In May this year, a study by SmartAsset analyzed 52 of the largest metro areas in the United States ranking the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as the second best place nation for Asian-American entrepreneurs, behind the San Francisco area in California. The results of the study were based on the prevalence of Asian-owned businesses, new business success and income and job security.
According to the same study, DFW has over 19,000 Asian-owned businesses which is 15% higher than two years ago. With so many thriving Asian-owned businesses in DFW, there are plenty of opportunities to recognize and support the contributions of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community. Here are some local favorites:
Devious Desserts and Creamery
Devious Desserts and Creamery is a scratch-made ice cream and a la mode bake shop where chef and owner Meriel Young creates all of her delicious concoctions totally in-house. Leaning on her fine dining experience, Chef Meriel only uses quality ingredients with no pre-made desserts or mixes to create delicious and unique sweets and treats.
If you’re in the mood for ice cream, Devious Desserts and Creamery offers their version of the classics like Tahitian vanilla and brown butter pecan. If you want to try something new, flavors like cereal milk and ube (purple yam) are sure to please your taste buds. Likewise, Chef Meriel offers multiple dairy-free flavors as well.
If you’re looking for a warmer treat, Devious Desserts and Creamery also offers delicious pastries, cakes and pies. From lemon blueberry cheesecake bars to chocolate chess pie, there’s a dessert here for everyone!
Cris and John Vietnamese Street Food
Located in the Parkway area, Cris and John Vietnamese Street Food offers a delicious fusion of Vietnamese and Mexican Street Food. Always using fresh ingredients, Cris and John’s offers classics like pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches, birria tacos and wings. If you want to try something different, the Ramenrrito combines spicy ramen, kimchi, pickled bok choy and more into a different yet delicious pan-fried burrito.
Cris and John’s offers online ordering and catering. Every week, they have a different $30 special available through online ordering.
This Addison staple, and our Readers’ Choice Favorite Chinese Restaurant for 2021, has been around for a long time and is owned by none other than Addison’s Mayor, Joe Chow. Mayor Chow founded May Dragon in 1986, which is now the only four-star rated Chinese restaurant in the Dallas area. May Dragon features an authentic Chinese dine-in menu as well as catering and delivery options. You can’t go wrong ordering any of the lettuce rolls, a traditional recipe improved and perfected by Mayor Chow. With May Dragon’s current online ordering deal, after you order online 10 times, you can get one order for free. It’s the perfect excuse to order in and enjoy quality food while supporting a local business!