OUT AND ABOUT: Haystack Celebrates Anniversary

The Haystack Burger featuring Haystack onions, cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, and barbeque sauce. (Photos: Imani Chet Lytle)

Walking out of Haystack Burgers & Barley in the Turtle Creek neighborhood today, my coworker Imani and I ran into Liz from Oh Hey Dallas – you know, that witty, sarcastic, fun food blog and Instagram account with nearly 52,000 followers.

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We were both there to celebrate the restaurant’s fifth anniversary (her a little more than us with a chicken fried burger, fried pickles, french fries, queso, and an ice cream shake on a tiny little outdoor table #foodgoals). You see, Imani and I are somewhat picky when it comes to food – I’m vegan, she’s a flexitarian (yes, that’s a thing), so we kept our order pretty simple.

I got the vegan version of Haystack’s vegetarian patty (I have dubbed it spicy yumminess) and Imani went for the $5 anniversary special Haystack burger and ‘Nana pudding.

Simply put, it was delicious.

Despite our wavering diets, the three of us have one thing in common: We all love food.

Both Liz and I are Dallas transplants. So obviously the conversation quickly led to best places to eat and the oh-so-important topic of how amazing Dallas’ food scene has become.

I remember when I first moved to Dallas in 2001 and my departure nine months later.

One of the first places I ate was a Mexican food buffet that put queso on everything. At the time, I’d never even heard of queso and I was disgusted. Tex Mex wasn’t a thing in Los Angeles – either was sweet tea, but that’s another story.

I moved back to Dallas in 2005 and left again in 2013. At that time, the scene was starting to grow and apparently continued to grow the five years I was away.  When I moved back to town late last year I was more than impressed. Not just with the food scene but also with the variety.

Some days I just get on Ubereats, hit vegan, and try whatever pops up.

I especially love how vegan-friendly Dallas has become. I can go almost anywhere and get something vegan, even a burger joint like Haystack.

I can also go almost anywhere with my friends, the carnivores, the gluten intolerant, the flexitarians and sit at the same table, in the same restaurant, and have a meal together.

In case you’ve never been to Haystack, the fast-casual restaurant started serving up fresh burgers and fries in Richardson back in 2013. A second location opened in the Turtle Creek neighborhood in 2017.

Haystack’s menu is anchored by an assortment of unique burger offerings, all of which can be substituted with a turkey patty or veggie burger (they can make it vegan if you either call ahead or catch them before they make the mix every morning). They also have a selection of salads, sandwiches, and sides.

Imani and I got the fried pickles, which by-the-way were AMAZING. I loved how thinly the pickles were slices because it kept them extra crispy.

Haystack also features hyperlocal brews on tap, along with its one-and-only signature cocktail, The Haymaker.

As mentioned earlier, the menu also has impressive deserts such as the ‘Nana pudding. I didn’t try it, but Imani said it was really good and she loved the homemade flavor – as if banana pudding should be served any other way.

BTW, you can get a free sample of the pudding all this week (till Friday) during the restaurants five-year anniversary special.

You can also get the Haystack burger for $5; and $5 craft beer offerings.

The specials are at both locations.

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is the managing editor of Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People. She curates special sections for People Newspapers like the fall and spring society special sections and 20 Under 40, as well as Faith and Living Well print content, daily web posts, and social media. With a strong background in community journalism, she believes that a city’s arts and entertainment scene is one that should be loved and supported. From luncheons to galas to museum openings and on and off-Broadway revivals, you can find her out and about on Instagram at Bianca_TBD. She also can be reached at [email protected]