The HF Family Restaurant story begins about three years ago when RJ Flowers and Joe Hessley first opened a gourmet desert shop in downtown Malakoff; Mister Sweet Tooth. The quaint retail shop was an instant success becoming known initially for its lavish deserts and a popular stop for locals. Soon after, it became a destination hit for customers across the lake as well. After that, word spread further and customers began coming from as far away as Dallas and Tyler. (The partners have opened a second Mister Sweet Tooth this year in Gun Barrel City!)
After the Mister Sweet Tooth success, RJ and Joe decided to venture into a more ambitious endeavor with a full family style restaurant in what was originally an old antique shop. The building had to be renovated with a commercially approved kitchen, permitted public restroom and dining area with the appropriate furnishings.
Taking on the enterprise was a ‘family’ experience as both RJ’s and Joe’s brothers came in to lend expertise in menu and cooking strategies as well as business expertise.
The resulting menu is what RJ calls a family style selection. While many of the choices include traditional entrees such as Lasagna and Homemade Italian Meatballs, this is not the pre-manufactured set of mass-produced “comfort food” you find on many busy street corners or highway exit ramps. RJ likes to point out that they take pride in carefully paring each entree with a unique, often times hard to find, special wine or craft beer.
The pairing comes from the years of training the owners and staff have acquired in understanding and recognizing what works to please even the most discriminating pallet. And, of course, the desert selections come from where else, but Mr. Sweet Tooth! Most weekends, local or regional entertainers like Backhand Sally, provide excellent musical ambiance for the venue.
HF Family prides itself on sourcing only the finest ingredients for all of its entrees and side dishes.
No corners are ever cut and whenever possible, they always try to use local providers. Rosewood Ranch in Seven Points provides their Wagyu Beef, Full Quiver Farms in Kemp provides cheese and dairy products, Bennet Family Farms in Malakoff offers fresh eggs and honey, Milk and Honey Meadows in Malakoff delivers Honey and Sweets.
HF Family offers it’s unique, hard-to-find wines & craft beers and exotic assortment of cheeses, jams & jellies, olives and other condiments for sale as carry out items. They also provide carry-out for their menu items and can arrange catering for your holiday or special off site celebration; also great in these Covid-19 times for staying home and social distancing. But if you’re planning a special private, intimate event, wedding rehearsal dinner or small corporate meeting HF Family has arrangements with next door business owners Tom and Jen Sherman and BookishSpaces for additional catered rental space.
Before or after an HF Family meal, visitors usually take advantage of the several one-of-a-kind retail shops springing up in the immediate surrounding area. Stop by and check out some great reads with a lovely chocolate latte at Booksish. You can also find some of the area’s aspiring regional art and sculpture’s at the Artful Thinking Gallery, the only gallery on Cedar Creek Lake, just across the street. VaULT Home Decor is on the other side, next door to HF Family. One of the latest shops to open is Lakeside Mercantile-a lovely gift and variety store, next to Mister Sweet Tooth and Antiques on Royal is just down the road on Royal a few blocks.
This little corner of Malakoff is fast becoming a dining and shopping destination point for Cedar Creek Lake residents and visitors. It’s great to have such a fine and successful Cedar Creek Lake dining establishment and a growing community of shopping choices with the resurgence of Malakoff, Texas…in the middle of a Pandemic no less!!