28 Must-Try Latino-Owned Businesses in Dallas

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Without the influence of various Central and Latin American cultures, North Texas wouldn’t be the place we all know and love. Restaurants, bars, bakeries, and countless other local businesses owned and operated by Dallas’ Latino community are a major part of what makes our metropolitan area so wonderfully diverse and unique.

Many of these businesses are continuing to struggle to recover from pandemic-related setbacks, so as we approach National Heritage Month, kicking off September 15, we’d like to highlight some of our favorite Latino-owned area outposts. And don't forget—even though it seems like we’re eons away from the holidays, gift cards are always a great way to help generate immediate cash flow.

ZUBI'S

Multiple locations & Virtual

When Sarah Zubiate wanted to find a way to offer her family healthier, Latin-inspired foods that still paid homage to her Mexican-American heritage, she created a signature small-batch salsa based on her mom’s 60-year-old recipe. She expanded her lineup to feature plant-based, organic queso and crema and, since November 2019, has produced everything in-house at ZUBI Farms, a sustainable, certified-organic, zero-waste production facility and farm in Athens, Texas.
How to support: Purchase online or at a local Whole Foods, Central Market, and Costco.

Come for the impeccably crafted Latin-inspired food, stay for chef-owner Miriam Jimenez’ 6,000-watt smile and hospitality. She may be from the Dominican Republic, but she makes some killer Tex-Mex, too. (Her queso verde is one of the top quesos in the entire state of Texas, for rela.) It’s a great place to sip on a Spicy Pepinos cocktail (Tito’s vodka, fresh cucumber, citrus) while lounging on the patio and watching folks doing the same in Klyde Warren Park.
How to support: Reserve via OpenTable, call 214-855-5275 for take-out, or get delivery via DoorDash and Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Available for Reservations

Back in 2012, George Esquivel co-founded one of Dallas’ most popular breweries by infusing classic craft brewing techniques with his Mexican-American heritage. The beer comes in cans known for their colorful lotería-style artwork, jazzing up everything from the ever-popular Local Buzz Honey-Rye Golden Ale to the El Grito Lager. Even their website features a little bit of Spanglish, truly capturing the merging of cultures in everything they create.
How to support: Stop by the taproom for first come, first served seating or pick up beer to-go from various local retailers.

Available for Reservations
The Movement Loft
Photo by Thomas Garza

Founded in March 2020 when the world was literally falling apart, Ellen Hoffman opened the Movement Loft as a haven for stress relief through yoga, dance, and cardio classes. For a limited time, unlimited classes can be purchased for $49 per month. In addition to breaking a sweat, you can also visit the newly opened onsite apothecary, Hello Moon, or order their many products online.
How to support: Purchase classes or memberships online and shop for apothecary goods in-person or online.

Beto & Son

Trinity Groves

For the record, it’s Beto & Son. As in one son, not many. In fact, the father-son duo of Beto and Julian Rodarte has become so successful in their Trinity Groves partnership with famed restaurateur Phil Romano that their location has widely expanded, quite possibly solely due to their famous liquid nitrogen margaritas and smothered totchos (nachos made with homemade tater tots, queso blanco, bacon, pico de gallo, and chile de arbol).
How to support: Call 469-249-8590 to reserve or order take-out via ChowNow.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Meat? Who needs it? Known equally for its tortas and loaded fries, you won’t miss animal protein one bit at this popular veggie-focused taqueria and bakery. The plant-based fillings are so flavorful and faithful to their sentient 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 online for takeout, or order delivery from Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Postmates.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Taco Y Vino

Bishop Arts District

When you think of drink pairings that go great with tacos, thoughts typically turn to margaritas or an ice-cold cerveza. But that notion gets turned on its head at this upscale taco joint where wines are as plentiful as tortillas and the staff will happily point you in the right direction for what goes best with, say, Spicy Ceviche or Cochinita Pibil.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Trompo

Oak Cliff

At this taqueria’s nearly two-year-old new location you won’t find dozens of fillings and tricked-out menu items. Instead, it’s all about classical flavors (AKA 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Caviar, DoorDash, and Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

TruFit Foods

Flower Mound

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 meat-forward creations to plant-based options. On Saturday and Sunday, they specialize in empanadas and other Venezuelan street foods at their Flower Mound brick-and-mortar.
How to support: Order meal kits online or stop by the weekend pop-up for counter service.

