You might have heard this: Eating local is a thing now, especially in the city’s restaurants. As Dallas diners flock to farmers markets and learn more about the bounty of local food around them, they expect to see ingredients made in their city. Oddly enough, that mentality doesn’t always translate to the home kitchen, where even foodies struggle to find locally grown produce and other goods at the supermarket.
A few locally made finds sit on grocery store shelves outside of the produce aisles. Artisans and bakers of all kinds are whipping up delicious goods, and if we want that trend to continue, you’ve gotta buy local. The next time you’re at Central Market or Whole Foods, snag one (or all!) of these five delicious hometown made goods. Your stomach will thank you, and your wallet won’t even be too mad about the price points.
These crisp, buttery shortbread cookies are about to become your next addiction. They're available in flavors such as rosemary-cornbread, sea salt caramel and margarita from Paul Wackym, a genius baker. You can find your very own tub of these crispy cookies on shelves at Central Market locations across the city, and Jimmy’s Food Store. If you buy one tub, you might as well buy two. You’re not going to want to share.
Salt is a sort of afterthought in the kitchen, but Chef Milton’s blends are impossible to ignore. The basic smoked sea salt is an excellent addition to steaks, pork and chicken, or you can get creative with some of the more interesting blends, like sea salt with lavender or herbes de Provence. If you crave the celery salt served up at Luscher’s Red Hots, you can find your very own jar made by Chef Milton himself in the online store or on Central Market, Green Grocer, or Bolsa Mercado shelves. Artizone can also deliver ‘em straight to your door.
Bentley's Batch 5
Unlike Austin, Dallas doesn’t have a zillion barbecue joints competing for supremacy. But in terms of sauce, we’ve got one that can hold its own with the big boys in the Hill Country. Bentley’s Batch 5 is a Worcestershire based barbecue sauce, so it might not be exactly what you’re looking for, but this secret family recipe is excellent on smoked or grilled meats of all kinds. Pick it up at Central Market, Kuby’s Sausage House, and Rudolph’s Meat Market.
Drinkable yogurt is usually best left to the kids, but once you try Lucky Layla, you’ll quickly realize that it’s not anything like that sugary Dannon crap you downed in elementary school. These yogurts, made at Lavon Farms in Plano, are fresh, healthy, and surprisingly delicious. The pina colada flavor is a particular favorite, but you can stick with plain if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake. Find Lucky Layla yogurt on Whole Foods, Central Market, and even some Kroger shelves across the city.
Dallas isn’t exactly known for being the healthiest of cities, but Hail Merry is dead-set on changing that. This raw, vegan, gluten-free snack food company is beloved by celebrities and local devotees, and can help you get a little more nutrition into your pitiful diet. Try the raw coconut macaroons, which don’t resemble the cookie you’re used to but are equally delicious. The gRAWnola and Miracle Tarts are perfect dessert splurges when you’re legitimately devoted to your diet. Find Hail Merry at several grocery stores across the city, including Whole Foods and Central Market. Even the suite-level at Cowboys Stadium offers these healthy snacks.