That’s two major accolades in two months, which surely is welcome news to Derry, who spent seven years making the restaurant a reality. She’s proud that Roots shows off the diversity of Southern cuisine.
Her restaurant is prized for its gumbo, cornbread, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken. She told The Dallas Morning News in June 2021 that Southern food is complex and personal — and that Roots is her ode to some of her family’s favorite dishes.
Esquire saw that effort: “Roots is plangent proof that Black southern cooking from the Creole coast, incorporating as it does elements of French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean traditions, alchemizing as it does migrations forced and otherwise, is both the country’s greatest culinary patrimony and its path ahead,” the article says.
Derry is a former Top Chef contestant who was named the Fan Favorite in 2010.
Esquire’s list includes four Texas restaurants:
- No. 4: Hestia in Austin
- No. 6: March in Houston
- No. 17: Degust in Houston
- No. 19: Roots Southern Table in Farmers Branch
Roots Southern Table is at 13050 Bee St., Farmers Branch. It’s dinner only.