How to Support Latino-Owned Businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth
Supporting Latino-owned businesses should be a year-round initiative for those of us living in North Texas, if it’s not already. Latin American culture influences so much of the Dallas-Fort Worth experience, through obvious representations in restaurants and bars, but also in so many more businesses. As large numbers of mom-and-pops struggle to recover from Covid-19-related closures and overall decreases in revenue, it’s more important now than ever to support as many of these -- and countless other -- small businesses that make our metro area so wonderful.
Meat? Known equally for its tortas and loaded fries, you won’t miss animal protein one bit at this popular taqueria and bakery. The plant-based fillings are so flavorful and faithful to their mooing and oinking counterparts, that it’s pretty easy to fool any carnivore into devouring a platter before being told the delicious secret.
How to support : Dine in, call 972-807-2673 or order from their website for takeout, or order delivery from Uber Eats , DoorDash , or Postmates.
Taco Y Vino
When you think of drink pairings that go great with tacos, thoughts typically turn to margaritas or an ice-cold cerveza. That notion all changes at this upscale taco joint where wines are as plentiful as between-tortilla offerings and the staff will happily point you in the right direction for what goes best with, oh, spicy ceviche or cochinita pibil.
How to support : Dine in, call 469-372-0022 for takeout or in-house delivery (orders over $120), or order delivery from DoorDash or Postmates.
At this taqueria’s nearly one-year-old new location you won’t find dozens of fillings and tricked-out menu items. Instead, it’s all about traditional flavors (beef barbacoa, chicken tinga, pork trompo) that can make any taco or open-faced quesadilla a life-changing experience. Oh, ditto that for the elotes cup.
How to support : Dine in, call 972-809-7950, or order from their website for takeout, or order delivery from Caviar , DoorDash , or Uber Eats.
Founded by Chef Carla Trujillo and her engineer sister, Alejandra Trujillo Kramer, this healthy meal-prep service offers customers a variety of heat-and-serve options from carnivorous creations to plant-based options. And on Saturday and Sunday, they specialize in empanadas and other Venezuelan street foods at their Flower Mound brick-and-mortar.
How to support : Order online from their website or call 469-469-9398 for pickup and shipping options.
Fuel up in more ways than one at this taqueria tucked away inside a gas station. Numerous proteins (including shrimp, carnitas, and a variety of vegan meat alternatives) create the foundation for any number of tacos, tortas, burritos, sopes, and bowls. It’s worth a trip to Fort Worth for the fully loaded fried poblano Mariachi taco alone.
How to support : Dine in, call 682-760-9606 for takeout, or order delivery from Uber Eats or Favor.
Revolver Taco Lounge
Due to the small size of the dining room, this taco lounge is currently specializing in takeout options, including carnitas kits for up to six people to create your own tacos with their famous handmade corn tortillas. Or sample some more atypical options, including pato (duck breast), Caro Quintero (ground Wagyu and green pork chorizo), and pulpo (tender marinated octopus), or the weekend-only mole and menudo.
How to support : Call 214-272-7163 for takeout, or order delivery from DoorDash or Postmates.
Jeniffer Avila and her husband Daniel Hinojosa opened this chic black-and-white coffee shop serving all the usual handcrafted espresso drinks with beautiful presentations, plus avocado toast if you’re feeling snacky. They also offer a variety of sealed bottled drinks ranging from matcha to cold brew for enjoying later in the week.
How to support : Order in-person to enjoy on-site or for takeout, or order delivery from Uber Eats.
Azucar Ice Cream Company
Creativity abounds at this “farm-to-cone” scoop shop with an original location in Miami. Many of the flavors are influenced by the founders’ grandmother, evidenced in flavors such as Abuela Maria, a sweet-and-crunchy tropical combination of guava cream cheese and Marias crackers. Cafe con leche, flan, cuatros leches, and Mexican vanilla are also must-try options when seeking a little sweet, sweet Latin flair.
How to support : Visit the shop in-person or order delivery from Caviar and Uber Eats.
Popsicles go extreme at this local mini-chain featuring fruity and creamy options, as well as pops filled with Nutella, dulce de leche, and Oreos, among others. Of course, you might as well feel like a kid while going full-adult with their booze-infused options, ranging from tequila sunrise to chocolate whiskey.
How to support : Visit either shop in-person or order online from their website , or order delivery from Grubhub or Seamless.
If you’ve never had treats created by master trufflemaker Andrea Pedraza, get ready to re-examine your love of chocolate. Assorted handcrafted truffles, bars, and barks (including vegan options), and homemade horchata will have you doing a happy dance with your very first bite (or sip).
How to support : Order online for front-porch pickup, or order delivery from Uber Eats or Postmates.
Leche De Café
Whether you’re in the mood for a hot Chemex pour over or something a little more seasonally appropriate such as a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie-style iced coffee or an organic 14-hour cold brew, this little mobile shop from Venezuelan chef Sharon Payot will get you caffeinated deliciously. In addition to individual drinks for pickup, you can also order whole beans, cold brew concentrate, and individually bottled “Lattes for Later” to enjoy at home.
