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Famous Food Network chef opens sweet cafe in downtown Dallas

Famous Food Network chef opens sweet cafe in downtown Dallas

Rise & Thyme
The menu will include avocado toast. Photo by Kathy Tran

A new restaurant is coming to downtown Dallas with coffee, pastries, and avocado toast. Called Rise & Thyme, it's a seasonal American cafe from celebrity chef Amanda Freitag and according to a release, will open in the new AT&T Discovery District on September 18.

Located at 211 S. Akard St., this will be the second restaurant to open in the AT&T Discovery District, following Jaxon, the restaurant and beer garden that opened in March.

Rise & Thyme will open first for breakfast and lunch, and add dinner later with a menu of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and patty melts.

Freitag is the acclaimed chef and Food Network regular who has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, competed for the title of America's Next Iron Chef, and serves as a judge on Chopped.

The R&T menu will include:

  • Taco Thyme – scrambled eggs, muenster, bacon, thyme potatoes, griddled onion on a flour tortilla
  • Smoked Salmon & Everything Toast – cream cheese, pickled red onion, capers, cucumber, tomato, dill, "everything" spice on sourdough or seeded whole-wheat
  • AF Chicken Salad – thyme- and lemon-roasted chicken breast, tarragon, house mayo, lemon, pickled celery and red onion, on bibb lettuce, tomato, and cucumber
  • Impossibly Perfect Patty Melt – Impossible patty, secret sauce, muenster, and pickle on sourdough bread
  • Roasted Chicken French Dip – crispy shredded leg and thigh meat, provolone, caramelized onion, horseradish mayo, arugula on a baguette with a side of chicken jus
  • Salmon a la Plancha – 6-ounce skin-on Scottish salmon filet, thyme potatoes, tartar sauce

Rise & Thyme will also offer fresh pastries from local favorites La Casita Bakeshop and bread from Village Baking Co.

Located on the corner of Commerce and Akard, Rise & Thyme was designed by The Johnson Studios, with an interior described as both sleek and rustic, plus floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light.

The restaurant will be open for takeout, delivery, limited indoor seating, and a full range of outdoor seating in the Discovery District.

"I can't even begin to say how happy we are to finally be able to open this restaurant with Amanda," says Kevin Lillis, CEO/founder of Hospitality Alliance, with whom Freitag is partnering on the restaurant. "I've been a fan and friend of hers for years, and while this opening may be a little later than we originally planned, we definitely believe it was worth the wait. We're looking forward to bringing something truly special to Downtown Dallas and the Discovery District."