10 Best Foodie Finds in Dallas for this Weekend, Dec. 9 – 12

If you need to cut your grocery list or get your pipe wet this weekend, here are some solid options below. Two breweries have holiday events, Saturday is Tamale-palooza at the Farmers Market. And last but not least, the Deep Ellum Distillery will bring you on Sunday, December 12th. at 12 noon, launched their Lead Belly Straight Bourbon in small batches and the two beers Lead Belly Blonde and In the Pines IPA.

Eataly Wine Festival

8687 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 2172
Thursday, December 9th, 5pm to 9pm

This Thursday, Eataly is hosting a “festa” of dozen of Christmas wines, more than six chef-made tasting stations of Italian holiday favorites. You will also have dozen of panettones and a prosecco toast at the end of the night. You’ll need a ticket so check out their Facebook events page.

Decorating biscuits at Peticolas Brewing Co.
1301 Tempo St.
Friday, Dec 10th, 6pm to 8pm

This brewery in the Design District is rolling out the red streusel and cookie cutters for Cookies with Chrysta, a beginner-friendly class for ages 21 and up, this Friday evening. Decorate Christmas cookies like a real Martha Stewart while sipping local craft beer. To be honest, it sounds dreamy.

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Family fun vacation at Pegasus City Brewery
1508 Handelsstrasse (city center)
Saturday, December 11th at 12 o’clock

Grab a family (any family) and head downtown for some vacation fun at the historic Pegasus taproom downtown. The Dallas Public Library will be there for Storybook Christmas from 2pm to 4pm. They have lots of activities like letters to Santa Claus and crafts. Reading, writing and beer.

Tamale Day at the Dallas Farmers Market
920 S. Harwood St.
Saturday, December 11th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You get a tamale! And you get a tamale! Everyone can get (or at least buy) tamales at the Dallas Farmers Market this Saturday, where they hold an official Tamale Day. Their Christmas market is also a great place to buy gifts from local vendors. It is rumored that Santa Claus is there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No shouting “I know the guy!” but when he arrives.

click to enlarge Khao soi from a previous ThidJai pop-up.  - TAYLOR ADAMS

Khao soi from a previous ThidJai pop-up.

Taylor Adams

ThidJai pop-up at Sandwich Hag
1902 Botham Jean Blvd.
Saturday, December 11th, 6 pm-9pm

We recently spoke to Sara Hangtagool from Thid Jai about her culinary journey. She’s been passing bakeries in northeast Dallas for months, but this weekend she’s serving beef boat noodles and Thai fried bananas with pandan tea on the cozy deck of Sandwich Hag in The Cedars. Sandwich Hag also has a Toscana Red 2016 and a Bervini Prosecco sparkling wine.

Dallas Arboretum Boho Market
8525 Garland Road
Saturday, December 11th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

It’s the time of year to help out your local artisans. The Dallas Arboretum will have more than two dozen vendors this Saturday, including Papi’s Kitchen, Cinnaholic, Local Coffee Roasters, Saucy LickinGood (locally made chamoy sauces) and DarkArts Chocolates.

Justin Old Town Christmas
Historic downtown Justin
Saturday, December 11th, 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you have to get out of town, Justin says, red rover, red rover, come over. They have a Christmas party that starts with a fun run at 9 a.m. Then their Christmas market starts at 9.30 a.m. Food trucks, a craft tent, and a gingerbread house competition will take place throughout the day. Check the calendar for a full list of events. Live reindeer will be on site from 3pm to 6pm, and the parade will begin at 5pm

Lochlands Honky Tonk Holiday Brunch
8518 Plano Street
Saturday, December 11th, 1pm

Local singer-songwriter Mike Randall, who recently released a new album in Bakersfield, TX, will be the spotlight at Lochland’s Honky Tonk Holiday Brunch this Sunday. They open at 10am with a full a la carte brunch menu with Irish-inspired house specialties like hashish and eggs, smoked salmon pancakes and the hangover sandwich, as well as standards like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.

Deep Ellum Distillery, Lead Belly Beer and Bourbon Release
2880 Kleestr.
Sunday, December 12th, 12 noon

Don’t call it a comeback! More on that later, but for now you should know that Deep Ellum Distillery, founded by John Reardon, who was one of the original founders of Deep Ellum Brewing Co., has set up a new shop and releases a small run of Lead Belly straight bourbon and two beers, Lead Belly Blonde and In the Pines IPA. Lead Belly is a partnership with the Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Leadbetter family.

Parry Avenue Barbecue Co. will take care of the physical well-being. Bring your growlers for beer to take home (no cans yet) or be the first to buy a bottle of their 3 year old Lead Belly Bourbon. Doors open at 12 on December 12th.

Cedar Springs Tap House, Tapped Out Drag Brunch
4123 Cedar Springs Road
Sunday, December 12th, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wear your best Saturday night pink for this Sunday funday drag brunch hosted by Jenni P. From their event page: “We bring the smacking, drinking-guzzling gadgets back to Cedar Springs every other Sunday.” Sounds amazing. There are two shows; one at noon and one at 2 p.m. Tickets are $ 15 each and that doesn’t include food or drinks.