The Spread: Celebrate Black History Month at the South Dallas Café.

Valentine’s Day at Overeasy, artisanal Italian Mici arrives in Frisco, Sweetgreen’s second location and more.

February isn’t just about lovebirds and fleeting romance, it’s also a time to celebrate black culture and heritage — though we should be celebrating black history every day of the month. year, not just the shortest month in the calendar. Nonetheless, there are endless ways to celebrate Black History Month. One of the best ways to celebrate is to support Black-owned businesses and restaurants.

the South Dallas Cafe at 7035, Marvin D. Love Freeway has been serving authentic soul food in Dallas for more than two decades, almost twenty-five to be exact. The restaurant is owned by the Prince family, who are on a mission to make food their customers will love because it’s made from the soul.

The dining options seem endless when you dine at the South Dallas Café. Main attraction dishes include oxtail, smothered pork chops, collard greens, cornbread, and more. Desserts include peach cobbler and banana pudding – minimal, but plenty when they’re as good as they are!

Don’t limit yourself to one place! If you need more options, Dallas has you. From Lola’s Restaurant and Lounge to Irving for queen of Saba in Addison, there are several other places you can celebrate this month.

That being said, happy Black History Month!

On the other side of the February holiday spectrum, Valentine’s Day is truly sneaking up on us all. If you’ve been paying close attention to recent Valentine’s Day promotions from just about any outlet in Dallas, you’ve most likely noticed how the celebratory options are way too expensive for most people. Can we all agree that celebrating Valentine’s Day at a restaurant that displays three to four dollar symbols next to the name on Google is a bit impractical? No shade if going on expensive dates with that special someone is your romantic jam, but most of us need cheaper options.

If a crowded chain restaurant isn’t the mood for this Valentine’s Day party, the Too easy restaurant in the Main Street neighborhood of Dallas is serving a romantic brunch Feb. 11-14. Located at 1914 Commerce Street, Restaurant Overeasy keeps it simple by offering a Valentine’s Day staple: red velvet heart-shaped pancakes. This brunch item comes with warm cream cheese custard, strawberries, and whipped cream for a reasonable price of just $14.99. If foodies in Dallas want to celebrate the holidays marketed with Overeasy, getting a reservation is a must.

All the festivities aside, there’s a new Italian restaurant in Little Elm in the Frisco area by the end of 2022. Although Mici Handmade Italian is a Denver-based restaurant, the Italian restaurant is a chain that is set to open three new Frisco locations, including one in Little Elm, in hopes of expanding the business nationwide. In opening their new restaurants in Frisco, the hope was to meet the needs of a casual business such as families who want to enjoy a staple for lunch or dinner.

Mici Handcrafted Italian will offer everything deemed necessary for great Italian meals such as Caprese Salad, Formaggio Pizza, Alfredo Pasta and much more. Mici’s will also serve gelato or cannoli for dessert. Additionally, the wine list is made up of Prosecco, pinot blanc grigio and a red blend – minimal, but tasteful.

Speaking of new chain restaurant openings, there’s also a new sweetgreen coming to Deep Ellum on Feb. 7, according to the Dallas Morning News. Dallas can already hear the rush of healthy eaters running to the new opening – it’s a build-your-own restaurant, so we can’t blame them.

In case anyone needs a refresher for what this California restaurant serves, it offers an assortment of salads and bowls such as the Kale Hunt Salad, Guacamole Bowl, Buffalo Chicken Bowl, the harvesting bowl and many other variations.

Another detail that sets Deep Ellum’s new location apart is the use of a pick up window for those who do not wish to enter the restaurant, this is no surprise considering the restaurant was created with Generation Z and Generation Y.

As Dallas celebrates new restaurant openings and holiday commemorations (even if your love life sucks), be sure to support Black-owned businesses this month and keep pushing forward.

Cover photo courtesy of South Dallas Cafe on Facebook.

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