Dessert

Saturday Morning Ice Cream and Zalat Move into The Exchange Food Hall

Scenes from Saturday morning in soft serve sundae form.
Scenes from Saturday morning in soft serve sundae form. Kathy Tran
The Exchange food hall at the AT&T Discovery District in downtown Dallas has welcomed a couple of new neighbors to its nicely growing hub. The upscale food hall offers some of the best local bites all in one space, and we're admittedly smitten with the whole concept. With large open spaces for milling about, a beaucoup of fun restaurants, a full bar and a movie-theater size screen with full surround sound, it's a feast of sites, sounds and flavors.

Some might say a cherry has just been added to the top. Katherine Clapner, owner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and Brian McCullough, who was a founder of Standard Pour, have partnered for a new ice cream concept inside The Exchange. Saturday Morning Ice Cream will offer craft-made soft serve topped with childhood cereal favorites, as well as syrups and other concoctions made by Clapner.

According to a statement, "Saturday Morning Ice Cream is a nostalgic, fun ice cream concept that will take guests back to those Saturday mornings spent as a child watching cartoons in their pajamas while enjoying their favorite bowl of cereal or other sugar-filled breakfast treats."

The menu includes things like the Elmer Fudge, made with chocolate banana soft serve, a double-chocolate ice cream sandwich and Steen's cane syrup. The Pebbles and Bam Bam is made with Tutti Frutti soft serve, Dude's strawberry sauce, Froot Loops and strawberry Pocky. The Thundercat has coffee cake soft serve, streusel and is topped with a brown butter glaze made with Full City Rooster Coffee. Or you can make your own concoction.
click to enlarge Zalat by-the-slice is also now in the line-up at the Exchange. - KATHY TRAN
Zalat by-the-slice is also now in the line-up at the Exchange.
Kathy Tran
Also, Zalat Pizza has opened its first by-the-slice storefront at The Exchange. Since their first restaurant in 2015, Zalat has grown substantially the past few years riding the coattails of their creative pies and from-scratch dough that's made daily. Plus their magical combination of Ranch and Sriracha sauce, SriRancha, can't be overlooked. They'll have slices of pepperoni, cheese and veggie, plus their Pepperoni Masterclass at The Exchange. And, of course, little plastic cups of SriRancha.


In a pigskin sidenote, last Thursday the Cowboys game was on the 104' media wall in the plaza. The place drew a pretty good crowd and in a quick drive-by, it looked fun (then possibly defeating when Tom Brady marched the ball right down the field in the final minute of the game). Regardless, looks like they'll have the Cowboys and Eagles game on Sept. 27.

Parking tip: The Exchange offers valet seven days a week. There's also a large parking garage at 1212 Jackson St., and parking there is free after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sundays with validation from any restaurant at the AT&T Discovery District.

AT&T Discovery District, 308 S. Akard St. (Downtown). Hours vary by vendor.
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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.