Delicious: Keeping up with a Midwest tradition with Yolk

(Photo by Kathy Tran)
(Photo by Kathy Tran)

Chicago-based Yolk finds a new home in our neighborhood


(Photo by Kathy Tran)
(Photo by Kathy Tran)

Yolk founder Taki Kastanis grew up doing his homework in the booths of his family’s Chicago eateries.

Working in the restaurant industry is ingrained in Kastanis’ DNA, but he initially rejected the family business. He studied real estate in college instead, he says. More than a decade passed before he considered becoming a restaurateur. There weren’t many dining spots that specialized in breakfast, so he opened Yolk in Chicago’s South Loop in 2006.

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“I guess you come back full circle to where you’re supposed to be,” he says.

Since then, Yolk has expanded to Indianapolis and Dallas. Preston Hollow neighbors can taste the diner’s eclectic breakfast and lunch fare at its new Preston Center location.

Options such as red velvet French toast and chicken and waffles are bestsellers, but Kastanis put the most attention into Yolk’s eggs benedict recipe.

“It was always my favorite since I was a kid,” he says. “The recipe for hollandaise sauce, which we make homemade, I took and tweaked from what my parents were doing when I was younger.”

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Dallas is southern at heart, but Kastanis has found several similarities to the Windy City, especially when it comes to its residents’ appetites.

“The menu has a nice broad appeal to different demographics,” he says. “I think it’s just the fact that it’s a one-stop shop for people with their friends or families with young kids or tourists or business meetings. We never just wanted to focus on one type of person to cater to.”

Did You Know: Yolk considered opening in Houston, Austin or San Antonio before deciding Dallas was the perfect fit. 

Family-friendly diner
Price Range: $10-$20
Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
8315 Westchester Drive

(Photo by Kathy Tran)
(Photo by Kathy Tran)

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