This week on Texas Road trips we’re visiting the newest concept from Shannon Wynne, Kieth Schlabs, and Larry Richardson. Mudhen Meat and Greens is a unique eatery and the flagship restaurant in Farmers Market’s newly renovated Market shed.
Dallas Farmers Market is totally different than it was even a decade ago when you went there to buy…you know…vegetables. Maybe some eggs. I don’t know about you but for me it was a “get it and get out” kind of chore! Today’s Dallas Farmers Market is so totally different. They’ve got grass fed and other clean meats, spices from around the world, and (of course) locally grown vegetables. The thing is?
It is also the home of some of the most unique eateries in the area. Totally worth driving down there. Or walking over there… because downtown is a totally cool place to live now.
Disclaimer – I haven’t been here yet. I just got the news release in my inbox and I wanted to let y’all know about it. But, if you’ve ever been to Lark (OMG I love that place) then you’ll understand why I trust these guys enough to KNOW that their new spot is amazing.
Mudhen opened Monday, January 18. Right now it’s serving dinner only but they say that lunch and weekend brunch services are to be announced soon. Executive Chef Suki Otsuki uses fresh, seasonal produce and clean meats to create a menu that explodes with flavor. Foods are pastured, ocean-raised, organic and GMO-free whenever possible. There are lower carb options on the menu for those who may be watching their carb intake (yay!). Starters, salads, sandwiches, and entrees are joined by a B.Y.O.B concept — Build Your Own Bowl.
B.Y.O.B allows you to choose from six meat, a selection of vegetables, and four starches to create a customized meal. You can choose any combination and as little or as much as you want. Green Chile Durok Pork, beef and bison meatloaf, and smoked Arctic Char are just some of the meats to add to your bowl. Starches include parsnip puree and whole grain salad and the vegetables change daily depending on what looks good at the market that day.
Fresh fruit juices, smoothies and coolers are made to order and aguas frescas change on a daily basis. Cocktails, such as the Ameraucana, Dorking and Lakenvelder are all named for chicken breeds — such a cute idea! The drinks are handcrafted to complement the menu. With 20 taps of curated craft beers at the bar there is something for everyone. Beers include local favorites from Lakewood, Peticolas, and Community Brewing Companies in addition to a special Mudhen Blend from Holy Kombucha. Wines are available both by the glass and bottle.
“Our goal was to open a restaurant with delicious food that also offers options for many folks that try to follow a healthier lifestyle,” says Shannon Wynne. “One of our soul-cries is, This is not a Dress Rehearsal, Eat Right. All of the dishes will not appeal to the ‘meat and potatoes’ crowd, but if we do it right most everyone should be able to find some good meats and greens on our menu. If you love sweets, we may not be your cup of tea.”
Of course, if you love sweets it’s just a short walk to Proper Baking Company. Yum!
The 6,000 square feet of space includes two large, outdoor patios so that diners can enjoy eating al fresco or choose to be inside with a view of Mudhens state of the art kitchen.
I am definitely going to be making that a stop when I am down there!
images via Mudhen PR