Situated just behind the iconic circular signage and signature tractor that welcomes you to the Dallas Farmers Market, you’ll find your new favorite patio serving up food that, “just tastes good, feels good, and won’t kill you.” It’s a simple concept, really: know where your food is coming from.
The menu features twists on the usual suspects: appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. It also features a B.Y.O.B section. No, not Bring Your Own Beer, even though they do have an extensive beer list with loads of Texas beers, but instead: Build Your Own Bowl. Basically, choose as many meats, vegetables, and starches, to create the meal that’s just right for you. Also on the menu is a juice and smoothie section featuring signature recipes that are made to order.
On this visit, I enjoyed the Whole Enchilada made with pulled chicken, organic corn tortillas, avocado tomatillo salsa, walnut cream, and a zesty cabbage slaw. The combination of the tang from the tomatillo salsa, the lime zip from the cabbage slaw, and the mellow walnut cream, created a balanced enchilada dish unlike any I’ve had – anywhere. An honorable mention for “best dish” was definitely the Pork Plantain Poutine from the appetizer course. Layers of sliced-thin fried plantains are topped with pulled green chile pork, avocado cream, and heirloom pico de gallo, to create a poutine dish that I will go out on a limb and say – you won’t find anywhere else.
The idea of simplicity that you experience with their food is also carried through to the design of the space. White-washed shiplap siding lines the interior walls of the restaurant that acts as a clean, blank, space to showcase graphic farmers market-inspired artwork. On each end of the restaurant is a large blackboard which seemingly lists every vegetable known to man (see photo for reference). Each morning, the staff places a checkmark next to the vegetable that is available to the chefs that day, ensuring you’re eating only the freshest ingredients. To add a touch of kitsch, the beer tap is painted John Deere green and yellow to celebrate Mudhen’s farm-centric aesthetic.
Mudhen helps establish the Dallas Farmers Market as a restaurant destination in Dallas – specifically downtown. As it continues to evolve, we can expect to see many other restaurant concepts pop up that celebrate this same idea of good, real, food.