Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 50: Joyce And Gigi's

Joyce and Gigi's
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There wasn't much in the way of Bolivian cooking available in Dallas before Joyce and Gigi's opened up on Hall Street last December. Gigliola Aguilera, a Bolivian native, graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and former line cook at Fearing's, partnered with her mother, Joyce Stenvall, to offer a modern twist on South American cuisine. In that regard, they're contributing something truly unique to the Dallas dining scene.

Where else can you get a brilliant escabeche of sea bass brightened with apple cider vinegar, with onions, fennel and sweet currants, alongside empanadas filled with duck or beef or a blend of cheeses?

Catherine Downes
Gigliola Aguilera designed the dining room.
The churrasco features a sizable cut of flap steak paired with chubby, mild chorizo the mother and daughter duo make in house, and majadito offers a rust-colored risotto with duck confit, topped with a poached egg. Plates like these would not exist anywhere in Dallas if not for Joyce and Gigi's.

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Joyce and Gigi's Churrasco could rival steaks at many steakhouses.
There's something else unique here that's a little harder to put your finger on. Maybe it's all the fresh juices behind the bar, used to make clever takes on classic South American drinks. A caipirinha is spun anew with passion fruit, and the pisco sour you've had countless times takes on a whole new identity when sweetened with papaya. Pablo the bartender mixes up competent cocktails with a cool Latin attitude that rivals his own, and if you have one drink at his bar it will likely turn into several.

Whatever the reason, diners linger late here, and with the lively jazz that often pours from the speakers it's not that difficult to pretend you're somewhere far, far away from Dallas.

Location Info

Joyce and Gigi's

1623 N. Hall St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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J&G is currently my favorite Dallas restaurant, above Fearings on a $ to yum scale, and now I know why.

Also don't miss their half price happy hour for those incredible drinks! There isn't another place I'd rather spend $10 on a mixed drink in Dallas, and at $5 they're a stinkin fresh deal.


Good call, Scott. It's a real treasure that is rare for Dallas. Genuinely good ethnic food that is accessible and interesting. Friendly, welcoming staff, good cocktails, byob ok and free parking.

It's definitely in my top 10. The milanesa, red risotto with duck confit and the fried yuca are the bomb. Fantastic vegetarian dishes as well.


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Sounds like a good find, and the Mrs. Willie will probably like it, too.


Wonderful place, glad to have it next door.  Pablo is the best, remembered my name after only being there once before.  As great as the dinner and drinks are, it's the dessert that really makes this place a must try.  Plus all day happy hour on Wednesdays is rad


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