Friday, December 9, 2011

The Guide to MY city

I thought I'd compile a little guide to Dallas.  What to DO, and where to SHOP, EAT, DRINK, and STAY - organized by neighborhoods.

The Shak - The younger, hipper sister to Stanley Korshak - Dallas' quintessential luxury department store.
Krimson & Klover - Cute boutique in an old house off Mckinney Ave uptown
L Bartlett - West Village
The Common Table - Casual dining spot with a great patio scene
Lucky's Cafe - 50s style diner with sinfully good breakfast and the best chicken fried steak in the city
Thomas Avenue Beverage Co. - Casual place with great food and great patio just short walk off McKinney
Breadwinner's Cafe - My favorite brunch in town!
Saint Ann - Housed in an old school building in the heart of chic uptown with a beautiful garden in the back
Hotel Zaza - Stay in one of the 'Magnificent Seven' suites with themes like Rock Star and The Last Czar

Stanley Korshak

Saint Ann


Grange Hall - More like a gallery of interesting and beautiful objects than a store, (but it iS a store) they also have incredible jewelry and accessories with a tendancy towards the macabre
We Are 1976 - Great little shop with a fascinating assortment of interesting gifts, books and art by locals
Forty Five Ten - Full of amazing designers like Philip Lim and Thakoon - mentioned often in Vogue and the NYT
Milk and Honey - Just like Anthropologie, but more affordable!  What could be better?
Again & Again - They take recycling to a new level by refurbishing old furniture with beautiful and creative paint and upholstry
The Pearl Cup - Cute little coffee shop
Swig & The Gin Mill - Great hang-out restaurant with oh-so-good rustic food with a cool lounge in the back
The Porch - Everything's good here but they're famous for their mac-n-cheese
Toulouse - Fabulous French bistro right on the Katy Trail
Sangria - Mmmmm...Tapas
The Old Monk - Nice and dark with the tantilizing smell of fish and chips wafting through the air...just right for an Irish pub
Barcadia - Super fun bar with old-fashioned arcade games and giant Jenga and Connect Four that gets the crowd a'mingling
Velvet Taco - Best tacos in town
Victor Tangos - Great atmosphere, greater food and cocktails
Hacienda on Henderson - Tex-Mex + Patio + Karaoke = YES!
Vickery Park - Great neighborhood bar

Grange Hall


Lula B's East - One of my favorite stores on earth, mid-century modern furniture and decor with the entire upstairs dedicated to vintage clothing
Twisted Root Burger Co.- Very special burgers, Texas style

Lula B's East

Vintage Martini - Amazing selection of vintage and archive clothing, the owner is pretty muh an encyclopedia on fashion history...he also treats window dressing as the art it is, so major points for that
The Magic Time Machine - Ok, the food's not great and the place looks like it's about 20 years past it's prime but going there was just about the most fun I've ever had at a restaurant.  The entire staff is dressed as different film/book characters and they are IN CHARACTER no matter what.  The salad bar is in a vintage car and each room has a different theme.  Kitschy fun all around.
Gloria's - El Salvadorian food and great salsa dancing make this place a hit every time

Furs from Vintage Martini

Again - A well-edited selection of vintage furniture and decor re-worked in the most modern way
Uncommon Market - An antique store put together with a unique eye
Meddlesome Moth - Superb food and a huge selection of craft beers

Meddlesome Moth

Mine. - Snider Plaza
Impeccable Pig - Snider Plaza
Jenna B's - Mockingbird Station
Creme de la Cookie - Tasty desserts at this bakery near SMU
Mi Cocina - The Mexican food is as good as the people-watching at this Highland Park Village eatery, with Christian Louboutin and Chanel as neighbors you'll have yourself a high falutin' good time

Mi Cocina

Indigo 1745 - Eclectic apparel in Oak Cliff
Artisan's Collective - Gallery spot with tons of local artists' wears
The Soda Gallery - Unique and hard to find sodas from around the's like an international soda fountain
Bolsa - Fresh local ingredients, a menu that changes daily and some seriously good cocktails
Smoke - The Belmont's restaurant has a quirky gourmet take on classic Texas food
Tillman's Roadhouse - Amazing atmosphere and what's better than table-side smore making
Oddfellow's - They do a fantastic brunch at this traditional American cafe
The Belmont - 1940s motor court motel turned chic and happening hotel.  Check out the Terrace Suite with a private hot tub overlooking the city.  BarBelmont is a great spot to gather and listen to live music with the best view of the skyline


Outdoor concert at The Belmont

Dallas Arboretum - Step into some of the most beautiful gardens in Texas, overlooking White Rock Lake with the Dallas skyline in the distance...the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in any season
Dallas Arts District - Downtown
          Nasher Sculpture Center - a respite of art and nature in the midst of downtown skyscrapers
          Winspear Opera House - Gorgeous new performing arts center, check the dates for their outdoor film series
          Meyerson Symphony Center - Listen to some beautiful music in this I.M. Pei designed buliding
          Crow Collection of Asian Art - A real gem of a museum in downtown Dallas
          Wyly Theatre - This brand new theatre is a truly groundbreaking structure with seats, walls, and even the stage hydrolically powered for movement.  Seeing any performance there is a real experience!

Dallas Arboretum

Wyly Theatre
I hope next time you're in Dallas you have as much fun as I have here.  Discovering all the depth of this city has been so much fun for me, and I'm finding and trying new things here all the time - so I'll keep you posted!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad you posted this Dallas guide! Can we please save up a little $ and then hit up some of the boutiques together? I haven't been to most of those & I wanna go!