Cheesemakers and Shops
Lucky Layla Farms
Adored by Chef Dean Fearing, Lucky Layla sells its cheeky assortment of all-natural dairy goods in a prefab farm store in Plano, just north of Dallas. Shop for 2008 ACS winners, including Campesino and Boyaca cheeses, as well as “drinkable” yogurt and dulce de leche caramel milk. Also, pay your respects to the farm’s Guernsey and Jersey cattle: Milkings are at 4 p.m.
Lucky Layla Farms 3721 North Jupiter Road Dallas, TX 972.423.8080
Gimme a cheese that ends with an “A”—Ricotta, Burrata, Crescenza, Scamorza, and Mozzarella…and let it be from this Deep Ellum creamery. After nearly thirty years handcrafting European-style fresh cheeses, owner Paula Lambert is no unsung hero: Her cheeses consistently bring home the gold. For budding fromagers, the Mozzarella Company is the go-to school for hands-on classes in cheesemaking plus beer, wine, and chocolate pairing.
Mozzarella Company 2944 Elm Street Dallas, TX 214.741.4072
Scardello Artisan Cheese
Texan specials such as Haute Goat and Pure Luck Dairy mingle with 120 artisan and farmstead cheeses at this family-operated Oak Lawn establishment. Tasting is encouraged and staff “enthusiasts” cut every order straight from the wheel. At lunch, create your own cheese plate—a $5 setup includes bread and your choice of accompaniments; cheese is priced by weight—or hunker down with a sandwich: the Mountaineer oozes with Beaufort, Raclette, and Swiss Gruyère.
Scardello Artisan Cheese 3511 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX 214.219.1300
Rise No. 1
Heirloom French linens, eighteenth-century furnishings, and vintage flatware add to the authenticity of this Inwood Village salon de soufflé, which serves thirteen fluffy renditions, both sweet and savory, of its pièce de résistance. Rise No. 1 is also one of few Dallas bistros to feature an international chariot de fromages.
Rise No. 1 5360 West Lovers Lane Suite 220 Dallas, TX 214.366.9900
A snug sidewalk patio, abloom with potted flowers and twinkling with lights, signals your arrival at The Grape, Dallas’ most beloved wine bar and bistro for thirty five years. Changing monthly, the menu beckons with unpretentious, continental cuisine served with a delish Southern drawl. You might start with a grilled artichoke à la fondue or the famed mushroom soup. Finish with three or five artisan cheeses ($14-$18), homemade mustards, and seasonal fruit.
The Grape 2808 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 241.828.1981