How to support : Call 214-859-3345 or order online for pickup.
Located in Kiestwood Village, the signature item here, appropriately enough, is the Kiestwood Iced Coffee, a canned version available in a trio of styles, from Vietnamese to one with unsweetened almond milk. If you’re game for something more unusual, try the Kiest Pop , which features a Mexican lime paletta that you dip into iced coffee for a truly refreshing, sweet/tart pick-me-up.
How to support: Walk in, or call 214-434-1516 or order online for pickup.
La Casita Bakeshop
Maricsa Trejo & Alex Henderson created this oasis for all things sweet after finding success providing their sweets to local coffee shops all over town. Croissant-muffin hybrids known as cruffins, ice cream, and full-sized party cakes are all in their repertoire. Ice cream and bakery items must be ordered in advance for later pickup, so check out the website for the full ordering process .
How to support : Order online for pickup.
We aren’t planning huge parties these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a memorable experience for a smaller, socially distanced group. Thankfully, this mom-and-pop party shop has festive supplies aplenty, party rentals from tables and chairs to bounce houses and water slides. Of course, you should definitely get one of their now-famous Coronavirus Covid-19 piñata, perfect for beating out your pandemic frustrations -- with a shower of candy when it’s all over.
How to support: Shop in-person or call 214-943-5588 to place an order.
The Natural Spot
Enhance your at-home cooking with the freshest, highest quality spices, salts, herbs, peppers, and chiles in a charming storefront. This isn’t your typical grocery store spice aisle, either, with unusual finds including avocado leaves, green cardamom, and ghost peppers all available for the pleasure of your pantry.
How to support : Shop in-person, call or order online to ship directly to your front door.
Creatively Beaut Goods
Cecilia Navarro has a knack for turning unique materials and fabrics into one-of-a-kind works of art, or more specifically, handmade accessories for women, babies, and home, as well as carefully sourcing vintage pieces. You never know what you’ll find on any given day, whether it’s a macrame wall hanging inspired by a movie or a delicate necklace for a heartfelt gift.
How to support : Shop in-person or online.
Raiz Plant Studio
It’s not every day you visit a website with the message, “Come meet your new plant friend,” but that’s what makes this quirky spot so much fun. Plants and plant-themed accessories such as T-shirts and totes, will test just how green your thumb actually is.
How to support : Shop online for curbside pickup or book an appointment.
Mara’s Med Spa
Brazilian native Mara Pinney brings time-honored techniques and blends them with cutting-edge technology to give clients a reason to smile every time they look in the mirror. Treatments include body sculpting and contouring services, as well as her signature Fountain of Youth service.
How to support: Call 469-730-3333 (Uptown) or 214-373-9500 (Highland Park) to book an appointment.
Vigor Massage and Personal Training
This small, semi-private fitness center and spa is run by Robert Elorduy, a fitness model, certified personal trainer, nutrition specialist, and licensed massage therapist. Elorduy works hard to help clients uncover their best selves, whether that’s through yoga and pilates or in a one-on-one personal training session followed by a deep tissue massage. Plus, first-time personal training clients get their first training session free.
How to support : Call 903-422-6044 to book a service or start a membership, or book online.
Debra Gloria's Studio
Selfies are fine for what they are, but nothing captures true personality and beauty like a professional photographer. Schedule a traditional session or inquire about the specialized practice of therapeutic photography, in which subjects pose in a state of vulnerability that sheds light on pain in a visual way that kicks off a healing process unlike any other.
How to support : Call 214-675-2081 to book a photo session or fill out a contact form online.
Candelaria & Co.
Iris Candelaria serves Dallas with a gallery of carefully curated art from both her own collection and the works of other local artists. If you’re looking to tap into your own artistic skills, she also leads classes in a variety of disciplines, including illustration, woodworking, painting, and papier-mâché. Right now, she’s even teaching classes over Zoom to make it easier than ever to find a new talent.
How to support : Fill out the online contact form to find out more information or set up an appointment.
Puzzles have become wildly popular during quarantine time, but it would be hard to find any more delightful than the colorful Latinx themes explored in these original designs . You can also hire artist Stephanie Longoria to create custom illustrated portraits that capture you, your friends and family in a whole new way. You can even get some really cool, artsy face masks , too.
How to support : Shop online for a variety of artfully designed products.
Planning an event for the ages? Look no further than this private event space that can be transformed to suit just about any need. Private dining experiences (catered by any of the restaurant concepts at Trinity Groves), corporate events, rehearsal dinners, and weddings represent but a few of the ways you can experience this space.
How to support : Fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation.
Cara Mía Theatre
This theater company presents a full season of plays aimed to give a voice to the Latinx community in North Texas, also serving more than 17,000 youth each year through educational programming. Most performances are at the Latino Cultural Center at the edge of Deep Ellum, but you can find them out and about all over the community, depending on the event.
How to support : Donate money during North Texas Giving Day, volunteer your time and services, or purchase tickets when their plays resume.