Denton's food scene is booming, and one its latest standouts is 940's Kitchen and Cocktails. 940's is a laid-back, urban hangout just shy of the square, offering a seasonal menu and some of the best cocktails in the city. The menu takes you back with Southern favorites such as Shrimp and Grits and hushpuppies yet shines through expert seasoning and unexpected flavors. 940's prides themselves on offering a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes, even hosting all-vegan dinner options. A welcome addition to the current cuisine on the square, 940's has become a casual yet refined space to enjoy a drink with a date, catch up with friends, or bring family for dinner.

Since 940's opening in late 2015, chef David Rodriguez has focused on creating a variety of vegan. vegetarian, and meat dishes sourced as locally as possible. His time at Hannah's inspired him with their 100 mile dinner, using ingredients sourced within 100 miles of the restaurant.

Previously at Oddfellows, Union Bear, Urban Acres, and Kitchen LTO, Rodriguez is no stranger to fresh, local cuisine and rotating options. The transformation of dishes always seems to keep the soul of the original dish intact, such as his use of seasonal Oyster mushrooms instead of King Trumpet mushrooms. Citing inspiration from Mexico City, Rodriguez grew up around his dad's cooking, a Tex-Mex chef.  

Rodriguez's skill with fresh produce and vegetarian dishes keeps the prices reasonable for the quality of the dish; without an expensive cut of meat, a delicious meal leaves a smaller dent in your wallet. Carnivores, don't run! The meat dishes offered here shine even brighter with fresh produce. Rodriguez is excited to be a part of the growth within the Denton food scene, aiming to use his experience at Hannah's to source ingredients as close to the restaurant as possible.

By: Our New Monarch