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 proteins) create the foundation for a plethora 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out via Toast, or get delivery via Favor.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Revolver Taco Lounge

Deep Ellum & Downtown Dallas

Due to the small size of the Deep Ellum dining room, this taco lounge is currently hosting limited indoor dining, but there’s a lot more space and a huge outdoor patio at their new Exchange Hall location in the AT&T Discovery District. Sample some more atypical filling plopped onto their wonderful homemade corn tortillas, 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Postmates.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Hola Cafe

Oak Cliff

Jeniffer Avila and her husband Daniel Hinojosa are behind 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Azucar Ice Cream Company

Bishop Arts District

Creativity abounds at this “farm-to-cone” scoop shop with an original location in Miami. Many flavors are influenced by the founders’ grandmother, evidenced by way of 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Picolé Pops

Multiple locations

Popsicles go to the 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating, order take-out online, or get delivery via Grubhub and Seamless.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Cocoandre Chocolatier

Bishop Arts District

If you’ve never had treats created by master truffle maker Andrea Pedraza, get ready to reexamine your love for chocolate. Assorted handcrafted truffles, bars, and barks (including vegan options), and homemade horchata will have you doing a happy dance with every first bite (or sip).
How to support: Stop by for counter service or order nationwide shipping online.

Leche De Café

Old East Dallas

Whether you’re in the mood for a hot Chemex pour-over or something a little more seasonally appropriate like 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 in style. 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: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order delivery via Uber Eats.

Available for Delivery/Takeout

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 spiked with unsweetened almond milk. If you’re game for something more unusual, try the Kiest Pop, which features a Mexican lime paletta dipped into iced coffee for a truly refreshing, sweet and tart pick-me-up.
How to support: Stop by for first come, first served seating or order take-out online.

Maricsa Trejo and Alex Henderson created this oasis for all things sugary after finding success at 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 pick-up, so make sure to check the website for the full ordering process.
How to support: Stop by for counter service or order take-out online.

Abc Party

Oak Cliff

We still aren’t planning huge parties these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a memorable experience for a smaller, fully vaccinated group of friends and family. Thankfully, this mom-and-pop party shop has festive supplies aplenty plus rentals like tables, chairs, 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: Stop by for counter service.

The Natural Spot

Bishop Arts District

Enhance your at-home cooking with the freshest, highest quality spices, salts, herbs, peppers, and chiles courtesy of this charming storefront. This isn’t your typical grocery store spice aisle, either, stocked with unusual finds including avocado leaves, green cardamom, and ghost peppers.
How to support: Stop by for counter service or order home delivery online.

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 the home, alongside carefully sourced 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: Stop by for counter service or order home delivery online.

Raiz Plant Studio

Design District

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 shirts and tote bags will test just how green your thumb actually is.
How to support: Book an in-person appointment or order home delivery online.

Mara’s Med Spa

Multiple locations

Brazilian native Mara Pinney hones time-honored techniques and blends them with cutting-edge technology to give clients a reason to smile each time they look in the mirror. Treatments include body sculpting and contouring as well as her signature Fountain of Youth service.
How to support: Book an appointment online.

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 live their best lives, whether that’s through yoga and pilates or in a one-on-one personal training session followed by a deep tissue massage. Plus, everyone who books one massage or training session per month gets a free gym membership.
How to support: Book an appointment online.

Debra Gloria's Studio

Old East Dallas

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 visual healing photography, in which subjects pose in a state of vulnerability that sheds light on pain in a way that kicks off a healing process unlike any other.
How to support: Inquire online.

Iris Candelaria serves Dallas with a gallery of carefully curated art sourced from both her own collection and the works of other local artists. If you’re looking to tap into your own skills, she also leads classes in a variety of disciplines, including illustration, woodworking, painting, and papier-mâché.
How to support: Inquire online.

Puzzles became wildly popular during the lockdown and quarantine days of yore, and it would be hard to find any more delightful than the colorful themes explored in this creative studio’s 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 and snag some artsy face masks while you’re at it.
How to support: Browse and shop for home delivery online.

Flourish Events

Trinity Groves

Planning a party 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 just a few of the ways you can turn this space into your very own.
How to support: Inquire online.

Steven Lindsey is a Thrillist contributor.