This is a community project of a few (20+ now!) DFW-based nerds who happen to like food, probably a little too much. We have been a part of the Dallas Food Community for the past 10+ years!

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How we got started: For the Love of Food

Strawberry Souffle @ Rise

Like most good stories, Dallas Food Nerd started around a table of wonderful food. On Valentine’s weekend (2011) two social mediaites (Elysa & Rory) were invited to go on a food tour of 5 Fabulous Dallas restaurants. We spent the day, thanks to Chevy, with several wonderful food bloggers indulging in chocolate and souffles. Before the Chevy Sweethunt adventure, we both already had blogs, Twitter, Facebook and many other social media credentials on our virtual resumes, but we felt like a food blog was definitely in order. Long story short, in our sugar coma filled afternoon we bought this domain, emailed a bunch of our foodie friends and DFN was born.

Today as a community we are reviewing restaurants, trying kitchen gadgets and drooling over food photos.

If you have a food related product or event you’d like us to check out, feel free to get in touch


Dallas Food Nerd Authors

Elysa & Rory Ellis / @dallasfoodnerd

Elysa and Rory founded Dallas Food Nerd in 2011!


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Nelli / @pittsburghfoodnerd

Nelli duals as a social media marketer and food blogger. She loves to try food from all over the world and is always down to grab Tex-Mex. Thanks to the work from home life, Nelli often travels between Dallas and Pittsburgh and continues to explore the latest and greatest restaurants in both cities.


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Amy Yen / @amypyen

Longtime Dallasite Amy has never met a taco place, brunch spot or noodle house she wasn’t down to check out. She’s a marketing manager in her day job, so people who eat with her are used to having to wait for her to take pictures of everybody’s food before anyone can eat. Also, she’ll basically go anywhere with you if you promise her boba.



Denim / @denimlikethejean

As a Dallas native, Denim’s favorite hobby is exploring new restaurants around town — from Thai to BBQ; Dallas offers such diversity. An added bonus is when she can enjoy a cocktail on a patio in the gorgeous weather. Her start as a foodie came from growing up with a mom who did not cook. It was just the two of them, so they split dinners at restaurants and bonded over trying (and critiquing) new yummy places. Denim has since then taught herself to cook through trial and error (and Blue Apron), but still frequents her local go-tos and get just excited to taste all of the delightful additions.

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Arielle Lewin / @dallasfoodnerd

Arielle is an elementary gifted and talented teacher and mom to a 7 and 10 year old. When not making endless chicken nuggets, she enjoys new restaurants, traveling, Disney and adventures with her family.
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Wil Wilbur / @wilburthechef

As a product developer by day and a food enthusiast by night, Wil has traveled to different corners of the globe to try different foods and immerse himself into other cultures. From working the line to developing nationally launched flavors, Wil has a passion for finding the connection of food and emotion on every plate. He’ll try anything twice, and is always down to grab some tacos from that secret spot around the corner!

Maddie Migis / @planthunny

Maddie is a local who was born and raised in DTX. She is a lover of pets, plants, and pasta. A marketer and a foodie, Maddie is passionate about the DFW area and loves sharing food experiences with others. The camera always eats first!

Kelly Hunter / @kellyahunter

Traveling foodie and avid home cook Kelly Hunter loves to visit new places and experience new flavors. She’s won dozens of national cooking contests and celebrates by creating meals for friends and family. Her family has called her a cookbook hoarder, and she’s working on solving that addiction.

Nazy Tokleh / @nazytokleh

Nazy is a full time analyst and foodie. She has been to over 35 countries, but is still trying all of Dallas’ new and local restaurants. She hasn’t met a pasta or spicy marg she doesn’t like!


Danyel Buie / @iamdanyelbuie

Danyel Buie is the Midwestern Girl with sweet Southern Charm! She is based in Dallas Texas and owns her namesake lifestyle blog, Danyel Buie.  She is also a Freelance Writer and Content Creator. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri she enjoys awesome food, especially BBQ.  Danyel loves to discover new restaurants and attractions and will drive far and wide for the best of the best. She enjoys time with family and friends, amazing meals, volunteering, traveling, shopping and researching her genealogy.    

Eric Swayne / @eswayne

Eric Swayne is VP of Strategy and Insights at Social Factor, an agency that takes brands from digital chaos to human connection, unlocking the value of social media. At Social Factor he is the lead for strategy, consulting, and marketing technologies with brands including YouTube, Toyota, Cracker Barrel, and Fender. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Fan Engagement at Funimation, the largest distributor of anime in the world. At Funimation he managed Marketing Technology, Audience Data & Analytics, Paid Media, and Experiential Marketing / Conventions. In his past agency life he worked with clients across ver­ti­cals includ­ing Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Best Buy, HP, Cisco, IBM, Bank of Amer­ica, H-E-B, Super­Valu, Bicycle Playing Cards, Famous Footwear, Texas Instruments, American Airlines and the U.S. Trea­sury. Eric lives in Denton, TX with his wife and three children, and is easily bribed with hand-crafted single-origin coffee, original recipe Dr Pepper, extra Dropbox space, an amazing burger, or free (qualified) babysitting.

Alyson Malan / @alysonmalan

A native born Chicagoan, Alyson has lived in Dallas for the past 10 years with her husband and two daughters. She jumps for any opportunity to travel, to experiences new foods and places. You can find her cycling on the weekends, drinking red wine, and checking off her restaurant bucket list.

Ally Wallis / @g8ter

Ally has always been a foodie and loves to check out the new spots around town. As a 10+ year Dallas resident, her friends can always count on her to know the best new spots in Dallas proper. When she’s not checking out new restaurants, you can find her dining at her favorite sushi restaurants or enjoying happy hour on a patio with her pup.

Arash A. / @pahlavan4886

Arash shares his foodie contributions from Tarrant County.

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Dallas Food Nerd,

    I’d love to help and become a part of this awesome project. I have been a huge foodie my entire life, and I’m currently a film and media arts student at SMU. I love food expeditions and love to share with good deals with others MORE! I look forward to hearing back from you.


  2. Does any one know what the Dallas/North Dallas options are for all natural, hormone-free restaurants? Chipotle and Whole Foods are a nice start. I would like to have a few more options. Many thanks!

  3. Hi,

    I recently read an article on a friend’s blog about an exciting new food that will be featured at this year’s State Fair. I just wanted to suggest it to yall as a possible blog topic (: The new “it” food at the State Fair this year is going to be a new vendor that is selling fried chicken skin!! They are also selling fried cake balls and fried loaded mash potatoe balls. I looked them up and actually found their facebook page!/pages/Eat-Crispies/191533957523472. Thought I’d share!

    Love your blog!


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