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Local Southern Cuisine Restaurant Listed on Esquire’s 40 Best New Restaurants


Food options that can be ordered from Roots Southern Table. | Image by Alison McLean

Esquire magazine has released its list of the 40 best new restaurants in America in 2021. A Dallas southern cuisine restaurant, Roots Southern Table, made the list.

Part of Esquire’s article reads: “Roots is plangent proof that Black southern cooking from the Creole coast, incorporating as it does elements of French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean traditions, alchemizing as it does migrations forced and otherwise, is both the country’s greatest culinary patrimony and its path ahead.”

According to a Dallas Morning News report, owner Tiffany Derry is a former Top Chef contestant named the Fan Favorite in 2010. The report mentioned that Derry said in June that Roots is her ode to some of her family’s favorite dishes and a representation of the diversity of Southern cuisine.

Roots Southern Table is a restaurant that prides itself in providing southern cooking with a modern twist. According to the restaurant’s website, Roots “pays homage to the way Chef and Owner Tiffany Derry grew up eating in the South.”

Prized for its gumbo, cornbread, shrimp, grits, and fried chicken, the restaurant opens Tuesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This is not the first time Roots Southern Table will be acknowledged in a national publication since its opening in mid-2021. In October 2021, the New York Times listed it as one of its “50 most vibrant and delicious restaurants in 2021.”