A Denton bakery and cafe will bring wholesome, homespun breakfast to one of Dallas' most neighborly of neighborhoods. Crickle's and Co. will open on Cedar Springs with breakfast tacos, biscuits, and custom cakes. It'll go in at 4000 Cedar Springs Rd., in the old Thairiffic, the Thai restaurant that closed in November.
Crickle's comes from Cristal Barnard, a pastry chef and graduate of the Art Institute of Dallas who worked at the French Room and the Adolphus, as well as Craft Dallas, the Tom Colicchio restaurant in the W Dallas Hotel (which is now Cook Hall).
Crickle's has a classic feel with a ladies-who-lunch vibe. The signature is chicken salad with marcona almonds and wine-poached cranberries, served on greens as a salad or on a croissant as a sandwich. Barnard is a skilled baker, turning out cupcakes, truffles, cake balls, custom cakes, and pastries. Her pies have real rolled crusts, the real benchmark of a baker.
For breakfast, there are eggs, breakfast tacos, croissant sandwiches, omelets, breakfast pastries, and muffins in novel flavors such as apricot almond. There are regular raisin cinnamon rolls, and the crowd favorite, chocolate-cherry raisin cinnamon rolls.
At lunch, they do salads, wraps, and regular sandwiches such as grilled cheese on house-made Pullman bread with Muenster cheese, bacon, and avocado, served with tomato basil soup. There's a turkey club, a roasted pepper panini, and a special BLT made on sourdough bread with spicy house-made pimiento cheese.
"We get a lot of positive response to our cinnamon rolls," Barnard says. "We do nice biscuits and I make my own jam."
Her custom cakes are popular, as well as her chocolate-chunk cheesecake with chocolate chunks and an Oreo crust.
Family has played a role in the business. When Barnard first launched her catering company in 2008, it was out of her mother's kitchen. And she decided to expand to Dallas at the urging of her brother. Their timetable for opening is early March.
"We'd been looking for a spot when we found out about this location," she says. "My brother helped us open in Denton, and he's always said that there's no place in the area for great breakfast or pastries."