One of my favorite places in Dallas this summer has been Trinity Groves (TG), a community-oriented restaurant incubator. TG provides startup assistance for small business owners with a unique idea. The cool thing is that once a restaurant takes off, they move out of the warehouse to their own retail space. This means that restaurants and shops are always cycling in and out of Trinity Groves, so it's changing all the time!
Trinity Groves has a prime location right across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. I mean, look at these prime photo opportunities. Check it out now - your Instagram will thank you later! Parking is free across the street, and there are always so many open spots! That's unheard of in Dallas. Trinity Groves also offers valet, if you're feeling fancy.
Most of the restaurants lean towards the expensive end due to their unique flare. Types of food range from Moroccan to sushi to hot dogs. I've had a chance to stop by a few of them, and I can't wait to try more!
This is one of the less expensive venues, serving dishes similar to Chinese take-out but with Latin American inspiration. I've had the Kung Pao Pollo. The food tasted great, it just didn't have as many Latin flavors as I expected. I would describe the dish as very upscale take out. I really want to try the ramen - hopefully it has more Latin flair to it!
Sugar Skull Cafe
Sugar Skull has been on featured on several Dallas restaurant lists, and they are 100% right. Brunch is served until 11AM on weekdays and 1PM on weekends. One breakfast taco costs $4-$5, and they're huge! Yeah, street tacos are cheaper, but look at the size of this taco! A great deal for a cafe, if you ask me. Sugar Skull also serves Ascension Coffee, a local Dallas coffee roaster. My iced 16oz latte was $4.50 though, which evened out the cheap taco.
Most eateries in Trinity Groves lean towards the expensive side, but a big slice of cake at Cake Bar was only $4.50. We stuck with a traditional chocolate cake. Was it the best cake I've ever had? Probably. I would have gotten an entire cake for myself, but I then realized that eating a whole cake would not have been a good idea.
Kate Weiser Chocolate
Kate creates the most beautiful chocolate I have ever seen. At $2.50 a piece, my chocolate wasn't as wallet-friendly at Cake Bar. But Kate hand paints them! Every piece of chocolate an aesthetic and culinary masterpiece. Kate is super nice and helped us out personally. She didn't ask me to write this post; I just think she's awesome. She really cares that everyone gets exactly what they want, and that's amazing. Check out her Instagram (which she runs on her own) for a little behind the scenes and more chocolate aesthetic. I will definitely be back!
Overall, Trinity Groves is a great place if you're looking to try something new. There's a variety of food options, and since it's so new, there are always new restaurants opening. After dinner, you can take a nice stroll along the Continental Avenue Bridge, head to the Bishop Arts District for some artisan shopping, or go into downtown. I can't wait to see how they'll continue to revitalize the area!
What are your favorite places to hang out in your town? I'd love to hear about them!