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Jimmy’s Italian Market

Jimmy'sHumbly billed as “Jimmy’s Food Store,” find a little bit of Italy right here in Dallas. As soon as you step in the door, the aromas begin to tell the story. This tiny grocery is dedicated to all things Italian, representing all the regions of the country. Take out sandwiches are served and they have a few tables, but don’t stop there. The shelves are lined with pastas, sauces, dressings, specialty home-style canned goods, and much more. The cheese and meat counters have waiting lines at all times. The freezer case is filled with unusual ice creams and cookie doughs and other items you can’t find anywhere else. Jimmy’s also has an extensive selection of wines, all from Italy, of course. Located right at the corner of Bryan and Fitzhugh in Dallas.

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Downtown, Edible | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Healthy Me

This cafe had a slow start, but it’s turned into a nice place for a bite to eat. The first time I went, it was just a market for take-out and they held classes, and you felt like if you weren’t already a member of the club, you didn’t belong. So I didn’t go back for a while. But my daughter worked nearby and picked up lunches there as they expanded their menu and she loved the food. So I recently braved Healthy Me again and found the market has been converted to a charming cafe with great menu selections, comfortable booths, and fun local art on the walls. The food is healthy and actually tasty and satisfying; you can eat in or take it home or to the office carefully packed for later. I understand they even deliver school lunches to participating schools and would love to see a review of how that works. My mother and I split a salad and a sandwich and it was yummy. With takeout cases and some gift items, Healthy Me Cafe has evolved into a very friendly place! 240 N. Denton Tap Road in Coppell.

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Coppell Farmers Market

The Coppell Farmers Market‘s season is in full swing! It always takes a few weeks for the good produce to show up and all the vendors to start coming out. Here are a couple of pictures from last Saturday. The produce is looking great and their vendors carry a variety of items in addition to the produce and plants, such as baked goods (right – try the chocolate croissant…), tamales, seafood, flowers, spices, teas, and more. Come out Saturdays from 8 until sellout!

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Dallas Suburbs, Edible | , , , | Leave a comment

Newflower Farmers Market

Right around the corner from The Pearl Cup is a fun little market – not unique to Dallas, but the only one of its kind in town.  Newflower Farmers Market is similar to Sprouts but a has a little more local flavor.  The produce looks great; prices range from great to okay.  Meats are reasonably priced and labeled with all the right things from the way the animals were raised to hormone-free, additive-free, etc.  They offer a small but quality selection of take-with food for an immediate meal.  They have the largest selection I’ve seen of local honeys that you can buy bottled or by the ounce.  Bulk products including organics – and candy – were extensive.  Everything is clean and tidy and the staff is very friendly and helpful.  Love their slogan!  Located at 1800 N. Henderson Ave. in Dallas.

May 9, 2010 Posted by | Edible, Knox Henderson | , , , , | Leave a comment

Smoke

Wait until you’re good and hungry and head for Smoke.  This restaurant, located adjacent to the historic Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff, combines the work of a great chef with the down-home Southern foods you really want to eat.  Meats hardwood-smoked on-site, baked goods made from scratch, and many veggies from their own garden – Smoke redefines fresh.  Weekends feature a brunch menu until 3:00pm.  The Dilbeck-designed hotel was built in 1946 and perches on a cliff with a skyline view of Dallas.  Smoke is located at 901 Fort Worth Avenue in Dallas.  Worth the trip!

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Downtown, Edible, Historic | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lovin’ Oven

Lancaster’s historic town square is home to this miniscule bakery that has been in business for almost 30 years.  The town square has taken several beatings over the years from fires to a Bonnie & Clyde bank robbery to a devastating tornado in 1994, but its charm has survived and it has some cute shops.  The Lovin’ Oven bakery is a great stop simply for yummy cookies, cakes, and other baked treats to eat on the spot or to order for an event.  Located at 181 Historic Town Square in Lancaster.

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Creative, Dallas Suburbs, Edible, Historic | , | Leave a comment