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25 Spots for Foodie Fun in Dallas-Fort Worth

Mouthwatering picks to satisfy your curiosity and expand your palate

When you can’t serve even one more chicken nugget without going bananas, you know it’s time to try and expand your kids’ sense of taste—and sense of adventure—and you’ll have the best luck doing that at these delicious destinations: pick-your-own fruit farms, farmers markets, sweet shops and retro soda fountains, all in Dallas-Fort Worth. And it’s not just what you taste but what you see and hear and do. We promise all your senses will be popping.

Not-Your-Average Treats

Shake off the Texas heat with a cool treat at one of these sweet shops.

Baldo’s Ice Cream and Coffee

Can’t ever decide on a single ice cream flavor? The Park Cities favorite sells flights of mini waffle cones—in flavors such as Oreo Cookie Dough, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake and Cha Cha Matcha. Or choose a flavor and drown it in a shot of espresso, if the kids kept you up too late last night.
At SMU in Dallas; 972/913-4001
White Rock Lake in Dallas

Steel City Pops

Sure, you can pick up a box of popsicles at the grocery store. Or you can go here for gourmet flavors (Arnold Palmer, Blood Orange, Strawberry Lemonade, Cookies and Cream, and Coffee are just some of your choices), dipped, drizzled and dusted, according to your specifications.
Fort Worth; 833/588-7677


Here’s another popsicle spot on Grapevine’s Main Street with some atypical flavors: Cap’n Crunch, Toasted Marshmallow, Cucumber Mojito and Key Lime Pie pops, among others. You can also get shaved ice or a slush.
Grapevine; 817/527-4383


Liquid nitrogen is used to turn liquid into ice cream right in front of you. You can choose from dairy, vegan or fruit sorbet bases and endless mix-ins. Wait for the fog to clear to see your dessert! Head to Addison, Fort Worth, Las Colinas, Dallas, Southlake or The Colony for your Creamistry fix.

Hi, Sweetie Ice Cream Rolls & Desserts

Who says ice cream has to come in a scoop? This shop serves up Thai-style rolls of ice cream, made before your eyes in a matter of minutes, with fruit and other yummy toppings.
Plano; 469/888-4322

Cow Tipping Creamery

Soft serve with a twist! Order a stacker (a sundae with your toppings layered through the soft serve) in flavors such as Reese’s Witha’spoon and Gimme S’more, or create your own mixture.
Fort Worth, Frisco

Sno Gourmet Shaved Ice

Craving a snow cone? Choose from sweet, sour and spicy flavors, and even add soft-serve ice cream or toppings. You can go to Sno’s store or pick up one of its cones at Dallas Farmers Market.
Dallas; 214/265-5550

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Retro Soda Fountains

Grab a seat at the counter and order up something sweet at one of these charming soda fountains.

Dougherty’s Pharmacy

Sip on a fizzy soda or a fancy milkshake, float, malt or sundae while waiting for your grilled cheese or grilled PB&J (really!).
Dallas, Preston Valley; 214/373-5300

Beth Marie’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

Beth Marie’s on the quaint Denton Square is the idyllic spot for delicious ice cream scoops, sundaes, shakes and malts, ice cream sodas and more favorites.
Denton; 940/384-1818

Farm Luck Soda Fountain & Dry Goods

Say howdy and order up delicious banana splits, brownie fudge sundaes, ice cream sodas and more favorites, all in a historic setting in downtown Waxahachie. Have a little one with a tiny appetite? Order the World’s Smallest Sundae. (And if you’re missing the now-closed Highland Park Soda Fountain, this is a good place to visit—Farm Luck’s owner grew up going Highland Park Soda Fountain and designed her soda fountain with a nod to that store.)
Waxahachie; 214/903-8021

On the Farm

Do your kids think food originates at the grocery store? Show them where their meals really begin.

Pure Land Farm

Pick your own fruits and veggies at this Collin County farm that grows everything from muskmelons and cherry tomatoes to hot peppers and cucumbers. A late freeze means the farm will have a rolling start to this season; head to the website for more details and info on what’s available to pick when you’re ready to go.

Lavon Farms

Interested in visiting a dairy farm? The family-owned property has a small group of cows on-site that produce raw milk that is sold in the farm store, along with other dairy products.
Plano; 972/423-8080

Blase Family Farm

Blueberry season is here in Rockwall. The farmers announced they were planting hundreds more blueberry bushes, so fingers crossed for a bountiful crop! The season generally runs through early July; check the website for updates. You might have so much fun picking blueberries that you’ll come back for the pumpkin farm in the fall.
Rockwall; 972/772-3645 

Greer Farm

The berry crop is ready and waiting. Head a few hours east, give or take, to this bucolic spot and find beautiful blackberries and blueberries. You can also purchase other home-grown products and see the farm’s animals. Make a mini-vacation out of it and stay in one of the farm’s cabins.
Daingerfield; 903/645-3232

Blueberry Hill Farms

This Van Zandt County farm, about 25 minutes southeast of Canton, is ready to welcome berry pickers in June and July.
Edom; 903/852-6175

WOW U-Pick Farms

Head over to Denton County to pick fruits and veggies including strawberries, bib lettuce, red sail lettuce, cilantro and radishes. The farm also sells bell pepper jam.
Krum; 940/312-9889

Storm Farms

This Tarrant County farm grows strawberries and is open for picking by reservation only. While all available spots are currently taken, go online to be added to the waitlist.
Arlington; 817/602-0668

Farmers Markets

Where local farmers and artisans sell the wares they’ve harvested, baked and crafted themselves.

Dallas Farmers Market

For fresh goods sold in an open-air setting, and so much more. The market at The Shed offers a variety of regional vendors selling bratwurst, beef, jellies, broccoli, wines, shampoo bars, dog bones and endless other options. You’ll also find boutiques and restaurants.
Dallas; 214/664-9110

Coppell Farmers Market

Spend a Saturday in Old Town Coppell. Take your pick of fresh fruits and veggies, meats, honey, dairy items, breads, jams, chocolates and other tasty offerings. You can also get flower bouquets, fruit trees and landscaping plants.

Farmers Market at Bonton Farms

Shop the urban farm, market, café and coffee house that’s building community in South Dallas—for everything from fresh eggs, blueberry jam and honey butter to roasted chile sauce and pasta. You’ll also find candles, soap and more.
Dallas; 972/982-2245

Clearfork Farmers Market

Adjacent to the Shops at Clearfork, you’ll find more than two dozen farmers, ranchers and artisans selling their locally grown products and other wares. Pick up fresh breads and pastries, sweet honey, crisp veggies and prickly cacti, among other choices.
Fort Worth 

Cowtown Farmers Market

Everything is grown within 150 miles of Cowtown. You’ll also love the local artisans who craft their goods with local materials.
Fort Worth

Grapevine Farmers and Artisan Market

Visit for a mix of Texas-grown produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items. Listen to live music while you peruse the vendors in the Town Square Gazebo area in the city’s historic downtown.

McKinney Farmer’s Market at Chestnut Square

Local grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, eggs, tamales, pastries, teas, jerky … you’ll find a plethora of delicious offerings. There’s also an array of arts and crafts vendors selling goods such as walking sticks and jewelry, plus pony rides, face painting and live music.
McKinney; 972/562-8790 

This article was originally published in June 2021.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Marple and Dallas Farmers Market