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Dove's Nest Gifts, Waxahachie

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Antique Store · Shopping
In 1992 my husband and I opened a little

restaurant in the back of my mom’s gift shop on

the historic town square of Waxahachie, Texas.

We had a tiny kitchen with household appliances

and quietly began preparing lunch each day for

hungry tourists and townsfolk of Ellis County.

To our delight, we found our 30 seat tearoom

was filled with customers that loved our food

and many more waiting to be seated. Within

months my husband quit his full time job to take

over the business end of things, while I began

preparing as much food as possible each morning

with a sweet little lady who would tirelessly

appear each day to bake homemade pies, cakes

and cobblers. We wondered at times if we had

taken on too much of a task, but every month got

easier, and the joy we brought to our satisfied

customers made it all seem worthwhile.

We had more than outgrown our tiny space

when an opportunity came to buy the original

hardware store building, built by the

Moore family in 1913. Southeast of the town square our

restaurant now occupies the saddle and tack room

in our 12,000 square foot building and serves

New Southern Cuisine to over 100 hungry

mouths daily. We have a cookbook in its fifth

printing, having sold over 40,000 copies and

winning the National Writers Digest Grand

Prize Award for self-published books. We have been blessed over the years to

Receive high accolades in the Dallas

Morning News, coined the phrase, “It’s Worth

Flying South” in the Fort Worth Star Telegram

and Texas Monthly magazine

voted us one of the top ten best small town

restaurants in the state. We have also been

reviewed in Southern Living, Texas Highways and Better

Homes and Gardens magazines, along with

multiple appearances on Good Morning Texas and

Good Day Dallas promoting our cookbook.

My husband, Andrew, still runs the business

side of things and we also have an antique

furnishings and home accents shop housed in

our wonderful old building, In the spring of

1998, we renovated the second floor loft and

built a home that we share with our Rottweiler,

Elsa. Our loft has been featured on Designing

Texas and shot for numerous publications. On any

given day you will find us working in one of our

three businesses, along with other family members,

friends, and loyal employees. We look forward

to welcoming you to The Dove’s Nest and our

beautiful historic town square.
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  • After lunch, my friends and I hurriedly checked out this place. So nice. Many things will grab your attention. The staff were all friendly and nice. Truly a nice place to shop but you must restrain...  more »
  • I have visited this shop /restaurant regularly since it opened a number of years ago. I now live 7 hours away but even without my usual excuse of visiting Dallas, I am planning a trip simply to...  more »
  • Excellent food and awesome service. We went during the Texas Country Reporter festival, so it was extremely busy. That didn't stop our waitress from being amazingly cheery and giving us awesome service! The food was good. The dessert was great! We shared the bread pudding.
  • Alway a delight. Had the special. Didn't disappoint.

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