Dallas, you surprise me. As a fellow Austinite of 8 years and counting, I’m pretty proud of our city and our local restaurants. So when I decided to go for a weekend getaway to the big D, I wasn’t expecting much. But I was blown away by the quality of restaurants, cuisine, and friendly service. And your fried chicken game is on point, Austin you need to step it up.
Where to Stay in Dallas
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W Hotel Dallas
When in downtown Dallas you have to stay at the best, the W Dallas Victory Hotel! The W offers skyline views of downtown Dallas and is a 3-minute walk from the American Airlines Center and right around the corner from the Perot Museum. It’s also dog friendly!
I stayed in the Marvelous Suite that features a living room and a separate bedroom. The room included two 42-inch LG TVs, wireless high speed internet, a glass-enclosed rainforest shower, and exclusive Bliss lemon + sage Sinkside Six bath amenities.
Amenities include a panoramic infinity edge pool, a full-service spa and a fitness center. There’s also a cool lobby bar, restaurant, and a gastropub, as well as 8 meeting spaces and a 24-hour business center.
2440 Victory Park Ln, Dallas, TX 75219, wdallasvictory.com
Where to Eat in Dallas
Stylish coffeehouse serving premium slow-roasted coffee, boutique wine, plus brunch & bar bites.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75207, ascensiondallas.com
Upscale, fresh and organic concept that serves health and real food options. Start offers organic, humanely-raised eggs and chicken, locally roasted artisan coffee beans, organic milk and soy milk, nitrate-free bacon, and grass-fed free range beef!
What to Order: Breakfast burrito, smoked salmon & cream cheese, ice cream sandwich, and iced chai latte.
4023 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75219, startrestaurant.net
Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job and life-skill training, as well as continued mentorship and support, enabling them to achieve their full potential. Truly a gem in Dallas with spectacular service and delicious cuisine.
What to Order: Octopus tiradito, and smoked fried chicken.
1510 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75270, cafemomentum.org
Beautiful modern American Bistro with a coastal California feel serving New American bites that’s perfect for date night. The pasta is made fresh every single day so make sure to order the braised rabbit pappardelle!
What to Order: Roasted baby artichokes, fried castelvetrano olives, and braised rabbit pappardelle.
2323 N Henderson Ave #109, Dallas, TX 75206, gemmadallas.com
The Blind Butcher
Evocative restaurant serving meats & other American fare plus drinks in a patio-equipped space.
What to Order: Meat & cheese board with cured meat, pate or terrine, and house cheeses.
1919 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, theblindbutcher.com
Greenville’s newest neighborhood friendly bistro featuring a raw bar, wood grill, wood rotisserie, cocktails, and a 120 bottle wine list.
What to Order: “Nashville” hot fried chicken, curry chicharróns, and the craft cocktails.
2023 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, dallasrapscallion.com
Soda fountain-inspired restaurant serving American fare with perfectly crafted cocktail elixirs, iconic pies, homemade ice creams, desserts & sundaes, plus a full bar.
What to Order: Pork belly + watermelons salad, hot chicken + waffles, open faced beet cured salmon, the dirty south, pies, and all of their cocktails/sodas.
2010 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, remedydallas.com
Casual stop serving burgers with the top bun hollowed out & filled with toppings, plus fries & beer.
9540 Garland Road #407, Dallas, TX 75218, duggburger.com
Where to Play in Dallas
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Natural history and science museum featuring eleven exhibit halls and including 3D simulations, hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. Located right around the corner of the W Hotel Dallas!
2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, perotmuseum.org