my 40-year career, 98 percent of the space available in The Market has been leased prior to construction."

When it reopens in June, the 26,000-square-foot Market will be fully renovated, with multiple indoor seating areas, new patio seating and an outdoor beautification program. A new interior design, using natural elements like wood and colors inspired by nature, will create a more inviting layout.

Final renovations include a parking garage and a mixed-use complex with lofts and retail space, slated for completion in 2016.


Dallas skyline with Farmers Market
There are many new restaurants coming to the Dallas Farmers Market. Photo by Clay Coleman/Dallas CVB