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5 spots in Texas named ‘50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants’ in U.S.

There’s just one restaurant in the Dallas area.

In a New York Times list of the United States’ “50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants in 2021,″ one Dallas-area restaurant made the cut.

Roots Southern Kitchen's menu includes this Peking Duck dish served with duck dirty rice, duck breast and peach salad.
Roots Southern Kitchen's menu includes this Peking Duck dish served with duck dirty rice, duck breast and peach salad.(Brandon Wade / Special Contributor)

Take a trip to the Dallas suburbs, the NYT says, to Farmers Branch restaurant Roots Southern Table. It comes from longtime Dallas chef and Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry.

The newspaper is right: Roots Southern Table is one of the best restaurants in North Texas to get gumbo. And it’s a beautiful take on how Derry sees Southern food, which she calls a “rich” and “diverse” genre that’s so much more than mac and cheese and fried chicken, she told The Dallas Morning News before the restaurant opened in June 2021.

Derry’s food “speaks in loud exclamations,” the NYT story notes. The cornbread with smoked butter is like “a warm embrace”; the duck-fat fried potatoes are “a bear hug.”

The four other Texas restaurants on the list are Birdie’s, a neighborhood wine bar in Austin; Blood Bros. BBQ, a smoked-meat house playing with Asian flavors, outside of Houston; and two taco shops: Fish Lonja in San Antonio and Sylvia’s in Brownsville.

Roots Southern Table is at 13050 Bee St., Farmers Branch. Dinner only. Closed Mondays. Given the NYT praise, you should probably make a reservation.

Correction at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13, 2021: This story previously listed four restaurants in Texas on the list. There are five! Sorry for missing you the first time, Fish Lonja.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

Sarah Blaskovich, senior food reporter. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your area.

sblaskovich@dallasnews.com /sarah.blaskovich @sblaskovich @sarahblaskovich
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