The Company Cafe wants to create a new stereotype about healthy cooking – it doesn’t have to be bland. It can be delicious. It can be creative. We want to be your everyday place to get great, healthy food. -Jeff Wells
In a city where restaurants talk a big game about jumping on the “local” and “organic” food bandwagon, it’s a pleasant surprise to come across one that actually is doing what they say. Company Café is the first restaurant we have wanted to share with you, and it’s quickly become our new favorite place to eat in Dallas.
Serving “natural fresh fare,” Company Café’s entire menu is full of organic, local items including farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed and pastured meats, local produce, farm-fresh dairy including raw cheeses, and the most delicious gluten-free baked goods! It’s truly the only restaurant like it in this city.
Company Café is the first restaurant venture for owners Stephen White and Chris Cowan. We met White and Cowan last week on their opening day, sampled some incredible items off the menu, and chatted about the new place. We just love their mission for the restaurant – “We have a lot of friends who love to eat grass-fed and gluten-free, and our hope was to create a place where people feel at home,” says co-owner Stephen White.
Located on Lower Greenville across from the old Whole Foods, Company Café is a casual place with an upscale diner feel, where you could frequent every day and get something new off the menu, or one of your favorites. You could stop in one morning for a steaming cup of bottomless drip coffee (local Oak Cliff Coffee!) or a latté with farm-fresh milk on the incredible patio.
Table centerpieces are re-purposed Guinness beer cans filled with succulents from our very own Urban Acres member Cynthia Mulcahy (of Mulcahy Modern) who provides all the amazing flowers in our store. From the minute you walk in the door at Company Café, you can smell the Oak Cliff Coffee brewing, and the gluten-free granola made fresh weekly in Austin stares you in the face. At what other restaurant can you find grass-fed Texas longhorn, old-fashioned Texas farm milk, and Kombucha on tap? Even the sweet potatoes that are seen all over the menu are from east Texas.
Chef Fred Messick says they are trying to take comfort foods and do them healthier: “The menu is ‘clean comfort food.’ Our hope is that you can come here and feel like its your family away from family.” So don’t be surprised if the chef and the waitstaff remember you.
For lunch, we tried the gluten-free chicken fried steak with jalapeno honey gravy and sweet potato mash, and it was unreal…
If you’re going for breakfast, look for the Deep Bowl: grass-fed beef with avocados, sweet potato hash, two farm eggs, and their freshly made salsa. Desserts are gluten-free but you’d never know by the taste. And ask for the Modano coffee drink. It’s iced coffee on a new level.
At Urban Acres, we are not food critics, but we know local and sustainable and organic foods. And we have never seen a restaurant put this many local, organic ingredients on a menu. If they keep it up, maybe Company Café will be responsible for challenging Dallas to catch up to our neighbors down in Austin. And you can say you knew them when they first began.