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6 Top-Notch Dallas Food Gifts to Give This Year

Support local restaurants and chefs while giving great food-themed presents

Cam’s Hot Pepper Sauce, created by chef Nathan Tate
Nathan Tate

Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that there are plenty of gifts to buy. Whether you’re keeping your list local this year or just looking for something more interesting than a gift card, Dallas restaurants and chefs are stepping up with some seriously inventive merch that’s worth gifting this holiday season.

From hot sauce that’s raising money for a good cause to an essential book for all home kitchens, add this Dallas chef and restaurant merch to your cart immediately.

Cam’s Hot Sauce, $18

Chef Nathan Tate, the culinary whiz behind beloved restaurants Boulevardier, Rapscallion, and Hillside Tavern, is cooking up a hot sauce to raise funds to pay for medical treatment for his son Cameron, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. The sauce is made with smoked red jalapenos, then aged for about a month in charred oak barrels.

Tate’s already sold through one batch of sauce, but is currently taking pre-orders for a second, which is expected to be ready in a month. To score a bottle, send $18 to Tate via PayPal (natate79@gmail.com) and note “batch 2” in the notes when placing your order. For more details visit Tate’s Facebook page.


Turbo Salt, $12

Step up your margarita (or ranch water, or literally any cocktail) game with this spicy, savory rim salt from chef Anastacia Quinones’s beloved Mexican restaurant Jose. Turbo Salt is available for both shipping and order pick-up via Jose’s website, along with some very snazzy t-shirts, baseball caps, and artisan-made ceramics from Guadalajara.


Revelers Hall t-shirts, $24

This popular Bishop Arts bar is known for its convivial vibe and live music, and that spirit is brought to life via the bar’s expertly designed t-shirts. To order, head to Revelers Hall’s website. Beanies, posters, hoodies, and other goodies are also on offer.


Koozies, stickers, bandanas, and tees from Double Wide and Thunderbird Station, $2 and up

Bar maven Kim Finch is serving up some of Dallas’s coolest restaurant merch. There’s a very cool retro-styled Double Wide trucker hat ($15), a cozy hoodie emblazoned with Single Wide’s armadillo logo, and a super-soft tee from Finch’s latest venture, the popular Thunderbird Station in Deep Ellum. Hit up the Double Wide Store to place an order.


DFW blogger Mely Martinez’s
The Mexican Home Kitchen cookbook, $28

Now that we’re all cooking at home much more than before, learning how to make caldo de res, flour tortillas, and horchata at home is a must. Enter Frisco recipe writer Mely Martinez, whose new cookbook The Mexican Home Kitchen has earned raves from both cookbook experts and home chefs alike. Order via Martinez’s website.


Cafe Momentum holiday gift boxes, $46 and up

Score a big ol’ box of goodies from do-gooder Downtown restaurant Cafe Momentum for the holidays, including the restaurant’s famed coffee rub and biscuit mix, a t-shirt emblazoned with its “Eat. Drink. Change Lives.” motto, and chile-infused honey from Bonton Farms, among other goodies. Looking for a stocking stuffer? Grab a bottle of Cafe Momentum’s cabernet vinegar or a limited-edition tea towel. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

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