5 Small But Tasty Food Stops Around Dallas

Try the delicious eats at one of these family-owned restaurants next time you're in the Big D.

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Everything’s bigger in Texas – especially in the heart of Dallas. But if you’re thinking about food, how about starting small? Dining options in Dallas seem to be endless, but whether you want a hearty meal or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, here are five local businesses you must be sure to check out.

CocoAndré Chocolatier, Oak Cliff

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CocoAndré Chocolatier

Located near Dallas’ vibrant Bishop Arts District, CocoAndré isn’t your typical chocolate shop; here, you’ll find hand-crafted sweets ranging from the shapes of Texas cowboy boots to traditional Mexican sugar skulls!

CocoAndré opened its doors in 2009, but owner Andrea Pedraza has mastered the craft of truffle creation and chocolate design for over 30 years. After immigrating from Mathehuala in San Luis Potosoi, Mexico, Pedraza embarked on a dream to open her own chocolate shop.

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CocoAndré Chocolatier

Along with her daughter Cindy and their staff, Pedraza has combined modern flavors from Mexico with European crafting techniques to provide artisan chocolates. They also teach truffle making classes for children and adults! Learn more about the CocoAndré story at their website.

Kizyen Filipino Cuisine, Arlington

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Kizyen Filipino Cuisine

Described as “the taste you always wanted,” Kizyen first opened its doors in 2013 and has brought a familial warmth to the Arlington community. The Filipino buffet serves traditional favorites like pancit (noodles), bistek and chicken tinola. Say hello on Facebook and check out their videos of fresh food options.

Mama G’s Taqueria Y Pupuseria, Cedar Hill

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Mama G's Taqueria y Pupuseria

If you’re looking for authentic Salvadoran and Mexican food, why not try a combination of both? Just outside of Dallas is Mama G’s. Customers describe the quaint shop as "a complete treasure" and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Some popular recommendations include pupusas and a tall cold cup of horchata. Leave them a sweet comment on their Facebook page after you’ve filled yourself up!

Grassroots Kitchen, Oak Cliff

Variety is what makes places exciting, and there’s plenty of it at Grassroots Kitchen. Fairly new to Dallas, owned by Adam Loew and his wife Thania, Grassroots Kitchen proudly serves an eclectic style of your classic favorites, including Jamaican jerk chicken, banh mi and a large selection of sammiches. Fun fact: the Grassroots building was originally the ice cream shop set in the film, Born on the Fourth of July! Visit Grassroots Kitchen’s Facebook page for more information.

Namoo, Arlington

Just two blocks down from the UT-Arlington campus sits Korean restaurant Namoo, a hip addition to the growing downtown Arlington region. Choose from cleverly named bowls like The Gangnam and Do You Know Tofu? with your choice of protein on top of rice and vegetables. Bonus: Everything is gluten free! Visit Namoo on Facebook and Instagram for a full menu and mouthwatering photos.

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